So I absolutely love a good smoke grenade! Smoke grenade wedding photography is awesome! I think they give a great colour pop to your images, and they can be a lot of fun too! I always get lots of questions about smoke grenades (smoke bombs) and how they work, so hopefully this page will be helpful!
Looking to have Smoke Grenades at your wedding?
Before you buy your Smoke Grenades, it’s advisable to ask your venue if they are allowed. Some venues will not allow them, as they are a form of pyrotechnic. They come into the category of fireworks. If a venue doesn't allow fireworks, it's likely they won't allow Smoke Grenades... so be sure to ask first!
Do smoke grenades stain?
There is a risk of them staining dresses (and other fabrics) and they do get very hot. When you set off the smoke grenade, there are a few sparks which can also burn if you aren’t careful. Always pull the ring at arms length. If you are 2-3 feet away and just standing in the smoke cloud, it should not stain your clothing, although there is always a risk.
Smoke grenades will start to heat up after a while. To avoid the heat, it’s recommended to hold the bottom third of the smoke grenade. Consider the wind direction, so when placing on the ground, the smoke stays behind you.
Tell your Photographer in advance!
I’m not wanting to be a killjoy (I do love smoke grenades) but there are some risks and a few key points that you must be aware of, and comfortable with, before you decide to use them on your wedding day.
- Smoke grenades burn with an internal flame so can be dangerous if pointed at people or clothing. For this reason, they lend best to couple shots and with small groups of people (e.g. your wedding party; bridesmaids/ushers etc.). Using them with bigger groups is possible, but only with careful planning as the more people involved the bigger the safety concern.
- The colour can stain clothing. You need to be prepared for the slim possibility of some of the colour getting onto your dress (or other peoples’ outfits). Of course, this risk can be minimised by holding them in the right direction and away from your bodies. So as long as everyone sensible this doesn’t need to be one to panic about. But I’d hate for a stain to happen and you not have realised it was a possibility.
- On a similar vein, you should also know that photographers are not generally insured to take any liability for smoke bomb related activities (I know I’m not). So, if anyone or anything were to be hurt or damaged during the shoot, I (or they if you are using another photographer) would not be able to accept any liability.
THE BASIC MESSAGE HERE IS BUY A RELIABLE BRAND, DO THEM EARLY SO EVERYONE’S NOT DRUNK, AND HAVE FUN BUT WITH A LEVEL OF SENSIBILITY TO KEEP EVERYBODY SAFE. DO THIS, AND YOU’LL END UP WITH SOME SHOW-STOPPING, COLORFUL & SPONTANEOUS WEDDING PHOTOS.
Where can I buy smoke grenades?
I always recommend buying the EG Enola Gaye Wire Pull Smoke Grenades because they burn cool, not hot. Plus, these smoke bombs are all non-toxic smoke with a fully biodegradable body.
The best place to buy them from is Enola Gaye. Please always buy the Enola Gaye wire pull smoke grenade WP40.