(Closed) How many guests before you require a microphone at an intimate ceremony?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
1552 posts
Bumble bee

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
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
4037 posts
Honey bee

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
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I had an outdoor wedding, 60-70 people and we used a microphone

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