(17/07/2016) | Categories:
Wedding Ceremony |
It is important, both legally and for the
enjoyment and engagement of your guests, that your
ceremony is heard by everyone present. And that includes
your voices when you say your vows, as well as your
celebrant's voice throughout the ceremony. For most
weddings, this means that you need amplification, a PA
system of some sort, which of course, involves
microphones. Microphones bring their own benefits, and
challenges, so the type of microphone (as well as the
quality of it) is important.
If you look at photos of weddings you will come to the
conclusion that most celebrants don't use hand-gestures
because they've got a book, card, or tablet in one hand,
and a microphone in the other. In fact, using a
hand-held mike is a pretty strong signal that all the
celebrant is going to do in your ceremony is talk.
Some celebrants claim that they don't use a headset or a
lapel mike for themselves (a hand-held is required for
your vows) because only a hand-held can produce top
With a lapel mike they do have a point. You have to keep
your head pretty still. So if you're like me, wanting to
engage with the couple and with the
guests, you need to be able to move your head from side
to side, which makes the sound cut out or go soft and
loud depending on where your head is in relation to the
mike. But the claim that a headset microphone is a poor
substitute for a hand-held microphone is patently false.
If it was even partly true head-set microphones wouldn't
be seen on stage performers as they routinely are - even
for opera performances.
So I'll let you into a little secret. It is not about
the sound. It's about the hair!
(though often it
is just simply that the PA system has been provided by
However, for your vows, the best, and simplest option
may well be a handheld wireless microphone.
So, here are my tips:
- Confirm well ahead of time whether your celebrant
is going to provide a PA system, and what type of
microphones will be available for your vows
- Confirm who is going to hold the microphone for
your vows (if a hand-held microphone)
- Make sure you are well briefed as to how close to
your mouth the microphone needs to be for optimum
- And understand that a microphone can only amplify
a sound, not create one, so speak loudly!
PS: If you are having a professional videographer,
ask how you will be wired up? Generally speaking,
videographers I have worked with will either ask to
plug into my PA (which means your video sound is only
as good the sound from the PA) or they will mike up
the groom using a lapel mike (aka a lavalier). Wiring
up the bride has some unique challenges, but modern
technology can overcome that, with the belt-pack
attached to your thigh.