PHOTO BY JOHN DOLAN
You've said your I do’s, and now it’s time to get down to the seriously fun business of celebrating your newlywed status. The only thing getting between you and a night everyone will remember? A noise ordinance, curfew, or neighbor forcing you to put a damper on the decibel levels at your event. Enter the “silent disco,” a phenomenon that has grown out of music festivals and the club scene, where attendees don wireless headphones and listen to music broadcast through a radio transmitter.
“It’s been pretty revolutionary for us because we have the 10 p.m. amplified noise curfew in Napa and Sonoma, so it lets us continue the party without having to move locations or move indoors,” says wedding planner Jenna Lam of Jenna Lam Events.
Think the concept sounds strange? “The funny thing about it is that the minute someone puts on the headphones, it’s like they think they’re invisible,” Lam adds. “You’ll see someone who was previously sipping a drink nervously in the corner while the band was playing now singing out loud and dancing like a crazy person at the silent disco.”