No matter where you are holding your event, sparklers are a popular wedding favor that everyone enjoys. Over the decades, there have been many fad items that turn up from time to time. However, using sparklers for weddings has always remained in style since they hit the scene in the early 2000s. But not everyone knows how to navigate the different options available or know how many to purchase. So, I’ve put together this ultimate guide to 20 inch wedding sparklers to give you an edge during your planning. Here is what you need to know.
General Information About 20 Inch Wedding Sparklers
There are always a few questions that bubble to the top as the most popular, and that’s where I will begin this guide. Knowing the basics will help you decide if this size is the right choice, as well as offer you some creative concepts. Here is a rundown of the things I get asked about most.
Bests Uses for Them at an Event
People often buy products based on their gut feeling rather than doing their homework. However, each sparkler size has their own uses that they’re designed for. On the flip side, certain versions are a terrible choice for specific activities. Here are the most popular ideas for this size and whether or not they are a good fit.
Using Them in Your Photos
There are a lot of different props people use when they are posing for their photo shoot. Fortunately, 20 inch long sparklers are by far the best choice for this activity! First off, they are the perfect length for the job on all fronts. They are long enough to last over 1 ½ minutes so you can create your words or shapes. However, they are not too long to comfortably handle during the process. For great photos, these two factors are incredibly important.
Additionally, they are much more cost effective than longer versions; which will come in handy as you perform your photo shoot. It can be difficult to get things right the first time, so you may end up going through quite a few of them. If you choose a more expensive option, it can add up quick! However, going shorter will make posing in your photos nearly impossible. When you add up all these factors, the 20 inch variety is by far the best-suited for this situation.
Mixing Them into Your Centerpieces
Another ideal use for the 20 inch version is placing them in your centerpieces. Ultimately, you have two options when crafting them; either mix them in with flowers or have them be a standalone decoration. If you mix them with flowers, it’s best to find a tall vase so you can show off your luscious green stems. However, for a standalone centerpiece, its best to place them in a sparkler bucket to hide them as much as possible. This can be a great way to dress up your reception tables, and it also makes handing them out an easy task.
Using Them to Perform a Wedding Exit
A recurring theme you’ll notice throughout my guide to 20 inch wedding sparklers is versatility. Most versions are limited in their scope, but this size happens to be the most versatile out there. Not only do they work great in photos and centerpieces, but they also work great when performing a wedding exit. Overall, the only limitation here is the number of people you have participating. As long as your guest list is around 100 people, these will work great to illuminate your path as you make your exit.
Different Types of Sparklers in This Length
Besides the length, the way an item performs has a lot to do with how it should be used. If you look at the selection at a brick-and-mortar fireworks store, you’ll see that there are gold and color options available. However, there are two versions that stand out if you want to use them at your wedding; neon colored or gold versions. Here are the pros and cons of each version so you can make the choice that’s best for you.
Smokeless Gold Version
Overall, most people opt for the gold version because they are considered smokeless. If your event is taking place inside a building, choosing a smokeless variety is basically required. However, they can be a great choice for outdoor events, too. If your sparkler creates too much smoke, it will make your photos lifeless and hazy. By choosing the gold version, you can expect crystal clear pictures that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Additionally, they are the easiest version to find; so that makes them a great choice to keep your celebration planning headaches to a minimum.
Neon Colored Version
Some couples want an item that will set their event apart from the rest, and that’s when neon sparklers are the right choice. Their “electric” neon colors will steal the show, and that is desirable to many people. However, these wild colors also have a nasty byproduct; smoke. Sadly, that means you should only use them at outdoor events or run the risk of smoking out your guests. Additionally, you want to wait until it’s very dark outside before using neon colored versions so you can enjoy the full effect. Unfortunately, the colors don’t really pop if there is other light pollution present at your event.
Shipping, Delivery, and When to Purchase
People are frequently asking me about shipping and delivery details for our products. Mainly, they want to know when they should make their purchase so they have a realistic timeline. Since no ultimate guide to 20 inch wedding sparklers would be complete without this info, I’ve outlined it below. Here’s what you need to know.
When Should I Order So They Arrive in Time?
Under normal circumstances, most items ship out on the same day that the order is placed. Unless your items are on backorder, this is a pretty reliable metric. Once they’ve shipped, it all comes down to which type of shipping method you select at checkout. The cheapest option will allow you to receive your items in 5-14 business days. However, if you need them sooner, you can choose ground shipping and they will arrive in 1-6 business days. Ultimately, you’ll need to decide if the extra fees are worth the earlier arrival date.
How Does Delivery Work?
Delivery of your sparklers works pretty much the same as it does when you order from anywhere. You’ll get a tracking number for your order, and then the delivery person will drop the package on your doorstep. However, if you place a very large order, you may need to be present to sign for the package. This is to protect both you and the retailer in the event of theft or lost parcels.
Should I Buy Online or Shop Locally?
