Party Like It’s 2016 by Throwing a Silent Disco at Your Wedding
Don’t let noise ordinances get in the way of your big-day bash. Plug in and encourage your guests to cut loose into the wee hours with the latest dance trend popping up at celebrations from Napa to the North Shore. We just did one at Vizcaya in Miami & on the beach at South Pointe soon very soon.
You’ve said your I do’s, and now it’s time to get down to the seriously fun business of celebrating your newlywed status. The only thing getting between you and a night everyone will remember? A noise ordinance, curfew, or neighbor forcing you to put a damper on the decibel levels at your event. Enter the “silent disco,” a phenomenon that has grown out of music festivals and the club scene, where attendees don wireless headphones and listen to music broadcast through a radio transmitter.
“It’s been pretty revolutionary for us because we have the 10 p.m. amplified noise curfew in Napa and Sonoma, so it lets us continue the party without having to move locations or move indoors,” says wedding planner Jenna Lam of Jenna Lam Events.
Think the concept sounds strange? “The funny thing about it is that the minute someone puts on the headphones, it’s like they think they’re invisible,” Lam adds. “You’ll see someone who was previously sipping a drink nervously in the corner while the band was playing now singing out loud and dancing like a crazy person at the silent disco.”
And the plusses don’t end there. Planners we spoke to mentioned everything from the crisp and clear quality of the tunes in the headphones to offering guests a choice of what music they want to dial into (most headphones come with two to three channels, so you can have duelings DJs that your guests can flip between). One planner even mentioned that the silent disco can actually encourage conversation; by eliminating the need to shout over booming music, users can simply slide off the headphones partially or completely to chat. But perhaps the biggest reason the activity is catching on: it is something that you and your guests definitely won’t forget.
To throw a silent disco at your wedding, prices typically range from $4 to $11 per guest, with batteries for the headphones lasting up to 10 hours. If it’s something you are interested in to round out your event, especially if you are contending with potential barriers for a late-night blowout, raise the idea to your wedding planner or reach out to us.
By Shira Savada of Martha Stewart Weddings
Real Weddings Editor
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: JOHN DOLAN
*What is a Silent Disco? It’s an event where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing.
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“Shhh… Silent Disco in progress!”