“Where Would You Like The Band?” (Part Two)

Posted by Dave

There are two reasons why I have continued this topic over into a second entry:
1.) From experience, I know the subject and have formed very strong opinions on it. And
2.) Where you put the music can truly make or break your party.

So this time, let’s begin with “The End Zone Or The Fifty Yard Line: Which Is Right For You?”

Most ballrooms are rectangles, and many offer you the option of placing your music (band or deejay) at one end of the room (hence “The End Zone”) or in the middle of the long wall (“The 50-Yard Line.”) But how do you decide which one is right for you?

If your music is going to be louder than some of your guests will enjoy, the End Zone is a good choice. Put the stage as far to one side of the room as is possible. Place the dance floor in front of the stage. In the first couple of rows of tables, seat your younger guests. Reserve the back of the room – as far away from the music as possible – for those who will object to an elevated decibel level.

However, if you have someone or something that you wish everyone to be able to see, the 50- Yard Line is the proper spot for you. By placing your stage and dance floor in the middle of the room, none of your guests will feel like you stuck them in “back row” seats.

Warning! Beware if your venue places the stage in front of an “air-wall” (a movable wall designed to cut a large ballroom in half.) Your band or deejay requires electricity, and will need to know in advance if they are expected to bring lots of extra power cables (because air-walls don’t have outlets.)

Another problem with air-walls is that they are not sound-proof. If you are sharing a ballroom with another event (and your groups are divided only by the temporary air-wall), the odds are that you will be disturbing one another all night long. Let me encourage you in the strongest possible terms to avoid this party-ruining possibility. Book another room elsewhere, rent the entire ballroom, or otherwise do whatever is necessary to prevent this needless headache.

Just remember: you are spending a ton of time and money for a perfect party. A poorly-placed stage can sabotage everything you have worked to achieve. Don’t let it.

 

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