Who Is Responsible for Alternative Power Sources in Case of Bad Weather?

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Every wedding is bound to encounter a mishap or two on the way to perfection, the chances of which increase exponentially when inclement weather is involved. Some reception venues may not be properly equipped to handle a power outage prompted by an unexpected thunder or windstorm, so who is responsible for ensuring a particularly strong gust doesn't shut down the party? Our etiquette experts weigh in on the issue.

Whether your wedding is indoors or outside, severe weather has the potential to knock out the power in your venue. Though the responsibility for power outages typically belongs to the venue coordinator or owner, you are essentially in charge of your space for the duration of your wedding. If your location is a hotel ballroom, you need not worry about securing an emergency power source, but a reception hall or historical inn may not be well equipped for the possibility of a storm. Therefore, you should designate a responsible party with technical know-how to secure a backup generator for the wedding — and to be on hand to provide support when needed.

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Many wedding planners are qualified to shoulder this duty, but if you are not using the services of a planner, you may want to hire a technician, electrician, or repairman to attend to any and all electrical issues the day of your wedding if you foresee problems arising due to the weather. Having a trained professional on hand will ease your mind and allow the party to continue regardless of weather or technological difficulties.

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