As if wedding planning needed more complication, wedding sparklers are now a thing. Yes, those “safe” fireworks-adjacent sticks of spark-spewing metal that your childhood self played with on Independence Day. They are still crackling fun as adults. They still create ghost “tracers” for clever photographs.

And, depending on brand quality, they still shed sparks that will burn a hole in your dress or tux. It turns out not all sparklers are equal, so we set out to determine which brands make the best sparklers for wedding parties.

Comparison Table

Best Sparklers For Wedding

Details

Price

VIP Wedding Sparklers

Designed to be attached to champagne bottles for a dramatic presentation

$$

Wholesale Sparklers

Provides a smaller selection of sparkler options

$$

Sparkles R Us

Received high marks for their easy-to-shop site

$$

Wedding Sparkler Outlet

Keeping things simple is a major Wedding Sparkler Outlet feature

$$$

Wedding Day Sparklers

It's not just fire; it's fire with a purpose

$$$

Wedding Sparklers USA

Has enough sparklers at a price to make every wedding planner happy

$

Best Sparklers For Wedding FAQs

1. What Is A Sparkler?

A sparkler is a type of firework, usually made of a 10-inch long iron wire with one end coated in a solution of oxidizer and specific metal shavings. When lit, the oxidizer will ignite and glow, causing the metal shavings to crackle and shoot small sparks a short distance.

They are relatively safe when used with caution and many types can be handheld. The un-dipped end of the wire serves as a handle and can also be stuck into a fire-resistant, permeable surface (such as a cake). The best sparklers for wedding purposes typically last 60-90 seconds once lit.

2. Are Sparklers Legal In My State?

Excellent question, as this will affect your decisions about sparklers before you have even made a purchase. Each state (and city/town) has different rules regarding fireworks. You need to check your local regulations. This means your best sparklers for wedding purposes are none.

Additionally, most online shopping sites (we found the best deals on Ebay) will not ship to you if sparklers are prohibited in your area. If you are traveling to your wedding, note that sparklers are TSA-prohibited, so you cannot bring them in your carry-on or checked luggage.

3. Can I Get Sparklers In My Wedding Colors?

To clarify, we are referring to the color of the sparks from a lit sparkler. (Unlit sparklers tend to look like sticks of grey metal.) The type of metal particles mixed with the oxidizer dictate the spark color and burn properties. Most sparklers burn with a gold, silver, or white color.

Champagne glasses sparklers

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It is possible to get other colors. However, the color often affects the burn quality. This includes burning too dark or too hot, as well as uncontrolled sparks that become a safety issue. Our near-unanimous research said the best sparklers for wedding use burn silver and/or white.

3. How Do I Make Those Cool Tracer Pictures?

None other than artist Pablo Picasso made a series of “photo paintings” using sparklers. The quickest answer to this question is that you need to turn your flash off. Because they burn incredibly bright, sparklers can serve as an extended-time “flash” for photographs. It is like having a spotlight. If you move the sparkler around, you can selectively light people and objects. (PLEASE see our safety notes below.

Getting a spark in your eye or hair is bad, as is burning tiny holes in expensive wedding attire.) The more advanced answer to this question is, you need to adjust the exposure settings on your camera. We do not have space here for details beyond “there's an app for that.”

4. How Many Sparklers Do I Need Per Guest?

Our best sparklers for wedding planning research team could not find a consensus on the number of sparklers per guest. There will be guests who are not interested in sparklers. There will be others who verge on being a pyromaniac. However, someone made a common-sense set of suggestions: Plan a specific time and use for sparklers.

One example is to create a dramatic “introducing the bride and groom” moment where they enter the dance floor down an aisle created by guests holding sparklers. Limiting the usage like this helps you with creative ideas and makes it easier to budget your needs.

5. What Is The Best Way To Light A Sparkler?

Wedding cake with sparklers

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You can light the best sparklers for wedding purposes with a match or a lighter. One trick is to light one sparkler with another. This is similar to large gatherings using candles. A single candle can light many others. This makes a great wedding toast, where the light of the couple can light a party full of friends and family.

6. What About Best Sparklers For Wedding Safety?

Getting real serious for a moment, weddings tend to have a few risk factors when it comes to fireworks. We consulted a firefighter for safety tips, and he gave us five of the best sparklers for wedding safety tips:

  • Children must be supervised. Wedding receptions often involve alcohol, so include childlike adults in this category. Alcohol and spark-emitting fireworks are an ill-advised combo.
  • Sparklers shoot sparks and particles, so keep them away from eyes. (Eye protection is highly recommended.)
  • Because they emit smoke and fumes, sparklers should only be used outdoors.
  • Be wary of flammable clothing, decorations, wood structures (like decks and railings), dry plants/landscaping, and hairspray. Sparks tend to ignite things.
  • Have a fully charged fire extinguisher on hand and someone briefed on where it is and how to use it.

How We Reviewed

People raising lit sparklers while bride and groom kissing

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To find the best sparklers for wedding magic, we took a look at wedding planning sites for suggestions, then compiled a list of sparkler types and suppliers with the highest ratings. We considered wedding party delight factor, price (including volume discounts), sparkler quality, and supplier reliability.

This started as a long list with more than 30 suppliers, so our team debated the pros vs. cons of our research findings to narrow it down to the best 10. We read so many reviews (and looked at that many wedding albums) that It felt like we had crashed a whole year's worth of weddings.

Overall Price Range

Sorting out the best sparklers for wedding pricing can be a little tricky, as they are often sold in volume packages. Some packages have as few as 10 sparklers. Others have as many as 140. There is also the issue of different sparkler styles and sizes. Fortunately, we were able to narrow our selections to a range of about $10 for 40 sparklers to about $50 for 140. This allows for budget options, as well as bigger parties.

