I’ve always been pretty traditional when it comes to daydreaming about my future wedding — heck, some may say it even borders on boring. I tend to go for simple flowers, soft colors and haven’t even considered the wonders of the chocolate fountain. But then I heard about VIP Sparklers, the worldwide manufacturer and supplier of sparklers and novelty items. Translation: They can make a bride and groom’s day shine — literally! I recently had the chance to chat with William Lester, the CEO behind this illuminating company (see what I did there?), so read on for the 411 on winter wedding tips and trends you don’t want to miss! xoxo
Tell me about your shop. What’s the inspiration behind its launch?
VIP Sparklers has been in business for more than 10 years and was one of the first companies to bring champagne bottle sparklers to the nightlife industry at the time. We actually found our way into the wedding industry when I was honored to be the best man at a lifelong friends wedding. He put me in charge of finding wedding sparklers since we already sold our widely popular bottle sparklers. After doing a tremendous amount of work trying to locate wedding sparklers, the ones we were able to find from various vendors were your typical Fourth of July sparklers. These sparklers were either wooden or bamboo and gave off tremendous amounts of smoke and an extreme sulfur smell that wasn’t suitable for weddings. The channels and hurdles it took for us to finally locate true wedding sparklers was entirely too difficult for us, let alone the average bride. A couple months after the wedding sparkler farewell went off like fairy tale, we got in touch with some amazing wedding planners and coordinators. They helped create a way for brides to find an easy way to get true wedding sparklers for their big day! Today, we still have our doors open and have been lucky enough to be a part of thousands of weddings by bringing a sparkling end to their wedding night!
Your shop features so many inspiring finds. What inspires you the most?
Our inspiration stems from the joy we feel whenever we’re a part of making special events even more fantastic and amazing; we want to share the VIP experience with everyone! We are dedicated to following our slogan: Our products will be the least expensive item in your wedding or event, but the most memorable at the same time! We manufacture our products with the finest materials, and we focus on the highest quality for all our products. VIP Sparklers strives to feature new and exciting products for our customers, so we’re constantly expanding our inventory list at the most affordable prices. We are proud to be a part of special days and events everywhere! Recently, we have add our heart-shaped wedding sparklers, which have been getting rave reviews for fun bridal photos with the wedding party!
What are your top 3 tips for wedding shopping and finding great deals?
Our tips for finding great deals for wedding shopping is to plan ahead of time and don’t put it off until the last minute, no matter how big or small the items are for your wedding or special event. Many brides forget to order wedding sparklers, sky lanterns or other items and wait until the last week to order these items. In such cases, we can’t always guarantee arrival of their products for their event. All of our products have a shelf life of two years, so we strongly encourage our customers to place their order 2-3 months in advance. Plus, it’s always one more thing to cross off that long wedding list every bride has! If time isn’t a priority, we even offer free shipping for all wedding sparkler orders.
What are some of your favorite wedding trends for the winter? What really makes a winter wedding pop and not feel so drab?
Our popular winter wedding products tend to be the sky lanterns, confetti cannons and the smaller wedding sparklers. These are items that can be easily used in any kind of weather and are fun to use at any occasion. Any season can be transformed with wedding sparklers! Our true wedding sparklers are actually often used for winter weddings and help glow up the night!
What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
We have so many favorite products; it’s honestly tough to narrow it to just one. Our top three favorite items to get for any celebration is our 36-inch wedding sparkler, champagne bottle sparklers and premium sparklers. Our 36-inch wedding sparklers happen to be one of our most popular items as they take the best pictures at the end of the wedding night. These sparklers are so long that the bride and groom are almost walking under the sparklers, creating a magical tunnel to go through. These wedding sparklers have an extended burn time, ensuring a casual exit free of time constraints!