Anything could happen. Most likely, everything will go just fine, and you will have exactly that sassy, stylish, and happy wedding you've been planning. But anything could happen, and one of the most common-- especially at those cute little rustic venues on the outskirts of San Diego-- arises from that thing none of us ever thinks about but we all constantly depend on: electricity.
So what's the problem? Usually it's either not enough outlets or not enough circuits. You see, the power in your house is divided into several separate circuits so that not all your power-hungry appliances all have to share from the same port. If it weren't that way, you would overload the system, and your refrigerator might conk out every time you use your hairdryer. The same thing could happen to the lights at your wedding if they're plugged into the same circuit as your DJ, your caterer, and anything else. Trust us: you wouldn't want that (and yes, we've seen it happen).
But what do you do about it?
Talk to Your Venue
For starters, you need to know if your venue can handle the power needs of your caterer, DJ, and anyone else who will be plugging something in. So ask the venue these two important questions:
What power sources (including location and number of outlets and circuits) are available at both ceremony and reception sites?
What preventive measures and/or backup plans do they have in case of power failure or a tripped circuit?
Talk to Your DJ and Caterer
Armed with the information from the venue, you can now iron out a few power issues with your DJ and caterer. For starters, let them know what the site says about the questions above. Then, ask what preventive measures and/or backup plans they have in case of power failure or a tripped circuit. Don't forget to give them contact info for each other and the venue, in case they have questions or need to work something out among themselves.
A Word About Generators and Extension Cords
Sometimes if not enough outlets or circuits are available, your vendors may be able to work off of generators. However, many are so loud that they have to be placed far away, requiring long extension cords, which are not only dangerous but also an eyesore. So be sure they get those cords either taped down or, preferably, out of the way of foot traffic completely. And in some cases, battery-powered systems may even be a viable option.
Power to the people!