How Much Does A 20-minute Wedding Firework Show Cost?

When you're budgeting for a firework display for your event the critical consideration you must take into account is how much money you're willing to part with and it's always best to stick to it!

We can always adjust our packages or create a whole new kit for your specific needs so don't be disheartened if we don't already have on the website what you want. When considering a budget, consider what it is you want. Quiet fireworks display perhaps, daytime fireworks, or an all aerial display with a vast Golden Canopy ending?

Here is a rough price guide which we think works the best to give you a fantastic display, however, these prices are not fixed, please be mindful that an £800 display lasting 3 minutes rather than 5 minutes will be more spectacular as more is being fired in a shorter period, this does not mean £800 over 5 minutes won't be dramatic!

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A large number of our enquiries both to Firework Crazy as well as via our dedicated Wedding Fireworks website surround the cost of a wedding fireworks display. The answer to how much a wedding fireworks display should cost, like with many things, is 'it depends.'

Fireworks are classified by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms into two main categories: consumer fireworks, the small fireworks people buy for events like the Fourth of July; and display fireworks, larger displays generally done by professional pyrotechnicians.

While it may seem obvious that we're going to pat ourselves on the back here, we're passionate about giving you your perfect wedding fireworks display, your way. We also appreciate that couples often spend tens of thousands of pounds on their whole wedding; even a 'cheap wedding' can efficiently run to £3,000 – £4,000. With this in mind, we look to keep the cost of our wedding firework displays affordable, meaning we're a great option whether you have some of your wedding budget leftover or are looking for a display that won't break the bank.

For some, the most critical decision on the Fourth of July is how many hot dogs to eat or maybe how spangled of a vest is appropriate for the parade. For others, it's getting ready for the ultimate staple celebration on Independence Day -- the fireworks show.

With an estimated 14,000 shows across the country, according to Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association, you likely have your choice of patriotic pyrotechnics. With local shows or nationally broadcast ones, large or small, whether they're set to Neil Diamond or the National Symphony Orchestra, blowing things up in the sky to celebrate our freedom has come a long way since fireworks were used in America's first birthday in 1777.

The largest Fourth of July fireworks show in the country -- the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular -- is set against the New York City skyline and has some big pyrotechnics and dollars behind it.

At the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, workers fire off an average 1,600 shells per minute, which is more than three times the average of an entire local community show. It is viewed by more than 3 million spectators and has a TV audience of more than 8 million. That amount of explosive power and coordination requires a year's worth of planning.

"It's a highly successful collaboration between the two teams at (Pyro Spectaculars by) Souza and Macy's that has been built over almost three decades," says Orlando Veras, Macy's fireworks spokesman. But in the end, though the Macy's team may know what each shell is supposed to look like, dry runs are a little challenging to do in the pyrotechnics industry.

"There is no dress rehearsal," Veras says. "A unique element in the design and creation of the Macy's fireworks for our team is that we experience it at the very same time the rest of the nation does. It's a magical moment for the team."

And given the number of shells in the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, its estimated cost is nothing short of its namesake. Even at wholesale rates, the price could be almost $6 million for the fireworks alone. That's a lot of buck for the bang.

How much do fireworks cost?

The cost of a professional firework display can vary enormously depending on the intensity, size and number of fireworks fired and the duration of the show. That depends so much on what you are calling a 'decent' fireworks display. At the end of a major sporting event, the team might pay $100,000 to a quarter-million dollars for their presentation. It would be spectacular to see & to pay for. But that is chump change for a large organisation. If you are planning a large family reunion, you could put a pretty beautiful display on for a few thousand dollars. They aren't cheap in either case, but many people could put on a pretty good show in the latter case.

A high-quality wedding firework display would typically cost about £800 for 6-8 minutes duration and usually £100 for every extra minute after that. Once the budget exceeds £1,500, then you could consider the option of having your display choreographed to music. As a guide, an organisation such as a Round Table or Parish Council typically spends between £3,000 to £6,000 for a 15 to 20-minute pyromusical.

Major Guy Fawkes displays as seen in many cities across the UK over November would typically cost between £10,000 and £16,000 and often have audiences above 20,000. Larger displays seen in such places as Battersea Park, Edinburgh Castle and the London Eye can range from between £30,000 to £200,000.

