Are wedding fireworks worth it?

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Are wedding fireworks worth it?

Fireworks personify celebration – it announces to the world that you've got something to celebrate by painting the sky with bursts of beautiful colour.

Your wedding day is your perfect day – you and your partner are pampered and the centre of attention for the entire day and there's much to look forward to. From the ceremony itself, seeing friends and family, the wedding breakfast, the speeches and toasts, the cutting of the cake, the first dance to the drink and embarrassing dancing. If you have wedding fireworks, you've still got something extra special to look forward to at the end of it all.

Looking for a way to inject magic, glamour and undeniable sparkle into your big day? Why not light up your night with a dazzling wedding firework display? Once the sun goes down, there's no better way to crown off the end of a fantastic day – not to mention the amazing photo opportunities that go with it. It will give people something to look forward to after the speeches and first dance, and will perhaps wake up a few flagging relatives in the bargain! Not to mention it will make your evening guests feel like they're a special part of the celebrations too. Little ones will be especially delighted to see the sky all lit up, and it will make the day all the more memorable for everyone involved. And if everyone has a sparkler in hand, it can look all the more incredible.

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Obviously, as you know from Bonfire Night, there are quite a few safety regulations to bear in mind and plenty of prep that goes into creating a terrific display that everyone can admire from a safe distance while creating minimal disturbance for locals (and their furry friends) who might live close to the venue. And where sparklers are concerned, you don't want any accidents or clothes getting damaged. The venue organisers (and the photographer) should be able to advise you on the best course of action to take and ensure you do enough preparation to ensure everything goes with a bang.

So while fireworks are a plus point for any wedding, it's not a case of simply setting up the rockets and listening out for the "oohs" and "aahs" of your delighted guests. There are plenty of things you need to consider before you light the fuse on your wedding fireworks.

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Are wedding fireworks expensive?

Although the old saying 'you get what you pay for' does ring true when it comes to fireworks, professional wedding firework displays are more affordable today than ever before.

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There are, however, various factors that will affect the price of your firework display:

The length of the display

The longer the firework display, the more expensive it will be.

Remember also that, though guests will enjoy watching a firework display, it will lose its impact after a short period and, no matter how spectacular your display, guests will want to return to eating, drinking, dancing or chatting.

A display of five to 10 minutes will be enough to delight your guests without costing a fortune. It's better to have a short, high-quality display than a longer one with fewer simultaneous sequences.

The variety of effects and sequences

The more complex and spectacular the firework display, the more expensive it will be and, if you've got the budget to afford them, great! However, if you're on a limited budget, ask your pyrotechnics team to see what they can give you for your allocated budget and, if need be, re-jig the proposed show. A shorter show with better effects will always be better than a longer one that may not be quite so entertaining.

The degree of customisation

Most suppliers of wedding fireworks have standard displays that come at a fixed price. Having a customised display, such as one that only uses the colours of your wedding theme, may be beautiful but it will generally be pricier. Again, if you've got the budget, we say go for it! Who doesn't want a fireworks display, let alone one using your wedding colours?

Whether the display is set to music

Music can add a whole lot of drama to your firework display and having a professional fireworks display choreographed to 'your song' can be incredibly romantic. It's also pretty darn impressive. However, having a new display set to music you've chosen could be a lot more expensive because your fireworks company will need to create a whole new show based on its tone and tempo. Using a song that the supplier has already produced a firework display for will greatly reduce your final cost.


First and foremost, check that your venue allows fireworks on-site because otherwise, you'll end up having to choose between fireworks and your dream venue! If you're getting married on a farm, chances are you won't be allowed due to livestock, and residential areas will also restrict them for obvious reasons.

But of course, where there's a will, there's a way! Many professional fireworks companies offer their own range of quiet fireworks. In plain English, this means that you can still light up the skies with an array of beautiful colours without the dramatic noise.

If you're thinking about doing your own wedding fireworks, think again because 9/10 times the venue will insist on having the fireworks carried out by a professional company simply because they are well trained, aware of safety procedures and not to mention, they guaranteed a fabulous show!

