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To mic or not to mic...

Posted by Margaret Sneddon on November 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM

To Mic or Not to Mic...


http://www.ottawaweddingmagazine.com/3-tips-using-microphone-weddings/


To mic or not to mic... That is often the question when it come to the ceremony.

Purists may believe that a singer, musician or officiant should be able to project enough for everyone to hear. However - trust me on this - if the ceremony is outside or if there are more than a dozen or so guests, not matter how strong the voices, they won't be heard  beyond the first couple of rows.

I've sat in the back of too many ceremonies, observing fidgety guests, uable to hear any anything that's being said or, more importantly for me, any of my cues.

The ceremony is a solemn commitment. The readings, the words of the officiant and the vows that are being spoken have been selected with care. Friends and family are gathered to witness and share in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Everyone wants to hear as well as see you. Using a mic will assure that this can happen without your having to strain your voices. 


Arranging for a microphone and speakers should not be left to the very last minute. Your DJ or band may be able to provide one but they need to know in advance and there may be some cost involved. It's important not to assume that they will be prepared at the last minute.

The venue also may be able to provide one but, again, this is something you need to ask in advance.

As a musician, I always provide my own sound system as do many officiants. In my experience, it's best not to rely on a third party.

So... be sure to think about the sound system and microphones for all the participants and have a memorable ceremony that eveyone can hear. 

For some great tips about using a microphone please visit http://www.ottawaweddingmagazine.com/3-tips-using-microphone-weddings/








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3 Comments

Reply Margaret Sneddon
1:53 PM on September 11, 2011 
Thanks for your comment, April. I agree especially about those emotional moments and the words of the bride and groom. Your pinky sized mic sounds neat.
Best wishes,
Margaret
Pastor April Gismondi says...
I agree! I always carry my own PA system. In my opinion, being able to hear is what keeps everyone emotionally and intellectually present. I have heard many other officiants proudly claim they do not need a mic because they can project! But what about the couple? They are barely speaking by the time we get to the vows, especially if they have written something to one another. Hearing the words that the Bride and Groom say themselves, the slightest tremble in the voice, the pause to recompose themselves before continuing, these are the things that those who love them will remember as years pass. (and the things that begin the tear fest) Personally, I like a lapel mic better than a hand held as it is less obtrusive and more organic. Mine is smaller than my pinky nail, barely noticeable in photos and I always set my amp in the back where it is least noticeable.
Reply Pastor April Gismondi
12:20 PM on September 11, 2011 
I agree! I always carry my own PA system. In my opinion, being able to hear is what keeps everyone emotionally and intellectually present. I have heard many other officiants proudly claim they do not need a mic because they can project! But what about the couple? They are barely speaking by the time we get to the vows, especially if they have written something to one another. Hearing the words that the Bride and Groom say themselves, the slightest tremble in the voice, the pause to recompose themselves before continuing, these are the things that those who love them will remember as years pass. (and the things that begin the tear fest) Personally, I like a lapel mic better than a hand held as it is less obtrusive and more organic. Mine is smaller than my pinky nail, barely noticeable in photos and I always set my amp in the back where it is least noticeable.
Reply Joe Shane
10:42 AM on September 11, 2011 
As a DJ, I have had numerous last minute requests to supply microphones and a sound system for the ceremony. If the space is small and intimate you may not need the sound to be amplified but in a larger space or especially in an outdoor situation a microphone for the officiant and others is a good idea. I'm surprised how many officiants do not carry a small portable sound system. I have also provided sound for musicians. With your experience Margaret, you are well aware of being prepared for any situation and that's why you have a sound system at the ready. It is important that the readings as well as the music be heard and that everything is perfect at the ceremony.