Post # 1
We’re tentatively planning for about 300 guests at our outdoor wedding. How do we make sure everyone can hear what’s going on during the ceremony–should we have a microphone hooked up to some speakers or something? I have never thought about it…
Thanks in advance for the suggestions!
Post # 3
Have you asked your venue directly about what they’ve done in the past? I’ve seen it done in pictures, but haven’t actually seen it myself in person. I know my venue (a historic garden estate) personally has a contact they use for thing kind of setup (just speakers and a mic) and yours may as well. You also may discover you won’t need it depending on the logistics of your ceremony space…depending on how the space is set up, it might carry your voices farther than you think it will, but having a backup plan like the speakers seems like a wise idea for a 300 person ceremony!
Post # 4
Definitely ask your venue, but if you have a dj in charge of music for the ceremony, then they should also have equipment for this purpose. They’ll already have speakers set up to project the music, so just ask your dj if he can set up a mic stand or give your officiant a clip on mic (which should be able to pick up all 3 of your voices) so that your guests can hear everything.
Post # 5
Second this – ask your venue, your DJ, or your officiant, as they will know best what to do. One of them will definetly have speakers and a wireless mic you can use.
Post # 6
My venue is my parents’ home… and we have no clue!
But from what it sounds like, having a mic during the ceremony is totally normal? I guess that’s the part I was mostly wondering about… since I always think of wedding ceremonies as intimate events (then why would I have 300 guests? good question! that’s a story for another time), a loud speaker set up just seems a bit… loud. But I think we’re going to need something to amplify the sound because–while I am sure everyone will be able to hear my FI just fine (loud talker!)–I suspect no one will be able to hear me or the officiant.
So maybe a clip-on mic for the officiant is all we need? I guess I will talk to our DJ about this.
Thanks for the help so far! If anyone else has additional thoughts, it would be nice to know what other people have done in similar situations.
Post # 7
I’m a wedding officant (and a bride!), and I have a little portable PA system I bring with me (almost everywhere – it lives in my car) just in case. I’ve done a few backyard weddings with it, but if you’re having a DJ, they’ll probably have a wireless mic (clip on or hand held) that your officiant and you can use. If you’re not comfortable holding the microphone, you can ask your officiant to hold it out for you during the vows or any part of the ceremony when you want to be heard.
Weddings are intimate affairs.. but if you’d don’t amplify it, the only one who will be able to hear it are MAYBE the people in the front row..
Post # 8
Yes. Please get a microphone of some sort. I was at an outdoor wedding in a beautiful location last year, but we could not hear any of the ceremony because they did not have a microphone of any kind. I agree that your DJ or perhaps your officiant may have access to one. There are also small portable wireless mics you can buy for less than $100.