I especially liked reading what the Central Minnesota Wedding Association September blog post had to say about the checking out a room's acoustics ahead of time. You can see a link to their blog post below.
When a client hires me to play piano music or accompany another musician, I want to do my best to make sure the environment will be conducive to a musical performance.
Clients and venues put a lot of planning into the visual and culinary aspects of their weddings and events.
Sometimes sound quality gets overlooked. I have learned that it pays to visit a venue to find out not only the acoustical attributes of the room but also other noises that might affect the acoustical comfort level of a room or venue.
Last weekend I played for a wedding that was supposed to be on an outdoor patio. I visited the patio ahead of time and discovered the HVAC unit for the building was right next to the patio and was unbelievably loud. The venue had no control over when it would come on or off. I mentioned this to the couple getting married. When they visited they also noticed the noise and finally decided to move the wedding indoors. I was pleased with their decision. My piano music and the beautiful songs of the vocalists were much more appreciated in the lovely ballroom.