April 26, 2023
Sparkler shots are one of my favourite additions to a wedding day. I have been photographing weddings for 7 years and the love for sparkler images never fades.
So, whilst sparklers add such a fun addition to your wedding day and create some pretty cool photographs, here I am being the fun police and probably stating the obvious. However, all the below points are really important to consider if you’re having sparklers on your wedding day! At the end of the day, I just want to make sure you’re safe whilst getting these amazing images.
In a snapshot;
Mixing drunk guests and a hot piece of metal do not mix… so make sure you’re doing your sparklers at a time where you and your guests are still sober enough to operate. Ideally, just after sunset in “blue hour” is best, however they can be done earlier in the evening.
The biggest mistake I see are guests who are all bunched up. I will always tell your guests to make two lines, with lots of space between them.
Guests need to hold their sparklers high so you can walk down the middle of the sparkler tunnel without catching fire.
The best sparklers to use are the GOLD 18″ (45cm) sparklers. These burn for around two minutes, giving everyone a chance to get their sparklers lit, giving me the best chance of taking that killer image. Here’s a link to the sparklers I have tried and tested that I know are perfect for the job: link
If you buy silver sparklers they can burn sort of blue, so the best ones are the Gold sparklers, which give off a lovely warm light. The ones I have linked above are also smoke free!! Do yourselves a favour and invest a little bit more on decent sparklers or you’ll be disappointed with the results.
As all the sparklers need to be lit at the same time, a sparkler shot can be a logistical challenge so make sure you’re working as a team. I recommend having at least one lighter every 4 people, however the blow torch lighters are the best!! So I massively recommend buying these.
Speak with your venue about this but the best way to dispose of your sparklers is a sand bucket, make sure everyone uses this and doesn’t discard them on the ground!!
As your photographer I will guide you and your guests! If everyone listens then we will have a stress-free, fun time with your guard of honour sparkler line. I will tell you what to do on the day, but its best to just have fun!!! Run down the line, walk slow and stop half way for a dip kiss, wave a sparkler each… you decide!!
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