Greetings from your favourite Southampton wedding band!
We’re no stranger to the murky world of sound limiters here at Brightside. What with being one of the UK’s busiest bands for great wedding entertainment, it kind of comes with the territory! However, it’s entirely possible that you may find yourself a little bit lost in the midst of it all. Luckily, we’re here to help.
So just picture the scene for a moment.
After searching for months on end, after countless open days and site visits and maybes, you’ve finally found your perfect wedding venue. It ticks every box on your list, and its available on that peak weekend date in the summer that you’d had your eye on since the first day you got engaged. Only thing is, the venue has a ‘sound limiter’. And you had your heart set on live music for your wedding entertainment!
Suddenly, it feels as if you’re dreams of live music on your big day are receding into the distance. Not to mention…what on earth is a sound limiter, anyway?
Well, don’t fret. We’ve chatted to the brilliant team at Tailored Entertainment to put together a list of everything you need to know about sound limiters and trust us – you can still have an incredible live wedding band at your wedding reception, without upsetting the sound limiter or the neighbours!
There’s TONNES of live music options on the table if you’re wedding venue is fitted with a sound limiter. And you’ll find a handful of them in this blog. But first off, we thought we’d cover the basics.
What is a sound limiter, and how could it affect my wedding entertainment?
We covered this in much more detail in a previous blog all about sound limiters which you can flick back to here, but we’ll do a quick recap all the same.
Basically, a sound limiter does exactly what it says on the tin. It limits the amount of noise output to within a certain decibel level as set by the venue. It usually does this by a noise sensor connected to a ‘traffic light’ system. If the noise level gets too loud, the ‘traffic light’ hits red. If it stays red for too long, the limiter cuts off power to certain sockets – meaning your band loses power for a few minutes whilst the system reboots. This can be a right party killer, as you can probably imagine!
A VISUAL GUIDE TO DECIBEL LEVELS
There are lots of different types of sound limiters fitted for lots of different reasons in venues across the country. In fact, they’re becoming more and more common as hearing health and compliance to noise complaints becomes more widely recognised by wedding venues, and scrutinised by local councils concerned for residents within hearing distance of the venue.
So, what does this mean for your live wedding entertainment on your big day? The short answer is this – there’s absolutely no need to worry. Any good, professional live wedding band for hire should have plenty of experience dealing with sound limiters and should be more than equipped to handle them. However, some venues are stricter than others.
Whilst wedding venues with 90-95dB limiters still offer the option of pretty much any live band, stricter limiters mean you may need to consider your options so that your night is not interrupted by the power going off every second song!
FIVE WEDDING BANDS PERFECT FOR VENUES WITH SOUND LIMITERS
With that in mind, we thought we’d offer up a few options that would fit the bill perfectly. Here’s five bands for you to consider, all with different sounds and styles, all of which are a perfect option for happy couples planning their weddings in sound sensitive spaces.
We’re sure you’ll find at least one you absolutely love!
The Wanderland Band
Roaming bands are a great live music alternative for weddings in sound sensitive venues. Roaming wedding bands bring all the energy, musicianship and good vibes of a traditional wedding band, but with one notable exception. They’re totally acoustic. Unplugged. Instead, they go walking around your wedding venue, interacting with everyone at the party and playing songs directly to your guests. It’s a super fun addition to your wedding day and with The Wanderland Band, you’re booking one of the country’s best.
These guys are one of the busiest and best roaming bands around – one look at their live video above will show you exactly why!
When dealing with a sound limiter, the biggest issue for traditional live wedding bands is the drums. Every other instrument on stage can be attenuated to a certain degree meaning guitars, vocals and keyboards can be kept under strict volume control. But the drums are, well…they’re just as loud as they are, really.
Well, step forward Throwback – an incredible Hampshire wedding band with a great setlist full of dancefloor packing, retro classics. They also come with an electric drumkit as standard – this has the double benefit of fitting the music perfectly, as well as being much more volume-friendly than a standard kit. Win win!
Here’s another act benefitting from the addition of an electric kit – but this act is something very special indeed. Ultimatum is the UK’s leading act for what’s known as ‘loop production artist’ entertainment. ‘What is that?’ I hear you cry! It’s about the coolest freakin’ thing on God’s green earth, is what it is.
Ultimatum is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist, Ben Scott. In his genuinely jaw-dropping live show, he creates the sound of a full five-piece live band – totally solo. Looping each individual instrument live on stage, he creates a remarkable sound featuring a fistful of dancefloor packing favourite to get everyone dancing.
A professional wedding DJ is always a strong option for wedding venues with sound limiters, and a lot of the time this will be the route that your venue suggests for you. However, many people still want a little bit of that live music electricity in their wedding entertainment booking – and who can blame you!
Brass Monkeys are a fantastic alternative to the traditional wedding DJ. This insanely cool party duo combines DJ deck with stunning elements of live music including saxophone, trumpet and percussion. Theirs is an absolute thrill ride of a live show that’s sure to set your big night alight.
The Live Lounge Sound
For those of looking for something a bit more rootsy, The Live Lounge Sound is a great option. Inspired by the performance on Radio One’s Live Lounge sessions, The Live Lounge Sound manage to give a bunch of your favourite tunes an acoustic driven edge – whilst keeping the set list delightfully up-tempo and packing out the dance floor at the same time.
So there you have it! If any of these acts tickle your fancy, or even if you’d like to discuss sound limiters a little further, feel free to reach out and get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you!