Post # 1
It’ll be a small ceremony, like 40-50 people. We’d seat people as close to us as possible. A microphone setup would be a hassle, but I would hate for people not to be able to hear the ceremony (especially older people). If we speak loudly and clearly, do you think a sound system would still be completely necessary?
Post # 3
I think it would be fine -as long as you weren’t next to a noisy environment like water -like a fountain or a waterfall, etc. 🙂
Post # 4
i think you should include a microphone. especially cause its outside. its gonna be hard to hear especially if theres gonna be older people and even young people have a hard time hearing. it might be a hassle but id rather not risk it . the ceremony is a beautiful party of your wedding and shouldnt be missed 🙂
Post # 5
I agree that you should rent a microphone. They are cheap around $50. You might even be able to borrow one from a band member if you know any.
Post # 6
We are having one, but only cause my brtoher has the whole set up for his work already. If we had to pay for it we probably would have skipped it. I’ve been to many outdoor ceremonies without one and its been fine when its a small guest list.
Post # 7
Definitely get a microphone! At a friend’s wedding they decided to go without and no one could hear the ceremony. At the reception everyone was talking about how they couldn’t hear anything.
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2011 - The Tribute Golf Club
We’re doing lapel mics on the officiant and the groom for our outdoors wedding.
Post # 9
When you are saying your vows you are not going to remember to enunciate and speak loudly! I could barely get the words out!!!
My husband had a lapel mike but I didn’t. Nobody heard our vows at all.
Afterward I thought, oh, maybe we should have just turned the mike around. Oh well.
Ask your DJ, I’m sure s/he can provide one if they are doing your ceremony music.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
I say get a microphone. If there’s any chance of outside noise, it’s going to be tough to hear. We were next to the ocean and had a mic and STILL had issues.
Post # 12
Our DJ provided a microphone/sound for our outdoor wedding of 70 people. Our wedding was on a deck attached to where the reception was held and I can guarantee you that people in the back (despite not being that far away from us) would not have heard a word. I chose not to do additional sound for the harpist, and no one could hear her.
Post # 13
I just went to a wedding about a week ago where there was no microphone for the B&G, just the pastor performing the ceremony. Man was it annoying!! I wanted to hear them say their vows, but we were all sitting so far away except for their parents, that we could barely hear anything. If your guess are sitting close and there is only 50 of them it mght not be so bad, but talk to your venue or DJ about what it would actually take to mic all of you. Chances are you won’t be the one doing the work, and it might come included with the cost of your venue or DJ, mine is included in my DJ cost.
Post # 14
We struggled with this question for our small INDOOR ceremony. I REALLY didn’t want to spend money on a microphone…but ultimately we decided that it would be silly to put all this time, effort and money in to the wedding and then not have people be able to hear themost important part.
So, I feel your pain, but I think you probably ought to do sound. People will be disappointed if they can’t hear.
If you have a DJ for the reception, they can probably do the ceremony sound for you. Otherwise, you can hire a DJ to JUST do ceremony sound.
Post # 15
If I hadn’t attended an outside wedding with no microphone, I would say sure it’s fine.
Now that I have been to a wedding with no mic, I say you need one.
We could not hear ONE word being said, and frankly didn’t even know they were married till we saw them kiss.
It ended up being pretty windy that day. We are getting married outside and have budgeted for a mic.
It’s not that much extra under 100.00 and you don’t need anything extra fancy. If you don’t have electric outlet, make sure you get one that doesn’t need it.
Post # 16
Thank you so much, everyone. I’ll check with our DJ to see what can be arranged.