It's not much of a secret that I put in an unfathomable number of hours working on my wedding.  If there was a project to be done, I found it and did it.  I've thought about putting together an inventory of all the things I made, but then I feared that I would actually be embarrassed by how much time/effort I put into one day if I put it all down on paper.  I still might do it, just for posterity's sake.  

From the arrival of the first guests to the footsteps of the most champagne-inebriated of my friends dragging themselves up the highway to the after-party at a friend's nearby home, our wedding was about 7 hours long.  As these things go, that's pretty long, but even still, as all newlyweds seem to say, the day really did fly by.  Since much of it was a blur, you might think that I would regret some of the smaller details that I never even saw on the wedding day.  Honestly, though, there are very few, if any, things that I regret about the preparations for my wedding day.  

This is not to say that I don't admit some, er, mistakes.  For example, there are apparently some differences between wedding sparklers and the sparklers that you buy at your average 4th of July fireworks stand.  The #1 difference?

Photography by Betsy Limbaugh

Our "exit" (quotation marks because it was staged...we were absolutely not ready to leave!) evoked more than a little coughing, maybe some hacking, even.  In all the blog entries that I saw for all the weddings with sparkler exits, there was never mention of a substantive difference between sparklers.  Even the online vendors of wedding sparklers never obviously mentioned this detail.  Sure, most of the wedding ones looked longer, but to be honest, I didn't really want to pass through a gauntlet of 36" fire-wielding sticks. I just thought it was another ploy by the wedding industry to charge luxury prices for an everyman good.  And I, sir, would have none of that!  (Note:  If I ever go into the wedding sparkler business, you better believe that I'd put a big, bold note saying, "Hey, you are paying a premium here because these do indeed fulfill a need that Bubba's State Line Firework's can't fulfill!")

Which leads me to difference #2: PRICE.  Cost for 200 sparklers from a fireworks tent the day after the 4th of July: <$10.  The price of 200 "wedding" sparklers: ~$45.  

But you know, in the end, I don't really regret it.  It saved me $35 (which I guess in the grand scheme of things, is arguably insignificant), and it was pretty freakin' hilarious.  I actually really like the photos of it, because we basically look like bad ass action heroes.  "Yeah, we just got married, but I guess we could spare a few moments to, I don't know, save some people from a burning building.  No big deal."


  1. i was more than a bit surprised at the amount of smoke... we did the same thing when we got married and did not have the smoke at all. they were from the side of the road in south carolina and turned out great. we didn't have as many though... only had about 20ish people compared to your 100 (:

  2. It was still lovely. And you guys are badass.

  3. it was funny- but those type of things are the ones that will keep you laughing for years!

  4. Charlotte, you raise an interesting point. Perhaps it's because they were colored and made of bamboo. Who knows?!

  5. Yep! Never buy bamboo sparklers for a wedding. They are very smokey and the bamboo burns off and drops on the ground, which is dirty and hot. Not good if gals have kicked off their shoes at the end of the night! Always buy high quality, wire sparklers...like found at www.BuySparklers.com

  6. That's funny, because my parents were specifically excited that they were made out of bamboo because if anyone just dropped them in the yard, it wouldn't be a big deal. Pros and cons, I guess.


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