What We Reviewed

  • VIP Wedding Sparklers
  • Wholesale Sparklers
  • Sparks R Us
  • Wedding Sparkler Outlets
  • Wedding Day Sparklers
  • Wedding Sparklers USA

VIP Wedding Sparklers

VIP Wedding Sparklers

Image via VIP Wedding Sparklers website

Description

VIP Wedding Sparklers offers a variety of sparkler packages tailored to how you plan to use them. Their options include large volumes of traditional 10-inch stick sparklers, longer sparklers (up to 36 inches) that burn longer, and sparklers designed to be attached to champagne bottles for a dramatic presentation.

Price $$

Where To Buy

Quality

VIP Wedding Sparklers (the company) received some of the highest marks on our list, both for their product quality and their responsiveness.

Design

Sparkler design is straightforward (they are basically metal sticks), but VIP's offerings of heart-shaped and champagne bottle-specific sparklers takes this a notch above. Their packaging also makes it very easy to select based on how many guests you'll have and how you intend to use their sparklers.

Customer Service

VIP Wedding Sparklers (the company) received some of the highest marks on our list. Their website is easy to navigate and shop. Their shipping is prompt, and their customer service is responsive.

Wholesale Sparklers

Wholesale Sparklers

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Description

Wholesale Sparklers provides a smaller selection of sparkler options. However, they received high marks for product quality and customer support.

Price $$

Where To Buy

Quality

Customers gave high marks for the quality of Wholesale's sparklers, as well as customer support responsiveness if there are any issues with the products as delivered.

Design

Wholesale's sparkler options are more narrow than some other vendors, but the designs available are of equal quality and function with all other contenders.

Customer Service

Wholesale's shopping experience is highly rated by customers, including the web shopping experience, shipping promptness, and customer support if there is anything off about your order.

Sparkles R Us

Sparkles R Us

Image via Sparkles R Us website

Description

Sparkles R Us received high marks for their easy-to-shop site, which includes safety recommendations for different sparkler styles and uses, pictures showing exactly what their sparklers look like in action, and a package selection process that instantly shows your guest number vs. pricing breakdowns.

Price $$

Where To Buy

Quality

We found only rave reviews for Sparkles R Us's product quality.

Design

The images showing Sparkles R Us sparklers in action puts them a notch above everyone in the design category. You can see what you get in action.

Customer Service

Though we could not find any instances of customer returns, the reviews of Sparkles R Us customer service responsiveness and helpfulness during the shopping portion of the transaction still place them at the top of our list.

Wedding Sparkler Outlet

Wedding Sparkler Outlet

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Description

Wedding Sparkler Outlet has a deceptively narrow product line on a rather simple site. What they lack in variety and panache, they more than make up for in simple shopping and rave customer reviews. Even their site tells you they have more than 10,500 five-star reviews.

Price $$$

Where To Buy

Quality

Five stars for product quality from just about every review we could find.

Design

The sparklers are straightforward and Wedding Sparkler Outlet's website shopping experience is the least complicated of those we reviewed. There's definitely something to be said for simple, especially when you are dealing with the myriad of other details involved in planning a wedding.

Customer Service

Keeping things simple is a major Wedding Sparkler Outlet feature, right down to the rapid response customer service team. You will get your order the way you ordered it and be replaced and/or refunded if anything goes awry.

Wedding Day Sparklers

Wedding Day Sparklers

Image via Wedding Day Sparklers website

Description

​Aside from Wedding Day Sparklers' rave customer reviews across a number of platforms, we particularly liked their discussion of different ways to incorporate sparklers into your wedding and reception ceremonies. It helps you go from the notion of sparklers to envisioning when, where, and how your guests will use them to make the festivities more memorable. It's not just fire; it's fire with a purpose.

Price $$$

Where To Buy

Quality

​These are on par with the best for both product quality and shopping experience.

Design

Sparklers are straightforward, but the shopping experience and recommendations for how sparklers can be used at your wedding/reception put Wedding Day Sparklers a step above.

Customer Service

Immediately responsive so that you can worry about other aspects of your wedding planning.

Wedding Sparklers USA

Wedding Sparklers USA

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Description

Even if it were not for their high customer service ratings, Wedding Sparklers USA would have made our list on price alone. Their website and offerings are not as fancy as the other sites, but the shopping experience is still straightforward, and you will find enough sparklers at a price to make every wedding planner happy.

Price $

Where To Buy

Quality

They might be the least expensive, but reviews say their shopping and product quality shine with the rest of our best sparklers for wedding use.

Design

​The shopping experience and products are no frills and straightforward.

Customer Service

They were the only site on our list that uses text (Facebook Messenger) right there on the home page. Easy to communicate with and responsive from shopping, through sale, through any issues with shipping or returns.

The Verdict

Sparkle firecracker

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It is difficult to go wrong with the vendors we selected for this list. They range from bare bones price (Wedding Sparklers USA) to all-frills shopping experience (Wedding Day Sparklers). However, everyone we spoke with says the first step in your best sparklers for wedding experience starts with knowing how you want sparklers incorporated into your ceremony and/or festivities.

Do you want simple buckets of sparklers on tables, which means guests (including kids) lighting them up all over the place? Do you want a dramatic sparkler “arch” leading the happy couple to the dance floor? Do you want bottles of champagne entering the reception with all the drama of sparks showering to the ground? Once you have this idea formed, sifting through the sites we found here will make choosing the sparklers themselves and easy adventure.

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