Kuwait holds the record for the most expensive firework display for the 50th anniversary of the ratification of Kuwait's Constitution in November 2012. The screen cost a reported £10,000,000! The Guinness World Record for the largest firework display was achieved by The Church of Christ in Manilla in the Philippines at the countdown to the 2016 New Year Celebrations. However, the cost of the screen is unreported.

Our displays then go up in price depending on the length of the screen as well as on the size and quantity of some of the fireworks; our wedding displays are sometimes the only place you'll see some of our biggest and best fireworks, particularly big rockets, in action.

A silver wedding fireworks package, from £595, gives you a colourful display from one central firing location, with a grand finale of professional display shells.

The per-minute cost of this display is from £119 per minute. Our gold wedding fireworks packages see your display extended to seven minutes and are available from £745. The size of this display means two or three firing sites are necessary, and the size and quantity of the professional display shells used for the grand finale also increase. This again is a very colourful display, and due to the full availability of specific fireworks, we can easily tailor the presentation to match any specific colour theme your wedding has used.

The per-minute cost of this display is from £106 per minute.Our platinum wedding fireworks package is our most popular display. Priced from £995 and offering you a nine-minute array, this package provides a very intricate display from three or four firing sites, using out digital firing system to ensure the timing and small details of your wedding fireworks show are spots on.

There's barely time to blink during this display as the sky fills with incredible noise and effects for close to the full duration of the show. The per-minute cost of this display is from £110 per minute. Our top of the range display gives you an incredible 12-minute long firework experience while still only costing from £1495. This display is filled with professional-grade fireworks that you'd be otherwise unable to buy and experience for yourself and is sure to take your breath away. The per-minute cost of this display is from £124 per minute.

Pyromusical – or fireworks set to music if people don't get the clear definition – is becoming increasingly popular at weddings, and is often an excellent way for a couple to listen to 'their song' while experiencing a jaw-dropping, dominant fireworks display.

We've even been to weddings where the fireworks display has replaced the traditional first dance, not a bad option if you have two left feet! The beauty of a musical fireworks display is that you're getting far more than just your fireworks fired while music plays. The fireworks are choreographed to the music, too!

While we cannot give a specific per-minute price for these displays, as it depends mostly on the song you have chosen and the type of fireworks we need to use to provide you with an excellent presentation, these are priced from £1295.

The typical July 4th show budget is $10,000 to $30,000. For smaller events, away from the July 4th holiday, we suggest starting at about $3,000. It is sometimes possible to do a fireworks display for less, but it will depend on your venue and what you want to achieve.

When considering how much money to spend on a display, it is always more comfortable if you know roughly what you want and how much money you are willing to part with. We will not say that £1000 will last 5 minutes and you will get XY and Z. We are happy to work with you, and we always design each display individually for our client.

When considering a budget, consider what it is you want. Quiet fireworks display perhaps, day time fireworks, or an all aerial display with a vast Golden Canopy ending? Pyromusical's set to your favourite tracks, do start with a higher budget due to the extra amount of time needed to choreograph your display perfectly. An average Wedding Display would be £1500 and include chosen colours, shape shells, for example, Red Hearts in the sky with the Bride and Grooms initials either side of a dazzling Red Heart in Fire Writing.

Your local show can undoubtedly run the gamut in cost. Premier Pyrotechnics, which sells custom fireworks displays for the Fourth of July and other celebrations through much of the Midwest, says many small-town exhibitions run $2,000 to $7,000 for a short, pure show. Incorporating music, computer coordination and more giant shells can increase the cost to around $2,000 per minute and more than $20,000 for the full display. While you can choose your wedding fireworks to display based on your budget, we believe there is much better value in looking at our display packages rather than choosing pay by the minute option. 

There are a number of things that affect the length of your display and its price. Large shells and some particular types of fireworks are more expensive; multiple firing stations mean we are using more fireworks in a given amount of time. The more giant shells can cost $336 each and require a minimum 840-foot-radius display space in order to be used and light off the familiar, billowing shape. The benefit of using a more substantial budget means that you get a more entertaining display. We will always try our best to accommodate your chosen duration of the exhibition within your budget, however, please do be mindful that an £800 display lasting 30 minutes would not be as spectacular as an £800 display lasting 1 minute!!

