Fireworks are becoming an increasingly popular feature at weddings across the UK. One factor driving this popularity is that fireworks are more accessible than ever before. Yet, there are still a large number of couples looking ahead to their weddings that dismiss fireworks because they don’t realise how easy it could be to incorporate them into their day.
With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about wedding fireworks, kindly contributed by Wedding Fireworks.
You Can Plan Them, Or Wait and See If You Have Budget Left!
If you plan to have fireworks at your wedding from day one, and thus have catered for them in your wedding budget, then great. If you haven’t, then that doesn’t mean you cannot have them at your wedding should you decide you want them later. Even if you get a few weeks out from your wedding, and find you have even £500 – £1,000 left in your budget, there’s still time to organize a fireworks display.
Whichever situation you find yourself in, planning them far in advance or adding them at the last minute, you have a number of different options you can choose from.
Before you pursue any particular choice, be sure to speak with your wedding venue first just to make sure they will allow you to hold a fireworks display at all first and foremost, but also to check any specific rules or regulations they may have. Some venues may not allow you to hold your own display, some will only let you if they take care of it themselves, while others will be fine with anything so long as you let them know what is happening.
Buy Fireworks, Hold Your Own Display
This is one of the most popular choices for wedding fireworks today, as most fireworks companies are now able to send you a fireworks pack with a firing site layout and remote ignition kit to take care of everything yourself. So long as you follow the layout and hook everything up to the remote ignition kit, and keep the fireworks covered if you’re unfortunate enough for your big day to be visited by the rain, taking care of your own display is easy. Some couples even enjoy the event of hitting the button to fire the display themselves.
If you don’t opt for the self-firing option, you can always buy your own fireworks and ask a guest that doesn’t consume alcohol to light them.
Remember though that the self-firing option is designed to give you a professional display without needing a fireworks company present on the day.
Buy Fireworks, Ask the Venue to Fire the Display
On one hand, if you buy your own fireworks you will usually save money. On the other, your wedding venue might have a set price for a fireworks display anyway, or could insist they use the fireworks they buy themselves because they know what they’re doing with them. Things might be different if you buy the remote firing kit and just need someone that works there to press the button, though don’t be surprised if you’re told they’re not insured even to do that.
Ask the Venue to Take Care of Everything
As wedding venues have seen more and more fireworks displays taking place on their premises, they’ve cleverly jumped on-board this trend and many now offer their own displays in-house. While some venues will have partnered up with fireworks companies, many will just be using a remote firing kit and charging you a few hundred pounds more than you might otherwise pay were you to buy it yourself. Even those who bring in a fireworks company on your behalf will still be making a profit, so consider whether the middleman – your wedding venue in this case – is providing you value.
One of the major drawbacks with using a venue to take care of the display is that you could easily encounter the same problem as if you used their house DJ or house band and they weren’t very good. Your display might be something generic that doesn’t reflect what you want at all. After all, if they’re not fireworks specialists, they aren’t going to understand all the nuances and possibilities that fireworks displays present.
That all being said, if you’re a couple of weeks out for your wedding and just want things sorting quickly, and you’re not that bothered about the specifics of your fireworks display, this can be a worthwhile option.
If you have a little more time, then ask your venue if they have testimonials specifically for their fireworks displays, and ask about their experience or any videos they have of displays they have performed.
Hire a Professional Fireworks Display Company
If you shop around and choose a great fireworks company, you’ll find this option surprisingly cost effective. You’ll be able to find a short, five-minute fireworks display from as little as £595, while it doesn’t cost you a fortune if you want something bigger and altogether more spectacular, either.
The best rule of thumb to follow when finding a professional fireworks display company is to find one that charges you for the whole display. There are some out there that charge you per minute your display lasts, and sell this as you having full control over your display, but then charge £300 – £400 per minute, which represents very poor value.
Most fireworks display companies will take care of liaising with the venue, too, so once the venue has given the “OK” to your fireworks display you just need to send an introductory email between fireworks company and venue, and everything will be taken care of for you.
How to Make Your Wedding Fireworks Choice
There’s no right way or wrong way to have fireworks at your wedding, it comes down to your budget, the venue, and the type of display you wish to have. Look into all four options regardless of your budget, and if you have your ‘wish list’ of the type of display you’d like to have it’ll fast become clear which option is the best one for you.
Firework Crazy is the UK’s leading fireworks seller, providing the UK’s biggest range of fireworks. Firework Crazy also comprises the Wedding Fireworks brand, a specialist arm of the company that provides awe-inspiring fireworks displays for weddings and other parties and events. In 2016 Firework Crazy were the winners of the Firework Champions event at Belvoir Castle.
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