Drone Light Shows have started making a regular appearance in events throughout the world. But how much does a drone light show cost, and what factors affect this price?

The cost of a drone light show hinges on several key factors – how many drones, whether it’s repeated, the duration of the show, the complexity, the amount of customisation required and any specific venue considerations.

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Number of Drones

The greatest factor in the cost of a drone light show is the number of drones involved. More drones allow for much larger, more complex and higher-resolution images to be created in the sky. However, this also increases the amount of time it takes to animate a show, the transportation costs, crew costs, and often increases the amount of time required on-site.

FS Logo in 50 Drones
FS Logo in 50 Drones
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FS Logo in 100 Drones
FS Logo in 150 Drones
FS Logo in 150 Drones
FS Logo in 150 Drones

FlightShows Tip

Often a specific logo or message will be a guide for how many drones you may need.To keep the cost down, large phrases can be broken down into ‘scenes’. Alternatively, a company icon could be used instead of a full logo. By dividing the display into manageable segments, you can reduce the number of drones required.

Drone Show Repetition

The bulk of expenses when creating a new drone light show lie in creating the show itself — planning, choreography, and customisation. However, repeating the same show across multiple nights or events can significantly reduce per-show costs. Reusing choreography and planning amplifies both impact and value.

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FlightShows Tip

With planning and consideration, it can be possible to change the end of a show. This means that you could have a show for 5 nights, with an alternating sponsor at the end each night without it being 5 separate shows. This reduces the per-show cost, but also increases the potential revenue of sponsorship.

Duration

While the price of a 5-minute show is typically the same as a 10-minute show, shows with much longer durations would require two fleets of drones to extend the show. Our light show drones fly for approximately 15 minutes, so a 25-minute show would require more drones, increasing the cost. A longer show also requires more animation, transportation and crew.

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FlightShows Tip

We find that 10 minutes is the ideal length for a drone show. It’s enough to get the story or message across while keeping the audience engaged throughout. Lighting, lasers and projection can also be a cost-effective way to extend the duration of the show without adding extra drones.

Complexity of Choreography

Intricate movements and synchronised patterns add to the complexity of choreography, requiring more time and expertise to design and execute. With some providers, this can increase the cost of the show.

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FlightShows Tip

We don’t charge any extra for animation – we believe every show should be incredible and we take great pleasure in pushing the limits of how complex and exciting we can make a show!

Customisation

A bespoke show will cost more than a stock drone show, but allows for tailoring the show to specific themes, messages, or branding elements. A custom show also allows us to make the most of your venue and provide custom takeoff options which are often required if space is tricky.

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FlightShows Tip

Stock shows are only suitable for smaller events as they’re typically designed to fit into the smallest place possible, whereas a bespoke show will be tailored with custom shapes, messages and audience viewing angles to make sure the show is perfect!

Venue

A sterile safety area is required around the area where the drones fly. Where possible, natural boundaries such as hedges, existing fencing, rivers etc can be used, but a venue where a lot of additional fencing or security is required will add to the cost.

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FlightShows Tip

Speak to us early – we can usually give advice on where is the best place to place the show to get the best view for the audience while minimising the costs of securing it as much as possible.

Cost of a Drone Light Show in the UK

Our stock wedding show starts at £7,500, with bespoke shows starting at £25,000. Our bespoke shows include custom animation, a test-flight off-site which you can attend and usually includes the development of a custom soundtrack to tie it all together. We are always very happy to explore ideas and see what is possible within your budget.

Despite initial cost considerations, the benefits of drone light shows outweigh traditional alternatives. Environmentally friendly and uniquely tailored, drone displays offer personalised and enduring experiences, making them ideal for product launches, milestone celebrations, and marketing stunts.

Whilst sometimes the cost of a show can be out of budget for an event, the uniqueness, and ability to add a logo to a show often opens up opportunities to have a brand sponsor the show. This enables the event to have a visual spectacular, and a brand to promote itself for your audience to see.

Ready to tell your story in the stars?

The possibilities of drone light shows are limitless. Whether you’re aiming to captivate audiences, make a statement, or create lasting memories, FlightShows can transform your vision into reality. Contact us today to explore how we can tell your story in the stars!

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