Whether it's located in a small town, big city, or on a remote island, nearly every wedding venue has a "lights out" time. Not only must all parties come to an end for the staff's sake, but noise restrictions are often a big factor in defining the hour. It's pretty common for counties to have noise restrictions that are aimed to keep the peace between neighbors, but it's not always an easy rule to accept on your wedding night. Here, we take a dive into noise restrictions and what you can do about them.
Why They Exist
Neighbors present the biggest opposition to wedding venues, as their complaints about too many cars parked along the street and too much late-night noise pile high. Even if your venue is in an isolated area with not a home in sight, the venue still has to abide by a set of local rules. Many areas call for an end to amplified noise by 10 or 11 p.m., while others allow parties to go until midnight.
What You Can't Do
The majority of venues have timing and noise restrictions in place because of the locality's laws. There's not much you can do to change those laws, but some venues will allow a party to continue sans music, depending on the strictness of the area's policies. Have a candid conversation with your venue about what other weddings have done to avoid wrapping up the night early and you may find an option that works for you.
What You Can Do
Most couples who plan to marry at a venue that closes early will opt to schedule an early start time for their wedding. For instance, a ceremony at 4 p.m. leads to a 5 p.m. cocktail hour followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and dancing from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. For the party-hard crowd, they might set up an after-party at a local bar to keep the night going. You might also ask your hotel if they have any options for late-night revelry.