Noise Curfew at Private Venues – Why they Matter

Homes are (for the most part) residentially zoned, not commercially zoned like a hotel.
Even the most elaborate property is subject to city laws and noise ordinances, just like your own home. Chances are that the property that you are looking at will have a 10pm curfew for amplified music.


Whether the neighbors are immediately next door or even a mile down the road, it doesn’t matter.  If the city law says no amplified music after 10pm, then that is that.

If your DJ or band is playing outside and disturbing the neighbors, the cops can, and sometimes will, get called.  No one wants the police to come and shut down their wedding, but it does happen if you don’t abide by the rules.

Let’s say you don’t really care if the cops are called because you played your music past 10pm.  So be it.  You had your fun and now you have a crazy story to tell everyone for years to come.  Well, don’t forget to think about the big picture here. The ramifications of your actions can actually spread in a ripple effect.

Why should you care if it doesn’t affect you or your wedding?  If you have an ounce of compassion in you, you might think about future brides and grooms that are planning to have their wedding at this home in the future. You aren’t the only one who fell in love with this venue!  You may have ruined their chances of having their wedding there.

This means that the cost of having an estate wedding could increase dramatically for your friend, family member, or anyone else that was planning to have their wedding at a private home.  If the venue gets shut down it can also eliminate the homeowners’ source of income that they were counting on.

If you’re stuck on having your party go to midnight or 2am, consider having an after party at a local bar or club.  Your guests can be shuttled over to the after party location where you can party for a few extra hours.

Who knows, you might actually be exhausted after your wedding and just want to crash and call it a night at 10pm.


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