(Closed) Sound System for an Outdoor Ceremony?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Our outdoor ceremony ended up being moved inside due to weather, but our DJ had planned to use two speakers & I think a boom mic so everyone could hear both the officiant and us. 

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Ferris Wheel:  I like to keep technology and equipment to a minimum at ceremonies.  That being said, with 100 guests it will be difficult for them to hear.   If you have electricity nearby, I would use a small 2 speaker sound system, or PA, to amplify the ceremony.  We use a Fender Passport PA.  I always make sure when placing speakers to make them as inconspicuous as possible.  Make sure they point away from the ceremony toward the guests as facing them at the ceremony will result in high pitched feedback.  Then you can choose between wired mic on stand or wireless microphone.  The mic on stand is simpler.  Plug it in to the PA and turn up the level.  As long as the MC and vows are in front of it, it can be amplified.  It is still important for the bride and groom to speak up if they want to be heard.  

If you choose wireless, the most common solution is to put one on the officiant as a clip on or lapel mic.  We use the Shure GLX.  You will need to make sure that the battery is fully charged or if you use anorther model, that you put in fresh batteries. The one mic on the officiant is effectI’ve to pick up the vows as long as the couple is turned in with the officiant in the middle.  If you have any special readings or permormers, you can plug a second mic into the Sound system.  Also, you can plug in your phone, laptop, tablet, or MP3 player in for any seating, processional or recessional music. 

Here is a video that may help.


Or of course, hire a professional.  in Austin, we provide the service at Rock n Roll Rentals.


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