Outdoor Weddings: Options for Your Power Issues

You’ve decided to have your wedding in a park. It is beautiful and picturesque. You also want to have music to process into the wedding space. However, you find there is no power at the venue to run the equipment you have. What are your options?

The wedding was on a re-purposed 18th hole on the golf course. As a wedding ceremony venue, it is spectacular because it is set amongst the trees. The bride and groom had a friend DJ the event and providing music during the wedding. However, and as is often the case, these natural sites have no power at hand to run all the equipment.

What can you do? There are three options for you

Electric Generators: The DJ brought a gas powered electric generator with him on-site. It provided the necessary power to run the equipment. They are noisy though. He tried to run it about 100 feet away from the site but I could still hear the motor running. I prepared myself to use my wireless headset and plug in so that my voice could be amplified over the rud-rud-rud of the motor.  It certainly cut into the peaceful feeling of the natural surroundings.

Electric Generator in background for multiple equipment power needs

Extension Cords: We were fortunate that the clubhouse was not too far away. With 200 feet of electrical extension cords we were able to supply the equipment with sufficient power. Sometimes on remote sites that is not possible.

PowerPacks: AC power packs are probably the best option. They provide enough AC power for the event, are light and fairly inexpensive to rent or buy. Best of all, they are silent. I’ve seen many musicians use them successfully.

When planning your on-location wedding, power considerations must be taken into account. Check out your venue as to what option could work best for you. Of course, in a natural setting, some live music that doesn’t need power works really well too.