How To Properly Do A Sparkler Send-Off

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  1. Make sure your venue allows a sparkler sendoff.  Ask for a good location.  Make sure there isn’t any fire hazards (overhanging branches, dead leaves and dry brush)
  2. Kitty litter, yes kitty litter.  Get a big bucket from Home Depot (don’t get fancy on this, it won’t be seen in the photos).  Get one of those orange buckets from Home Depot and fill it with a big bag of kitty litter.  Try and get it half way filled up.  Don’t use water.  Why not?  Water may not put out the sparkler quick enough.  The sparkler runs so hot that it may continue to burn in the water.  Kitty litter will snuff out the sparkler quickly (you can use sand too).
  3. Use extra long sparklers designated for send offs ( not the 4th of July kind).  You want the long sparklers so no one gets their hands burned or burns someone else.  You want the sparklers at least 20” long.  There are plenty of places you can google for this.
  4. Depending on your number of guests, have at least 1 long butane lighter for every 10 guests.  That way when guests are directed to light up the sparklers it will be done quickly and most people’s sparklers will last the same length of time.
  5. Line up guests in two rows.  Keep guests at a safe distance so they don’t burn each other.  When everything is set.  The wedding coordinator will instruct everyone to light their sparklers together (by butane lighters and already lit sparklers).  The wedding coordinator should have already prepped the bride and groom before they exit (hidden in the back somewhere)
  6. The wedding coordinator will ask for all the guests to do a 10 second countdown.  When the guests hit 1 to place their sparklers in the air as the bride and groom exit.
  7. If your wedding is ending late and you are anxious to ensure you have enough guests to be part of this fun portion of the wedding, do this on an earlier part of the evening.  Plan this out with your wedding coordinator to see where it fits in.

Hope this is helpful!