Light Up the Night

Let me tell you a little-known secret about Mr. PAC. Back in the day, he and his friends may have attended large urban dance parties where there may have been a few glow sticks. So as a nod to his footloose and fancy-free days, I thought it’d be a hoot to bring out the glow sticks one more time for our reception.


Photo by Michael Howard Photography


R. Fritz Photography via Schiemer Entertainment Services


Photo by Kory Johnson Photography


Photo by Gresham Photography

And if the glow sticks make their way into the photo booth, all the better. I like the idea of giving our guests a prop, especially if it encourages them to dance. For our grand exit at the end of the night, why not glow sticks! (Has anyone thought to combine glow sticks and flags?)

I was all set to purchase glow sticks when I heard a rumor, substantiated by photos and finally confirmed by our venue, that we can use sparklers. OMG, did you hear that?! The Pain au Chocolat wedding has been approved for sparklers!


Photo by Martin Whitton Photography

Cue shocked, happy face.


Photo by Chad Franz

Sparklers and glow sticks?! I think I might pop out of sheer joy. So now I’m on the hunt for both and looking to the hive for great recommendations on bargain sources!

Does your venue allow sparklers? If not, what are you doing for a send-off?


Mrs. Pain au Chocolat

Wilmington, DE
Wedding Date:
June 2011
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    doxie 166 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:45 am

    yes! i am interested to see where people have gotten their sparklers, as i just found out we can have them too! YIPEE!!!!!

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 11:52 am

    We can have sparklers but I don’t know if I will be using them. Those pictures look great though.

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    futuremrsrichardson 202 posts, Helper bee @ 12:02 pm

    I had a friend that used sparklers for her exit and one of them burned a hole in her dress… after that we chose to do birdseed!

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    twistedknickers 3 posts, Wannabee @ 12:06 pm

    You can buy 10 small glow sticks for a dollar at Micheals. I also bought 25 sparklers for a dollar at the dollar tree last summer for a friend’s wedding. If you live in or near a state that sells fireworks (like Tennesse or Georgia) you can usually ask for a case of sparklers at wholesale prices. Good luck!

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    CLD, Guest @ 12:17 pm has all the glow items you will ever need! LOL

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    Ms October 94 posts, Worker bee @ 12:23 pm

    For the glow sticks and necklaces I would try oriental trading company ( my mom gets them there every year for her 4th of July party. There are a very popular item at our house!

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    Kcoleybear 683 posts, Busy bee @ 12:53 pm

    I love sparkler exits. I so wish we could have sparklers for our wedding.

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:55 pm

    Yay sparklers!! I was very excited when our venue changed their policy!

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    Miss Winter 260 posts, Helper bee @ 1:07 pm

    Dollar tree always carries glow sticks in all types of forms – necklaces, bracelets, wands, etc. They seem to get different items in depending on the season as well.

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    msseal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:23 pm

    That’s awesome! And I think the glow sticks are going to make for amazing photos. I’m fairly certain our venue doesn’t allow sparklers…booooo.

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    lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:10 pm

    I don’t even know if my venue allows sparklers because with a fully daytime wedding I think they just aren’t fun anymore. Therefore we have chosen ribbon wands as our sendoff of choice. :) I’m kind of crushing on the glow stick idea… that would make for some awesome photos!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:42 pm

    Awesome! We’re not having a send-off, but I love, LOVE the sparklers! I’m living vicariously through you, PaC!

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    gazelle 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:56 pm

    Glow sticks??? Awesome!!!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:22 pm

    I am right behind you with the glow sticks!!! I want to do this for our at-home reception too!

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    guest, Guest @ 6:26 pm

    Oh this gives me hope! My venue seriously only allows bubbles and butterflies (yes butterflies!), but maybe I can get glow sticks approved since sparklers are definitely out. Thank you so much!

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    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 7:51 pm

    Congratulations on getting the ok for sparklers!! That’s huge! Do it, do it!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:15 pm

    @futuremrsrichardson: We will be veeeeery careful if the sparklers are used for our exit.
    @twistedknickers: Thanks – good to know about trying local (ahem, across the state line) fireworks stores. Too bad our Costco doesn’t sell bulk sparklers. That’d light up the night!
    @CLD: Will check out that website. Thanks!
    @Ms October: Oriental Trading Co.’s catalog is what got me thinking of glow sticks in the first place!
    @Miss Tartlet & @Mrs. Barrettes: Mr. PaC is still undecided if a send-off logistically works for our reception. I’ve been dreaming of fireworks at my wedding since I was a kid!! You bet I’m using puppy dog eyes.

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    biscuit 627 posts, Busy bee @ 10:03 pm

    I’m not sure if we’ll have a send off since were doing everything in a hotel. I love the look of sparklers though!

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    JGR 9 posts, Newbee @ 10:18 pm

    I love how much fun the sparklers are for a wedding exit! Also, the glow sticks idea – awesome! My fiance definitely attended a few “urban dance parties” as well back in the day! Our friends would totally die if we added this little element to the dance party — thank you so much for the idea!!!

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    carousel 590 posts, Busy bee @ 3:44 am

    Glow sticks and sparkles – I think you’ll totally pull that off!! Your guests will love it :-)

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:18 pm

    I didn’t even bother trying with sparklers for ours. Went to a wedding once where a bunch of us almost caught each other on fire. Don’t want that to happen again! :) I love the glow sticks idea, and I’m sure your Mr. will love it too!

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