How to make sure your guests return the headphones

We are so excited that you are planning a Silent Disco Party with us!

This is the fastest growing dance party trend in town and here at www.silent-disco-rental.com we want to make it as easy as possible for you to host awesome parties that will make you the envy of all your friends and the most popular party host for miles around.

One of the first questions people ask is how do we keep the headphones from disappearing?

Obviously, if you are holding a larger party where you don’t know all of the guests personally, the question of how to keep the headphones from walking away becomes a real concern.

In most cases, you have paid a significant sized security deposit when you rented the equipment from us. That means that you are on the hook for the pieces that don’t come back home.

We have compiled a list of strategies for your convenience.
Some will work only under certain circumstances. You will not use the same ones all the time.

How to make sure your Silent Disco guests return the headphones.

It is important that you use multiple strategies for maximum effectiveness.

1) Have a dedicated person in charge of the inventory:
Clear lines of responsibility yield better results.

2) Have a staff member at each door:
If there are multiple exits, enlist a few other dedicated (non-partying) staffers to watch those doors.

3) Don’t let anyone enter or leave without exchanging headphones:

Make sure all doors are covered and nobody enters without picking up a set of headphones and nobody leaves without dropping off a set.

4) Don’t allow jackets, backpacks or over-sized purses into the party room:
Again, this relies on having staff to enforce it. The reason to do it is that it prevents guests from concealing anything on the way in or out.

For an outdoor party or if you don’t have enough staff to cover the doors, hold something of value to return to the guests when they return the headphones.

5) A list of items you can hold for security:

Their driver’s license:
This is our favorite. Keep the licenses in alphabetical order. It is pretty easy to do that and they can be found quickly for return.

Their student ID:
This works well for college events because a small percentage do not have a driver’s license. We do recommend looking at it closely because many college students have fake ID’s for buying alcohol and they may give up the fake in exchange for keeping the headphones.

A credit card:
Credit cards are not our first choice since some guests will be nervous about it, but credit cards work if they don’t have something else.

Car keys, house keys or dorm keys:
These can be difficult to keep track of since many of them look the same. Be ready with a plan to label them if you are considering this route.

6) Hold cash as a security:
We recommend $40. This is quick and easy, but if you don’t have an ATM nearby for people who don’t carry cash, you’ll need to offer alternate options too.

7) Charge a security deposit on their credit card – then refund it:
This depends on your credit card vendor. Some of them will penalize you for too many refunds. Of course you’ll need a card reader for your phone and an account with a company like Square, Paypal, or other.

8) Charge the money on Paypal, then send it back instead of refunding it:
This way you avoid the problem of too many refunds, but you do have to pay Paypal’s transaction fees for the extra transaction.

9) Hold a paper personal check:
This can only be one option of several because many people don’t carry checkbooks anymore. Also checks can bounce or the guest can stop payment.

10) Make Announcements:

Let guests know that you are on the hook to pay for any headphones that are not returned.

In today’s disposable culture, they may not even realize you have to return them. An announcement will help.

Let guests know that the headphones won’t work anywhere else.
Without the announcement, people will automatically assume that they are either Bluetooth or WiFi and that they will work at home.

They also may not realize that they can’t recharge or replace the batteries without the dedicated chargers.

They may not realize that they need the exact FM frequency to even send a signal to the headphones.

The above information will make your guests less likely to steal them on purpose.

In the future:

The headphones may be tagged with GPS chips or have Barcodes that can make this process more streamlined and accurate in the future.

For now, this is a developing market with a few wrinkles that still need to be ironed out.

But if you put a handful of the above strategies into place, you can experience this hot new trend with minimal equipment loss and maximum party enjoyment.

We are so glad that you’ve chosen to rent your equipment from www.silent-disco-rental.com

Party On!

Top ten reasons to rent silent disco equipment for your next party

#10 Ease of use/setup

If you rent your silent disco equipment from www.silent-disco-rental.com, everything is already hardwired and neatly built into it’s own case when it is delivered to your door.

There is literally no assembly required. Loose wires are all neatly tucked away. It looks better at your party and it is easier to use.

There are no tangled cords to figure out or speaker placement issues to deal with. You can focus on more important party details, like having fun with your friends and family.

