Choosing where to buy your wedding sparklers is an important factor and for a number of reasons. Whether you plan to use them to create a spectacular send-off tunnel or simply as wedding favors, your sparklers should be able to perform as intended. Therefore, we have put together the following buyer’s guide to help you to make your choices easier to manage.
Three important factors you want to consider before making your purchase;
- choosing the right type of sparklers for your needs.
- make sure you’re getting the best value for your money.
- make sure you’re purchasing from a reputable source that you can trust.
Each of the above factors will be covered in more detail in this guide.
1. Buying the Right Type of Sparklers
Purchasing the correct type of sparkler for your needs is crucial to a successful experience. Each size sparkler will last for a varying duration, so determining your needs in advance is critical. Most couples know exactly how they want to use them, and that simplifies the process. However, there are other factors to consider as outlined below.
Send-off tunnels are widely considered as the simplest and most elegant option at weddings. The most important factor that you should consider is the number of guests that you plan to invite. You certainly don’t want to end up with sparklers that only last 'a short amount of time' or 'way too long', The following breakdown of the correct sizes for each size celebration will help;
- 30 or Less:
Weddings with 30 or less guests can easily get away with using 10 inch (25 cm) wedding sparklers. Although they only last around 30 seconds that is plenty of time for very small and intimate wedding celebrations.
- 30 to 100 Guests:
Events with up to 100 guests can use 18 inch (45 cm) wedding sparklers for their send-off. Lasting for around 95 seconds (1 minute 35 seconds), these sparklers will last just the right amount time for you to complete your exit in style.
- Over 100 Guests:
Planning a large event does require more manageable solutions. Our 27 inch (70 cm) sparklers are the largest and the longest-lasting wedding sparklers that you can buy in the UK. Lasting for approx. 3 minutes, these mahusive sparklers are large enough to handle celebrations with any size guest list!
Most often couples will want to use sparklers as photo props, to create shapes and/or capture wording in the air - common examples of this can been seen as making a 'heart' or writing the word “love” using the trail that the sparkles leave behind. The long burn time of our 18" (45 cm) sparklers coupled with their easy maneuverability makes these the perfect for sparklers for use in photos.
Using sparklers in vases on your tables can be a great way to display a beautiful, yet functional, favor for your guests to enjoy. Since they will be used “at large”, there’s really no reason to go overboard with too many sparklers, or even large sparklers. You can simply place a few 6 inch (15cm) or 10 inch (25 cm) sparklers on each table which will suffice, and your guests will add to the joy as they use their favors.
Classic Sparklers Vs. Coloured Sparklers
Generally, there are two main sparkler options available for use at weddings, these include the classic (golden) and coloured sparklers (e.g. that produce coloured sparkles). Classic sparklers don’t contain any tinting agents; therefore they are considered “smokeless” and can be used in confined areas indoors. Coloured sparklers will produce extra smoke because they contain various color pigments, and therefore, you should only use coloured sparklers if you are hosting your event outdoors. This also applies to crackling sparklers and colour coated sparklers such as neon and gold painted sparklers.
2. Getting the Best Value for your moneyConfusing price and value is something we all mistakenly do from time to time, particularly when we are planning large events, such as weddings. It’s important to purchase the right item for the right price, and it can be tricky task. Fortunately, we’ve put together the following information to help you get the best overall value at the best possible price.
Shopping for Quality Sparklers
Quality is the most important factor in getting good value for your money. Sometimes going for the cheapest price isn't always the best option, and simply put 'you will get what you pay for'. Take more time to look for quality features such as sparklers that are manufactured by reputable companies. Packaging and other distractions can take the focus off the actual quality of the sparklers, so make sure you pay attention to the sparkler itself. Other factors to look out for is thickness of the sparklers (are they double dipped?), the wire handle thickness (cheap sparklers will have thin wire handles that easily bend), and the burn area of a sparkler (some may have less burn area and will burn down much quicker).
Many people are familiar with brands such as Black Cat, and it’s true that they all offer high grade items. However, the same factories also produce the same high quality items under different names; in particular various brands of sparklers. Compare the reputations between brands before you make your decision. Often times, you can get a better price for the same sparklers in a different box (e.g. a special bundle offer).
Avoid Cheap Discounted Sparklers
When searching for the best price 'within your budget', it can be very tempting to go for those cheap discounted sparklers. However, it’s important that you resist the urge, there are often a lot of “factory seconds”; or in other words, defects, which are circulated in the marketplace. These “discounted” sparklers may be too thinly dipped, dried out, or even damaged. Stick to a reliable and professional source, it is your big day and you certainly don't want be disappointed. Also, you should avoid those illegally imported sparklers that are in a foreign language, often seen on eBay, as you will not be able to read the safety instruction or know whether they are actually suitable for your event.
3. Where You Buy From Makes a Difference
We’ve discussed the different types and the importance of quality, but this guide wouldn’t be complete without mentioning sources. One of the best tools at your disposal is to shop from a reliable and trusted source. Since sparklers in general are available at many different places, we will go over a few of the main ones.
Discount Shops and Markets
Around the 5th of November, many discount stores and market stalls will start to carry a limited selection of fireworks. Among them, traditionally, are sparklers. Normally, they are sold in either very colorful or bonfire night themed style boxes. That makes them less ideal for your big day because they clash with most of the classic wedding color themes. Additionally, they are often made from inferior materials and contain bulking agents such as wood, glass dust and paper pulp. In addition, sparklers made from bamboo (instead of steel wire) are often a little cheaper, but they also smolder and create smoke as they burn down. Though they work great for a garden celebration, they really should be avoided on your wedding day.
Popup Firework Stands
Pop-up Firework Stands will at least have a variety of options from which to choose from. However, their main stock will likely be the same quality you’d otherwise find at a discount shop or market, so be cautious with these. Occasionally, these Pop-up Firework Stands will have actual “wedding sparklers” for sale. But, be sure to inspect the contents carefully, and take note of the thickness of each sparkler as well as the condition of the slurry (grey burn area). In addition to this, there is almost always a large markup on them simply because they are readily available at peak times (in the build up to 5th of November). Though it isn’t your worst option, pop-up Firework Stands aren’t as great of a source as you may think.
Shopping online for your wedding sparklers is widely accepted as the best option. Online stores have a wider selection and less overhead costs because they only operate with a warehouse instead of a storefront. It also allows for easier comparison between various brands and companies. There are several places where you can read reviews about different websites offering their products. When you’re choosing your sparklers for weddings, doing your research is a very important step.
Simply put:Lots of people will look for a fast (often last minute) solution when deciding on their purchase. Basically, you need to plan well in advance and decide how many guests will be attending and how you plan to use your sparklers. With that information in hand, you can then buy appropriate size and quantity of wedding sparklers needed for your wedding. We would personally suggest that you stick to the classic wedding sparklers since they are more suitable for either indoor or outdoor use; this simply takes the guesswork out of your choices. No matter what option you choose, they are sure to be a dazzling addition to your special day!
We hope this helps, and if you would like more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.