One thing we have noticed since returning after the Covid Restrictions is that a lot more venues now have sound limiters installed.
This little blog is to explain a little about what they are, how they can affect your wedding and why they are there.
What is a Sound Limiter ?
Simply put, a sound limiter is a device which will cut off the electricity should sound levels exceed a set limit – yes, this does mean your music etc will be cut off.
There are some venues which have their own sound systems installed, which suppliers MUST use, which will automatically regulate the noise levels so no matter what is done, the sound limit will not be exceeded.
Also, some venues have hand-held meters which monitor sound levels and they will simply tell whoever is controlling the sound if it is too loud – ie your DJ or Band.
Why are Sound Limiters in place ?
Noise pollution is a very serious topic which can result in huge fines if sound levels imposed are not complied with. Most sound limiters are installed on instruction of the local council and must be adhered to.
You will normally find sound limiters mainly in places that have a marquee/tipi, in a built up area or high up where sound will travel – although this is not an exhaustive list.
Will the venue let us know if a sound limiter is installed ?
Most venues will inform you of any noise restrictions, however, this will be mentioned at a stage in your planning where you are excited about your plans coming together, you have found your ideal venue and your dream is coming true. Information such as sound limiters will likely be overlooked with the amount of information you will be receiving, so we do always recommend you double check.
Can DJs and Bands work with sound limiters ?
We can only speak for ourselves, but sound limiters are not a problem for us.
However, a loud rock band for example may have difficulty working with such restrictions and even refuse to play. This is why we always advise you to check and inform your suppliers.
Some DJs (not in a negative way) will also not play in venues with sound limiters in place. The sudden turning off, then back on, of the electrical supply can damage equipment so you do need to bear this in mind if a DJ says no.
As mentioned, we will work with sound limiters though.
We want loud music though ?
I am afraid there is nothing that can be done if a sound limiter is in place. As mentioned they are a legal requirement with heavy fines in place if the limits are exceeded.
Will it make the wedding disco rubbish and boring ?
NO. The limits in place are (usually) sensible and will be loud enough for guests to enjoy and have a dance too. They are at a quieter level than what we would normally play at but we have found them always to be loud ‘enough’.