Australia is “the lucky country” when it comes to outdoor weather and weddings, says easyweddings.com.au. Our seasons are:
Autumn: March 1 – May 31
Winter: June 1 – August 31
Spring: September 1 – November 30
Summer: December 1 – February 28.
So which season is best for your 2018 wedding? Well, in the New South Wales area of the country, the sun shines 340 days every year with summer humidity about 65%. March averages the most rainfall. If you’re bringing people in from other countries, airfares are usually lowest in May. Winter weddings are more economical, but spring weddings are the most popular with Autumn a close second. All your options are good ones!
Lighting Sets the Mood
No matter how small, your outdoor wedding is not something that can be handled with a power strip and extension cords. You need to hire an inverter generator. Before you contact your Rental Power generator hire professionals, make a list of every outdoor “station” at your wedding. You will have a bar/beverage station, and perhaps:
- Bathroom/washroom facilities
- Cocktail tables/chairs
- Coffee/tea station
- Dance floor
- Dining tables/chairs
- Food service/buffet
- Stage and/or microphone for ceremony
Each outdoor area needs specific lighting, plus you need perimeter lighting. Some wedding planners say calculate what you need, wattage-wise and then hire a generator that provides twice what you think you need. After you have listed your wedding station, it’s time to itemise electric energy needs.
Tents: Your Outdoor Oasis
“We do a lot of tent events and I have to be honest; I usually pull onto the property, cringing because I don’t know what I’m up against (power-wise),” says entertainment professional Rick Ryan. Having the right power setup for your outdoor tent wedding can make or break the most important event of your lives.
You’ve been planning for months, and it can all fall apart if you don’t have enough electricity. Let’s talk electric energy. An average circuit is 15-20 amps (2000 watts; an amp is about 100 watts).
- Coffeemakers (large, commercial) – each, 10 amps
- Dancefloor lighting – (LED) 2 amps
- Dancefloor lighting (non-LED) – 10 amps
- DJ sound gear – 10 amps
- Food warmers – each tray, 10 amps
- Leko lights (Gobos, 1 or 2)) – each light, 5 amps
- Perimeter lighting (LED, about 20 fixtures) – 2 amps
- Tent lights – (up to 6 lines, incandescent) each line, 5 amps
A non-inverter generator might work for coffeemakers, but everything else requires an inverter generator. In other words, don’t rent a non-inverter generator, period! “If you’re going to use a generator, rent a multi-circuit, inverter-style, pull-behind generator. that has at least 8-10 hours of runtime between fueling,” advises Ryan.
Electric Energy is Vital to Outdoor Weddings
“A power failure can dampen spirits faster than rainfall!” says Aaron Robins of Rental Power Australia. “Portable generators should be able to accommodate your maximum energy usage for the equipment and hours needed. Generators should also contain documentation of electrical safety and operational procedures. A safety fence should also be installed around the generator.”
Our electrical power and generator specialists can help with the amount of generator power you need. We will also help with installation and training at the time of drop-off. Call 1300 767 257 or send us an enquiry. In-between cake-tastings and flower selections, stop by one of our branches.