Top 10 Tips for your Wedding Fireworks Display

If you love fireworks (and who doesn’t) then why not finish your wedding day with a fabulous wedding fireworks display?

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’re having wedding fireworks you’ve still got something extra special to look forward to at the end of it all.

It’s the perfect finale to your perfect day, so here is our guide to the key things to consider when booking your wedding fireworks display…

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Speak to the venue about fireworks

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, 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 10:45pm to ensure it’s dark enough (it’s illegal to fire fireworks after 11pm unless it’s Bonfire Night or New Years Eve). If you’re having 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 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 from her parents.  Tell your firework company if you want to keep it hush-hush.

Make you wedding fireworks unique

Not everyone has fireworks at their wedding, and so by having them you’re already setting your day apart from others. Consider bespoking 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.

Music maestro please

Why not do something amazingly different and add music to your display – imagine a  pyromusical firework display with fireworks firing perfectly to the beat of the songs that you’ve chosen yourself and that are special to you. Depending on the length of the display, you should be aiming to pick between 3 and 6 songs that are special to you and your partner.  Your firework company will then mix your music choices into a single track, and design your display to perfectly match your music choices. Let there be light– Electrify Pyrotechnics can go one step further now, and also offer a totally unique music and lightshow with your fireworks.

Don’t necessarily go with the cheapest option

Many couples go for the cheapest display on offer, after all getting married isn’t cheap. However, for just a couple of hundred Pounds more you can get a whole lot more ‘bang for your buck’. As well as the fireworks in your display, all firework display companies have to cover the costs of things like storage, insurance, the cost of the firers. Therefore when you upgrade to the next level, all those things are already paid for, so £200 more on the next display up is pretty much £200 more fireworks!  It’s remarkable what you can get extra for that small amount more – the display has more ‘pyro’ content, it’s higher impact often with a much bigger finale.  It is definitely worth trying to go for at least the next display up, you’ll really be able to tell the difference and it’ll really blow you and your guests away.

Longer isn’t necessarily better

I appreciate that’s not something you necessarily want to hear on your wedding night, but in the case of wedding firework displays a longer display doesn’t necessarily mean a better one. 8-10 minutes is sufficient for a wedding display, any longer than 12 minutes and the impact is lost and the audience can start to get bored.  It’s better to go for a 10 minute high impact celebration of your special day that will absolutely wow your audience and save the 15 plus minute displays to the Firework Competitions and Bonfire Nights.

Pick the right fireworks display company

It’s not just about the impressive display – make sure you select a professional firework company that has a track record of safety and good customer service. A good firework company will do a site survey at your venue, offer full liability insurance (often up to £10million) and be able to tell you what processes they have to deliver an impressive display through a multitude of scenarios (strong winds, flooded firing site etc).  Audience safety is paramount and your firework display company should deliver all of the above as part of the display price as standard – no added costs!  Not all firework companies are the same, your wedding is your day and you should ensure you are entrusting your firework display to a responsible pyrotechnical organisation.

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We hope you found those tips useful.  Electrify Pyrotechnics are specialists in Wedding Firework Displays. Not only can we help guide you to get the most out of your display, we’ll do all the organising for you to ensure that your perfect day ends with shivers up your spine and a firework display to remember. We’ll do the site survey, ensure the venue is aware, provide the insurance and design the display. All you need to do is pick the display you want, let us know if you want any extras and tell us your colour scheme. To find out more check out our website at or call our friendly and helpful team on 01332 650770.