Of course, the silent disco headphones are already charged up and ready to go. Hand them out to your guests. They do the rest.

All you need is one outlet, your phone or tablet to play your music and you are up and running!

#9 It is the hottest new party trend of 2017.

Let’s face it. One of the biggest barriers to having fun at a party is being unable to forget your own troubles.

But when you see something new and interesting – like people dancing to music you can’t hear, you get curious. That helps you to relax.

The next thing you know, you are having the time of your life playing air-guitar and screaming rock lyrics into your beer-bottle microphone.

#8 Light up headphones add to the party atmosphere.

The headphones light up according to which channel the wearer selects. The entire earpiece is illuminated by either a red, green or blue LEDs. In low light, this is especially striking.

As the dancers move to the music, it is a human light show.

#7 The competition between playlists.

Whether you have three live DJ’s or just a friend’s Spotify playlist competing against yours, you can see which channel your guests are listening to by what color their headphones are. It is exciting to watch and see which songs are favorites in the crowd.

This adds a whole new level of fun for your guests as they enthusiastically try to convince fellow dancers to switch to channels.

If it is your playlist that is getting all the love, the visual feedback is exhilarating! Next thing you know, all your your friends want to take you on with their playlists!

It’s like the wild west all over again!

#6 Guests choose their own volume level.

What is the one thing that causes more complaints at a party than at any other? That’s right. The volume. It is either too low or too high.

Thank the good Lord above, each of these headphones have their own, easy to use, volume control!

Can you imagine every single guest at your party thinking the music volume is perfect? Welcome to the age of miracles!

2017 doesn’t suck after-all!

#5 Your guests can converse more easily with a Silent Disco format.

Headphones make it easier to talk to your partner. Take a second to think about this. With regular loudspeakers at dance-floor volume, how do you talk to your partner? -You yell at them. By the end of the night, your voice is gone and your ears are bleeding.

But with headphones, when you want to talk to your partner, you simply lift the headphones from your ear(s) or slide them down to your neck. Now you can talk in normal conversational volume!

Finally, you can whisper sexy-sweet-nothings to your dancing partner and they will hear you!

#4 User switchable channels mean more engagement on the part of your guests.

Afraid that some of your guests won’t want to get involved? You see them at every conventional loud music party. They are leaning against the wall with their arms crossed doing nothing.

They are living manifestations of Newton’s Law of Inertia, -which states an object at rest tends to stay at rest while an object in motion tends to stay in motion.

Without the headphones, there is nothing to get those guests started. But with the headphones, they are forced to keep switching their own channels in order to hear what they are seeing. Often, that is just enough to break them out of their resting state.

Next thing you know, they are tapping their foot, then bobbing their head, then goosing their headphone volume. Their eyes turn to fire and they moonwalk onto the dance floor to show you how it is really done!

#3 Three types of music playing simultaneously!

Worried they might not like your music?

Well, with only one set of loudspeakers, one song is all they get. Like it or leave it. Is that the message you want to send to your party guests?

Now you don’t have to. Just show them how to change their own channel on their headphones. Now they have three song options instead of just one.

We recommend using different genres on each channel. For example try: Blue channel – retro, Red channel – top 40, and green channel – old school hip-hop. You get the idea.

Choose your own genre’s depending on your guest list. Maybe one of them should be country, R&B, Salsa, Swing… The sky is the limit!

#2 People dance more because headphones take away inhibitions.

People wearing headphones feel more protected from the judgment of their friends.

This is especially true when wearing over-the-ear headphones that are playing music. Given that one of the reasons people don’t dance is fear of criticism, headphones create dancers!

Combine this with the fact that -because three different channels of music are possible – you can be dancing to a different song than your partner. That means you don’t have to worry about matching their rhythm.

Let the uninhibited  dancing begin!

And the #1 reason to have your next party be a silent disco party?

You can have your party anywhere because it doesn’t violate noise ordinances!

Suddenly, you can have a backyard dance party without the cops telling you to shut down the music!

Instead of your backyard, try the library, the mall, the subway, or the park. The only noise outsiders will hear from your party is your guests singing along and having the time of their lives!

Our Equipment: Zero Assembly Required

With our equipment there is zero assembly required: Most companies send you the parts with a instructions how to plug in all the wires. The instructions are easy enough, but do you want to spend your time untangling wires when you are getting ready for a party?

