It’s the time of year when thoughts start turning to the long summer nights and grand plans are put in to motion. For the more adventurous, you might be planning a festival or outdoor event yourself. A rather daunting task and something that involves more work than you average indoor event. Indoor events have toilets, water, emergency exits and [Read more...]
As well as holding your own iPod wedding disco, many couples are now choosing to play their own selection of music earlier on during their reception meal. All you need for this is an iPod or laptop as well as a sound system and finely crafted playlist for your guests to listen to. Having done many receptions we are going to share some of our top tips to making your song choices a success.
Firstly you really need to think of the mood people will be in at the time. Choose upbeat positive songs to match the mood of yourself as well as your guests. Remember that there is a long way to go and you don’t want to be playing too many hits too early as there should be no repeats throughout the whole night.
Secondly make sure you don’t get caught short with songs in the playlist. Weddings rarely run on time so add at least an extra hour of songs to the playlist to make sure you have enough. With this in mind, leave your itunes on repeat so if you do come to the end of the playlist the software will go back to the start rather than leaving you in silence.
Pick songs that you both like. The day is supposed to be about you so don’t be shy about expressing your personalities. The worst thing you could do is miss a song because certain guests won’t appreciate it. Make the playlist represent who you are.
Lastly, try and keep the laptop or ipod hidden away. You never know who might decide they want to become the DJ.
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Star cloth is a great way to transform an otherwise ordinary room in to a modern, elegant area. Star cloth is perfect as a back drop to a top table or as a surrounding to a DJ or band. Sound & lighting hire companies such as Onion Audio can provide & install star cloth for special events in Hotels, marquees and private venues.
When hiring star cloth, its advised to cover the entire wall with star cloth. If you require star cloth but don’t have the budget to cover a large area, Onion Audio can provide simple blackout cloth when required. This gives a great effect in the place you need it and makes the rest of the area work with the star cloth.
We regularly provide star cloth to large events such as weddings and corporate events along with led uplighting and table center spots. Onion Audio can provide lighting for events of any scale and are happy to talk about your option. Please contact us for a no obligation chat, visit the wedding ideas blog or the wedding sound hire page.
Holding your wedding over the festive season has some excellent benefits. It maybe a little cold during the winter months but sound & lighting hire companies like Onion Audio are here to give you what a summer wedding could never have.
One of the main benefits to a winter wedding is that when evening guests arrive you can light your venue to give it an amazing magical sparkle you could never have during the summer. White fairy lights look great when used to guide guests down a path or entrance way. You could also use them to highlight an arch way or the entrance to the venue itself. In a marquee fairy lights look great with ceiling drapes to add sparkle to the venue itself.
Sky trackers, a big spot light that is aimed at the sky looks great. Shooting light through trees or simply in to the sky can really dazzle guests as they arrive or socialise outside.
Inside, uplighters around the room work really well on white walls to create a warm atmosphere when dusk settles. You can have uplighers that fit or compliment the colour theme of your wedding. Wedding uplighters are affordable and scaleable so they can fit in with any budget.
Lighting trees and features outside is another way to add atmosphere to any area. Read our post on uplighting trees for more information and advise on what we could do for you.
At Onion Audio we can provide any lighting you require to make your venue look and feel amazing. Contact us to see what we can do for you.
The summer months see weddings and events move from hotel suites to marquees and gardens. As the darkness draws in at these events a very special venue can loose its magic as we can no longer see the beautiful surroundings we are in.
One trick Onion Audio like to use is uplighting. We use floodlights strategically placed on the ground to light features in the area. This works particularly well with trees and woodland but also statues and water features.
The real benefit of uplighters is that just as your guests think they have seen everything your event has to offer, the sun sets and they are amazed by the beauty of their surroundings once again.
Different colours help create depth to features like large trees. Lighting the tree with green from a distance and then lighting the tree in white directly underneath looks great.
Lighting the tree from the front gives a good effect but lighting it from behind illuminates the whole tree and gives a great effect.
Lighting Statues with different colours can also give a great effect. If your event has a colour theme think about spotlighting white features with the theme for the evening.
The great thing about uplighting trees is that no one venue is the same. Every event will be lit differently and you choose how you want it to look. Uplighting is a very affordable way to make your event look great. Get in touch with Onion Audio and see what we could do for you!
If your looking for a way to host your own wedding party but don’t want to spend a fortune on an expensive DJ, there is something that is working really well at small weddings across the county. iPod disco weddings are becoming popular with couples who know what music they want to hear at small, low budget weddings and have a strong vision of the type of atmosphere they want to create during the day.
The main reason is usually price but the other reason is you get to choose exactly what you want to here. There is no need to risk getting a DJ who may not play exactly what you want. Simply hire a sound and lighting system from us and plug your iPod, laptop or any other device in and press play!
