Did you know that some venues have sound limits (decibel limits) that restrict the volume of your wedding?
Many couples do not know this and often times venues don't mention this when booking. Why do they conceal this you might ask??? Simply put They stink and can ruin your party. Often times venues with nearby neighbors have these decibel limits. They use a sound meter to measure the volume of the room throughout the night. It is very common for these limits to be extremely low. For example, I recently worked at a venue with a decibel limit of 85 decibels. This limit is easily achieved without music and a full room of people. 100-150 people in a room will easily go over this limit! It can be a real buzz kill to have to play to these limits. The music simple isn't loud enough and it can really throw the vibe of your party off.
How do we handle these this and what can be done?
Well first is first. If you are booking venues, especially venues in developments or nearby neighbors ask first! 85-150 decibels may sound like a lot of noise and volume...It is NOT! I personally do not like to vent about venues...However, I think venues with noise limits should not be wedding venues. It kills the party.
Written by: Justin Gilbert
Wedding DJ for over 10 years