Help! What would you do in this situation? Ceremony venue issues.

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

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
1890 posts
Buzzing bee

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
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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 # 7
3832 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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.

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