Here's what you need to know if you're considering this addition.

By Alyssa Brown
May 02, 2019

From festival-inspired weddings to wild dance parties, having a silent disco during the wedding reception has been growing in popularity for the past few years. For one thing, it's a great way to get around those pesky noise restrictions, but it's also a great way to surprise your guests with something unexpected. Here, we're taking a look at everything you need to know if you're considering adding this unique form of entertainment to your wedding.

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You can bring in multiple DJs at once.

If you and your fiancé have drastically different taste in music, odds are that your friends might enjoy other types of music, too. You can cater to what everyone likes by bringing in a couple of DJs to battle, allowing you to have two or three silent disco channels going at a time. This is also a great way to make sure that guests young and old enjoy the musical selections.

There are some moments you want everyone on the same wavelength for.

For your first dance and any coordinated family dances, you'll want to have all the guests gathered around and listening to the same song together. Plus, it's fun and feels more connected to kick off the dancing portion of the wedding with everyone on the same page. For this reason alone, we'd recommend not having a silent disco for the entire night. Instead, your DJ can spin on the big speakers for an hour or two before the silent disco begins.

A silent disco is a great surprise for your guests.

A silent disco is one of those awesome experiences that you can throw in toward the end of the night, surprising guests with yet another wildly thoughtful idea. If you really want it to be a surprise, it could take place in an entirely different space or part of the venue from the dance floor. Consider moving guests to a hidden downstairs speakeasy area or an outdoor space that's been flipped from ceremony to late-night party zone.

You don't want a silent disco to go on for too long.

The thing that's great about a silent disco is that it keeps everyone in their own world, with the freedom to let loose and enjoy the surreal feeling of being in a silent room with music blasting on headphones. You'll probably want to max out around two hours for this experience though, as guests may start feeling ready for something else after too long.

You don't have to worry about noise restrictions.

If you've chosen a venue that has a noise cut-off time of 10 PM your guests don't have to be off of the property until midnight, you may be scratching your heads at what to do with that extra two hours. This is a great opportunity to make the transition from a live band or DJ on a sound system to a silent disco.

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