Post # 1
I get extremely panicky if I have to speak into a microphone…like sweaty, nervous, shaky, can’t think straight, etc. So I am really hoping the answer to this question is no. Do I need to have a microphone for our outside wedding?
Here are the details: we’re inviting about 100 people. They will be seated on either side, so about 50 people on each side.
In reality I think it will be more like 80, and so 40 people a side.
Do you think we absolutely need to have a microphone? If so, I’m going to have to take some Xanax before the wedding!!!!!
Post # 3
I think you will need something. It will be hard for people, especially towards the back, to hear. We just had our officiant hold the microphone. It wasn’t like we were talking directly into it or anything.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club
I think you do. I was at a wedding this past fall that was outdoors and we could not hear ANYTHING. The ceremony was quite short, but I literally could only hear a few words because they had no sort of sound system or anything set up.
I know it is scary, but just pretend like you are talking exclusively to your hubs, and that no one else is there 🙂
Post # 5
That depends on a bunch of things. Guests at the wedding want to hear the vows – it stinks when they can’t hear what’s going on.
– How well do your voices carry? Do you know how to project your voice/speak from your diaphragm?
– Are you going to be out in the open, or near a building/wall? If you have a wall behind you and the officiant, it will help to bounce the sound back to the assembled guests. If there’s any kind of an awning/overhang, that is even better acoustically. If you’re just out in the open, the sound will dissipate really quickly, especially if there’s any wind at all. (Think about ampitheatres – that’s the kind of shape that makes the best environment for projecting sound outdoors without amplification. That’s the whole reason why ampitheatres came about. If you can work in a space like that, you have the best chance of being heard without a microphone.)
– How much actual speaking are you doing? In other words, are you reciting vows, or responding “I do” to vows that the officiant reads?
If you’re doing an outdoor ceremony, you are probably better off using some kind of amplification, unless you can find a space that works with you.
Post # 6
I think a microphone is definitely necessary! We’re renting a wireless system for our outdoor wedding ($30 total for the wireless mic, and speakers) for only 46 guests! The ceremony is less than 30 mins long, but people will appreciate it.
Every wedding I’ve been to, even ones in churches that are chalk-full of sound equipment, I could not hear anything being said. It’s boring and frustrating just sitting there, seeing lips move but not knowing what is being said!
You won’t have to hold the mic – the officiant will do that. All you need to do is look into your FI’s eyes, repeat the words -unless you’re doing your own vows- and it will be ok 🙂
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I don’t think it’s necessary if you’re indoors in a place with good acoustics and you speak loudly and clearly. I have been to outdoors weddings where I couldn’t hear a thing, though. I would recommend getting one!! Maybe practice speaking into it?
Post # 8
Yes, I think you need something. I run corporate events and anytime there are more than about 60 people, we like our speakers to be mic’d.
I was recently at a wedding with 100 people, pretty evenly split on the sides, and it was impossible to hear the bride and groom. I was sitting in the second row and could barely make out what they were saying.
We will be putting wireless lavs on the officiant and FI, and his mic will pick me up. I have a pretty loud voice anyway.
Post # 9
Yes, you will definitely need a microphone.
Post # 11
I hate microphones too. Have your officiant hold it though – I know for me that would make it better than making me hold it AND speak into it.
Post # 12
We went with a microphone – I’ve been to outdoor weddings where the guests can’t hear anything. Our DJ had it on a stand, so we didnt’ have to hold it and our officiant was miked (clipped to his lapel).
Our DJ draped the microphone stand nicely, so I don’t think it ruined the pictures, even though it had to be in all the ceremony pictures.
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I hate microphones too, but we had one because I hate not being able to hear during ceremonies. It sucks as a guest towards the back to not hear anything. I don’t like the sound of my own voice and definitely don’t like speaking into microphones, but I was so carried away during our ceremony that I didn’t even notice I was speaking into a microphone. The new mics are not THAT bad, they sound a lot more natural than old mics/speakerphones did. Also, if you are having your FI or officiant wired with a portable mic, you won’t be speaking directly into the mic and A) you might not be as nervous, and B) your voice won’t be so loud/directly microphoned. Does that make any sense? I haven’t had my coffee yet… :/
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
If you can’t have a mic, practice shouting! However I think it’s more considerate to your guests to just use the microphone. Maybe you can pin a mic to your officiant’s outfit , and then you don’t hav eto see it?
Post # 15
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
One of the biggest complaints at wedding ceremonies is that the guests can’t hear anything. A good solution is to have the groom and officiant wear lavelier microphones. As long as you don’t talk incredibly quietly, the groom’s mic should pick up your voice too because you’ll be facing him.