Post # 1
How many guests would you need to attend the ceremony before needing a microphone? 10, 20, 30, 50? Any advice from your officiants?
I understand acoustics will play a role, for example an indoor ceremony will carry our voices better than on a windy beach etc. etc. I am up from hearing all answers across all different venues (myself and a friend are in similar boat, one indoor wedding one outdoor). For me personally I am asking because FH and I don’t want to have to use a microphone during our vows if we can help it and this is the first time we have considered it.
Post # 2
I don’t think you’ll need one. Ive been to an outside wedding with 100 guests where it was windy and there was no mic. It was fine, sometimes I struggled to hear the bride but I could hear all the important parts and I was sat towards the back. I’ve also been at an indoor church wedding with 200 guests. The officiant had a mic – just so the back could hear, and the mic was also used for readings, but the bride and groom just spoke a little louder than normal and we still heard it fine. I think people at the very back may have struggled to hear the vows but honestly they are so personal anyway. No one complained at all.
Have a small practise with your parents stood roughly where the guests at the back would be and see if they can hear.
Post # 3
I had an outdoor wedding with about 60 guests and we used a microphone. My voice is very quiet so no one would have heard my vows without it.
Post # 4
If you want my 89 year old, half-deaf mother (who refuses to get a hearing aide) to hear you, it would only take 1 guest. I can’t tell you how many weddings I’ve been to, both inside and out, where we hear little, because there was no/poor amplification. I think it’s better for you to be safe, than sorry.
We went to an outdoor wedding this summer, where to sit out in the open, guests were flirting with death by sunstroke (it was bad). My Mom and disabled husband sat in a shaded area 50 feet away. Even with a microphone, the minister faded in and out, the bride was very quiet, the readers (4 ladies) were 50-50, but we all heard the groom; Mom only heard the groom.
The videographer for my first daughter’s wedding supplied a tiny microphone, for the groom to wear on his lapel, which was great for the video, because he was nervous and his voice was softer than normal. On the other hand, my daughter is a trained vocalist and has appeared in dozens of stage shows. She can ennunciate and project well and she confidently recited her vows. Because of this, I would say you also need to consider the voices that would be involved.
Post # 5
I had an outdoor wedding, 60-70 people and we used a microphone