Happy 4th of July!

Okay so it's still only the 3rd, but we thought we'd get the celebrations started early, with a little Independence Day inspiration - that works all year 'round.

Nothing screams 4th of July more than fireworks and sparklers.

And who doesn't love them? Not only are they pretty and fun, but they add such a sense of occasion to a party - and look pretty awesome in the pictures too!

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Photo by Mango Studios via Ruffled

Of course a full firework display can be pricey, but if you have room in your budget, it's an epic way to finish out your wedding day, with a bang - literally.

And for the rest of us, a sparkler send-off is an equally special way to light up the night, as you leave the party.

Of course there are a few things to remember...

The Sparkler Send-Off

If you're planning a sparkler send-off, be sure to let your photographer, and your guests know in advance. Sometimes you just have to organise the fun!

Sparkler cards, with a couple of sparklers in them, make great favours, as well as letting the party know what time to light them up.

If you don't have a lot of smokers among your guest list, be sure to provide matches or lighters to avoid a staggered sparkle!

Look for extra long sparklers for your send-off, so that they last long enough for some perfect snaps (and don't singe your hair!)

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Photo by Tessa J Photography via 100 Layer Cake

Added Sparkle

Sparklers don't have to be kept until the send-off, you can feature them in your getting ready shots, as part of your ceremony, in your portraits, or even on your cake.

If your heart is set on one of those dreamy long exposure sparkle shots, be sure to tell your photographer in advance, as they may need an assistant, or special equipment to set up the shot.

If you're planning to feature sparklers at your wedding, why not introduce them with your engagement photos or save the date, so your guests know to expect a little sparkle.

Finally, if you have splashed out on fireworks, be sure to check that they are weatherproof, that all safety measures have been taken, and make sure you're synced up on what time they'll go off... You don't want the sky to light up, while you're still enjoying your post-dinner coffee!

And now some pictorial inspiration to inspire a little sparkle for your wedding day...

Effervescent Engagement

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Photo by Jennie Andrews Photography via Inspired by This

Adorable Americana

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Photo by CJK Visuals via Style Me Pretty

Photo Op

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Photo by Scott Lawrence via Style Me Pretty

Let Love Shine

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Photo by Janet Howard Studio via Style Me Pretty

All My Heart

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Photo by Paper Heart Photography via The Wedding Chicks

Ceremonial Sparkle

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Photo by Elizabeth Messina Photography via Brides

Cherry on Top

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Photo by Mustard Seed Photography via Ruffled

Fancy Flares

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Photo by Chris Spira Photography via Belle & Chic

What a Sparkler?

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Photo by Bianca Wilde Photography via Envy The Bride

Circle of Sparkle

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Photo by Rad + In Love via Style Me Pretty

Kiss the Bride

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Photo by Jose Villa Photography

Magical Night

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Photo by Amy Arrington Photography via The Wedding Chicks

Solo Sparkler

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Photo by Endearing Studios via Floridian Weddings

Light Up the Night

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Photo by Jillian Mitchell Photography via Style Me Pretty

Epic Romance

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Photo by Jess Barfield Photography via Style Me Pretty

Sweet Send-off

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Photo by Amy Caroline Photography via Style Me Pretty

Lovely Lights

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Photo by Alixanne Loosle Photography via Inspired by This

Picture Perfect

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Photo by Haley Sheffield via Southern Weddings

The Big Finish

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Photo via Brides

The View from Above

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Photo by Jen Fariello Photography via Style Me Pretty

Dream Come True

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Photo by Rebecca Arthurs Photography via Style Me Pretty

Oh photos like these just make me feel so warm and glowy!

Do let us know your 4th of July plans, and if you have any more tips on featuring sparklers or fireworks at your wedding, please share them in the comments below.

For more 4th of July wedding inspiration, check out Americana prettiness, here + here