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Wedding Sparklers vs. Regular Sparklers: The Differences

When most couples shop for sparklers for their wedding, it can be tough to understand how they’re different from the regular sparklers you find at any given fireworks store. After all, sparklers are sparklers to most people; so why can’t you just buy the first ones that you come across. Unfortunately, there are some key difference that make some sparklers appropriate for use at a wedding while others are not, and being able to identify those differences will help you when you’re shopping.

Some people make the mistake of thinking that the packaging is the only difference between the two types of sparklers and that it is all just marketing gimmicks. Life would be a lot easier if that were true, but unfortunately that’s just not the case. To be safe, you need to buy actual wedding sparklers which are chemically different than the other ones that you see on store shelves. Here’s what you need to know so you don’t make the mistake of buying regular sparklers be accident.

Sparkler Color

The most important factor when choosing sparklers to use at your wedding will be their color. The only color that actual wedding sparklers come in is gold because that is the natural color that the powder used to make them burns. When a sparkler burns, it is so hot that any toxins it would normally produce are torched as well. That means you don’t have to worry about breathing in the fumes or having copious amounts of smoke to contend with. If you buy sparklers of any other color, they add pigments which create toxins and smoke as they burn.


Handle Material

Sparklers come in two types of handle options; wooden or metal. Similar to adding color pigments, sparklers made with a wooden handle will create extra smoke which is less than ideal in a wedding setting. Actual wedding sparklers will always be made with metal handles, so don’t buy any type that is made with wood instead.


Lastly, and probably the least important, is the packaging that the sparklers come in. Regular sparklers are packaged for the 4th of July and will come in boxes that are more patriotic and will stick out next to your wedding decorations. Keeping your wedding theme consistent is important to many brides, so this is what they usually notice first. Most reputable brands will be packaged in boxes that are much more suitable for weddings, and that can be an important aspect to many brides. However, some wedding sparklers will still come in ugly packaging, but you can always remove them from the box and decorate them with ribbons or sparkler tags to dress them up.

Though the packaging that your sparklers are sold in will be the first thing you notice, that is not the determining factor of what separates them from regular sparklers. Since many weddings are held indoors, the most important things to look for are the color that they burn and what the handles are made from. Knowing what it takes to make sparklers friendly for use at your wedding, it should be easy to see the differences between them and regular sparklers so you can make the right purchase.

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