(Closed) Outdoor wedding – did/will you use a microphone/sound amplification?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Did you or are you using a sound system/microphone for your outdoors wedding?
    Yes - people will have trouble hearing the ceremony unless we talk very loud. : (17 votes)
    59 %
    No - Our guest list is small and it wasn't/shouldn't be a problem. : (10 votes)
    34 %
    Yes - but we really did not need it. : (0 votes)
    No - but we really needed it! : (2 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I am doing the same thing and have the same number of guests and we are opting for not getting a sound system!

    Our setting is intimate and there is very little noise other than geese – lol – I think it will be fine – but if you are worried ask your officiant! They will know better than I whether one is needed and they may even be able to supply one!

    Post # 4
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    599 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    My sister and her husband had an outdoor ceremony, opted not to use a sound system for it. It was a very quiet setting and a smallish wedding, but no one beyond the first couple rows heard a word they said! If its not too much of a hassle, I would suggest looking into geting some sort of amplification going.

    Post # 5
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    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I went to an outdoor wedding a few years ago, in a backyard in the countryside; there was a tiny stream running behind where the pastor stood, and it was IMPOSSIBLE to hear anything. There were fewer than 100 people there (maybe a lot fewer, I don’t exactly remember) and they didn’t use mics; I think I sat near the front and still couldn’t hear. They also did special music and we could hear the guitar but not really the girl singing.

    Needless to say, it was one of the most boring ceremonies I’ve ever been to, but the reception was awesome!

    Post # 6
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    388 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We were married outdoors in a park with about 35 guests (10 of them in the wedding party) and we didn’t get a sound system. I don’t regret it and I think I would have been really unhappy if I would have allowed myself to get talked into using one.

    It would have taken away from the serenity and natural vibe of the ceremony, I would have been focused more on speaking into the microphone than to my husband, and frankly I don’t really like to hear my voice amplified.

    No one had any problem hearing the ceremony.

    EDIT:
    It might be a good idea to go to the site (bring a couple friends) and have someone stand where you think the farthest peson will be sitting/standing. Then just talk at a normal level and ask if they can hear you well.

    Post # 7
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    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    A friend of mine had there ceremony outside.. the tent for the reception was feet way from where they said “I do”..  so they asked the DJ to come a little earlier and they used the speaker and a mic from the DJ. It worked well. I think it is needed. Especially if you have g-parents coming! lol

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee

    I kind of wish we did. Nobody complained about not hearing us, but I’m not sure if they could. I’m a quiet speaker in the first place and we were next to a semi busy road… A couple of motorcycles drove by during the vows lol We laughed it off, and it wasn’t a big deal honestly, but I just wish we had a mic or something so others could have heard us. Oh, and our wedding was small too, about 50 people.

    Post # 9
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    1757 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Our guest list will be closer to 130, and since we’re writing our own ceremony and vows, I want to make sure people can hear everything! Having been to weddings where I basically had to read lips, that can get really exasperating.

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We didn’t have one at our wedding next to a lake.  The lady spoke loud enough and no one complianed about not being able to hear.  We had a pretty short aisle though and spread the chairs so that people were in close.

    Post # 11
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    7053 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I am somewhat torn.

    I am saying no b/c we’re having an intimate wedding.  But I also have a friend who will sing and wondering how she’ll feel either doing acapella or with strings? 

     

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee

    We had an outdoor ceremony at a winery with about 60 guests so it was an intimate setting with very little ambient noise.  However, since there are no acoustics, we wanted to make sure everyone – even those in the back rows – could hear.  So we had our DJ come a little early (like RR mentioned above) and set up the mic and the speaker.  It worked out perfectly.   

    Post # 13
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    1901 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Could you have your guests sit/stand in more of a semi-circle or circle to get people closer? I don’t think you need a sound system, but just to make sure everyone can hear, you could change the arrangement so more people can get closer.

    Post # 14
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    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We’re getting married on the deck of our reception venue, which is located near the downtown area.  I hadn’t given it a thought until I was standing on the deck about the time our ceremony would be and realized how much traffic I could hear.  Then I decided on having a harpist, who does not use an amplifier unless provided…and then realized no one would hear a thing.  So figuring out sound is the newest item on my to do list.

    Post # 15
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    2634 posts
    Sugar bee

    I don’t know about this either.  I want to make sure my guests hear everything, so at the moment I’m leaning towards yes.  I’m going to check with my officiant to see if he has one (I know some of them do).

    Post # 16
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    1078 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    I would talk with your DJ about this. They may be able to cut you a deal on a second sound system to use for the ceremony. A lapel microphone on the officiant will probably also pick up on you and your fiance’s vows, etc. A cordless microphone could be provided for your readers, etc.

    I would definitely recommend these if you’re having anything outdoors! It will be harder to hear than you think.

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