Hearing the Ceremony?

Has anyone attended an outdoor wedding where they could clearly hear the entire ceremony without a microphone? 


We are inviting about 100 guests and I'm nervous that without a microphone and amp no one will be able to hear, but on the other hand I hate the way a microphone/amplified voice makes it seem less intimate...


THOUGHTS??? SUGGESTIONS???

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 8:53 am
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joandcompany
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I have been worried about this also.  I'm not sure what we are going to do. 

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 12:21 am
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Yeah I'm worried as well... :/ I guess we will figure something out

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 3:31 am
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I have been to weddings where i could NOT hear anything.  Personally, I would prefer microphone to silence.  i guess try to angle your bodies so you face each other so ppl can hear you and are not just staring at your back kwim?

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 4:32 am
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I'm with you Sparkysgirl!  Most of the weddings I've been to I could not hear at all... I guess microphones do beat out silence... Now I just have the issue of cords running all the way out to the site!

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 6:09 am
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We have a sound system with wireless mics.  It's a summer camp that often does chapel with 250 boys, so they have the chapel set up for electricity...

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 11:27 pm
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Hi Bean - yea we are trying to figure out the whole "can they hear?" thing. We are having 100 guests in our backyard, and will most likely try to get a small speaker/mic set up.


As a guest, when i couldn't hear anything, it wasn't fun. I mean - why have your guests witness your ceremony and vows if they can't actually hear or experience the whole thing, right? :-P

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 3:40 pm
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I've been told that a lot of couples don't WANT anyone to hear them...they want it more intimate.  My thoughts on that are; why invite all those people if you don't want them to hear you get married?!  Right?  Our minsiter wore a lapel mic and when we read our vows we held a microphone between us so our guests could hear.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm
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We had only about 35 guests at our ceremony but still had a PA system and mics. We mainly wanted it for our musicians, but also for our officiant. I wasn't too worried about our guests hearing my DH and I reciting our vows but it was a nice addition. The main reason we decided to have one was because we got married in front of a fountain and we were concerned that the sound of the water would over power everything else. Also, since we were DIYing a video by just setting up a video camera off to the side, it helped to be able to hear everything on that.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 6:02 am
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We used a microphone, between the wind and large area and everything no one would've been able to hear us without it.
Posted on March 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm
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I did not think of this. Oh boy...seems like another expense.

Posted on December 31, 2010 at 3:52 pm
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Our minister won't use a mic for outdoor ceremonies, particularly near the beach. He says the mic picks up the outdoor sounds - the wind, the waves etc and magnifies those over the top of the voices.  He prefers to speak up for smaller ceremonies and says that he's never had a problem, so that's another way of looking at it. 

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 11:17 am
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We didn't have a mic...


I don't mind them but I really didn't want a mic in the photos :)


But our outdoor space was pretty small... So it worked out in our favor.


Just speak as loudly as you can :) 


 


 

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 6:33 am
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I would say depending on the actual number of guests, you can make your decision on whether you should have a mic.  If you do end up deciding to go with a mic and you have a DJ, you can see about possibly using a wireless mic.  That would cut out the look of having cords in the way and your guests would be able to hear.  This is probably how we're going to end up doing it also.  Luckily, FI's grandfather is an electrician and we can set up power pretty much anywhere on the property.

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 12:26 pm
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trying to figure out..ahhh

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

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