Post # 1
The chapel we are gettting married in will only have a plain mic on a metal stand for people to stand at and do their readings. It was suggested to us that we could get a timber lectern.
Great idea, except it turns out it costs $215 to rent.
I think that’s a lot of money, but am worried that just a mic on a stand will seem really plain and incomplete.
Have I completely fallen for the wedding industry hype? Or is it a nice touch that’s worth spending on?
This is a random picture off Google images, but it’ll give you an idea.
Post # 3
I got one free on CL and we never even used it, totally not needed.
Post # 4
Don’t bother with it. The readers will do their reading and be done in a minute or two. A lectern will block your readers in photos and, if they’re inexperienced readers, it may further cut them off from connection with your guests as they speak. May I suggest that you give your readers a pretty binder with a fabric covering in your wedding colors (not just a plastic one) with all the readings inside? If you’re worried they’ll forget to bring it up with them, put a small table beside the mic or have someone in charge of “the reader binder” sitting in the front row. This way they have something attractive to hold onto and read without you having to make an excessive expense.
Post # 5
I printed each of the readings out on the paper we used for everything (nice thick linen metallic stock) and avoided a lectern all together, even for the officiant. I think the pictures came out fine.
We actually avoided mics all together, the chapel had nice acoustics and everyone projected enough (it was a smaller chapel though, not a full sanctuary)
Post # 6
You don’t need one. Most weddings don’t have a lectern and no one misses or cares that it’s not there. Save your money for something else that is much more important to you and your guests.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone, it’s off the list!
@Cornflakegirl and @Knubbsy-Wubbsy: Great ideas to dress up the readings a bit, I’ll look into it!