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outdoor wedding entertainment ideas your guests will love

Adding outdoor wedding entertainment to your special day will give your guests even more to enjoy. Alternative activities will also increase the wow factor and give your photographers a chance to capture stunning candid moments. Read on to get a complete guide to the best outdoor wedding entertainment ideas for any season, venue and budget.

outdoor wedding entertainment ideas your guests will love

outdoor wedding entertainment: Sparklers

Lighting up these mini fireworks on your wedding evening will give an extra sparkle to your evening events and can be a perfect opportunity to get some awe-inspiring wedding photographs. Sparklers work best for autumnal and winter weddings when the early evenings allow the lighting to be opportune for fun before too many drinks are had. It is also recommended to light sparklers when fewer children are around for safety.

where to buy sparklers for my wedding

It is best to buy sparklers online as they will be delivered in secure packaging that will make storage safer. Numerous suppliers sell sparklers year round, and it is recommended to go for a well-reviewed supplier to ensure product safety. Online suppliers include; and Dynamic Fireworks. For those getting married in November and December, it is worth waiting for annual firework sales, which follow the 5th November each year.

how much do sparklers cost and how many to order

Sparklers are very popular at weddings so it is worth ensuring that each adult guests gets one. Sparklers will often come in packets of 50-100 and expect to pay approximately £12-16 for 100.

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outdoor wedding entertainment ideas your guests will love
what safety considerations do I need to make for sparklers

It is highly recommended to check if your venue has any restriction before spending any money on sparklers. Your venue will then be able to give guidance to ensure your entertainment is safe for guests.  Sparklers bought in advance of your wedding are best stored in a dark, cold environment away from any sources of ignition.

how to get the most out of sparklers

If opting for sparklers, it is recommended to bring these out an hour after the first dance and then to follow with the buffet: This means most guests will still look smart and be easy to round up. If you have a DJ or Band, it is recommended to ask them to announce the sparklers and then to lower the music volume so guests get the message that they are needed elsewhere.

outdoor wedding entertainment ideas your guests will love
outdoor wedding entertainment: Fireworks

Professional wedding fireworks are a spectacular addition to an evening reception but before considering it is worth checking if your venue will allow fireworks and if they have any restrictions on suppliers. Venues allowing fireworks will always require display teams to have public liability insurance and to be able to complete a full risk assessment. Therefore, only firework specialists should ever be considered; who will be able to liase with your venue directly.

how to find firework display companies

Rather than spending time searching for independent suppliers, it is recommended to directly check with your wedding venue. Venues will often have specific preferred suppliers who know the venue layout, where to position the display, what fireworks work best and have a good rapport with the co-ordinators. This will mean that none of your bridal party will need to become involved in logistics.

outdoor wedding entertainment ideas your guests will love
how much do wedding fireworks cost

Basic firework packages start from £100, and the sky is the limit on how high prices can go. Expect to pay between £200 - £500 for a decent display. Where possible, it is worth asking for a video of the different packages so you can get a visual before deciding the budget and whether to go ahead.

Before picking a package and supplier, it is always recommended to see their fireworks in action too. This will enable you to choose a style which you like and make sure that guests will find it equally as spectacular.

how to get the most out of wedding fireworks

If opting for a firework display, it is highly recommended to have this towards the end of the evening (within two hours of the reception ending). Your wedding venue will be able to guide you on the running order and it is recommended to follow their advice and experience.

If you have a DJ or Band, it is recommended to ask them to announce the firework ten minutes in advance and then to lower the music progressively so guests get the message that they are needed elsewhere.

outdoor wedding entertainment ideas your guests will love
outdoor wedding entertainment: Cigar bar

This American style wedding outdoor idea gives the groom's party a place to hang out away from the dancefloor, but should not be limited to men only. Cigar bars are most effective when they are placed away from the music and any child-friendly areas. Before researching cigar bar options, it is worth checking what your venue's policy towards smoking and external vendors is.

To create your own wedding cigar bar you will need:

  • At least 20 various strength Cuban cigars (these are normally the best quality for weddings)
  • Printed signs, which describe the different cigar strengths and flavours
  • A sign from the main reception to this designated smoking area
  • A table with couple of rustic boxes to display the cigars on.
  • Two boxes of special matches and cigar cutters
  • Optional Port, Whiskey and dark chocolate accompaniments.

  • where to buy cigars and how much do they cost

    To make sure you get good quality cigars it is essential to go to a specialist cigar merchant or shop. Cigar prices will vary in quality and price (from £10 - £100). For weddings it is best to stick to medium and light strength Cuban cigars, which have a shorter burning time, so those smoking will not be away from reception disco for too long. Cigars will only keep fresh within the right environment, so it is recommended to purchase these within a week of the wedding and to store in a cold environment prior to use.

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