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  # 2367733 3-Dec-2019 16:16
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What about Vector supplying a generator, since they are the ones causing the outage?


I know when one of our clients business was going to be without power, Northpower who were doing the powerline work, organized a generator for them.
Not sure who paid for it though.

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  # 2367744 3-Dec-2019 16:47
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golfpunk111: To be fair we booked the wedding day 8 months ago and the outage was only notified to the venue two weeks out.


It absolutely isn't the venues fault, but the onus to find a solution should still be on them. This is essentially a case of them having an issue with their supplier. Your contract is with the vendor - issues they may have with their suppliers shouldn't be your problem.


If your contracted caterer told you that their supplier was having difficulties and couldn't provide the meat for the meal, you would absolutely expect the caterer to source the meat elsewhere. Same thing as fair as I'm concerned.


How much you can expect of them probably comes down to how much you are paying for the venue. If you are paying $200 for the use of a hall, then I wouldn't expect much help. If you are paying considerable money, then I believe they should provide the solution.


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  # 2367745 3-Dec-2019 16:49
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When I worked for Powerco (twenty years ago now!), they had a bunch of generators that they used either to provide site power to some customers (3kVA typically), or to energise a section of distribution main (30-50kVA typically) that had lost its feed owing to line work 'upstream'. Sometimes a dairy farmer would get one of the bigger gensets to keep their dairy shed milking.


Even still, I reckon it's pretty poor for Vector to only give two week's notice, and for the venue to apparently "shrug and walk away"

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  # 2368044 4-Dec-2019 12:18
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What ever solution you come up with, got to the venue and test it the day before - they will understand. You're probably having a rehearsal anyway, so simulate the power failure for the rehearsal. So many people come up with a plan and it doesn't even occur to them that there is any way it can fail. Even if it turns out not to work at least you know it isn't going to work and are not surprised/stressed/running around getting dirty and trying to fix it on the day. Even if the power is on at the start of the ceremony, get the whole system up and running on generator so that you aren't dicking around/relying on someone else to dick round in the middle. 


Yeah, don't screw around inventing sometime to do the job when for similar money you can hire something guaranteed to do the job. Very few blue tooth speakers (maybe none) have the grunt to fill a room with sound when the room is full of warm squishy sound absorbent people. It might sound OK when the room is empty but once it fills with people you need 5x more grunt.


If the venue has a sufficient sound system already then all you need is a portable generator and a bunch of extension leads. Inverter-generators are pretty quiet. If you can hear the generator you haven't got long enough extension leads! Once you put it out back on the other side of the skip bins you won't hear them.



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