Most brides and grooms have a vision of what they want their wedding to look like. The checklist consists of flowers, dress and tie colors, the dance floor, DJ, food and so much more. But one detail might slip under the radar if they aren’t careful – wedding sparklers!

Don’t tell me you haven’t thought about that perfect wedding sparkler exit to end one of the most magical nights of your life. It’s the perfect cherry on top. And at Direct Sparklers, we make the process of buying wedding sparklers easy.

Wedding Sparklers: In-store or Online?

The first thing you need to know about buying wedding sparklers is how they differ from regular sparklers. The wood sparklers you’d use for the Fourth of July, birthday parties or other celebrations can be purchased at your local retail stores. However, those sparklers aren’t meant for weddings because of their short length, lack of burn time, and the fact that they give off a lot of smoke, which makes it difficult to capture clear pictures.

Wedding sparklers, which are smokeless and longer than regular sparklers, are typically purchased in bulk online. As a direct supplier of wedding sparklers, Direct Sparklers can provide customers with the lowest possible prices while offering quality wedding sparklers.

What Size Sparklers Should I Buy for My Wedding?

The larger your guest list, the longer sparklers you’ll need. If your guest list is over 100 people, short sparklers might not provide enough burn time for everyone to light their sparklers and get into position before your send-off.

#36 sparklers with a burn time of up to 180 seconds ensure that guests have enough time to light all their sparklers at once, and you have enough time to walk through the exit line at least once.

Having a whole extra minute or more of burn time reduces the need to rush and makes everything look more coordinated overall. Once everyone is in place, the 3-minute burn time gives you many opportunities for photos and video in front of a sparkling backdrop.

Standard wedding sparkler burn times:

#10 Gold: 35 seconds

Heart-Shaped Sparklers: 60 seconds

#20 Gold: 90 seconds

#36 Gold: 180 seconds

When is the Best Time to Buy Wedding Sparklers?

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but planning well in advance can alleviate that. The best time to buy wedding sparklers is about a month or two before your wedding. This time frame ensures that you have everything you need in advance, which can help avoid any potential shipping delays. It also isn’t too far in advance where you’d need to store a bunch of sparklers for a long time leading up to the wedding. However, if you run into a situation where you need to store wedding sparklers for a long time, Direct Sparklers wedding sparklers have a shelf life of about 3-5 years.

Unfortunately, not all of us are the best planners. Luckily, Direct Sparklers offers same-day shipping on all orders placed before 2 p.m. EST and next-day shipping on all orders placed after 2 p.m. EST. Once your order is placed, we can be sure that, barring any unforeseen delivery delays, you will receive your order within five days. Refer to this map for more information on shipping timelines for your state.

What Else Do I Need for My Wedding Exit?

Coordinate the Send-off – Before planning a sparkler send-off, you should check with the venue to ensure sparklers are allowed. Some spaces allow sparklers inside, but others only allow them outside the facility. Your venue should know exactly where and when your exit will take place.

Assign Someone to Sparkler Duty – You should assign someone you trust to hand out sparklers and make sure they get lit. This could be a wedding planner, family member or close friend. Your official sparkler delegate can start the lighting, keep everyone in sync and direct guests to form an arch or line of sparklers for you to walk past.

Inform Your Guests of the Sparkler Send-off Plan – Coordination is the most significant part of a successful sparkler send-off. Either leave a note in your wedding program, make a sign that directs your guests on how the send-off will work or have the DJ remind guests before the end of the reception.

Perhaps the most important part of the planning process is to notify the photographer where and when the send-off is taking place. This allows them to prepare the best lighting and angles for your photos.

Have a Test Run – Before lighting the sparklers on your big day, make sure to test them to get an idea of how long they last and how bright they shine. Here is where you can decide where to pause for a photo opportunity.

Have a Disposal Plan – Once the send-off is complete, guests need a safe place to deposit the used sparklers. Keep metal buckets filled with sand or water at each exit as a sparkler drop-off point and have your delegated sparkler assistant let everyone know where to deposit the used sparkler wires.

Well, you’re all set. Now that you have all the information you need to plan a successful, efficient and safe wedding sparkler exit, it’s time to pick the best sparklers for your wedding. Remember, don’t let wedding planning stress you out. If you prepare ahead of time, the process will go much smoother, making it more enjoyable. And the same can be said for your send-off – with a bit of planning, your send-off will be a shimmering success! Shop online at Direct Sparklers for the best wedding sparklers today.