March 15, 2009

Buying Wedding Sparklers

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 8:55 pm by Dory

(Image from Julie Weaver Photography)

They are called the new trend for weddings: exiting under a tunnel of sparklers. I love this craze, but it’s a little daunting to realize how much it might cost. As always, I did quite a bit of research, and here is what I found:

Bamboo vs Wire

There are two different types of sparklers: bamboo and wire. Bamboo, while cheaper (and it is MUCH cheaper), can be extremely dangerous, especially when you’re talking about yards and yards of a beautiful white fabric known as a wedding dress. The bamboo sparklers are known to splinter and break when waved around (and who are we kidding, we all wave those sparklers around when they’re lit). So unless you want to have this happen at your wedding, don’t get bamboo sparklers. Spend a bit more and know you will not be a walking candle.

Sparkler Size

This is not as black-and-white an issue as the type of sparkler. The size you get really depends on your budget and preference. Obviously, the longer sparkler you get, the longer time you will have them lit and then can walk down through them. But the longer the sparkler, the more it costs.

In addition, you have to think that if you get the longest sparkler, then there may be more time for problems. The longest sparklers are 36″. That’s 3 feet! That means that you have to make sure the guests back up three feet more while they’re waving the sparklers around, or you may be a candle bride. Just something to keep in mind.

As for the burn times, each website claims different things. I haven’t tested each out, but this is the most common idea for burn time:

  • 8 inches: 30-40 seconds
  • 10 inches: 45 seconds
  • 12 inches: 60 seconds
  • 14 inches: 70 seconds
  • 18 inches: 100 seconds
  • 20 inches: 120 seconds
  • 24 inches: 150 seconds (over 2 minutes)
  • 36 inches: 180-240 seconds (3-4 minutes)

Where to Buy Sparklers

The number one rule for buying sparklers for your wedding: Never say it is for your wedding. They will cost more money. Don’t believe me? Look at Their 20 inch regular sparklers are $24 for 48 sparklers. Their 20 inch wedding sparklers are $28 for 48 sparklers. Same sparklers, different packaging. I’d much rather get the 4th of July packaging and save a few bucks!

So here’s a breakdown of some online dealers and their prices. I have this as a nice chart, but unfortunately, I can’t post it here.

10 Inch Sparklers

  • $45/288 or $0.16 a piece
  • bamboo sparklers only
  • $7.98/96 or $0.09 a piece
  • $19.75/144 or $0.14 a piece

14-Inch Sparklers

  • $16.99/72 or $0.24 a piece
  • $21.48/36 or $0.60 a piece

20-Inch Sparklers

  • $35/48 or $0.73 a piece
  • $24/48 or $0.50 a piece
  • $2.25/6 or $0.38 a piece (minimum order 48 sleeves of 6 pieces)
  • $12.20/24 or $0.51 a piece
  • $7.25/12 or $0.61 a piece
  • $63.78/96 or $0.66 a piece

36-Inch Sparklers

  • $60/48 or $1.25 a piece
  • $27/24 or $1.13 a piece
  • $5.99/6 or $1.00 a piece
  • $31.20/24 or $1.30 a piece
  • $13.45/12 or $1.12 a piece

Just to let you know what I did, we ended up buying our sparklers from They were quick, great service, and we figured we’d enjoy the extra sparklers this summer, or we’d pass them on to another lucky bride.

(Image from Wild Bills Fireworks)



  1. Ashley said,

    We’re going to buy our sparklers after the Fourth of July. They got on a deep discount then.

  2. watcat said,

    Hi this blog is great I will be recommending it to friends.

  3. Allison said,

    You’re fantastic 🙂 We just hit the “less than 18 months to go” mark before our wedding and while fiance is chilling in NYC without a care in the world, I’m up here in Boston slowly, quietly starting to worry about our lack of planning. While we have a reception place, no other details have been worked out. Your entire blog is amazing, but I love this little detail about the sparklers as a fantastic getaway with sparklers was one of my little fantasies. Looks like it might be a possible reality. Yay! Thanks again 🙂

  4. Dory said,

    Allison, don’t worry about the 18 month mark at all. We got engaged and got everything together with 18 months. The next step I would advise is to look at photographers. I’ll be writing a whole post dedicated to photography soon (hopefully). My first advice is to see what types of pictures you like. Then, once you’ve narrowed it down to a few photographers, ask to see an entire album from a wedding. Don’t just get their favorites in a portfolio. It’s important to see an entire day of their pictures. You’ll really see the quality of their work this way.

    I’m so glad you enjoy the blog! If you have any recommendations for further posts, please let me know!

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