16 Jun 2015
June 16, 2015

To Mic or Not to Mic, is that the question?

The question of whether to use a microphone and if so, what type of microphone, for a wedding ceremony comes up often in the discussion of ceremony logistics.   Whether you are the couple making the arrangements for the microphone or the friend or family member who has been asked to perform the ceremony, here are the standard options and our thoughts in regards to each.

No microphone at all – There are a couple scenarios where no microphone is fine such as an elopement where it is just the couple or for a ceremony where it is just the couple and a small number of guests (less than approximately 15).  The reason we recommend to have a microphone in almost all other scenarios is that it is very tough to project your voice (talk very loudly) and still convey the emotion of the words in the wedding ceremony.  The guests wants to hear the ceremony and it is a shame for a beautiful ceremony to only be heard by a small percentage of the guests.  Also, if the couple is reading their vows and/or doing a ring exchange, most likely the guests will not hear what is being said in the absence of some form of amplification.

A handheld microphone (wired or wireless) – If this is the only option for the officiant, it can work.   However, it is the least favorite from the officiant perspective because it can be a bit more of a struggle to hold the microphone and also hold whatever you are reading the ceremony from, and then, juggle rings and other ceremony pieces.   On the positive side, a handheld microphone can be held out by the Officiant during the wedding ceremony when the couple is reading their vows, and exchanging rings, and it does offer some ability to move around while delivering the ceremony.

A microphone on a stand (wired or wireless) – This is a better option since it allows the Officiant to not have to hold the microphone during the ceremony and it usually works fine for being able to rotate it toward the couple when they are speaking during the wedding ceremony.   The downside is that if the Officiant needs to move during the ceremony, for example to a table to help with a sand ceremony, the microphone has to be taken out of the stand or the stand has to be moved.  Also, the microphone on the stand will be in all the ceremony pictures.

A lapel or Lavalier microphone – This is a small microphone that clips onto the Officiant’s jacket or shirt and is usually the easiest, and our preferred option since it is unobtrusive and moves with the Officiant.   The downside is that it either has to be held out to pick up the vows of the couple or there then needs to be an additional microphone (e.g. handheld) so the couples vows and ring exchange can be heard.

No matter which way you go, remember to have the friend or family member who is officiating the wedding ceremony test the microphone beforehand, and have an idea of how they are going to manage the microphone during the ceremony.

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