Post # 1
I’ve just registered on this forum but have been lurking for years and years (even before I was engaged, obvs).
Mr. The Bee and I are getting married this fall in a very low-key way–a public park. There will be barbecue, sweet tea, a short-and-sweet ceremony, and plenty of partying. The only thing I’m stuck on is music. The park is, well, a park. No electrical hookups. I’d be totally happy with no music other than an iPod loaded with songs, but how on earth do I make sure people can hear the music? Are there docking stations with enough speakers that I could surround a pavilion? Should I rent a generator? Help!
Post # 3
@rachel_the_bee: Your reception sounds a lot like mine, and I had the same problem. I have a musician for the ceremony, a single acoustic guitarist, but for the reception I wanted to do a playlist. Since the place is historic I don’t know if there will be outlets or not, but there are surrounding places far enough that an extension cord might do the trick. I’ve also been asked if I needed to borrow a generator, so I always have that option as well.
Post # 4
I would look into renting a generator. But make sure that you know how many speakers you plan on having. Gotta make sure you have enough Juice . if you have family members that do a lot of rv camping, chances are that they have one you could probably borrow but beware that some generators can be really noisy.
Post # 5
We did a state park wedding too, but I was surprised to find the pavilions did have outlets. I’d check with the rangers or look around for some just in case. We learned of the power of extension cords pretty quickly. 😉 But if all else fails, well, then I guess you’ve got to rent generators.
Post # 6
Thanks everyone – yeah, my concern about generators is that they would be loud.
I am really hoping to find something like an iPod dock that has its own internal battery, so I could charge it the night before, and some wireless (in both senses) speakers… Does that not exist?
Post # 7
@rachel_the_bee: The problem would be if the ipod dock would last long enough for the ceremony and reception. Playing music generally drains the most battery out of an electronic. The only thing that drains more is probably playing games on it!
In my experience, most ipod docks get about an hour to two hours (max) of music. At least, the ones in the electronic store I worked at only worked that long without an outlet.
Post # 8
The other issue with an iPod dock would be power. Would it be loud enough to amplify music across an open, outdoor area over several guests’ conversations?
Post # 9
Where are you located? If it’s a cold climate, there may be outlets in the parking lot for block heaters.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2012 - Watch tower lodge, Black hawk state Park Rock Island, IL
battery powered cd player for the ceremony and an Ipod with battery powered speakers!
Post # 11
I have had similar problems. I’m renting a PA system that has an ipod hook up, that way the speakers will be big enough for the open acoustics of a park. I have electrical hookups though. If you are going to do the PA you would need to rent a generator, you can probably do both at the same place.
Depending on how big your wedding is you might not be able to hear a docking staton well outside. Sometimes the speakers just aren’t powerful enough, you lose a lot of sound in the open air.
Post # 12
I’d go with a generator. And you may also want to look into a speaker ammplification system so guests can hear when people are speaking (ceremony, toasts, announcements, etc.). One wayto dampen a loud generator is to surround with with haybales. We do this at hayrides and it helps a lot. Also, you can rent “whisper quiet” generators that aren’t exactly a whisper, but are significantly less noisy. Also, does the park have bathrooms?
Post # 12
Yes definitely a generator should be taken on rent. For weddings and parties this should be used, as electricity fault can occur anytime. So there be taken corrective measures before. I would loadbank rental for this situation.