Typical costs: 

 If legal in your locale, consumer fireworks usually cost $10-$300 for a simple assortment or $500-$1,000 or more for an elaborate presentation of fountains, spinners, cakes (aerial repeaters) and shells. The use of consumer fireworks is limited or banned in many areas, and that fireworks regulations vary significantly between states, counties, cities and even by neighbourhood. For example, King County in Washington charts the different rules in that area. The American Pyrotechnics Association provides a directory of state fireworks laws and safety tips for consumer fireworks. Always check with the local fire department, police department or city hall before setting off consumer fireworks. 

Indoor display fireworks with minimal smoke, debris or other fallout (and usable in tight outdoor spaces) set up by a certified technician can cost $800-$5,000 or more for short-duration (10 to 60 seconds) tabletop fountains in centrepieces or on decorative columns, or lining a driveway or courtyard. For example, Illumination Fireworks in Texas charges $1,500-$5,000 or more for a 10- to a 30-second display of fountains designed for indoor use (price includes labour, insurance and fireworks; city permit and fees are extra).

Professionally-staged outdoor aerial fireworks show for a wedding, anniversary, birthday, bar mitzvah or another event can 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). For example, Austin Wedding Fireworks in Texas charges $3,545 for a five-minute wedding display and $7,995 for its 10 minute Light the Sky, Baby! Show with simultaneous displays at two different heights.

More massive fireworks shows for a sporting event, festival, Fourth of July or another occasion can cost $5,000-$100,000 or more, depending on the duration of the display and the type and number of fireworks. Entertainment Fireworks Washington estimates that a firework display at a sporting event can cost $5,000-$20,000 or more but averages $7,000-$10,000; a business grand opening fireworks show costs $5,000-$50,000 or more, with an average cost of $15,000 to $25,000; and a typical municipally-sponsored Fourth of July display can be $10,000-$50,000 with an average price tag of $25,000, although a few cost more than $100,000.

Duration (Minutes) Traditional Firework Display Wedding Firework Display Quiet Firework Display
3-5 £800.00 £700.00 £750.00
5-8 £1000.00 £1000.00 £1150.00
8-12 £3000.00 £2500.00 £3500.00
12-15 £4000.00 £4000.00 £4500.00
15-20 £6000.00 £6000.00 £7000.00
20-25 £10,000 £10,000 £10,000

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What should be included: 

A fireworks company representative will typically visit a new site to determine whether there is adequate space for the display and safety zones, and easy access for the crew and equipment. The fireworks company is typically responsible for obtaining needed permits, bringing in a team and hardware, setting up and firing the display, and recovery and disposal of all unfired materials. The company may also be required to clean up the site afterwards, depending on the terms of the contract.

The customer is typically responsible for planning crowd control, creating a secure safety zone around the firing site, and ensuring that no vehicles are parked where debris might fall.

Additional costs: 

The costs for a fireworks display permit and fire department fees vary significantly by location, from free to $500 or more. Professional fireworks display companies typically obtain all needed permits; some companies include these costs in their price, while others will handle the arrangements but bill separately for the actual cost of the license and related fees.

Shopping for a fireworks display:

It's essential to plan ahead. Rozzi Fireworks in Ohio recommends booking a show 12 months in advance, while Entertainment Fireworks Inc. in Washington estimates that small displays can be organised in 30 days or less if the necessary local permits can be expedited.

The venue site may have a list of local fireworks companies. If possible, get several estimates. Ask how many shows the company puts on each year, and request and check references from past customers. Verify that they have liability insurance and ask for copies of the technicians' state certification. Entertainment Fireworks Inc. in Washington outlines the steps for ordering a professional fireworks display. 

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.

Most states allow the use of small wedding sparklers, but there are strict laws governing when and where large fireworks can be displayed. Your wedding planner or venue coordinator can usually help figure out whether or not a fireworks display is even in the realm of possibility.

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. The duration and budget for your display are intrinsically linked.  In our opinion longer does not always mean better.

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