Post # 1
We are getting married in a park outside and we have been trying to decide if it was necessary to mic it. We are having around 100 guests and the area isn’t too highly populated. We went out to the area the other day and stood at opposite ends and were able to hear each other pretty well…but we also don’t want our guests to not be able to hear us and/or our officiant.
So, if you guys are having an outdoor ceremony, are you or did you mic it?
Post # 3
we didn’t, but we only had 30 guests. and our rabbi is loud.
Post # 4
We didn’t use microphones either, but the ceremony area was small and there were less than 50 people there so we didn’t need it. If your ceremony area is big and wide open and you have many people spread out over a large enough area, it might be a good idea to get some sound amplification if you think some guests may have a hard time hearing you.
Post # 5
We are – we are getting married on a terrace overlooking the ocean, so there will likely be some wave noise that we need to overcome. We just went to our friends’ wedding that was outdoors, and we couldn’t hear them say their vows even though we could hear the pastor, so we decided that we should definitely mike it. But, luckily it doesn’t cost extra – it’s the same mike/speaker system that we’re using for the reception music, so our guy is going to be moving it inside during cocktail hour.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown
We’re not planning on it. I just attended an outdoor wedding yesterday and they didn’t mike it. You could hear everything very clearly!
Post # 7
Thanks for everyone’s input, we are still undecided. But I am glad to hear that people have not miked it and were able to hear clearly.
Post # 8
This has been my biggest complaint as a guest at outdoor weddings. Looks nice, but I can’t hear half of what is said.
Post # 9
We aren’t unless the officiant has a mic!
I have been to an outdoor wedding and it was fine and mine is small (60 guests) so I am not to worried!
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
Ours is in a courtyard so it has some natural acoustics. If it were out in the open, I probably would consider using a microphone.
Post # 11
Ours will be somewhat out in the open, so we are definitely going to mic it. I don’t want to worry about wind carrying away our voices or anything of the sort.
Post # 12
we are getting married on the golf green and we are going to mic. We want everyone to be able to hear whats going on, we are having about 150 guests.
Post # 13
I am getting married in a large state park routunda with about 200 guests. I am pretty sure that I am going to have to mic it, even though I don’t want to.
Post # 14
100 guests? Mic it.
I’ve been to so many weddings that were even smaller than that, backyard very quiet and intimate, and you can’t hear.
please, for your guests, Mic it. No one will complain that you amplified what was said, EVERYONE will remember that they couldn’t hear a thing.
Post # 15
We’re using wireless mics. We’re on the water so no one will hear a thing if we don’t mic it, not that that really bothers me because I hate public speaking anyway. If I had my way nobody would be able to hear a thing so I could actually write my own vows and read them without having a panic attack, but alas I’m being overruled and thus am not writing vows.
Post # 16
Get a mic. I would say less than 50 people – maybe you can get by without a mic. But 100 people outside? You want everyone to hear it. If you’re trying to figure out how to get a mic there, talk to their DJ or your officiant, to see if they have one they can provide.