There are some down sides though. You need to spend time planning your play lists. To fill an entire night you need a substantial amount of music to play. We would suggest splitting different sections of the day in to different playlist and playing that playlist when the time is right. After organising your playlists its also a good idea to leave a friend or family member in charge of the running of the system. Its a simple job but you don’t want any more distractions on your wedding day.
Another option may be to hire one of your friends to become the DJ for the evening. Look out for our next post on this soon.
If your planning on hosting your own iPod wedding disco, your own wedding band or just organising the whole event yourself, there are a few simple things you should consider to give your event a professional look. Onion Audio can provide all of the things we mention below.
We have spoken briefly about the basic things you need to host a DJ or band (or a simple iPod connection) in our FAQ section. Here we are looking at the extras you may want to make the event look special.
This is often over looked at weddings. A small stage gives a really professional look to any band or DJ playing at your wedding. It helps act as a focal point and can be as high or low as you like.
When hosting a wedding in a marquee the dance floor is often provided by the marquee company although Onion Audio do provide them when required. The dance floor gives your party style and encourages people to dance. Without it there is no clear place in which people feel comfortable dancing.
Marquees are often finished with white drapes which makes them perfect for uplighting. Uplighters are lighting that is placed on the floor at the edges of the room. They face up and create a wash of colour across the walls. Uplighters are perfect at fitting in with any colour theme you have at your wedding as they can be any colour you wish. You could even have them as alternate colour throughout the room or changing colour through out the night.
When done right a star cloth back drop can be really effective. It helps define the area and helps create a party atmosphere.
Central Table Spots
Onion Audio can provide table spots lights that hang from the roof of the marquee and shine down to light table center pieces. This makes each center piece shine and makes the room sparkle.
Our advice to anyone looking to make their wedding special would be to find pictures of what they want and take them to your sound and lighting hire company. Let your imagination run wild and tell us what you want. You maybe surprised at just how easy it is for a sound hire company to create!
In our last article we looked at some of the common things to think about when booking a sound system for a wedding. In this article we will further the discussion and look at more of the technical terms and questions you may be faced with.
PAT or portable appliance testing is a test that determines if an electrical item is safe to use. Hotels and wedding venues often ask for the DJ or sound hire company to provide a PAT to prove their items have been tested recently. Most sound hire companies will have a PAT certificate they can give you or the venue upon request.
Similarly to the PAT certificate most venues will request proof of public liability from anyone working at the venue. Again most companies will have a copy handy to forward to the venue.
Most hotels and venues have an adequate power supply for the rooms they provide. Some sound companies will ask you what power supply the hotel has. This is a question you should forward to the venue manager. What the sound company is asking is what plug sockets the hotel has. For smaller rooms most hotels may just have 13 amp house hold sockets. These are the normal sockets you find in your home. For bigger venues they may have a 16amp c-form socket, 32amp c-form socket or anything up to 125 amp 3 phase power. Basically the more ‘amps’ the venue can provide the larger the system can be. For the most part a sound system providing sound for 150 people will have sufficient power from a 16 amp socket.
Marquee Power Supplies
If your holding your wedding in a marquee, power is usually supplied from a generator. The generator is normally provided by the marquee hire company but its best the check. A sound hire company usually needs to know the sockets the generator will be providing (Similar to the sockets in the power source section) but they may also want to know how big the generator is in ‘Kva’. This is a measurement of power and the bigger the sound and lighting system is the more you need!
Look out for more information on wedding sound and lighting hire for marquees in a later post.
Whether hiring a sound system for a DJ or for an iPod to be plugged in to, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure you have a sound that will not disappoint. This is the first in a series of articles that will help you get the best sound at your wedding.
Firstly I would look at whether the sound system you are hiring comes with a subwoofer or not. These are the things that produce the bass/low end of the music. If you want to create a part atmosphere with people dancing you will need a subwoofer. The bass is the part of the music that makes you want to dance. Without it the music is only good for background music or speeches.
Its tough to understand what brands of speakers are good and what are bad. We would suggest avoiding the lowest quality brands such as Behringer, Peavey and Wharfedale and instead look out for quality brands such as Martin Audio, Kv2 Audio, Nexo & Logic to name a few common wedding sound systems.
Have your sound hire company liaise with the technical manager or event manager at your venue. This way the two can talk in technical terms about any common problems the venue faces during events with sound and lighting.
A common issue that comes up at inner city venues particularly is issues with licensing laws. If you want your party to go on until the early hours then you need to make sure your venue has the license to do so. If your hoping the music will be loud then also check the restrictions that are in place on music volume. Some venues have decibel meters that control the level of the music by simply cutting the power to the sound system.