Post # 1
I’m really starting to get stressed out about the audio portion of our wedding. Our ceremony is outdoors, and our coordinator mentioned that most of her clients with outdoor weddings use some sort of microphone system. It seems to me that there are at least 3 choices:
- Wireless lapel microphone on the officiant. Advantage: less visibility in pictures. Disadvantage: Readers would not get the benefit of a microphone.
- Wireless handheld microphone. Advantage: Officiant could hand off the microphone to the readers and then take it back. Disadvantage: More visibility in pictures.
- Wired handheld microphone. Advantages: Probably the most reliable/foolproof. Officiant could hand off microphone to the readers and then take it back. Disadvantage: Most visibility in pictures.
Those of you with outdoor weddings: what did you do or are you doing? I’m really getting stressed out here, and I could use some advice! Oh, and we’re not having a DJ, so getting him/her to take care of it is out of the question…
Thanks in advance 🙂
Post # 3
I didn’t have an outdoor wedding, but I recently attended one. The officiant and the groom wore lapel mics. I didn’t see one on the bride, so I’m assuming she wasn’t wearing one. I think they also had a wireless handheld for the readers.
Another option is one of the mics that you put on a table and it picks up the sounds from the area. I don’t know what the technical name for these is, and I’m not sure how well they work, but I got married in a church and there was one of these on the altar to pick up our vows (we weren’t wearing mics).
Post # 4
How large is your wedding? Ours is just over 70 people, and since we’re both teachers and accustomed to speaking in front of large groups, we decided we could go without a microphone. Our officiant agreed that one was not necessary. But if you have anything close to 100 or higher, I would say you should go for one. I would not use the lapel microphone. People will hear the officiant, but they won’t be able to hear your vows. Either hand held microphone can be directed at you by the officiant, so your voices will pick up. I would try for wireless if you can afford it though.
Post # 5
Our officiant wore a lapel mic and our readers had a wireless handheld. My husband and I weren’t mic’d, but it was fine, we just spoke up, and we had about 100 in attendance who all heard us. You just have to make sure that the dj table is set up somewhere where he receives an uninterrupted signal from each mic–ie nothing in the way.
Post # 6
my husband wore a lapel mic and so did the officiant. we had 125 people at our outdoor wedding and the venue took care of the system.
Post # 7
We did a lapel mic on our officiant. We got married outside on hotel grounds, and we rented one from the hotel.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone for the feedback. It sounds like most went with the lapel mic. We’re only having 60-70 people, so I was originally thinking we wouldn’t even need one. But this feedback definitely gives me some good perspectives!