Wedding sparklers: How to Use and Dispose of Them

Using wedding sparklers can create a truly memorable send-off for both wedding guests and the newlyweds! However, if not used properly, it can result in unintentional accidents. You can have an absolutely flawless wedding sparkler exit with the proper care and attention! We want to make sure you use wedding sparklers with the utmost care and caution.

Wedding Sparkler Protection

We wanted to take the time at VIP Sparklers to discuss important safety considerations when using wedding sparklers. Other topics we will cover include how to properly light wedding sparklers quickly and safely for you and your wedding party, as well as wedding sparkler safety tips!

VIP Sparklers  has been in the wedding sparkler business for quite some time and has received some fantastic feedback from newlyweds and event wedding planners. When it comes to lighting wedding sparklers, we've discovered that using barbecue lighters, also known as butane lighters, is the safest way to go. Butane lighters are inexpensive and easily available at any convenience store or local shop. We've found that these lighters work best with wedding sparklers because they produce a steady, controlled flame. As we all know, the weather is unpredictable, and even the slightest breeze can make it difficult to light wedding sparklers. The use of a barbecue lighter ensures a quick and easy start to the wedding sparkler festivities!

Once you've lit a couple wedding sparklers, the quickest and safest way to light the rest is to gather a bunch of unlit sparklers and touch them with the tip of the lit wedding sparklers. Using this method to light the wedding sparklers, you can easily light over 150 sparklers in less than thirty seconds. With this method, newlyweds can have a proper send-off by walking through two lines and making an arch-like gesture. When using 20 inch sparklers or 36 inch wedding sparklers, one of the best pieces of advice we can give is to make sure the bride and groom walk casually through the sparkler tunnel and do not rush the process. The photographers will be able to take some truly stunning wedding sparkler pictures by slowly walking through the sparklers.

If your wedding guests include children, request that they be supervised and cautious if they participate in the grand sparkling exit. Children may not be able to handle sparklers as carefully as adults, and as we all know, sparklers are extremely hot. So, for all children and adults, here are some very helpful tips on carefully lighting the wedding sparklers.

How to Light Wedding Sparklers

To avoid sparks, try to light the first wedding sparklers in an area where the wind is not blowing directly at you.

Only light one wedding sparkler at a time at first. When first lit, some wedding sparklers may emit sparks.

Do not use matches to light wedding sparklers. Matches take too long to light and put your hands too close to the top of the sparkler during the process. Using a barbecue lighter allows you to focus on lighting the wedding sparkler rather than on your hands and matches.

Once you've lit a couple of sparklers, you can quickly light the remaining sparklers by touching the lit wedding sparklers to the unlit sparklers. We recommend touching six to ten sparklers at once.

When lighting the sparklers, keep the sparkler at a 30 to 45 degree downward angle. This will allow the unlit sparklers to catch the flame quickly and safely.

Carrying Sparklers While They Are Lit

You've safely lit your 20-inch sparklers and are ready for the wedding exit! While you are taking part in the wedding sparklers festivities, we wanted to make sure you and your wedding party have a safe exit!

Extend your wedding party's arms as far as they can while holding the wedding sparklers. Keep them straight to keep them away from your face, body, and clothing.

Don't just concentrate on keeping the wedding sparklers away from you; be mindful of the wedding party around you to ensure you don't harm them as well.

When waving the sparklers, don't wave them too fast or you'll hurt the people around you.

Keep wedding sparklers away from any flammable materials, such as alcohol, because parties tend to last all night.

How to Dispose of Wedding Sparklers Correctly


The wedding sparklers should be safely disposed of after the bride and groom have exited into the night and the last spark has gone out. Two sparkler buckets of sand or water are recommended. Even though the sparklers are out, they are still extremely hot. The majority of brides fail to include a safe way to dispose of the wedding sparklers. With two buckets, the wedding party can easily place sparklers as they walk by. This also aids in the cleanup process. If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of the wedding sparkler process, please contact our main offices at VIP Sparklers!