Post # 1
Well, our outdoor ceremony location has no access to electricity. would this be a problem for our guests to be able to hear us without a microphone? If so, any suggestions on how I could solve the voice and music problem?
Should I rent a electricity generator? Are generators loud?
If you have any ideas to share, that’d be awesome! Any battery operated speaker/ipod config out there?
We’ll be hiring a DJ for the reception and although his package includes cremony, he’s not going to give me a discount for not being able to setup the system for it …
Post # 3
All the generators I’ve met are loud. I don’t have a great answer for you, but I think I’d consider going it without anything – my sister got married by the river and I think they just didn’t have a microphone (which was nice when one of the readers said Oh shit!).
She had about 120 and it was outside. I don’t think its a big issue as long as there is not a lot of background noise and your officiant can speak up. Maybe ask the officiant’s opinion on it?
Use a boombox type thingie for the music and just go with it. Unless other bees have another answer..
Post # 4
This all depends on how many guests you are having and what is your ceremony configuration?
If you have a large group then there’s not much you can do without bringing in a gennie.
Post # 5
Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention that there will be about 80-100 guests only. The location is relatively quiet.
Post # 6
There are battery operated PA systems. They can run anywhere from 4-10 hours depending on what kind they are. This would allow you to mic people if you wanted to.
Post # 7
I was at an outdoor wedding without a mic and we could not hear anything – I would strongly reocmmend a PA system….
Have you considered a karaoke machine – you could use the mike/pa on that. For a smaller wedding, it does not need to be huge, just something for everyone to hear you on…..
Post # 8
You can rent battery operated PA systems. If your DJ is not doing the music for the ceremony but is charging you the time then I suggest asking him to provide one. Make it clear there is no electricity and it will need to be battery operated.
Are you having muscians come in to provide the music? If not consider an IPod BoomBox. Test them out at the store to see how load they are.
Post # 9
We have the same problem. We are getting married on a beach and we don’t have access to electricity, so I got a little creative. I bought a battery operated Ipod stereo with FM. We are using our Ipod for music, and I found an FM transmitter microphone (basically an FM "bug" that spies use) and made a microphone looking thing to hold it out of home depot supplies. It runs on one AA battery and your voices are transmitted to an FM frequency which gets picked up on the stereo and broadcasted to the guests. A little complicated, but it works. Good luck!
Post # 10
By The Way, we had the added complication that it had to something extremely portable to come on the plane with us as we are having a destination wedding. They do rent portable amplifiers used by buskers and such that are battery operated.