Also, with the company that requires assembly, you will still have a mess of wires even after they are plugged in. Ours are neatly coiled and or hidden in our convenient travel case. Watch the video below.

With our set up, even the power strip is built in and includes USB ports for charging your device and extra outlets for your computer. You need just one outlet and your music player. Boom! Ready to Rock!

Our Equipment: The Headphones

Fee to rent silent disco is per headphone

I’m pictured here holding the the most important piece of equipment we send you. The headphones. These are the ones that you will receive from us. As you can see, they are three channels that light up in blue, green, or red, depending upon which one you select. They each have their own user adjustable volume control.

They are adjustable and very comfortable. They are rechargable-battery-powered and last for 10 hours. (There is not user access to the batteries. They arrive to your location already charged.) Oh yes, -and they sound great!

How Does Silent Disco Work at a Wedding Reception

I have been a full-time mobile DJ using a traditional sound system with loudspeakers for receptions all of my adult life. I have thousands of satisfied clients.

Why would I start offering Silent Disco Headphones?
What is wrong with the old way?

There are two big problems with the old way of having just loudspeakers at wedding receptions:

1) Half the guests think the music is too soft and the other half think it is too loud.
2) Everybody wants to hear different music. There is not enough time to play all of the requests.

Silent Disco headphones solve the first problem by giving each wearer their own volume control.

They solve the second problem by allowing the transmission of three different channels of music to the headphones, thereby giving dancers three times as many songs to choose from.

If you don’t solve the problems, some people will go home early or leave the dance-floor.

Everyone wants people to stay longer, dance more and have more fun! The Silent Disco headphones are a fantastic solution.

It all started when I read an article in Martha Stewart’s Wedding Magazine. The article gives a strong endorsement to Silent Disco weddings and also suggests that you’ve got to see it to believe it. This is because it is not a small incremental change.

It is a completely new way to deliver dance music and gives a wedding reception quite a different feel.

Silent Disco is also listed by Wedding Wire as among the hottest reception trends for 2017.

silent disco wedding
Rory and Kevin’s wedding. Photo by George Gayl

What would a Silent Disco wedding reception look like?

One way is to have no sound system at all. The music and announcements would only run through the headphones. This would be awkward if dinner is served. Most guests want to freely converse during that time and the headphones would just be in the way.

A Silent Disco wedding reception works better if there is a traditional sound system for the cocktail and dinner music as well as for the introductions, announcements, and special dances. Then the headphones come out for the dance music and would be worn by the dancers.

The sound system continues to play soft music throughout the reception while the guests use the headphones when they want to dance.

 

The headphones have three different channels which allow three different dance songs to play simultaneously. Your DJ(s) or playlist(s) would be transmitting the music to the headphones.

1) You could have three live DJ’s, each transmitting on their own channel.
2) You could have just one live DJ working all three channels.
3) You could skip the live DJ entirely by having three devices transmitting a different playlist to each channel.

Since there would be quiet music still playing over the sound system, the guests who only want to talk would stay longer and have more fun.

Since the dancers would be able to turn it up as loud as they want, they would have more fun and stay longer.

Also, the dancers would have three times as many music options to choose from, so they are going to like the music better. Again, that means they will have more fun and stay longer.

Headphones have independent volume controls, three channels & change color to show which one you are listening to.

Silent Disco allows your reception to go later than allowed by noise ordinances:
Especially if your reception is outdoors or in a location requiring the loud music to shut down at a certain time; Now the party can keep going as late as you want it to. Outdoor receptions, barn receptions, and even hotels that rent rooms within earshot of the banquet hall benefit from Silent Disco.

You already have your DJ and just need to rent the Silent Disco Equipment?
You are at the right place.

Please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page or under the contact tab and I will get right back to you.

Are you ready to Rock in Absolute Silence?

We deliver the equipment you need right to your door and pick it up for you after the party!

All dressed up and everywhere to go!  -With wireless Headphones!

Finally! You can party where you want and as late as you want without disturbing anyone!

Three channels of crystal clear wireless dance music that you can turn up as loud as you want.

Plug and Play ease of use has never been more fun!

Here is an article from the New York Times describing their take.