Photos, clockwise from top: Allan Zepeda Photography; La Dolce Vita Studio; Julia Newman Photography; Sara Wise Photography; Leigh Taylor Photography
In the spirit of Independence Day, we've compiled a few ways to incorporate fireworks into your wedding day celebration:
A full-blown fireworks display is the way to go if you have generous "splurge" room in your budget. Perhaps some fireworks timed to accompany your first dance song? Browse the National Fireworks Association's list of members to find an experienced pro in your area.
For high-impact drama at a fraction of the cost, buy fireworks from an online retailer such as allsparkfireworks.com. The offerings range from $5 to $100 in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and effects. But consider yourself warned: DIY fireworks are not for the untrained. Hire a technician or appoint a guest with experience—preferably someone familiar with stop, drop, and roll (just kidding... sort of). If you're incorporating any kind of fireworks, start with a safety review and familiarize yourself with the laws in your state. Nothing puts a damper on a festive mood quite like the arrival of the fire department, so be sure to obtain necessary permissions and site inspections well in advance.
For those who want glitz and shimmer without the potential fire hazard, hand-held sparklers are a glittery, romantic way for guests to send you off at the end of the night. We especially love these heart-shaped ones. —Louisa Bilbrough