If you ever hear the guests say, “What did the bride and groom say? I couldn’t hear them,” there is a simple solution to this.
Be sure the wedding officiant and the groom have lavalier microphones. A lavalier microphone is a small “clip-on wireless” microphone that is usually undetectable by the guests when worn on a dark suit. Usually the venue or the DJ will provide this.
Be sure to distinguish between a “clip-on wireless” and a “hand-held wireless” microphone. For me, a “hand-held wireless” mike doesn’t work because my hands are busy holding my wedding book and helping with the sand ceremony, etc. Besides a hand-held usually ends up on a mike stand which doesn’t look to good in the wedding photos.
One of the most important parts of the wedding ceremony for the guest is when the bride and groom are saying their vows or “personal promises” to each other. If the guests are unable to hear what is being said, they get bored and start thinking, “I wonder when the bar opens?” 😉
Surveys show that the wedding vows are more important to a wedding than the photography, cake and catering combined? The words that marry you give meaning to everything else that happens during that day, and the personal promises that you make to each other during the ceremony set the parameters for your marriage and the celebratory tone for your reception!
Most of my weddings are outdoors at hotels and resorts. Sound quality is important. My rule-of-thumb is to have microphones available for guests of more than 75. Be sure to cover your options with the wedding coordinator or DJ.
If you have special readings, consider having an additional microphone available for the wedding officiant to hand to the reader.
I once had a couple who wanted to have a “fun” wedding with a little light humor to keep the guests interested. During the ceremony an unexpected airplane flew over at a very low altitude. Although I had a lavalier microphone I knew the guests would be unable to hear me – so I paused briefly while the plane went on its way. When the noise subsided, I began again by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you noticed but the plane that just flew over dipped it’s right wing in honor of the bride.” A few people laughed and I added, “And the father of the bride doesn’t know this, but he’s paying for that!” Everyone laughed and I went on with the ceremony.
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