"As a wedding planner, safety is always a prime focus. While the idea of a sparkler exit seems beautiful and harmless, I never really love the idea of people who have been drinking handling fireworks but I had a beautiful bride who really wanted photos with the guests holding sparklers.
When she showed up to drop off her items she had purchased extra long-burning sparklers that were 30" long. While I cautioned against using them, she decided she really wanted them and wanting to make her happy, I agreed.
The photographer gathered all the guests in a circle in the courtyard of an older historic venue, my team passed out the sparklers and lit them while the bride and groom danced in the center of the circle. As I stood on the opposite side of the circle an intoxicated gentleman thought it would be funny to drop his lit sparkler into a vase of remaining sparklers.
A 4" flame shot out of the glass vase and fire jumped to the bushes bordering the courtyard. Thankfully the bushes had just been replanted and were bright green so they caught fire slowly but they were also a border to the giant canopy oak tree that was the focal point of the courtyard.
The tree was very dry and brittle so my heart stopped when the fire shot up and in my mind I saw a vision of the whole tree going up in flames along with the buildings it branched out over. Thankfully some quick acting guests grabbed bottles of water and put out the fire.
The couple had to pay to replace the bushes and the venue changed their policy to no longer allow sparklers at events! So, I now strongly suggest other beautiful wedding exit ideas instead of sparklers."