Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Is there any difference between wedding sparklers and other kinds of sparklers?
A:  Definitely!   Here are the important differences between our wedding sparklers and ordinary sparklers you can find at fireworks stands.

Wire Sparkler vs. Wooden Sparklers:  Our sparklers are made on a steel wire.  The cheapest sparklers come with a wooden handle, often in bright colors.  When they burn, wood sparklers are smokier than wire sparklers because they burn up completely. The smoke is bad for taking photographs.  Wire sparklers are the least smokey.  Wooden sparklers also drop burning ashes--bad for clothes and whatever might be on the floor or ground.  Wire sparklers drop little if any ash at all.

Long Sparklers vs. Short Sparklers:  Our sparklers are designed to burn long enough so that you can A)get all of your guests' sparklers lit at the same time and B)burn long enough for you to get all the beautiful photos you want of the bride and groom exiting through the sparkler sendoff line.  Short sparklers burn out too quickly for this to happen.  Short sparklers are a no-no for sparkler sendoffs.

Easy-Light Tip vs. No Tip:  Sparklers are hard to light.  But we designed ours with a special primer tip to make them easier and faster to light.  Ordinary sparklers do not have the black, easy-light tip, and can be next to impossible to light, particularly if it's windy, misting, or rainy.

Q:  How many sparklers should I buy?
 Rule of thumb is one to two #20 sparkler per invited guest.  #20 sparklers are also called Wedding Sendoff Sparklers. They are designed to burn long enough so that each guest will only need one.  If you are using shorter sparklers, for instance for sparkler writing, for children, or for lighting other sparklers, just figure 2-3 sparklers per guest.

Q:  How many sparklers should I give each guest?
A:  For Wedding Sendoff Sparklers (#20 sparklers), two  per guest will be enough.  Although some guests will not use them, you will still need extras for practice, rehearsal, for lighting other sparklers, or for posed photos with your photographer.  Better to have too many, than not enough.

Q:  What is the best way to light sparklers?
A:  Either use another sparkler or a windproof lighter.  Matches and ordinary lighters are not hot enough to light sparklers.

Q:  If I buy them now, will they keep until my wedding? What is the shelf life of wedding sparklers?
A:  Sparklers will keep for years as long as they are stored dry.

Q:  Can you ship sparklers to me?  
A:  We can and do ship sparklers to every state in the continental USA.

Q:  How fast can they get here?
A:  Your order is usually shipped within one business day of receiving it.  UPS ground is the shipping service we use.  

Q:  What if I don't like your sparklers?
A:  All of our products come with a 365-day money-back guarantee.  Just return them for a refund or credit.  See our Refunds and Returns Policy.

Q:  Will I be able to use them at the venue where we are holding my reception?
A:  You should check with your venue manager to see if the venue allows sparklers to be used there.  It's also a good idea to go visit the venue, and plan exactly where you want to stage your Sparkler Sendoff.

Q:  Are they legal to use in my state?
A:  State and local laws on use of sparklers change frequently.  Check this link to state fireworks laws.  Although sparklers may not be mentioned specifically, they are considered to be "consumer fireworks" or "Novelties approved by U.S. DOT or deregulated by DOT"  Our sparklers do not contain any chlorates or perchlorates.

Q:  Do you guarantee your sparklers?
A:  Yes, for 365 days from date of purchase.  See our Refunds and Returns policy.

Q:  How do I get all of the guests at my reception lit up at the same time, arranged the way I want them and still have time for the photos to get taken?

A:  There's a detailed article that shows you how to do that on our blog.  Look for the article called "Making Magic with Sparklers in Your Wedding."  There is also a video on sparkler lighting here.

Q:  How long have you been in business?

A:  Celebration Sparklers was founded in 2006 and has been providing sparklers for weddings ever since.

Q:  How can I reach you if I have questions?

A:  Our mailing address, phone numbers, email, etc. are all listed on the Contact Us page.  Our warehouse and offices are located in Northern Virginia, near Washington, DC. Eastern time zone.  You can reach us Monday through Friday, 9-5, Eastern time.  If you leave us a message or send us an email, we usually reply within 1 business day.

Q:  What do I do with the burned out sparklers?

A:  We suggest you set up buckets of sand. When the sparklers burn out, just push the burned end down into the sand.  It's not a good idea to drop them on the ground.  Bare wedding party feet can still get burned from sparklers, which stay hot for awhile even after they are burned out.