The Fireworks In My ‘Hood Came From The Least Likely Place
The isn't my first rodeo in the Creston neighborhood. I know that every summer weekend fireworks will be heard. I just didn't expect them to come from this place.
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I'm heading onto my ninth year living in Creston, and it's been the same every summer. You first hear fireworks the week of Memorial Day, and they will be lit off every weekend until Labor Day. That's just the way it is.
But when I was biking around the other day, I saw fireworks fly up from a place I didn't expect: The Clearwater event space on Monroe off Sweet.
After biking in the direction of the flashes, it occurred to me that the fireworks were part of a wedding celebration. Is this a thing now?
The Display Was Short And Tactful, But Fireworks At A Wedding?
It has to be the groom's idea, right? And this wasn't, "Hey, some of the groomsmen have some stuff they want to blow up!" fireworks. This was a well-planned five-minute show.
So to the Google machine, I went, and yes, fireworks at a wedding are becoming more common.
One wedding website, InsideWeddings.com even published a list of things you need to know if you want fireworks at your wedding. here they are, with my comments in bold:
1. Most locations require permits for fireworks that can take several weeks to process, so be sure to book well in advance. (Or hire the kid who lives across the street from me. He has a large selection to choose from, and he clearly doesn't have or feel the need to get a permit, so you'll save the hassle.)
2. Research "burn ban" laws that are applicable to your wedding or event destination. Some places do not allow fireworks at all, meaning that putting on a beautiful display could incur a not-so-beautiful fine. (Picking up the tab on a fine incurred by the married couple for pyrotechnics is considered a gift in my eyes.)
3. Talk to your event planner to help gauge the appropriate amount of time for your fireworks show. If your guests will be standing up for the duration of the show, you don't want it to be too long. (A good event planner will talk you out of fireworks. Hang in there, guys, and keep fighting them for a ten minute show)
4. Coordinate your fireworks display with music to take the show over the top! (And since we all now know it's the man's idea, this is your chance to get the DJ to play AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck"!)
5. Give your photographer and videographer advance notice that you will be treating guests to a fireworks display. This will ensure that they bring the proper lenses and equipment and are prepared to capture the right shots at the perfect angle! (And most importantly, shoot the fireworks right AT the drone camera!)
There you go, good luck with your fireworks wedding! And guys -- your lovely bride will try to talk into downgrading to sparklers -- don't let her!!
And please, for the love of God, don't light the fireworks off indoors!!!
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