(Closed) If you’re having a small ceremony – mic or no mic?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve been wondering about this too! Our ceremony will be outside and I tend to have a rather quiet voice, especially when I’m nervous. But I can’t quite figure out the logistics of having microphones… like who holds it? How to you make it not look awkward?

Post # 4
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We were only 14 but had a mic – it was outside though…

Post # 5
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re having a 100 person outdoor wedding, and so far our event coordinator has tried to convince me that we don’t need a mic.  I’m a little worried though.  Our seating is somewhat intimate b/c it circles most of the way around us, so I think all of the guests will be pretty close.  Still… I’m worried that people won’t be able to hear…

Post # 7
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

we had 50 people at our outdoor ceremony and did not have a mic.  our officiant projected his voice very well and i’m sure everyone heard him, the hubs and i said our vows after he prompted us so i’m pretty sure everyone heard everything they needed to. no one commented that they couldn’t hear or anything so i think we did ok.

if you were planning to write your own vows and say them without a prompt, and you really want to make sure everyone hears what you say, then go for it, but honestly i think you’d be fine without.  if there is a busy street or some other noise maker nearby maybe consider the mic.

Post # 8
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had about 70 people and no mic.  It was outside and it was totally fine.

Post # 9
398 posts
Helper bee

 My very good friend got married outside and we couldn’t hear a word.  It was pretty windy that day and we had no clue they were even married till they kissed. 

Our plan is to get married outside and I will most likey rent a portable mic.  I would feel horrible if no one could hear us.


Post # 10
7174 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I really like it when I hear the bride and groom – so, I vote for mic.  Typically, the officiant is facing the guests, so it’s easier for them to hear him.  But, unless the bride and groom really project, I think they get muffled.  Plus, do you really want to think about projecting when you are saying your vows?

Post # 11
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in an outdoor wedding recently, and even standing up at the front right near the action is was a little difficult to hear some of what was said. It was windy and both the bride and groom were being soft spoken (which is NOT how they normally are). There were about 100-150 guests, the immediate fam in the front seemed to hear mostly everything, my FH (who sat in the back) said he could barely hear anything.

I think it is up to you, do you REALLY want or need people to hear every last detail of your vows? If yes, then get a mic. If it is more important to you that your FH hear the vows and you arent overly concerned about those in the back, then no mic.

You could always do a dry run at the ceremony site with a friend or your FH – have someone sit waaaaay in back and then loosely go over the ceremony at a volume you think you would be comfortable with and see how much your listener hears or misses.

With a geust list of 50 it is hard to say whether you will need it or not– there are lots of factors indoor, outdoor, weather, acoustics, wind, nerves etc.

Post # 12
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I went with a mic for a 85 person outdoor ceremony. My husband and I worked so hard on our vows and our officiant (an amazing friend of ours) also put her heart and soul into the ceremony words. We just could not take the risk that our guests would not be able to hear something we all put so much effort into.


Post # 13
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Outside? Def. a MIC! Regardless of size, you really need a mic. I’ve been to so many weddings without one where you just can’t hear!

Post # 14
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

we had 30 people outside and no mic. it was fine, our rabbi is very loud and i didn’t do any talking but to say “i do.”

Post # 15
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We had 85 people, outside ceremony and no mic.  We made sure the officiant and readers spoke up.  None of our guests had any issues hearing the ceremony or our vows.  Honestly, I have been to an outside ceremony with a mic, but when the wind picked up you couldn’t hear anything so it could go either way. 

Post # 16
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re having 70 people, outdoor wedding and using a mic. We just want to make sure eveyone can hear.

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