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Worried About the Acoustics at Your Wedding? Here’s Our Advice.

Its’s finally here:  Your wedding day! So far everyone has made it to the ceremony on time, pictures are turning out great, and the cake was more beautiful than you could have imagined it. Then, its time for your Grand introductions, followed by your father giving a heartfelt welcome to his only daughter and then your lifelong friend and Maid of honor giving her toast.  The problem… You could barely understand the introductions (your guests as well) and a lot of your guests couldn’t hear what your dad was saying or your sister…

How could this have happened?

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Brides and grooms spend so much time thinking about and planning their big day, but with some of the venues they choose, did they really give enough thought to making sure that the entertainment they chose for the big day had the proper equipment to handle the sound at the space they chose?

The sound at your event could end up being too quiet, muffled or even too loud, causing guests to feel uncomfortable and want to leave early. To make sure the sound doesn’t ruin your big day, take these steps to ensure the acoustics don’t take away from, but enhance your wedding day.

Types of buildings that are more difficult to achieve clear acoustics

Traditionally, buildings constructed before the 1930’s, that were usually constructed of marble and stone, are designed more to carry voices. Because of this, music tends to have an echo effect because the sound waves are bouncing around erratically.  If your entertainers do not know the correct way to balance the sound or place the speakers, this could be a recipe for a long night for your guests.

Great examples of venues with challenging accoustics: The Cleveland Courthouse and The Cleveland City Hall Rotunda

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Other challenging venue sites include: barns, outdoor spaces, and non-traditional wedding reception sites. It’s extremely important to make sure you have hired the right people and they have the right equipment on hand so that people aren’t struggling to hear sound clearly.

How to improving the acoustics at a wedding or event

The best option for making sure your reception has the best sound possible, would be to meet with several different vendors to discuss your concerns.  In this industry, you may get plenty of vendors that tell you that they know what they are doing and they have played at these venues many times before, however don’t just take that for granted.  Make sure you get a few referrals from these previous events, or speak with the caterers that may be doing your reception to see if they have worked with them before.  Most experienced entertainment companies have the options of adding computer delayed satellite speakers. These will delay the main front speakers by allowing the system to calculate the building’s specs, it understands how to effectively utilize the sound equipment, giving you and your guests a lot less echo and a more pure, clear sound at your reception.

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When a venue looks great, but doesn’t sound so great

If your venue is the perfect setting, but just needs a little boost in the sound department, make sure you do you your research. Qualified sound technicians like Selective Sound Entertainment, will go though all of the proper steps with you to ensure a great sounding event.


ProTip: When selecting DJ’s, be sure to go with a company that will not just put speakers on the floor, but instead elevate them. This will ensure that guests will hear the sound at a comfortable level.  

Other things to be aware of

In most cases, your reception venue will not help you with sound acoustics. Also, if deciding to hire a band, understand that they are typically a lot louder than a traditional DJ. This not only can lead to headaches for you and your guests, but also could actually cause your guests to leave early.

If hiring a band, it is imperative to make sure that the band you have hired has qualified sound technicians that have this proper equipment to handle the space.

ProTip: Ask to speak with past brides or other clients about their experience with bands vs DJ’s. They are a great resource and can help you made an educated decision.

Bottom line

Do your research! Having great sound at your wedding can really bring the energy and ensure everyone has an enjoyable and entertaining time.



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