While most people plan every detail of their wedding, there is one factor that is impossible to control. Of course, I’m talking about weather. Even if you plan an indoor wedding event, your guests will still have to deal with coming and going in the event of rain. Things like muddy parking lots and the need for umbrellas can quickly become a reality by sheer chance. However, it’s not all gloom and doom! Fortunately, there are many things that you can include in your wedding that are completely unaffected by weather. In fact, you can even use sparklers in the rain if you take all the appropriate steps. But how do sparklers stay lit in the rain, and will they still be as much fun? Here is everything you need to know.

What Does Rain on Your Wedding Day Mean?

Image of a Bridesmaid in the Rain at a WeddingWhen people say “it’s raining on your wedding day,” it’s usually used in a negative connotation such as something I going wrong. However, rain on a wedding day is not necessarily a bad omen. In fact, many cultures and traditions see rain at a wedding as a symbol of good luck, cleansing, and fertility. Rain is a universal symbol of renewal, so it can actually be a blessing. In pop culture, the phrase “rain on your wedding day” is often associated with the idea of ironic or unexpected situations. It was made culturally relevant in the song “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette. In the song, she lists various situations and labels them as “ironic.” However, many of them are more accurately described as unfortunate or coincidental rather than truly ironic.

So, while the phrase itself might suggest irony or bad luck, rain on your wedding day can be seen in a positive light depending on cultural beliefs and personal perspectives.

How to Use Sparklers in the Rain

In order to successfully use sparklers in the rain, you need to follow certain steps. First off, you need to make sure the sparklers are dry when you go to light them. See, rain doesn’t produce enough moisture on the stick to extinguish the extremely hot flames. In fact, sparklers can burn underwater as long as they are lit ahead of time. The heat is so intense, it literally vaporizes the water before it can inundate the active compounds. Additionally, you want to make sure you hold them upright to prevent the compounds further down the handle from getting saturated. As long as you keep the pyrotechnic compounds from getting wet, you can use sparklers in the rain without too much fuss.

Best Way to Light Sparklers in the Rain

Lighting your sparklers in the rain is really not too different from a dry scenario. As I mentioned before, it is very important that you keep them dry before they’re lit. Additionally, you’ll want some type of dry place to do the actual lighting process so that they remain dry until they are burning. Once they get wet, they are nearly impossible to light. Lastly, you need to use a suitable sparkler torch lighter since there will be moisture in the air. Also, since wind often accompanies rain, the torch will be easier to deal with in undesirable weather. As long as you have overhead cover and a quality lighter, it works just the same as any other time.

Do All Types of Sparklers Work in the Rain?

Image of a Lit Sparkler in the RainWith so many product variations on the market, it’s only natural to wonder which versions will work the best in damp conditions. Fortunately, most of the standard options you’ll find should work just fine. However, certain versions, such as specialty sparklers, can have issues. Here’s a breakdown of the ones that work and the ones that don’t.

Sparklers That Work in the Rain

When searching for the right version to buy, there are a few features that you should be looking at. First, you want them to be made from a steel wire because the metal will not retain any moisture. Second, you want to avoid any versions that are too long because it will increase the chances of them becoming saturated with water. Fortunately, virtually all wedding sparklers will meet these criteria and work perfectly fine in the rain.

Sparklers That Don’t Work in the Rain

Sadly, there are also a few products on the market that are just a bad fit for this type of scenario. First, you should always avoid versions that have a wooden handle instead of steel wire. The wood can soak up ambient moisture from the air and create issues during the lighting process. Additionally, the wood will soak up rain drops and increase the likelihood of your item becoming water-logged. Similarly, specialty items like cake or bottle sparklers are easily extinguished by water because of how they operate. If you plan to use them on cakes or bottles, you’ll want to be indoors unless you have clear skies.

Other Important Things to Consider

To wrap things up, let’s recap some of the important things to consider before using sparklers in the rain. First, you want to make sure they stay dry until you are ready to use them. That also means you want to avoid using old sparklers that may be expired. Additionally, you want to hold them upright during the performance to reduce exposure. Lastly, you want to make sure that you choose a reliable version and have a good quality torch lighter on hand to make lighting a breeze. If you combine all of these things, you will have the best chance at success.

Obviously, sparklers were designed to be stored and used in dry conditions. And, when it comes to weddings, almost nobody plans on having it raining cats and dogs. However, you can still use sparklers in the rain if you have a solid game plan in place and all the right equipment. Good luck and have a great wedding; rain or shine!