Check, Check, 1, 2 - hello, is this thing on?
Many couples have asked me if they really need a microphone during their ceremony. Sometimes the DJ charges an extra fee to supply the microphone for use - is the additional cost worth it?
There are a few things to consider before I answer this question. First off, know that I do not supply my own sound system. I work really hard to hone my craft, to be the best Officiant I can be for each ceremony, I leave the sound and music set up to the professionals. That being said, not every ceremony, venue or couple require that I use a microphone.
If your inviting over 75 guests then typically my answer is yes. If your venue is on the larger side then yes, if you have many guests who are elder in years, then yes. But, the main reason I like to use a microphone is so I can use my normal speaking voice during your ceremony. Without a microphone I am able to project my voice well, but it requires me to speak loudly and sometimes this interrupts my natural flow of speaking. If your having a small intimate ceremony in a location that is more closed in and the sound will project well - then you may not need a mic; don't be afraid to discuss this with me, your DJ and venue.
We have spent time and put so much effort into choosing the right words for your ceremony, my thought is that you want every person in attendance to hear those carefully selected words. Even the person who entered late and is standing in the rear off to the side. You want your guests to walk away from the ceremony talking about the amazing words they just heard - not asking each other "what did they say".
When it comes to the type of microphone I prefer a wireless mic on a stand. Now, yes this means it will be in your photos - but I don't think it's too distracting. The reason I like the stand mic is because I can then turn the mic to the two of you when you recite your vows - again letting all of your guests hear your words. It can also be used by anyone who may be sharing a reading. A can't do this with a lapel mic - I'm kinda hooked to it. I read ceremonies from a binder that requires me to hold it - so holding the mic myself can sometimes be a bit cumbersome.
If your using live musicians, maybe a quartet or strings and there is no option for a mic, rest assured I will rock that ceremony like no one's business - I will speak loudly and clearly so that I may offer the opportunity for all to hear. But...if the option is there for you to have a mic or not - opt for the microphone - your guests will appreciate it. You will appreciate hearing their feedback later on in the night of the ceremony as well.
End of year elopement special
At the end of every year I typically receive a high number of requests for the Justice of Peace/signing of the license package.
This year I will hold office at a local coffee shop or restaurant - I will have a few dates available so that I may provide the service for as many couples as possible. If you select one of these dates I will provide the signing for a discounted rate of $60.00. The dates are as follows: (just email me to schedule your time, bring your license and two witnesses only please).
November 1, 2014 from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm at Starbucks, 6677 Dixie Hwy., Clarkston Mi.
December 6, 2014 from noon until 2:30 pm at Andiamo's in Clarkston at I75 and the Clarkston exit.
Monday, December 22, 2014 from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Blackthorn Pub in downtown Holly Mi.
*dates and times may change*
You have spent so much time planning your wedding day. You picked the perfect location for you, you have the dress and suite and you poured over the ceremony to make sure each word is a reflection of your love. And now it's the big day, your ready to walk down the aisle and marry the person of your dreams. So how do you assure your guests stay attentive and listen and are drawn into your ceremony, into the magic of the moment?
I have one of the best seats in the house during your ceremony. From the moment the groom stands next to me all nervous or trying to play it cool and then when the bride stands at the end of the aisle ready to begin her walk to the man of her dreams. I get to see the emotion, hear the intake of breathe as he sees her for the first time. To see her face and the emotion that crosses it when she sees him waiting for her.
When you stand there before me I encourage you to get lost in the moment. Look at each other and take in all that stands before you. Listen to the words that we are saying and don't be afraid to let the emotion flow.
Some of the best ceremonies I preside over are those that when the bride and groom show so much emotion you can't help but stand still and see the bride and groom and to get lost in their moment - the moment that they share becoming husband and wife.
Let loose the nervous giggles and the smiles of pure joy. Allow yourself to shed a tear of extreme happiness and relief that your finally standing here becoming husband and wife. I'm not saying you have to get all ugly cry but don't hold back.
I've witnessed couples who are trying so hard not to cry that they are missing their own ceremony. They don't let themselves look at each other, they don't hear the words that we so carefully chose - trust me, this ceremony happens once in your lifetime - live it, breathe it in and get lost in the moment.
That is when your guests are left breathless, when they see the emotion, the joy and happiness the two of you share, that is when they will feel a part of your wedding ceremony. They will thank you profusely for allowing them to witness your amazing wedding day.
Wishing you a very happily ever after,