Outdoor Weddings

How do you do music at an outdoor ceremony?

I may be being dense, but as we never weddings here in the UK, I'm unfamiliar how to plan the processional music for our ceremony.
We have 40 people seated just outside a walled garden next to an apple orchard. It's flat, has some trees around and isn't particularly a wind tunnel.

We can't afford a band or violinist or anything like that for the ceremony, so it's either find a way to play music (outside? do we need to rely on electricity?) or as a family member to lightly plunky plonk on a guitar.

Any ideas welcome!

Re: How do you do music at an outdoor ceremony?

  • have outdoor weddings here*

  • You can rent a speaker and connect it to an iPod. You could pay someone (our DJ handled ours) to queue the right songs at the right times. You'll want the speaker connected to a mic as well so that guests can hear the ceremony. There's nothing more frustrating than barely being able to hear a ceremony.

    Is electricity available? If not, talk to your DJ about equipment options.

  • We did the iphone with a speaker but wish we had something a little louder. We ad 70 at our wedding. I could not hear the music for my entrance.
  • One thing you should check is the noise bylaws. We looked into having our wedding at this old winery, but because of bylaws in that particular area we wouldn't be allowed to play music outside (aka no dance).

    But yes you'll need to make sure it is audible; mic's, speakers at the front and back, etc. So whether you have an ipod hooked up or a relative plucking away on the guitar (which is acceptable) it needs to be mic'd. And so should you, your FI and your officiant so that people can hear you. And yes you will need electricity for this. 
  • I am no expert on any of this, but I think there is a way this can all be done wirelessly. We are having a beach wedding (obviously no electricity) and our officiant is able to provide a mic and our guitarist can have an amp as well.

  • lyndausvilyndausvi Western Slope, Colorado mod
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    We had 2 steel pan players do our music.

    What differentiates an average host and a great host is anticipating unexpressed needs and wants of their guests.  Just because the want/need is not expressed, doesn't mean it wouldn't be appreciated. 
  • fyrchkfyrchk member
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    I'm having this same issue. So far I've come up with an iPod with someone running it. (I made it a lot easier by having a playlist just for each thing "pre-wedding, parents entrance, bride's entrance," etc. We also found a wireless mic for our officiant. But, if anything comes up with something better, I'll be watching this thread, also.

    OP, thanks for asking this question!
  • I will have a cello and piano duo playing music. My dj for the reception will provide sound/wireless mics for the ceremony. I have no idea how to do this own your own but i'm sure you could rent speakers and have wireless pics that are programmed to the speakers. 
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