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Start planning from early to make it special 

If you want your wedding to be unique – a magnificent event that's spoken about for months to come – the best way is to put your own stamp on it. So take the time to ensure your display will be bespoke made down to the small details. You can choose your own music and professionals will work to choreograph the fireworks so you can watch the pyrotechnics dance to a song that's dearest to you. Also, you can choose particular sequences to make this display a romantic one, including hearts and emojis. 


The risks and hazards associated with fireworks is something well-experienced companies are very familiar with. Many procedures are put in place to prevent incidents these include venue risk assessment and public liability insurance for all displays so you can enjoy your evening without having to worry. Professionals will also ensure that the fireworks display is located in the safest place possible with a good distance away from spectators.

What extras can I get with my wedding fireworks?

When it comes to fireworks displays, the sky's the limit (sorry!). Many display teams can tailor your fireworks show to include opening or closing sequences in the colours of your wedding day, and there are plenty of extras you can include as well. If you've chosen a musical display, you could choose music that's personal to you, such as your aisle music or first dance. There are heart-shaped fireworks and letter displays. You could even have your guests enjoy sparklers outside as well. 

How big should the fireworks area be?

The exact content of a firework display will depend on your own requirements and the nature of the site. Ideally, the display site should be 50 metres long and 25 metres wide for the fireworks themselves. The fallout area should be clear of marquees, cars etc. This is because display fireworks produce quite a bit of debris and ash. Fireworks reach heights of 100 metres, so it's important to avoid overhead power cables and trees. Your guests should be 50 to 75 metres from the nearest firework, with the wind travelling from the spectators towards the fireworks.

Wedding fireworks: alternatives and extra surprises

Indoor fireworks

You may think that you need an outdoor venue and a dark night sky to include fireworks in your wedding, but it is possible to have limited indoor fireworks, such as silver fountains in the centre of the tables. Always check with the venue before you book these.

Low-noise fireworks

If your venue has noise restrictions, or you just don't like the noise associated with fireworks, it is possible to create 'quiet' fireworks displays designed. Again, check with your fireworks supplier whether they are able to do this, but many will be able to accommodate.

Fire writing

If you're looking for something a little different, but still in the fireworks arena – or as a highlight during your fireworks display – a fun alternative is fire writing. It can be a lovely touch to have you and your spouse's names or initials are written in jets of fire, either side of a flaming heart, in the sky!

Surprise fireworks

Wedding firework displays are often booked as a surprise for the couple, perhaps by a close friend or relative. Most pyrotechnic companies will work with the venue to stage a surprise display. They will use unmarked vehicles when setting up, so if you've got surprise fireworks in mind, either for a couple or for your new spouse, be sure to mention this to your supplier – so they don't blow the surprise.

Do I need a permit?

Some states do require a permit if you intend to hold a fireworks show, so be sure to ask your intended supplier if you need one and whose responsibility it will obtain it, as well as how much it will cost.

It's the perfect finale to your perfect day, so here is our guide to the key things to consider when booking your wedding firework display.

Speak to the venue 

If you're considering a wedding firework display, once you've picked your wedding venue, speak to them about having fireworks. Most venues do allow fireworks; however, some may specify a firing time or using one of their preferred firework companies. There may also be restrictions on the type of fireworks that can be used, such as quiet fireworks, or not permitting fireworks that burn all the way to the ground.

Consider your surroundings

We all love fireworks, however, the same can't be said for farm animals or horses. So it's always useful to think about what's around your wedding venue. A good firework company will help you with this, especially where a venue is in a built-up area, or there are farms or stables in the vicinity. If there are things like that in the vicinity, it's not a problem, and there are a variety of options you can consider – see number 3 for more details!

Quiet or noisy? 

When you think of fireworks, do you think of huge explosions and massive bangs? Of course, your display can be full of wonderful boisterous bursts in the sky. However, if you have a venue that doesn't allow loud fireworks or you have lots of children in your audience, then consider going for a quiet display. If you haven't heard of quiet fireworks, or think that quiet fireworks may be a damp squib, then think again! There have been massive advances in new lower noise products. With a limit of 96dB, what quiet fireworks lack in noise, they make up in beauty, colour and effect. Prepare to be absolutely astounded!

