Having live music at your chosen venue may not be as straightforward as you’d hoped! Avoid disappointment with these tips from Entertainment Nation…
It’s not something that often comes up, but some wedding venues have restrictions that can seriously hamper your live band’s performance. If you’ve got your heart set on an evening party, read on to find out how to avoid disappointment…
What’s the problem?
Finding that perfect venue is all part of the fun of wedding planning – what better excuse to take trips out to exquisite country houses, sumptuous hotels and charming rustic barns? It’s easy to fall in love at first sight with what appears to be the ideal venue, but before you put pen to paper and sign a contract, make sure to closely examine all terms and conditions and ask some key questions to avoid any nasty surprises.
Many wedding venues have increasingly strict rules and regulations for live entertainment. It’s important to find out any entertainment restrictions before booking your venue if you have expectations of you own about what your live wedding band will sound like. By finding out what restrictions a venue has, you can choose to find a more suitable location or book a band who can work around the restrictions, either of which is preferable to your band arriving on the big day and being unable to play!
What type of rules are set by wedding venues?
Each wedding venue is different and has its own particular rules for live entertainment, but in general, the restrictions that are problematic for wedding bands are those on sound and space. Some venues have an upper limit for the volume a band can play at, which is managed by a device known as a sound limiter. Sound limiters monitor the band’s levels and if they exceed a defined limit, cut the power – hardly conducive to a good party! Other venues insist on the use of electric drum kits (which, although a reasonable substitute, cannot match the sound quality of a proper acoustic kit), on the use of the venue’s own sound system, or on there being no amplification at all. Space restrictions include limits on the number of performers and the amount of room available for a band to set up in.
Should I be worried?
No! Our aim with this article isn’t to scare you, but to make sure you are armed with the information you need to avoid unexpected problems. Each of the restrictions can either be mitigated or avoided altogether with enough notice. Ideally, you should ask the vital questions listed below prior to booking your venue, but don’t worry if you’ve already booked: as long as you communicate any restrictions to your wedding band in advance, they will do their best to find a way to give you a great performance.
What should I ask my venue?
Here are the essential questions to ask your venue:
- Can we hire a live band?
- Do you have any sound restrictions?
- Do you have a sound limiter?
- What level is your sound limiter set at?
- Does your sound limiter cut the power?
- Do you have any other sound restrictions (e.g. no amplification, electric drum kits, band prohibited from using their own speakers)
- Do you have a live music curfew?
- Will the band have adequate space to set up in?
- Is there limit on the number of performers?
Anything else I should know?
Of course! Research, research and more research! There are loads of great resources out there to find out more about your wedding venue. TripAdvisor is a useful reference to see the unfiltered opinions of a venue’s past clients and may flag up any potential issues. You can also contact an entertainment adviser at Entertainment Nation and ask about your venue. We keep a continually updated list of the restrictions in place at venues our bands have played at and can help you to plan around them.
Follow our advice and your wedding reception is sure to be a party to remember! Happy venue hunting and congratulations on your engagement!
For more information and to find your perfect wedding entertainment, visit entertainment-nation.co.uk.