(Closed) Microphone for your vows?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Should we use a microphone while saying our vows?
    Yes otherwise barely anyone can hear you : (28 votes)
    67 %
    No, if they cant hear they can just read it in the service : (11 votes)
    26 %
    Other (please explain) : (3 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I just met with my photographers and they begged me not to do a microphone becuase they said it just ruins the look and they have a hard time getting a shot where the bride, groom and officiant aren’t obscured by the mic.   They did say if I was worried about sound to get the small clip on mics like you’d see a newscaster or reality tv show host with.  They said that can easily be hidden or edited out. 

    Post # 4
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I voted for other because we are having an outdoor ceremony and I feel like it takes a little bit away from the intimacy of the entire day. Plus if there is a power surge or something, the noise can be pretty terrible! What we are doing instead is having the chairs form a semi circle around us so everyone can be a little closer!

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We will use microphones, I dont see how that “ruins” the picture; its part of the moment and the memory and I want to be able to hear myself when i watch the video of it later.

     A a guest it would be awkward if I couldnt hear the vows, thats the whole reason for coming to the ceremony

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee

    We are using mics at our ceremony. If your guests can’t hear anything you’re saying, there’s no point in inviting anyone haha. I have been to many a wedding where you can hear bits and pieces and it isn’t fun for anyone. I would just ask the photographer to try and work around the mics, also make sure to take photos when you both drop your mics and put them to your sides.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Both Fiance and my cousin (our officiant) will be miked (small, wireless mics clipped onto their jackets). I’m told that I’ll be picked up with FI’s mic since me wearing one is completely out of the question. Our ceremony is outside, overlooking a lake so there is bound to be some extra noise. It’s important to us that everyone hear what’s being said and our DJ includes the mics in our package for no extrra charge so it was kind of a no brainer. 

    Is it possible to get the wireless mics that your Fiance can clip on? If we had to have an actual microphone set up, I wouldn’t do it. I’ve seen it done and I do think it takes away from the whole look.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Personally, I can’t imagine using a mic.  I mean, what if the volume is off, or too loud, or I start crying or breathing or huffing into a mic= but if it works for you, that’s okay. 

    I would just have them printed if you want people to know what you are saying, it is a very intimate moment.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We didn’t use mics and I know that likely our guests couldn’t hear us, but honestly (this is sort of terrible), I didn’t care. It made it more special to Darling Husband and I that it was us, our officiant, wedding party, and our family in the first couple of rows who could only hear us. I DID try to speak up, but I was aware of the fact that not everyone would be able to hear. Besides, having big speakers at an outdoor venue would have looked a little weird I think.

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I went to a wedding ceremony where the couple was not miked, plus the photographers were moving around the church, which was a pretty old building, so the floor was creaking with every step and shift of weight! I could hardly hear them… so it was really hard to keep interested in what was going on up there.

    I don’t like the way mics look, but it’s really important to me that the people there are included in the ceremony.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We will have some kind of wireless mic, but I’m not sure if it’s clipped on or hand-held (it’s coming from the DJ).  I actually wouldn’t mind if people couldn’t hear, I think it would take some anxiety and pressure off of me, but I have been to many weddings where no one could hear the vows and it was awful.  What’s the point in having all those people if they aren’t being included? 

    Post # 12
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We did a cordless microphone, so nothing was obscured. You should do a mic, otherwise nobody will hear any part of the ceremony – let alone the vows. I went to a destination wedding that didn’t have a mic, and we couldn’t hear anything – and it was only 40 of us!

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I always wondered why the couple doesnt face the guests– anyone know why we dont?

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee

    I chose other.  I would absolutely not want a handheld mic.  My husband and I held hands while we said our vows to each other.  Having to hold a mic would have really ruined the intimacy of the moment.

    What we did was haved my uncle (the officiant) set up with a clip on mic.  We were close enough to him when we said our vows that we got picked up.

    Post # 15
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    @retreadbride: Probably because the vows are between the bride and groom, not between the people witnessing them?

    That said, I have heard of couples who choose to face their guests when they say their vows.

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @DeathByDesign: between each other makes sense to me- but why not turn toward guests- witnesses-  both mountain man and I speak professionally for a living so I think we will be heard… the butterflies are a different story.

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