If you’re planning on renting the sound system for your wedding – that’s great! It’s an awesome way to take charge of your reception, while saving money over a more traditional entertainment strategy.
However, before you sign the rental agreement, we have a list of questions here that we think you should consider. These are questions that *we* ask when we need to rent an extra system, or know to make sure are taken into account when placing the order. Don’t get burned – if you have the right system, the right playlists, and the right people, you’ll have an unforgettable reception. Here’s what you need to ask to make sure you’re not under-equipped.
1) “Does this rental come with speaker stands?”
This is a major question to ask – having the speakers on stands, or at about shoulder-height level, can help the music and sound cover more area than if they were just situated on a table-top. It also looks a lot classier. Speaker stands might not be included, but they should only add $5 or so to the rental if you want to add them. This is an important one.
2) “Can you walk me through how to hook it up?”
Although our guide helps you hook up most DJ systems / PA systems, etc., often the rental company has a guide for the specific unit that you’re renting. Sometimes they’ll even show you how to hook it up when you’re picking up the system. This is worth asking about because you don’t want to wait until the night of to make sure that you know what you’re doing or could explain it to someone else.
3) “Is the microphone wireless?”
If it’s not too much extra, I recommend asking for a wireless mic. Not having to have your toasts so close to the main sound system makes the whole experience a little smoother, and if the person giving the toasts is right next to the bride and groom, the experience feels more natural and warmer.
4) “Is the wireless system UHF or VHF?”
VHF systems are the more inexpensive type, but can be prone to interference. I’d ask, if possible, for a UHF system, just because of the reliability and the resistance to interference. The last thing you want is a scratchy, poppy sound – or another signal cutting in during the toasts. We started with a VHF system, as professional DJ’s, but quickly switched over to a UHF one because it sounded more professional.
5) “Will this system fill my room with sound?”
Explain to the rental salesperson the room that you’ll be in, or that you’ll be outdoors, and how many people are planning on coming. That’ll help them recommend to you a system that will make the most sense from a size/wattage perspective. They’re there to sell you a rental, but it’s good to ask and verify with them that what we’ve suggested is right on, and if they don’t have the size of system that we’re recommending, that they’ll stand by their recommendation.
These questions are just a start, but if I only had five things I could ask the rental salesperson when getting the sound system for the reception, these would be the five. In another post, we discuss how to size a system to your needs, based on your reception size, and whether it’s indoor or outdoor. We hope that this site continues to be a resource for couples who are doing their own sound for their wedding or decide to go with an ‘iPod Wedding’ out of budgetary / style reasons. Have a great week!