(Closed) To Mic or not to Mic? (The ceremony)

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 16
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Star116062:  MIC!!! Ive been to a wedding ceremony outdoors where I was sitting in the 2nd row, and no one was mic’d. Between the wind, open space, and birds – I heard maybe 5% of the ceremony. Friends sitting behind me heard nothing. Please mic your ceremony – I came to see and hear you get married!

Post # 18
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Star116062:  Ours wasn’t on a stand, just a cordless mic held by the officiant. He’d tilt/hold out the mic towards whoever was speaking but we never took it, actually if I recall I’m pretty sure we had our hands joined. We also had a little table that had wine and some other things for him to read from so he theoretically could have put it down for a second if he needed to switch out something but it wasn’t necessary. He’d just put down whatever he had in hand and pick up something else, it sounds more complicated but it was very fluid and he was perfectly comfortable with it. We had a spring wedding outdoors so there’s definitely no way people would have been able to hear us without it.

As an aside, I really liked that we didn’t have lapel mics, we were able to share some private words every so often during the ceremony 🙂

Post # 19
1112 posts
Bumble bee

Star116062:  My biggest peeve is when I can’t hear the ceremony. There is nothing worse than sitting there staring at two people and not knowing what they are saying. If you’ve invited me to witness your marriage, I better be able to hear it! Or else, what is the point?

My vote is for some kind of mic.

Post # 20
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’m really confused by people who are voting not to have a mic, and that they don’t care if they can’t hear you? That’s the whole point! You definitely need a mic. 

Post # 21
1206 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I would vote some kind of mic.  I can’t stand it when I can’t hear the ceremony, it feels so weird to just be staring at the couple and really have no idea what is going on.

Do you have a DJ?  Ours provides a lapel mic for the ceremony so it might be worth checking.  

Post # 23
178 posts
Blushing bee

I plan to do a mic. With an outdoor ceremony and a lot of older and hard of hearing guests, it’s a necessary expense. If you’re able to find the extra money (or maybe negotiate for its inclusion in a package???) a lavalier mic is a great option! You can hide it so it’s not a distraction to you or your guests, and everyone gets to hear your beautiful ceremony! 

Post # 24
523 posts
Busy bee

Star116062:  ohh that’s a good compromise!

i would ask your officiant what they prefer/have worked with before And base my decision off that. All this advice really means nothing if your officiant feels clumsy while holding a book and a mic or if she is too short for one of those stands. Or She may ask for a podium etc…

Whatever she says I would if possible base my decision off that. Because at the end of the day you want her to feel comfortable with the mic as that will help make it as subtle as possible. You don’t really want to make a feature of it…

i just have been at weddings where they have literally stopped the bride who was saying her vows to hand her a mic and then got her to start again. She just looked so uncomfortable and the ‘little moment’ she was having was gone.

Post # 25
523 posts
Busy bee

Also another thing to think about –

are you having any guests do readings/speaking during the ceremony? Because if the mic is on a stand and they are a different heights it can take a few minutes to adjust it 

Post # 26
1393 posts
Bumble bee

Yes, always mic. Especially with so many people. There was a thread a little bit ago about bad wedding experiences and a common complaint was that they couldn’t hear the ceremony because it wasn’t mic’d. 

Post # 28
3971 posts
Honey bee

I am a Marriage Celebrant in Australia. In the US we are called offciants. I use a hand held microphone and tilt it towards the couple as they say thier vows. I have been doing this for years and have never had any touble juggling my microphone and my ceremony which is in a menu folder ( A 4 sized with slip- in clear plastic sleeves). I used to have a headset mic but the sound dipped in and out.

Believe me, with  150 guests nobody will hear a thing if you don’t have amplification.  You and your officiant will spend hours planning the perfect ceremony so it is pretty important that all those beautiful words are heard.

Just get your officiant to practise holding her folder in one hand and a microphone in the other. 


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