Tricks & treats

Tricks & treats
Fireworks light up an indoor wedding event at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

Stage a fireworks display

To end a bash on a high note, you cannot go wrong with fireworks.

"They look really grand and have the element of surprise," says Mr Derek Lam, 55, founder and owner of Luso Star Singapore, a special effects and fireworks display company. His three-year-old company was behind the pyrotechnics for last year's Formula One race in Singapore.

He receives six to eight requests a month from corporate clients who want fireworks for trade shows and product launches, and about one request every two months for weddings.

"Some couples don't mind splurging because a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event," he says.

It takes about two weeks to get an arms and explosives licence approved by the police to execute pyrotechnics display indoors. Mr Lam also has to make sure the venue is equipped with fire alarms. Most hotel ballrooms, for example, would fit the bill, he says.

For outdoor events, it takes about a month to get clearance from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Republic of Singapore Air Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force. He also has to seek final approval from the police.

A fireworks display at an indoor venue starts from $1,000 and usually lasts for about 20 seconds. Mr Lam's charges for an outdoor fireworks show start from $4,000. The outdoor pyrotechnics are able to achieve a greater height and last for about a minute.

Serve cocktails

Say cheers to a great party by serving drinks such as cosmopolitans and mojitos.

Drinkdings, a mobile bar operator, provides bartenders to mix drinks at parties. The service is priced from $500 for two hours and includes free flow of alcohol.

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