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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.