We’ve covered everything from favours to invites in our how to series, but one thing we’ve neglected is fireworks.
Over the years these have become huge in the wedding industry with WAGs, celebs and brides opting for these to end their day with a bang. They are also expecially popular for summer weddings, when the nights are warm and people are happy to go outside and experience the romantic atmosphere.
A firework display is the explosive finale to most weddings. But how do you make the big day end with a bang that won’t cost the earth?
Chris Tinning is a pyrotechnician and creative director of leading online fireworks retailer Firework Factory. The company counts Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant and WAG Coleen Rooney among its customers, and Chris has previously held the title of UK Semi-Professional Firework Champion.
Here he gives his six top tips on putting together a firework display that will end your wedding day on a high:
Don’t be limited by budget – Don’t be dismayed If you can’t afford a professional show, the effects created by DIY fireworks are getting better and bigger all the time and easily compete with many used by professionals. You can buy more fireworks for your money and create the same impact with a DIY display.
Ask the venue what is possible – If your reception is taking place at a venue other than your home it is best to ask the management what fireworks are acceptable and if they have relevant insurance. Even if the fireworks display is taking place at home I would recommend letting your neighbours know!
Don’t make it too long – If the display lasts for anything more than a few minutes people start to lose interest. It needs to be a short but spectacular display that wraps up the day nicely.
Think barrages, not rockets – All men love rockets, but ultimately they are not going to give you a good return on investment and their short-lived nature will make the display seem quite disjointed. Multi-shot barrages may not have the exciting appearance of rockets but they make DIY displays possible – often lasting up to several minutes.
Go big bore – The number of shots a firework has is not a measure of how spectacular it will be. As shot count increases, size often decreases, so for the loudest and boldest bursts stock up on big bore 25 to 30mm barrages.
Be safe – Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. Ensure someone over eighteen and sensible is given responsibility for setting and lighting all fireworks.