At hundreds and hundreds of weddings that I’ve performed at, I’ve been booked by the couple to also play background music during the wedding breakfast. Yet it is incredible at how many of those weddings that no matter where in the room I’ve been setup, how frequently the oldest guests so often are seated closest to my speakers!
Something to consider when creating your seating plan. If you are having a DJ, or a musician etc playing background music during your wedding breakfast, try not to have any elderly people sat close to the speakers.
The elderly are often more sensitive to volume levels, resulting in the music volume being turned down very low so that they are not disturbed. However, this means that people seated on the opposite side of the room often will not be able to hear the music, because the volume is so low, and often it is the head table that is the other side of the room, meaning they aren’t able to hear the background music.
If this is of concern, when creating your seating plan for your wedding, whenever possible, try to seat any elderly people as far from loudspeakers or musicians as possible, which means that they are happier, and everyone else can hear the music.
An alternative solution, which is a little more costly, is that the DJ/musician, sets up an additional speaker(s) on the other side of the room (space permitting). But if you would rather that were not cables going across the room, it then requires some sort of wireless sender/receiver system, to connect the main setup, to the speaker on the opposite side of the room, which is one of the reasons that this option can prove a little more expensive. It does mean that the music can be heard more evenly around the room, which is preferable especially in larger rooms, and means a lower overall volume.