Fireworks can serve as a beautiful addition to your wedding, giving everyone something to enjoy during your magical evening and remember for years to come. However, before you get your heart set on a firework finale to your ceremony or reception, there are a number of things to consider. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to launching fireworks at your wedding, take a look at these tips.
If There's a Drought, Forget About It
Unfortunately, fireworks carry an inherent element of risk since they involve fire, which means they're out of the question during a drought. Fireworks are risky in wildfire country, and penalties for using them illegally are appropriately severe. If you’re having a dry season, then you might need to save the pyrotechnics for another day. When in doubt, play it safe. Even if you haven’t heard any announcements that your area is currently suffering from a drought, exercise basic caution at all times. Contact your local fireworks supplier if possible and ask if it has any recommendations concerning the weather. Avoid dry areas with large amounts of dead grass or leaves, and be sure to always have a water supply or fire extinguisher on hand.
You'll Need the Right Permits
Another critical component of safely incorporating fireworks into your wedding is making sure you have the necessary permits. Make sure you know what the local requirements are before you get your heart set on things going a certain way. Regulations regarding the purchase and use of pyrotechnics vary from one state to the next, so you’ll need to seek local advice. However, you can generally expect state fireworks regulations to address things like the requirements for a certified operator and authorized assistant. You also might need additional permits related to your specific venue. Your best bet is to simply hire a professional fireworks operator who can help you to obtain necessary permits. A professional will be familiar with local regulations and ideal weather conditions, not to mention how best to keep everything running smoothly on your big day!
You’ll Have to Budget Appropriately
There’s no denying it: A fireworks show fit for a wedding is bound to be expensive. Weddings, in general, come with a hefty price tag, but a fireworks show shouldn’t be regarded as an afterthought. You’ll need to purchase the fireworks themselves as well as obtain your necessary permits and hire a professional fireworks operator. You can usually expect to spend a few thousand dollars on an impressive fireworks display, so decide early on whether you want to include fireworks, and then budget appropriately from the beginning.
If you’re looking to keep your budget as small and manageable as possible, then hand-held and grounded sparklers are a nice, wallet-friendly option.
Sparklers accentuate the romantic photo setting without high costs, giving a great return on your investment.
The Wow Factor of Fireworks
Fireworks are a great way to make your wedding day unique and memorable for everyone in attendance. Just make sure you consider the logistics beforehand. Keep an eye out for any heightened fire risks as a result of drought. Additionally, make sure you consult professionals when it comes to permits and certified fireworks operators, and be sure to budget appropriately.
Happy Wedding Planning!