| Originally Posted by sgbrown |
Thanks for the clarification SunBride. We're going to hire the Mexican Trio for our ceremony and rent the speaker system (which will connect directly to my ipod) for the reception. Our group is at 53 (and counting) so I think we'll need to rent the speaker system for better sound quality. Thanks again! I owe you one (more like 1,000)!
But keep in mind that you probably want the sound system for the ceremony anyways otherwise nobody will be able to hear the ceremony and your vows. You need the sound system to be able to hear over the sound of the crashing waves.
I went to a destination wedding where the bride and groom didn't get a sound system and it sucked, I couldn't feel anything! Considering your guests are traveling so far to be able to attend I think they deserve to hear the ceremony.
It sucks that DT is charging 150$ for this now, when it use to be only 5$. But I bet other resorts charge way more...
Also, you may want to consider having the band for after the ceremony rather than during. Their set is only 45 mins, so if they play during the ceremony (which lasts approx 20-25mins) then they will only play 3 songs during that time (entry, signing, exit) and then will play approx 20 minutes after. So you get more bang for your buck if you have them play after for a full 45 mins. But I do understand the appeal of having that type of music play while you walk down the aisle. Just thought I would mention my thinking. I too wanted them for the ceremony (in fact it was like THE most important thing to me after photos) but then at the last minute I changed my mind. If I had had a bigger group of people there I definitely would have gotten them for after the ceremony, but based on our small group and schedule it wasn't worth the cost (seeing as I was using the free package and had to pay for the band).