Have you been to ceremonies where there were no speakers or mics?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
7642 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

emibee :  I’ve been to a garden wedding in Australia with no speakers, and there were no problems. (In fact I probably have more than once, but there’s only one I can look at on Facebook at the moment, and I can see for certain that there are no speakers or microphones in the ceremony photos).

It may depend on the size of the wedding. This was a fairly small wedding, about 50 people in all.

Post # 3
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We had an outdoor ceremony and there was no way I was going to talk into a microphone (I’m shy!) and it was fine. We had about 55 guests so it was a small group so I’m sure everyone could hear us. 

Post # 4
4603 posts
Honey bee

Honestly, my experience as a guest at outdoor ceremonies without amplification systems has been pretty lousy.  I’ve been to three that I can recall offhand (ranging from 60-200 people) and had to take cues from people in the first few rows to even know when the ceremony was done.  It’s usually a combination of extra ambient noise (nearby water – lakes, fountains, etc., non-guests being nearby if it’s a public venue, wind, birds, and traffic) and the fact that the couple and/or officiant (because two of the times it was a friend who became ordained online) being too nervous to speak up or too inexperienced at public speaking to know how to project their voices over the first couple of rows.

If it’s a very quiet, secluded spot with a very small guest list and both you (the couple) and officiant are fine with projecting your voices, it could work.  Unfortunately, that just hasn’t been my experience yet with any that I’ve attended.

Post # 5
169 posts
Blushing bee

emibee :  I have and it wasn’t enjoyable because we couldn’t hear the ceremony at all. It was fully outdoors. I think only the first two or three rows could hear. 

Post # 6
4030 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We had a small wedding, 60 people including our wedding party and got married outside in a very remote area. We had no amplification or speakers or music. Darling Husband, the officiant, and myself are all accustomed to speaking so we are heard though, so that may have made a difference. 

Post # 7
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

My experience was fine but the wedding was intimate. I want to say 50 people or less can’t recall exactly. Their officiant was quite loud by nature and I was in the second row so I could hear perfectly fine. But honestly even if I hadn’t heard a thing I still would have enjoyed being there to witness their union. Its a wedding. Down the aisle, vows exchanged and I do’s. Seen it all before and know how it works so don’t feel like hearing every word is necessary. 

Post # 8
1389 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

The only one that I could remember that didn’t have sound equipment, we couldnt hear anything at all lol. However, there was a waterfall in the background, so I’m sure that was part of it 😉

Post # 9
5107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

We recently went to an indoor ~80 person wedding. The officiant had a mic but the bride and groom didn’t. We could hear the officiant (though he talked way too fast combined with a little microphone scratching so we couldn’t really understand him) we could not hear a single word of the vows though, it was just mumbles. 

If you plan to talk loud enough for people to hear you and you know how to project your voice it will likely be fine, but if you plan to talk at the same volume that you would with a one-on-one conversation, then they likely won’t hear you past the first couple rows. 

Post # 10
6667 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

We didn’t have any – honestly it didn’t even cross my mind.  As far as I can recall based on ‘audience’ responses, no one had a problem hearing us (just over 30 guests but outside).  Just remember to use a louder voice and enunciate and you should be fine.

Post # 11
129 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve been to a wedding where the ceremony took place in a church indoors, without mics and I was unable to hear anything that was said from my seat in the middle of the crowd. 

Post # 12
1336 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Painswick Church and the Falcon Hotel

 This was our venue ^ so you get an idea of the size area, our reception was a small converted barn so we didn’t have speakers or mic’s and it went perfectly well! The guys doing speeches had to make sure they projected their voices to be sure that everyone could hear but no problems what so ever 

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