PDC Fireworks Professional Firework Displays Guide

Choosing the right company to do a professional fireworks display for your wedding can sometime seem really confusing. The biggest problem is a lot of companies will give you quotes and its very hard to compare each. A lot only give very little information in the product you are getting. This is why we have written this guide so you can understand what will make your dream display at value for money.



Firework Displays shells

One of the added benefits of getting a professional fireworks company is we have access to shells.

Firework shells

They can be compared to the general public using rockets, This can be a good way of comparing quotes as the shell size will give you an idea of the size of your display. For example (if it gives an idea the London eye new year's eve display only uses up to 5" shells and the biggest rocket the public could buy compares to a 1" to 2" shell)

so bare minimum we recommended 2" and 3" shells to be included in your show, You can get some really big fireworks using 3" and above but a lot of companies will give try give a really cheap quotes but most of the fireworks will not be shells or may not even include any shells.


Large Firework Shells 7" to 16"

Most companies will not have access to or the legal requirements to use shells above 6" in fact most do not have the experience to safely use them. We at PDC Fireworks have a Legal explosive stores to store and use up to 16" shells and have a long safe history of using these large shells, which give us the upper hand over our competitors.


Firework Display Time

The next thing to help you compare quotes is total time. A good display we recommend between 7 - 10 Min if it is just fireworks or if you are having it done to music then between 8-15 Min is a good guide. Anything longer and your audience will get bored. longer is not always better, A fireworks display lasting 10min you can do the exact display in 5 Min but there will be more fireworks per Min and look a lot better. so this can be a way other firework companies can make it look better value because they stretch the display out. All of our displays have a recommend amount of fireworks and far more shells than any company.


Fireworks Cakes

firework cake

This is a common way for firework companies to make money on your display as they are the same to what you can buy in the shops, they compare to 1/2" to 1" shells and are very cheap. firework companies often even though its classed as one firework they will count each shot as one. So one cake could be looked as 30 or even 1000 shots depending how many tubes are in the cake. So this can confuse customers by say they will give 3000 shots but this may only be 10 fireworks.


Added extra's


Sometimes added extras is where a lot of companies make their money and it is where costs start adding up for you. for example, We get a lot of requests for heart shells (heart shapes in the sky) and we have heard of some companies charging over £90 for just 6 hearts. Truth is they cost about £4 each and take 1 sec. to add into a show.


Lance work (name / initials written in fire) can be the same (some companies will charge up to £150 for 3 letters when maximum per letter should cost no more than £10. Quite often on larger displays you can get these things added for free.



Lastly if you have the budget we always recommend requesting a pyro musical (fireworks computer controlled and set to any music you want) this also means you can have a lot more added effects as some fireworks can only be used when computer controlled. This can truly give you a night to remember and even people that don't like fireworks will enjoy it.



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“ I just wanted to say a big thank you for the fireworks Display, The pyro musical you did was fabulous. All the firework companies we have had previously not only charged more but we only got a standard display. It was a pleasant surprise to have a professional pyro musical and everyone in the audience said they really enjoyed the night.”



“ I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the fireworks. It truly was a special display and certainly the highlight of the evening. You and the team made my proposal extra special and a night we will never forget. I will not hesitate to recommend you to friends and family..”


firework display


"From start to finish Your team helped up create our dream display. With your help we raised over £10,000 for our community and cant wait till next year. thank you for everything"



PDC Fireworks Professional Firework Displays Guide