I really wanted to share this article with you because safety is a big deal for me. The shot just isn't worth it if it's putting someone in danger. This particular article on wedding sparkler safety is about a photographer but the information is highly relevant to brides as well. The photographer in the article was extremely lucky. After a couple of the wrong type of sparklers exploded in his hand he sustained an injury that could have ended his career, but after months of treatment and rehabilitation he's able to work again with only a few lasting effects from his burns. He's also lucky that he had his partner with him that day to get him to the hospital and help take care of him after the fact. Other people aren't quite so lucky.
There are various types and lengths of sparklers out there. When choosing sparklers for your wedding you will want to make sure that you avoid the shorter ones. Not only do they burn out way too fast to get great images, they're hard to hold onto when they're burning down. The stick gets super hot and the risk of a burn is way higher. As you can see from the images in the linked article, the burns can be pretty severe.
You will also want to avoid all of the colored ones - they have a different chemical composition which also makes them much more volatile. Also, cheaper isn't always better. In some cases it ends up being that you get what you pay for. In this case that could be inferior quality, shorter burn times, unregulated chemical composition and inferior quality testing. A quality product will have an appropriate price tag. The safety of yourselves and your guests is worth every penny.
This is what you should look for in the perfect sparkler: - Low Smoke or Smoke Free - Designated as Safe For Indoor Use - Long! (Minimum of 18") - Not Colored - Ideally Designed For Wedding Use
As always, children should be closely supervised if they are participating and don't forget about having a designated spot for sparklers to be left to cool - a metal bucket filled with sand or water is a great option for letting them cool. You will also want to check into local regulations on the use of sparklers in your area, particularly if you're having a summer wedding.
This is the article that I've been talking about: http://resourcemagonline.com/2015/04/how-the-wrong-sparklers-almost-cost-me-my-wedding-photography-career/51219/ (Link opens in new page)
These links will take you more websites with some helpful tips for using sparklers in your wedding :) http://emmalinebride.com/reception/wedding-sparkler-mistakes-to-avoid/ http://bridalmusings.com/2014/07/4th-july-firework-sparkler-photo-ideas/
Big thanks to fellow Nanaimo photographer James Holland (www.jimhollandphotography.com) for graciously allowing me to use his image in this blog post :)
Happy Wedding Planning! Tanya