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Wedding fireworks – love ’em or hate ’em?

Hiya! How is your day going? I’m busily typing blog features for coming weeks, and trying to ignore the left hand side of my head, which has earache. The rest of my head is still working hard, and is pondering wedding fireworks. It’s bonfire night, after all! (If you’re off to a display of any kind tonight, stay safe and stay dry!)

wedding sparklers by Keith Riley

A wedding with sparklers makes for beautiful pictures. Image credit Keith Riley Photography at www.keithriley.co.uk – click the image to see the rest of the wedding

I’ve written in the past with some advice about wedding fireworks, with a lot of help from Flashpoint Fireworks. But nowadays and as a cat owner I have a bit of a thing about fireworks – organised displays twice a year (on bonfire night and New Year’s Eve) are fine by me. But I really don’t like any more than that, especially in built up areas.

Wedding fireworks are a bit different, and I’m not sure what I think about them so I was wondering if you had an opinion about them, one way or the other?

wedding fireworks photo Aaron Collett

Stephanie and Michael’s gorgeous Rushton Hall wedding with fireworks – image credit Aaron Collett Photography. www.aaroncollettphotography.co.uk Click the photo for the full wedding feature

They’re lovely as a surprise or a treat at the end of a wedding day, and I think it’s amazing when a bride or groom surprises their other half with a fab fireworks display.

But at the same time I wonder if they’re doing more harm than good. What must the squirrels think? (I’m a proper softie!) And do fireworks damage the environment?

Is it ok to have fireworks displays at country houses and mansions which are set away from towns and villages and won’t disturb the neighbours and dog walkers? Or would you rather see a ban on fireworks at weddings, a bit like the discussions people have been having about Chinese lanterns? Can’t we all make do with a pretty host of sparklers for that amazing last image of the night?

Are wedding fireworks even going out of fashion? I haven’t seen many submissions for the blog with fireworks a big feature this year – perhaps things have changed and this is another wedding trend we’re falling out of love with?

Share your thoughts in the comments below! Wedding fireworks – love ’em or hate ’em? And indeed, would you ban ’em?

Claire xxx

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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1 COMMENT
  • Bernadette Chapman
    6 years ago

    I have to admit, I’m not a lover of fireworks. Yes they’re pretty but I’m never quite sure of the point saying ahhh, ohhh over loud bangs and pretty colours.

    Does that mean I’m a miserable spoil sport? Probably! But many clients do have fireworks due to the high level of marquee functions I organise in their gardens. Few recommendations:

    1. Always tell the neighbours you plan to have the fireworks
    2. Make sure horses and other livestock are safe and tell local owners (especially with horses)
    3. Personally I’d always recommend using a professional company not doing it yourself, I have seen fireworks go terribly wrong before…….
    4. The fireworks have to be finished by 11pm (unless guy fawkes night or NYE)
    5. It takes time to get people outside even with the band making an announcement, think about it, you’re a guest, its late and you’re nice and warm with a drink in hand and dancing. But wait, whys the music stopped and lights on? “I’ve got to go outside to watch fireworks?” But I don’t want to, its cold outside…you can emphasise why it takes an organiser a good 15-20 minutes to get everyone outside and ready!
    6. It will take guests a while to get back into the relaxed mode of dancing so just bear that in mind

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