A professional firework display is truly the perfect way to finish to the biggest day of your life. Whether you like the big bangs or the quiet chinese lanterns are more your thing, fireworks can be an amazing part of your wedding entertainment in the evening. There are professional display teams covering the whole of the UK and you should find that most are enthusiasts themselves and will be more than happy to answer your questions however silly you think they might be!
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Before you start booking your firework company, it’s a good idea to start by checking that your venue allows them before booking your event. Some venues will not allow fireworks, so please check first, so not to be disappointed.
A really good wedding show will last on average around 7 minutes, don’t go thinking that you need to spend thousands and have a 15 minute show, that’s the biggest misconception with fireworks, short and beautiful is better than long and drawn out. Look for a show around £750-£1200 (as of 2012). There are some companies offering budget displays but it’s always better to pay the right money for a show you’ll be delighted with.
Most display teams can tailor your show to include opening or closing sequences in the colours of your day’s theme but in general their experience means you can pretty much leave them to get on with it and they’ll produce something full of varying colours and effects.
So if you’re looking for something that really will wow, if you’re looking for something to completely surprise your guests, or even your partner then fireworks really are the only option and something you’ll talk about as a part of your day forever.
The exact content of a firework display will depend on your own requirements and on the nature of the site. Ideally the display site should be 50 metres long and 25 metres wide for the fireworks themselves, with a fall-out area clear of marquees, cars etc as display fireworks produce quite a bit of debris and ash. Many firework displays reach heights of 100 metres and care should be taken to avoid areas with overhead power cables, trees etc. Your guests should be 50 – 75 metres from the nearest firework, with the wind travelling from the spectators towards the fireworks.
If your budget doesn’t run to the £600+ for a six minute professional display, firework companies can supply self-fire packages, with names such as “Feisty Bridesmaid” or “Pageboy Mayhem” which will give a display lasting up to 2 minutes from a single ignition, for less than £100. Obviously, you would need to purchase fireworks that conform to British Standard, from a reputable dealer and follow all safety guidelines.
There is a noise limit of 120 decibels for category 3 fireworks, which are the most powerful fireworks available to the general public. New laws were imposed in October 2004, these were primarily aimed at anti-social use of fireworks, including on the spot fines of £80 for “loutish behaviour”. The new Curfew bans the use of fireworks between 11pm-7am. This is extended to 2am-7am on certain nights such as New Years Eve, Chinese New Year and Bonfire Night. Remember, it will be your responsibility to liaise with local authorities and the venue, arrange insurance, ensure that health and safety procedures are adhered to and that there are suitable barriers.