Sparklers are one of the most beloved items to use at celebrations; regardless of what you’re celebrating. Whether it’s a major occasion like a wedding or something funky like using them for bottle service, they can contribute a lot. To demonstrate their versatility, I’ve put together this complete guide to using sparklers. I’ll cover a variety times to use them, and drill down into their many uses at weddings specifically.
A Guide to Using Sparklers for General Purposes
There are many general uses for sparklers during a lot of different holidays, parties, and other celebrations. Here is a comprehensive list of all the different ways that you can use them. From the 4th of July to product promotions, here is how people are using our items.
Holidays are the most obvious part of this guide to using sparklers; especially the 4th of July. Most holidays are accompanied by a large celebration, and that is where our products truly shine. Here is a list of holidays that are popular for using sparklers to give you some inspiration.
- 4th of July
- New Year’s Eve
- Veteran’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Valentine’s Day
- Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- President’s Day
- Mother’s Day
- Father’s Day
- Flag Day
- Labor Day
- Patriot’s Day (9/11)
- Columbus Day
No matter which holiday you are celebrating, handing our sparklers as party favors is a great way to take the party up a notch!
Birthday or Other Special Celebrations
Birthday parties are another great occasion to use sparklers for added fun! Most notably, there are special sparklers made to be used on cakes that can make your celebration amazing. However, birthdays are not the only time that they can be used to enhance the event. Here is a list of parties or special celebrations that are also great candidates.
- Birthday parties
- Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
- Corporate Events
Baby Gender Reveal Parties
Gender reveal parties are a very popular way to tell your friends and family the gender of your baby. Additionally, they are a great time to use sparklers to spring the great news! Most couples use pink (red) for girls and blue for boys. However, green is typically for twins, and many people deviate from the traditional color choices. No matter how you choose to use them, they can be a great addition to your celebration!
Raffles and Promotions
Businesses are always looking for a fun way to promote their products, and sparklers can be your golden ticket! First, you can use sparklers at your booth or displays to draw attention to your company. Second, you can hand them out as a “freebie” for stopping by. Either way, they will make a lasting mark on your intended audience.
Another fun feature of cake sparklers is that you can easily attach them to bottles. To make bottle service more appealing, many clubs will use bottle sparklers to make their offerings more enticing. Customers aren’t buying the drinks, they are buying an experience. By decorating their purchases in a dramatic way, you can easily increase profits for a minimal investment.
Though unorthodox, the smoke that sparklers create can be a great insect repellent. Additionally, you can have a lot of fun while you do it! Make sure to buy bamboo or color sparklers to get the most smoke. Regular types with steel handles won’t create smoke and will not be helpful. If you do it right, you can have a lot of fun and keep the biting critters away!
A Guide to Using Sparklers for Weddings
As the nation’s largest supplier of sparklers for weddings, this post wouldn’t be complete without some in-depth details on our very own products. Here is a complete breakdown that can be viewed as a guide to using sparklers at weddings.
Centerpieces and Jars
Centerpieces are one of the simplest ways to display them on your tables. They are very inexpensive, easy to put together, and take no time at all. Additionally, you can use a variety of containers such as vases, buckets, or jars to match your theme. Many couples mix them in with their flowers for a more elegant presentation. Moreover, you can use the jars win a variety of different places; even light the sparklers while they’re in the jar! With creativity, you can find all sorts of decorative ways to use them.
The most common way to use sparklers at a wedding is during the send-off line. Traditionally, guests would toss confetti or rice. Additionally, some couples release doves during their send-off. However, the more humane and eco-friendly option is to use sparklers. Just hand them out, line up your guests, and enjoy your exit with dazzling excitement. Essentially, your guests will create a “sparkling tunnel” as you head off into the sunset for your honeymoon.
Decorate Your Wedding Cake
Many couples make a big deal out of their cake-cutting ceremony. Historically, the couple smashes cake into each other’s face and kiss. However, another option is to place some cake sparklers on each tier. Similar to birthday cakes, they will enhance the appearance and create a dramatic effect. Occasionally, couple will place one on each slice of cake for a spectacular group photo. Conversely, budget-minded couples can only place a few on the very top tier as a cake topper. However you choose to do it, it will make your cake even more breathtaking.
Illuminate Your First Dance
Your first dance is one of the most romantic and wonderful experiences ever! Not only is it your first dance, it’s probably the first chance you’ve had to be close to your new spouse in “private”. Typically, guests stand back at least ten feet to allow everyone to see. Luckily, this gives you a chance to lose yourself in your partner for a few moments. However, why not include your guests in the fun? Luckily, we’ve included this in our guide to using sparklers. By passing out sparklers, you’ll get a fantastic experience and some really memorable pictures. Trust me; it’s definitely worth the trouble.
Excellent Photo Props
Another fun idea is to use them as props in random photos. Whether you orchestrate a group photo or just snap candid shots, they will be a great addition to your scrapbook. Additionally, you can write words, shapes, or numbers in the air with some choreography and patience. Popular creations include spelling the word “love”, writing out your wedding date, and creating shapes like stars and hearts. Remember, photographing sparklers can be a bit difficult; but the payoff is totally worth it!
Light Up the Wedding Aisle
There are several great ways to decorate your wedding aisle. Traditionally, there is a runner, rose petals, and flowers along the path. However, many couples like a source of light as well. For ambiance, candles are a popular option. However, they can be dangerous unless you buy LED versions; which honestly aren’t very impressive. Instead, consider having the guests along the aisle hold sparklers as the bride makes her procession. Nothing will draw more attention to her entrance than that type of warm welcome!
Similar to how they are used in nightclubs, you can use bottle sparklers for your champagne toast at a wedding. Everyone will stop dead in their tracks when the wait staff enters with glittering bottles for all to enjoy. However, you can also keep it more affordable by only decorating the bottles for the head table. It will still be amazing, but also much less expensive.
Replace the Unity Candle or Sand Ceremony
Many couples use a unity candle to symbolize their sacred bond. Similarly, sand ceremonies are also used for this very purpose. However, a fun twist on this tradition comes in the form of a single sparkler. The couple holds it together as its shimmering performance displays the fire that burns within each of them. Overall, it is my favorite way to symbolize unity.
Times You Shouldn’t Use Sparklers
Of course, there are a few moments in life that sparklers are simply not appropriate. Occasions such as funerals are no place for such gimmicks and grandeur. Additionally, there plenty of things you should never do with sparklers at all such as juggling or jumping on a trampoline. I always advise common sense when deciding what activities are appropriate or not. However, in the end, that decision can only be made by you.