Post # 1
We are having our ceremony and reception on my grandparents’ farm. The invite list is quite large–around 300 and I’m assuming that we will need to mic the ceremony in order for our guests to hear. Has anyone else done this? What types of microphones (wireless, stand) did you use? Did everyone get a wireless mic or did you rely on one stand microphone to pick up the voices of the officiant, groom, and yourself?
Thanks for any advice that you can give!
Post # 3
Our videographers mic’d the groom (my guy). I’ve seen some where they mic the officiant as well. The brides don’t wear one.
But I don’t know what equipment it was. I also can’t remember if that was for the video only or if the guests could hear, but we talked so softly that the mics even had a hard time picking us up. So I guess my reply boils down to get mics and talk louder than a whisper.
Post # 4
Hey there…we had an outside wedding and it was SUPER SUPER windy. We paid the sound tech from our reception band to come 90 minutes early and set up a microphone.
The best part was being confident that it was being done correctly.
Even with all of the wind, we had one mic on a stand that our officiant spoke into. Mr Corn and I were close enough to the mic that it picked up our voices too.
Best of luck!!
Post # 5
"Lavalier" mics — they are like little microphone pendants. The groom got one and our officiant got one, so my voice picked up through theirs (you stand so close you don’t need your own). You can also get the clip on kind they use for TV.
We had the DJ’s do it, so it was done professionally and set up so there’s no feedback, etc. It was a lifesaver in our outdoor, windy venue.
Oh, but keep in mind that once they wire you up, that puppy is on! Groom walked down the aisle and was talking to his mom (he walked her down the aisle) and everyone heard. But it was cute…
Post # 6
Thank you all so much for your comments! I’ve seen the pics, Mrs. Corn, of your windy wedding, but didn’t notice at all that there were any mics! Just goes to show what you don’t see when there are beautiful details…
I will think about this and try and figure out if a lapel or stand mic will work better. We’re having a band for the reception at the same venue, and so maybe one of their sound tech guys will be able to wire it up for us. Otherwise, we were going to do a DIY sound setup for the ceremony with recorded music piped in through speakers and the mics hooked up into the same speakers, all of which a friend will run. We’re going to get professional advice from the sound/instrument shop that we rent from, but if anyone has any specific DIY advice about the size of speaker, etc. please do continue to chime in. Hopefully, it won’t be too complicated!
Post # 7
I am trying to figure out the EXACT problem these days! I have an additional challenge of having no access to an electric outlet. Any ideas to recommend? Are there battery powered speakers that work well? Thanks!
Post # 8
There are definitely battery powered PA systems out there. Most run for 4-10 hours on one charge depending on what level of volume you use. I have seen a few rental sites online that have small packages, ranging from $50-140/day for what is usually an 8" speaker with an internal rechargeable battery, a wireless mic, and a speaker stand mount. In smaller towns, the battery powered PA’s and large battery powered PA’s are harder to come by, but in any larger city they should be pretty easy to rent.
The other option if you don’t have an outlet is a generator, but many of these are loud, so you have to make sure it would be able to be placed fare enough away from the ceremony space to not make noise and to not be unattractive.