Deciding where to buy sparklers will ultimately come down to their availability locally. Some people live in states where there are year-round stores open, while others do not have this luxury. Additionally, you need to consider pricing since most brick-and-mortar locations charge a premium to have them on hand. When you balance out all of these factors, I always recommend choosing an online store versus shopping locally. It’s typically the cheapest and most efficient way to acquire them, and that is very valuable when planning a large celebration.
Properly Storing the Extra Sparklers and When to Use Them
Most people want to order plenty of items to ensure they don’t run out on their big day. However, this usually means you end up with extras that you’ll need to store and use at a future date. Fortunately, sparklers don’t expire for several years if you store them the right way. Additionally, there are plenty of great uses for them throughout the year to use up those extras. Here is what you need to know so you store them properly and use them in a timely fashion.
Ways to Use the Extras: A Guide to 20 Inch Wedding Sparklers Leftovers
Whether it’s New Year’s or a graduation party, it’s always a great time to use your leftover products! Busting out a few sparklers always brightens peoples’ moods, so it’s actually pretty smart to keep some on hand. Here are some fun ideas that you can try at home.
- Celebrate milestone events like anniversaries, graduations, and more.
- Decorate your favorite dessert or put sparklers on a birthday cake.
- Celebrate the midnight hour on New Year’s Eve.
- Use them as stocking-stuffers or put them in your Easter baskets.
- Hand them out to friends on the 4th of July.
This is just a snapshot of all the possibilities out there. However, you can easily see that your leftovers will not go to waste with just an iota of effort.
Storage Methods to Keep Them Longer
In order to maximize their shelf life, you need to know how to properly store our products. If you do it correctly, they can remain usable for many years to come. However, if you make a big mistake, you’ll end up with a soggy and useless box of wasted money. Here’s how to get the job done right.
- Place them in storage bags and squeeze out the air before sealing them. Optionally, you can use a vacuum sealer for even better results.
- Store your sealed leftovers in plastic storage bins.
- Fireworks hate water, so always keep them in a dry place that is far away from moisture sources.
- Sore your totes in a dark place that isn’t too warm. Sparklers deteriorate in sunlight and heat over time, so finding the right location is very important.
By adhering to these tips, you will achieve the longest usable life for your extra items. Though nothing lasts forever, this will maintain their freshness for the longest amount of time. On average, you can expect at least a three year shelf life if you follow all the guidelines correctly.
Safety Guide to 20 Inch Wedding Sparklers
You should never mess around when it comes to safety; particularly when you’re using fireworks. Fortunately, they are actually quite safe and accidents are rare when you follow all the standard sparkler safety rules. However, there are a few things to keep in mind that relate specifically to 20 inch versions of our products. Here is a breakdown of the most important things to consider before you use them.
Safely Getting Them Lit
There are many ways to get your items lit, but certain methods are faster, safer, and more efficient. Here is a list of the best ways to do it, as well as the worst ways. Hopefully, you’ll select an option from the correct list.
In general, most handheld lighters will do the job safely. However, the best way overall is to use a sparkler torch because they do it so quickly. However, here is a complete list of the best options at your disposal.
- Handheld sparkler torches are the most efficient.
- Handheld butane lighters are the most affordable option.
- Using one lit sparkler to light the rest is both safe and speedy.
Conversely, there are a few items that are not well-suited at all for this task. The biggest one that comes to mind is matches, but there are others worthy of this list as well. Here is a complete list of poor choices that you should avoid.
- Matches are difficult to handle and can easily burn the tips of your fingers. Using matches to light sparklers is never recommend.
- Candles can tip over and accidentally light something on fire.
- Propane torches create too large of a flame, so injuries are more common.
Safely Handling Your Items
Of course, the lighting process is only one aspect of being safe when using sparklers. So, it’s important to consider all of the factors carefully before you begin. Here is a list of the most important ones to adhere to strictly.
- Make sure there are no obstacles nearby that you may bump into.
- Always light your items in a very open space.
- Keep at least five foot radius’ between people using them.
- Do not use them if you are inebriated by drugs or alcohol.
- Monitor children closely through direct supervision.
- Keep safety equipment and first aid kits on hand in case something goes wrong.
Is it Legal to Use 20 Inch Sparklers for Weddings?
According the national regulations, sparklers are considered “novelties” and are legal in all 50 states. They are not regulated in the same way consumer fireworks are, so you can rest easy knowing that you won’t get in big trouble. However, there are certain state firework laws that ban their use during certain times of the year. Typically, this is due to windy conditions or severe droughts. Make sure you call your local city hall or fire department if you aren’t familiar with your local regulations. It’s easy to make a phone call than it is to explain yourself to police.
Are 20 Inch Sparklers Right for My Celebration?
Hopefully, I’ve covered all your questions during this ultimate guide to 20 inch wedding sparklers. I spent a lot of time scouring through emails to find the most common questions and tried to address them here. However, there’s always a chance I missed something or you have a more unique situation. Please feel free to contact us if there’s something I left out. I’m always here to answer your queries, and I love hearing different ideas and concepts. Congratulations on your big day, and I hope this helped you decide which products will work best for you!