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# 261552 3-Dec-2019 10:25
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We are having our wedding next friday and Vector has decided to do maintenance on the power grid which means there will be two outages the first for about 3hrs which will affect getting ready and the 2nd right in the middle of our ceremony at 4pm for a couple of hours.

This is going to cause major problems, I've tried contacting Vector and they are unwilling to postpone or help at this stage, so we are looking for work arounds.

For the ceremony I was thinking I could hook up a bluetooth mic to a UE boom, trouble is I cant find bluetooth mic in NZ, does anyone know where I could find one?

Cheers.

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  # 2365487 3-Dec-2019 10:29
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Generator?

 

Can the venue hire a generator? There will be other issues caused by lack of power - cooking/lighting/refrigeration and depending on where your wedding is being held, water supply (I know, on Waiheke where there are a lot of weddings, no electricity means no running water as everyone is on tanks, and most are pump driven).




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  # 2365490 3-Dec-2019 10:34
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Yeah we are liaising with the venue, they didn't offer anything when they advised of the outages, so we are clarifying. We are looking at hirepool for getting a generator if need be, just thought a generator is quite noisy, so for the ceremony a bluetooth speaker and mic might be better?


 
 
 
 


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  # 2365492 3-Dec-2019 10:39
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Yeah, there is the noise thing with generators. Depends on the size of the venue and generator.

 

You can probably hire portable PA - these guys are advertising one for $150 for the weekend: https://www.partyzone.co.nz/Sound_Hire.html  The actual link for the portable PA 404's, but you could try calling them.

 

And these: http://www.perfectsound.co.nz/audio-hire/?item=Roadbuddy%20System&gclid=Cj0KCQiAiZPvBRDZARIsAORkq7eEjSumhf1Puu53IGQQKfVJew-_59clrW6TcD-IqqC3Ig8mmTDfU9waAstdEALw_wcB

 

 


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  # 2365503 3-Dec-2019 10:46
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  # 2365506 3-Dec-2019 10:47
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I shudder at the thought of having to use a bluetooth connection for anything that should be lag-free, failsafe and simple to connect.

 

Google comes up with 151 million results when you search "bluetooth problems".

 

Just hire a portable battery PA with (non-bluetooth) wireless mic(s).  Make sure you've got spare/charged batteries for the mic.


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  # 2365522 3-Dec-2019 10:59
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Oh man that really sucks. 

 

I would hire an inverter generator get hold of a few long extension leads. Don't rely on bluetooth for such an important event. 

 

 

 

 


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  # 2365529 3-Dec-2019 11:22
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That sucks!

 

I would say the portable PA systems would be best. Completely battery powered, no real compromise on sound quality. 

 

You can get quiet-ish generators, but would still want it to be a long way away from the ceremony area.


 
 
 
 




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  # 2365530 3-Dec-2019 11:23
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Thanks for that, didn't realise bluetooth was so unreliable...


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  # 2365539 3-Dec-2019 11:59
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golfpunk111:

 

Thanks for that, didn't realise bluetooth was so unreliable...

 

 


Well it might be OK with 5 of you in the room. But wait until it's full of people with smartphones. kids birthday party, maybe risk it. Wedding? Nah.... 




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  # 2365545 3-Dec-2019 12:08
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Yeah good call, thanks


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  # 2365548 3-Dec-2019 12:25
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once i tried to play music on my portable bluetooth speaker. it wouldn't make any sound and every time i played something, i can see on the music player the volume would magically turn down to zero by itself, with nothing coming out of my speaker.

 

turns out it was playing my breakup songs on the neighbour's speakers.





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  # 2365646 3-Dec-2019 13:45
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While this isn't the fault of the venue, isn't it still their responsibility to resolve the problem by providing a generator?

 

You are presumably paying for venue hire, which one would assume includes supplying electricity. It sucks for them, but if you're paying good money for use of their facilities they surely have an obligation to provide those facilities in "working order". If they can't, at the very least, I would be expecting a discount off the venue hire to offset the cost if you need to hire your own generator.


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  # 2365696 3-Dec-2019 14:42
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I'm with some of the other posters, I assume you are paying good money for the venue, and it is not really acceptable that they have booked out the venue during a scheduled power outage, and expect you just to deal with it.

What should happen in this circumstance is for the venue to have an electrician install a change over switch, and a generator feed socket. This will allow a rented generator to be plugged in, so power is available.

Rental of a generator is generally $300 - $500 per day, - what you want is a silenced 1,500RPM diesel generator (will come mounted on a trailer, or of skid - a skid mounted generator will require the rental company to deliver it with a crane).

Avoid portable generators (typically noisy 3000RPM units) & extension cords if possible.




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  # 2366701 3-Dec-2019 15:05
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To be fair we booked the wedding day 8 months ago and the outage was only notified to the venue two weeks out. We are going to see if there is anything in our contract when we get home that might cover this or exclude this, our initial conversation with the venue seemed to put the onus on us and that they'd try assist where possible.

 

Thanks for the advice re the generator though, we will talk to the venue about it.


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  # 2367729 3-Dec-2019 16:08
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This really sucks. As others have also mentioned, even though it is no fault of the venue place, your fees does includes providing power for the occasion. If they really care about customer service, then they should be running around and sorting out temp power for you. If they seem not so concerned about this then that goes to show you their customer service and how much they really care about your big day. Call the local paper if that happens. 





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