Wedding Fireworks in Scotland

The most common wedding fireworks questions answered

Wedding fireworks can wow your wedding guests in a matter of seconds! They can help you to add another touch of magic to your big day and create even more long-lasting memories.

If you’re still thinking about if wedding fireworks are for you or what are the things you need to consider when adding this magic to your big day, here are answers to the most common fireworks questions you might have.

Also check out this page: Fireworks Suppliers in the UK

Why Should You Consider Having Fireworks at Your Wedding?

Let’s start with the obvious question many couples have to think about when choosing any type of entertainment for their big day. Why should you pick it?

With fireworks, it’s not just about the wow-factor you get. Young and old alike will like watching the display and fireworks can be versatile. They are a great way to start the night, to add structure in-between big moments like cake cutting and the first dance, as well as an opportunity to create a grand finale for the night.

You should also know fireworks are not just rockets you shoot in the sky. You can use different types of fireworks, from fountains to indoor sparklers. In fact, if you want to spice up your wedding photos, you can also use fireworks for these, too.

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Spectacular eye catching fireworks

Do You Need Permission to Set Off Fireworks?

You don’t need to apply for a permit to use fireworks that can be bought from fireworks retailers. Professional groups have to provide qualification documentation to ensure they are allowed to use powerful non-consumer fireworks.

In all cases, you will have to check with the wedding venue first. They do have the right to allow or disallow the use of fireworks and many require you to use a professional group.

When and Where Can You Fire Fireworks?

You can’t set off fireworks whenever you like. In the UK (according to the Government website), fireworks can be fired from 7 am to 11 pm. The exceptions are Bonfire Night, when you can light up fireworks until midnight, and New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali, when you can shoot fireworks until 1 am.

It’s illegal to set off fireworks in public; you must be on a private property. Certain venues, such as those near airports or military installations, might have further restrictions so it’s always good to talk to the venue and your chosen fireworks group to ensure you consider these restrictions.

If you are worried about noise, then low-noise fireworks can be a great way to enjoy fireworks without upsetting the neighbours. Some venues that are near farms or other areas where there may be a large number of animals present may also have their own specific policies.

Can You Decide Which Fireworks to Use If Opting for a Professional Display Group?

If you are hiring a professional fireworks company to create the display, you can have your say in terms of what you want it to look like. The best professional display companies will listen to your wishes in terms of the length, colours and fireworks used – just remember to also listen to their advice, as they are the professionals and they know what works!

How Much Will It Cost?

Having a fireworks display at your wedding can cost as little or as much as you want to spend. Professional displays tend to start from around £500 and the sky is really the limit. DIY displays can be cheaper but come with extra responsibilities and setting up can take more of your own wedding planning time.

What If It Rains?

Fireworks can be waterproofed and professional groups will take care of keeping everything dry and ready for the big show. Rain doesn’t automatically stop the show – wind will usually be your biggest enemy, though it has to be extremely gusty for a display to be cancelled. Of course, you have to consider the other things rain can impact, such as how to keep your guests dry during the display, but you don’t usually have to worry about having the firework show being cancelled because of rain!

Fireworks are a wonderful way to add some extra magic to your wedding. You want to spend enough time planning your display and always choose to work with professionals to ensure your wedding fireworks display goes off smoothly!

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