Think of the time

The date of your wedding dictates the time that your display can be fired. If your wedding is mid-June, close to the summer solstice, then it's likely your wedding fireworks will have to be fired about 10:45 pm to ensure it's dark enough (it's illegal to fire fireworks after 11 pm unless it's Bonfire Night or New Year's Eve). If you have an autumn or winter wedding, then you've got a lot more choice in terms of the time of the evening or night that you can have your display. So you can either go for an early evening or look to do something later. So it's easier to work your display around other events like your evening meal, buffet, first dance and disco. Speak to your firework company, and they can talk you through the options in terms of firing times for your specific venue and wedding date.

Consider a surprise

It's amazing when the firework display is a surprise, and either the audience or the bride and groom aren't expecting it. Just when you thought the day couldn't get any better, there's something else toward the end of the night to entertain the guests or surprise the special couple. A good Firework Display company should be able to organise and set up a display inconspicuously, so the game isn't given away until the DJ announces that everyone needs to go outside. We've seen Brides moved to tears because there's another wonderful surprise waiting for her from her thoughtful groom, or her parents. Tell your firework company if you want to keep it hush-hush.

Make it unique

Not everyone has fireworks at their wedding, and so by having them, you're already setting your day apart from others. Consider bespoke your display further to make yours even more unique. At Electrify Pyrotechnics we offer a free colour matching finale (so the fireworks that make up the huge finish at the end of your display match your wedding colour scheme). We also offer fire-writing with the bride and grooms' initials aside a beautiful burning love heart, or the ability to start the display yourself with the press of a button or the push of a plunger. 

Are wedding fireworks worth it?

Are you planning your wedding and needing a way to inject a little bit of magic or glamour? Can you not decide what that extra special touch should be to make your day amazing? It can be difficult to decide if wedding fireworks are a good or bad thing for weddings, and you do need to think of the pros and cons.

Many people ask if wedding fireworks are worth it, and we think they are! Why not light up your night with a dazzling wedding firework display?

You do not have to have a huge budget to have fireworks as we cater for all budgets, large and small. Having Fireworks at your wedding can add that extra bit of magic. Everyone remembers a great display on bonfire night, don't they?! Let that be the case on your wedding day too!

Our five reasons why fireworks are worth it at your wedding:

Indoors or Outdoors?

The best place to do a proper fireworks display is outdoors in a wide-open area. Fireworks can be a great ending to an evening beach wedding, as it's fairly safe to operate fireworks from a barge on the water or even on the sand if the area isn't too populated. Country clubs and golf courses will often allow fireworks - again, talk to the authorities and owners of the venue to make arrangements.

If yours is a smaller budget, an indoor display is possible. Again, safety must be a prime factor. Common sense and proper arrangements with the venue will help, and the venue must have space and ceiling capacity for utilising indoor fireworks.

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Hire a Professional

No matter what option you choose, this cannot be emphasised enough: hire a professional. If you want to save money by having a friend run the show, it's better to save money and not have wedding fireworks at all. So long as you are not planning your wedding on July 4 or New Year's Eve, professionals are available and are worth the cost.

Indoors or outdoors, on a beach or a country club lawn, there will be plenty of debris left over after the display, and whether by mandate or the law of common courtesy, it must be cleaned up. When you hire a professional, they will often take care of cleaning as part of their fee, but if not, be sure to make that arrangement before you sign off.

Frequently Asked Questions About Wedding Fireworks

As a guide most wedding fireworks display packages cost $2,500-$10,000 or more, but averages about $3,000-$5,000 depending on the duration of the show, the number of large shells or special fireworks, if the display is set to music and the number of firing stations (to set off multiple fireworks simultaneously).

Timing is important when it comes to wedding fireworks. A popular option is to have the fireworks towards the end of the reception, almost as a grand finale. Some even use the fireworks as a perfect moment to escape the reception without a drawn-out goodbye!

Pyrotechnic details aren't always allowed. Not all wedding venues permit fireworks, sparklers, and the likes, though-even if they're legal in the state the venue's located in. You'll have to get all the necessary permissions if you want to use them.

A wedding firework display would typically last between 6 and 15 minutes. For a public or corporate display, we would recommend the display duration to be between 18 and 22 minutes.

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