DO YOU NEED A MICROPHONE FOR YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY ?
"That was really beautiful, but I couldn't really hear what was said..."
I often overhear this as guests are leaving at the end of an unamplified ceremony. After many years of hearing this and since I am amplifying my acoustic guitar, I offer couples the option of setting up a ceremony microphone. Roughly 75% of my clients chose to include this.
Based on my experience, these are some things to consider when deciding if you should include a microphone in your plans.
* Number of Guests: This is the obvious consideration. In a favorable indoor or very sheltered outdoor location, an experienced officiant could reach around 100 guests. Even then, your actual vows might not be heard, and the same for any readers. If you're outdoors or in a less than ideal indoor location, I find that 50 is usually the limit.
*Specific location: Some locations are naturally somewhat noisy...by the water is particularly loud ( waves, boats, gulls, etc)... and traffic noise, wind, other people, airplanes all have a way of arising at the exact worse moment. Open areas and mountain tops are windy, which, in addition to noise, tends disperse sound before it reaches guests.
*Age of Guests: Older guests often complain about hearing ( and often want to hear every word), so take that into account ( and try to seat them near the front ).
*Readers: In addition to being heard, many folks are more comfortable with a mic to stand behind.
So take these factors into account. Some venues will provide amplification if you ask, as will some DJ's. It's extra work to set up for the venue or the DJ, so you'll probably need to pay the DJ for the additional time. Since I am already setting up amplification for the acoustic guitar, it is a reasonable amount of extra equipment and set-up time for me to provide a mic... either a clip on wireless mic for the officiant ( Properly set-up this will usually pick up the couple as well) and/or a mic on a stand for readers. There are quite a few options in terms of wired/wireless and clip-on/stand/handheld, so you might check to see what your ceremony musician(s) could offer.
Read what options I provide at http://www.dwightsongs.net/wedding_music_prices_2016/
Or ask my thoughts about your specific situation. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading,
Dwight Phetteplace email@example.com
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