When you meet with your site, you will go over the set up of the room, where to put tables of guests, dance floor, bar etc. One thing that a lot of sites do not put appropriate thought into is where the DJ/Band’s speakers will be in relation to the guests. To them it is all about the aesthetic of the room when guests walk in.
A lot of sites think it is a great idea to put the dance floor in the middle of the room and surround it with a circle of guest tables, with the DJ/Band setting up in a corner or the side. This is all well and good, but when we move to the dance portion of the evening, the music is going to get louder. Any guests seated between the DJ’s speakers and the dance floor will not be able to sit there and hold a conversation. The likely outcome is that they will leave.
The site often doesn’t care about this as the DJ/Band are the ones that will get the ‘blame’ but they should know better. The general rule of thumb is to not have any guests between the speakers and the dance floor, and any tables that will be close to the speakers should have younger guests.
This is nothing to do with the DJ/Band themselves, you can set them up anywhere. It is all about the placement of the speakers. Here are a few examples of poor floor plans.