Having sparklers at your wedding can be an amazing addition. They work great for all sorts of activities including send-off lines, photo props, and even as table decorations. However, in order to display them properly, you may need a few wedding sparkler Accessories to complete your package. There is a wide variety of things you might need including a way to light your sparklers, vessels to hold them, and even little items to dress them up. We will cover all of the accessory options available as well as some suggestions for how they should be used.
Displaying them with Wedding Sparkler Accessories
One of the most overlooked factors when using wedding sparklers is how they are presented. You need a way to hand them out to your guests, and there are a few great accessories to help you accomplish that. Here are some classic display vessels so you can get the look you want.
Galvanized Steel Bucket
One of the most popular and simplest ways to display your wedding sparklers is to place them in a galvanized steel bucket. This method works great for any wedding theme, particularly for rustic or country themes. Just place your sparklers in the bucket and fan them out. Place the bucket in a highly visible spot like the guest book table. Also, adding a small sign to let people know to take one can make your life a lot easier.
Vases are another great way to display them at your reception. Similar to buckets, you just need to put then in the vessel so they can be seen in a visible area. However, many couple’s find that a glass vase is much more appealing and elegant than galvanized steel. If you want a cleaner look, then glass vases are the right choice for you.
One more interesting approach is to suspend your sparklers from a clothesline above each table. Nothing grabs a guests attention like a sparkler hanging at eye level! Just space them out evenly and clip them to the line with clothespins. You’ll need to hang you clothesline at the appropriate height based on the length of wedding sparklers that you choose. You want your guests to be able to converse and make eye contact, but you also want them easily visible. It may take a few trys, but in the end it is totally worth it.
Probably the easiest way to display them is by including them in your existing centerpieces. They blend in nicely with either real or wooden roses, and it makes life easy. Just add an instruction card near each centerpiece so your guests know what to do.
Notifying Your Guests about Them
Having a great display setup is important, but letting everyone know when and where to use them is just as important. Here are some great wedding sparkler accessories to help you get the word out. These also ensure everyone is on the same page.
Make an Announcement
Though not an actual “accessory”, making an announcement is a simple way to notify your guests. You can use the microphone, a bullhorn; whatever will get people’s attention. Just make sure to rehearse ahead of time so you know what to stay. Clamming up in front of an audience is not a good way to get things going.
A cute way to notify your guests about your activity is to post a sign somewhere. That makes them one of the best accessories for sparklers! A common place to put one is at the entrance to your ceremony seating. Romantic phrases like “let love sparkle” along with when your wedding exit will take place is also typical. You still may want to make an announcement, though, just to be safe.
Placing a small table tent by each centerpiece is another great wedding sparkler accessory option. You can layout all the details including where to get them, how to use them, and when it will take place. Putting the information right in front of your guests is always the best bet; it takes all the guesswork out of the process.
Decorating Your Wedding Sparklers
There are many fun ways to decorate your wedding sparklers to make them even more attractive. Most of these ideas are very inexpensive and simple. Additionally, that means they can fit into any budget without looking tacky. Here are a few of the most popular methods.
Using tags to decorate your sparklers is a simple and elegant option. There are plenty of great pre-made sparkler tags that simply slip over them available on Etsy. The typically have a clever romantic phrase written on them. For instance, these tags say “Light the Way” on them, which is quite popular. For an additional fee, some sellers will allow you to personalize your tags. You can put your names and wedding date on each one, but it will cost you a little more, too.
Ribbons are probably the least expensive option, but they require a tad more labor. You’ll need to tie a ribbon around each one individually, and that can take some time for larger celebrations. However, it’s a great way to decorate them for almost no financial commitment at all.
Sparkler holders are pretty much the Cadillac of decoration options. Essentially, you’re removing them from the box and placing them instead in a decorative card. They look a little nicer than the regular boxes, and they come in a variety of color options to match any color scheme. We have several free wedding sparkler holder templates here that you can download for free.
Wedding Sparkler Accessories for Getting Them Lit
Lighting your sparklers is just as important as making them look good. If it isn’t simple for your guests to get theirs lit, it can create all sorts of problems. Here are some wedding sparkler accessories to help you get them all lit fast and efficiently.
Punks are an attractive option because your ignition source is constantly lit. They are like a big unscented incense stick that continuously glows red hot. However, punks can be somewhat unreliable for this purpose. Additionally, they can only light one sparkler at a time at best. In my opinion, stay away from punks.
