Because more couples are opting to have their wedding ceremonies right at their reception venues these days, I’ve been providing music for lots of wedding ceremonies more frequently than ever. So often, in fact, that I recently redesigned the sound system that I use for such occasions. I’ll talk more about that in a moment. First, let’s talk about something that’s really important at your ceremony: Making sure your guests can hear it. It amazes me how many officiants feel that they can get by without the benefit of a microphone. I’m not sure exactly why this is, but I have a couple of guesses: First, some officiants feel very confident in their ability to project their voice. This might be true when they’re in a church and their voice is likely to carry throughout the room, but when you’re outdoors, it’s an entirely different story. No matter how much they project, they’ll always have a hard time competing with ambient noise and other audible distractions. Whether it’s birds chirping, ocean waves or a motorcycle in the venue’s parking lot, there’s always something nearby that can make the officiant’s words difficult to understand. Another guess as to why officiants are sometimes likely to go without a microphone is more obvious: they’ve had a bad experience using a microphone in the past and aren’t willing to take a second chance. While that’s understandable, it’s not acceptable. I can’t stress enough how important it is for things to be heard. Any videographer will agree, because the ceremony footage isn’t half as good when vows aren’t able to be heard clearly. Now, about my ceremony system: it’s compact, battery powered and can be quickly set up anywhere. On a beach, in the woods, or in the middle of a field – no electricity required – one speaker does it all. For your officiant, I offer a choice of either a wireless microphone on a stand or a tie-clip microphone that can be easily attached to their clothing. I monitor the signal and volume of the microphone at all times, to ensure that there’s absolutely no feedback or distortion. And most importantly, I make sure that your guests, regardless of where they’re sitting, can hear the officiant clearly. The microphone systems that I use are the same systems used by broadcasters and TV reporters – designed to perform flawlessly in any condition. I’ve been using this redesigned system since the beginning of September, with spectacular results. The officiants who’ve tried it so far agree that it’s a high-quality system, one that’s much better than they’re used to, and the videographers I’ve worked with lately have personally thanked me for making it so easy for them to capture the sound without ease.