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wedding reception outside entertainment

Outside evening entertainment will add the wow to add to any wedding reception. Read on to get a complete guide to the best outdoor options for any season, venue and budget.

wedding sparklers

Reception table decorations - confetti - Disco finishing touches

wedding 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 wedding sparklers

It is best to buy sparklers online as they will be delivered in packaging that will make storage easier. Numerous suppliers sell sparklers year round, and it is recommended to go for a well-reviewed supplier to ensure product safety.

Online suppliers include:
  • Dynamic Fireworks

  • For those getting married in November and December, it can also be worth waiting for annual firework sales, which follow the 5th November each year.

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    Sparkler prices and how many to order

    usually are very popular with guests, so it is worth portioning one per adult guest. Sparklers will often come in packets of 50-100 and expect to pay approximately £12-16 for 100.

    Safety considerations to make for sparklers:

    It is highly recommended to check if your venue has any restriction before spending any money. They will then outline any additional procedures to follow. Sparklers bought in advance of your wedding are best stored in a dark, cold environment away from any sources of ignition.

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    How to optimise usage 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 photogenic and 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, so guests get the message that they are needed elsewhere. It is also worth making sure that this event does not clash with the buffet.

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    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 are any supplier restrictions.

    Venues allowing fireworks will always require public liability and risk assessments so only professional firework specialists should be considered.

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    How to find firework display companies

    As it is crucial that this reception addition goes seamlessly and does not detract from your enjoyment of the evening, it is recommended to ask for direction from your venue.

    Wedding venues will often have specific 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. This will also mean that in preparation there is minimal research and organisation you will need to do.

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    How much do firework wedding packages cost

    Packages start from 100, and the sky is the limit on how high prices can go. Where possible it is worth asking for a video of the different packages so you can get a visual before deciding the budget.

    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.

    What type of fireworks work best at weddings

    Fireworks are an addition but not the main event at a wedding and should not overshadow the evening celebration. Therefore, it is recommended to go for a display that lasts for a maximum of 10-15 minutes.

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    How to optimise fireworks

    If opting for a firework display, it is highly recommended to have this towards the end of the evening but with an hour or two for your guests to carry on dancing. Wedding venues that allow this service and recommend/supply fireworks companies will often guide this, and it is recommended to follow their tried and tested guidance.

    If you have a DJ or Band, it is recommended to ask them to announce the sparklers and then to lower the music, so guests get the message that they are needed elsewhere. It is also worth making sure that this event does not clash with the buffet.

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    Cigar bar

    This American style wedding addition can add an extra gentleman moment and photo opportunity. Cigar bars provide an alternative experience for those who are keen to celebrate away from the kids and the noise. Before researching options, it is worth understanding your wedding venues policy of smoking and restrictions to make sure this is viable.

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    What is needed to create a DIY cigar bar:

  • 20-30 various Cuban cigars
  • Printed card signs to explain the different strengths and flavours
  • Sign to direct to the smoking area
  • A couple of rustic boxes to display the cigars in
  • Two boxes of special matches
  • Optional Port, Whiskey and dark chocolate accompaniments dependent on venue restrictions Where to hire a cigar bar.

    Where to buy cigars

    To make sure you get good quality cigars it is essential to go to a specialist cigar merchant or shop. Nationwide chains include;

    Cigar prices will vary in quality but to get the right type it is best to stick to medium and light strength Cuban cigars, which have a shorter burning time, so those smoking are not 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.

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