Matches are one of the cutest ways to light wedding sparklers, but they are also pretty inefficient. The one upside is that you can have them custom printed with your names and wedding date on them. Additionally, they can be a cool keepsake for your guests to take home. However, they aren’t an efficient choice for your guests in this scenario.
Lighters are probably the most obvious choice, and they are a good one, too. A good quality BIC lighter will get the job done just fine, but a barbecue grill lighter is best. They are easy to light, and that makes it faster for your guests. You can even get them personalized for an additional charge. Try to avoid using really inexpensive lighters; they are not very reliable. Windproof Lighters like a Zippo are another great choice,
Candles are one of the best wedding sparkler accessories for lighting several at once. There is nothing like a big open flame to make lighting things a fast and simple process. However, if it is an outdoor affair, wind can be an issue. Candles are tough to keep lit in the wind, so they should only be used for indoor settings.
Propane torches are undoubtedly the fastest way to light several of them at the same time. Additionally, it will blast out a huge flame even in the windiest of conditions. However, they are also the most dangerous option. They should only be used in outdoor scenarios and handled by a single responsible party. Safety should always be your chief concern on your big day.
Similar to using a punk, you can light a sparkler using another one that is already lit. Just light one “sacrificial” sparkler and use it to light several other ones quickly. Watch out, though; the temperature of a sparkler is incredibly hot! However, as long as you are careful, it is a safe and easy way to get the job done.
Accessories for Extinguishing your Wedding Sparklers
Of course, you need to make sure that every sparkler is completely extinguished and properly disposed of. Throwing them in the trash while they are still hot can lead to a fire! Here are some wedding sparkler accessories to make sure they are completely out for safe disposal.
Bucket of Sand
Filling up a metal bucket with sand is a great option. It is pretty much the same thing that you do for an outdoor ashtray. The sand suffocates the sparklers so the fizzle out almost immediately. It’s a cheap and easy way to get the task completed.
Tossing your spent sparklers into a fire pit is another simple option that many couples use. As long as you have a nice big fire, the steel wire should pretty much disintegrate. Additionally, the extra heat is a great addition to any outdoor reception; particularly if you’re planning a fall wedding.
Bucket of Water
Water is the king of all extinguishers, so having a big bucket is the best option by far. Just have your guests toss there spent steel sticks into the bucket after your planned activity. Immediately, they will be completely extinguished and safe to handle or dispose of.
Accessories for Safety
Lastly, we will cover the accessories you’ll need on hand for safety reasons. Whether someone gets injured or there’s a fire, being prepared is critical. Of course, you will likely not need any of these things if you follow the proper safety precautions while using your wedding sparklers. However, it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Here’s what you’ll need.
First Aid Kit
A solid first aid kit should always be on hand at a wedding. This is even more important if you plan to use sparklers! No matter what injury someone might sustain, you’ll need to be prepared. A good first aid kit will contain the following:
- burn cream
- sterile gauze dressings
- sterile eye dressings
- triangular bandages
- rolled bandages
- safety pins
- disposable sterile gloves
- alcohol-free cleaning wipes
- medical gauze tape
- thermometer (preferably disposable forehead type)
- skin rash cream, such as hydro-cortisone
- cream to relieve insect bites and stings
- antiseptic cream
- painkillers such as ibuprofen
- cough medicine
- antihistamine tablets
- distilled water for cleaning wounds
By having a complete first aid kit on hand at your event, you can ensure a safe experience for everyone. As I said, it is very unlikely that you will need to use any of these things.
Having a good quality fire extinguisher on hand is always a must. Only trust a reputable brand like Kidde to ensure proper operation. Additionally, you should familiarize yourself with the fire extinguisher locations on-site. If you’re renting your venue, they probably will have a few on the premises. Knowing where they are all located will ensure a quick resolution in the event of an emergency. A good working fire extinguisher is one of the most important wedding sparkler accessories.
Finally, you need to have a plan ahead of time for emergencies. This not only covers burns or fires, but other things like weather too. If a bad storm whips through, you need to have a plan. That makes it one of the best wedding sparkler accessories imaginable! If someone gets injured, you need to know what to do quickly. By putting together an emergency plan and rehearsing it, you can better handle anything that may happen during your big celebration.
This guide should have covered pretty much all the types of wedding sparkler accessories out there. From displaying and decorating them to lighting and disposing of them, hopefully this answered any questions you may have had. Many of these accessories can be found where you buy your wedding sparklers. Our products are generally safe when properly used, and we are very proud of that. Take the time to plan ahead and know what you’re doing to have a safe and exciting ceremony and reception!