Post # 1
I’m quite disappointed. We have been having issue after issue with our ceremony space.
My Fiance and I fell in love with a old house near the water with amazing green space to have the ceremony outdoors. We decided we wanted to book it but when signing the contract we realized that we were not aloud to have speakers outside due to a city by law. We contemplated not booking but figured there was ways around it like hiring musicians and setting the chairs in a way where all our guests would be able to hear us and the officiant.
We met with our officiant and he did not seem to like the fact that we did not have speakers and it just got me upset again. He suggested somethings to do to work around it but pretty much told us that their might be issues with guests hearing.
Then it came to hiring musicians. We budgeted 500$ for them as we originally did not have money set aside for them. Well, let me just say that budget does not let us get much. For what we want and for what they suggest we need to ship out at least 600-700$ for an hour’s worth of music and this does not include the shelter/ tent we need to provide them to protect them from the sun as the heat damages the instruments. So at this point we are close to 900$ for them to play at my wedding.
So we’re at a lost. Do we ship out the money for the musicians and just deal with the fact that we might have some guests not hear us or do we opt out of the outdoor ceremony and just have the ceremony in the house where speakers are aloud. It will cost so much less and the stress levels will definitely go down but we originally booked this venue to have the ceremony outside so I feel like we’re not getting what we payed for by doing it this way.
We even looked for hours trying to find a different venue that would accommodate us only for the ceremony but have come up with nothing.
What would you do?
Post # 2
Have the ceremony inside. Do pictures and cocktail reception outside. Then go back in for lunch/dinner.
Not worth the hassle or $$ to try to be outside. The point is to get married and make things comfortable for your guests. Pretty pictures are secondary. So make your guests comfortable inside where they can hear you. Then take pretty pictures outside
Post # 3
It completely depends on your number of guests and your personal preferences.
We had our wedding outside at a venue where no speakers were allowed, and it was perfectly fine. But we only had 45 guests, and the officiant was allowed to have some sort of standalone mini-microphone that just didn’t have separate speakers.
We also had a small-ish music budget, so we had a single harpist, and it was lovely. It’s really just a matter of your preferences. Do you care more about having multiple musicians or about having the wedding outside?
Post # 4
I would shop around some more for musicians. Try Thumbtack or Gigmasters. You might be able to find a solo cellist or violinist that could be very beautiful and less expensive, too.
Post # 5
Could you attempt to get a waiver on the speakers from the city? sometimes all you need is a permit. if you have the time for paperwork it could be worth looking into it.
Post # 6
KoiKove : that’s what we’re thinking of doing. We’re thinking of having the ceremony inside and then go outside for pictures. One of the main reasons we booked it was because it’s a great place for pictures. We’re having the reception at a different location.
BookishBee : we are not even aloud to have a small stand alone mic/speaker system. The rules are really strict. We’re having 100 guests so having only one musician is not recommended as the sound will be very thin. I care more about having the ceremony outside and less about the musicians but I want some music so I feel like I have no choice in booking a duo or a trio. My sister in law’s husband is a sound engineer so he knows what he’s talking about when he gave us the advice.
peridot456 : we’ve contacted so many already and so I don’t see the need in contacting any more. A solo musician will not work well with the size of our wedding so we need to go with either a duo or trio. The main issue is not the cost of the musicians playing it’s the fact that they require shelter. We would need to rent a tent and this will cost us an extra 200$.
hband : we’ve tried. They said no. They are very strict with the rule. They won’t even let us have a small portable speaker and mic.
Post # 7
Edited because you answered all my questions in the time it took to comment!
I think with 100 people you at least need a microphone for the celebrant and vows. Is there an indoor area which looks out onto the gardens? That would still be lovely and a bonus if it’s really windy or something outside. You could have cocktail hour in the garden and photos of course. I think that would be a great compromise.
Post # 8
All I can add is my $0.02. I planned an outdoor ceremony, but we got rained out and had it indoors. I was bummed, but… My bridesmaid was actually in two weddings that weekend. After the weekend was over she said that the other wedding had an outdoor ceremony, and even with speakers it was hard to hear their vows. She said we probably lucked out that it was indoors because everyone could hear clearly and feel included in the ceremony. IMO I would hold the ceremony indoors and have the speakers. Bonus is that, with speakers, one musician would sound nicer. We had one classical guitarist play before the ceremony and he definitely sounded better indoors.