Having played at many wedding venues over the last several years, I have learned a lot about what works from the client’s side of things, especially when it comes to their music choices. One of the things that I have come across recently is the issue that comes with venues not being truthful to potential clients when selling them on their capabilities to have music (especially live music played by a band) as a part of their wedding. In a nutshell, it is VERY IMPORTANT when discussing the option of live music with the venue owner/manager/coordinator what decibel levels are acceptable. Again, this is crucial! We have played several venues that told the wedding party that live music was possible, but when we arrived were told that the music needed to be less than 90 dB in volume at all times. To give you a comparison, 90 dB is equivalent to truck traffic at street level, according to OSHA. I can tell you that at their peak, most bands will hit closer to 100 dB on a regular basis during a live show. If you want a to protect yourself from issues, choose a venue that either a) does not have a sound level ordinance in/near it’s location or b) the dB reading can be at least 100 dB at the properties edge. Remember, I am talking about bands that play music most typical at weddings, ie rock, dance, music, etc. There is nothing worse than finding out on your big day that although you and your guests planned on partying and dancing the night away to the music of the live band you hired, the band will have to play so quiet and subdued it will be impossible to get the energy and atmosphere required to make the night happen the way you pictured it in your mind.
In conclusion, when choosing where you want to get married, if you are going to have a band, ASK ABOUT SPECIFIC (the maximum dB) VOLUME LEVELS).
Thanks for stopping by, and good luck as you plan your big day.