Sound Familiar: “Not sure what to do! I have the DJ for 4 hours. Reception is 6-10. We have the venue till 11pm but we want to get to the hotel at a decent time. I don’t want to pay for an additional hour if I can help it because we are starting the ceremony at 5:30. Plus while the reception & ceremony are at the same venue they are a ways apart so they’d have to breakdown and setup their equipment twice. Any of you girls do something different? It’s outdoors so we won’t have a church piano or anything to use.”
- Speaker(s) for the sounds
- Table and covered provided
- A 2nd sound system different from the Reception
- 2 Lapel Mic (Officiate and Groom)
- Wireless microphone(s) if needed
- Musician microphone(s)
The Need For Wireless Microphones:
Wireless is always the best way to go for ceremonies for the sake of convenience and safety both. They can be placed almost anywhere and do not need cords running to them. Handheld, lapel and headset versions are all very popular. Depending on the size of your ceremony, and the strength of your officiates voice, you may not need them at all. If you do, we most recommend headset versions for the officiate, especially when outdoors. Lapels will pick up a lot of ambient and wind noise and are much more sensitive to feedback and hollow sound. Many of the DJ companies, like DJ Cutt Entertainment will carry the very small condenser headset microphones that are skin color and barely noticeable. You may also need a microphone for readers or vocalists. In this case, you should always go with a wireless hand held style microphone and stand.
A very common question we hear is “how do you mic the bride and groom?. We will put a Lapel mic on the groom that will pick up both their voices.. It’s very difficult to wire the bride with a body pack and lapel microphone and most of the time it ends up not working well at all, so the methods mentioned within this article are about your best and safest options.
Where To Setup The DJ:
By far the best place is in the back (behind the guests) with speakers facing the front. There are a number of reason for this. For one, it eliminates any possibility of the DJ sound system showing up in your pictures. It also has a much more balanced sound that everyone will be able to hear more evenly. It strongly helps to prevent microphone feedback, especially when using a lapel style microphone. It allows your officiate to know that everyone can hear him/her because if they can hear themselves through the speakers, everyone else can. Last, the DJ has the best line of sight for all the events from this position and is not a visual distraction to your guests.