Do you want to avoid…
- Guests not hearing your officiant, and your special vows?
- Annoying and embarrassing static, feedback, squeals, and noise from the microphones and speakers?
In short, do you want things done RIGHT?
If you’ve visited my site, or read my blog, you’ve probably noticed that I spend a LOT of time talking about wedding ceremonies. I focus so much on this aspect of what I do because at the end of the day, the wedding ceremony is the most intimate, emotional, and meaningful part of your wedding day, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Unfortunately, many DJs, and even couples, for that matter, can tend to treat certain aspects of their ceremony as an afterthought. From the standpoint of a “typical” DJ, the ceremony isn’t “that big of a deal” because they’re only thinking about the limited nature of their involvement in it.
For them, it’s “just a small sound system,” “a few songs,” and “maybe a microphone.” It only lasts half-an-hour or less in most cases, and isn’t a time for the DJ to “show off” their “fancy toys” or “Mad Skillz” on the decks.
I don’t see it that way at ALL!
This is the most important 30 minutes (or however long) of the entire day, and the reason we’re all gathered together! The type and quality of the equipment used is of utmost importance because its presence should be as transparent as possible, and it absolutely MUST function FLAWLESSLY.
To this end, I continually invest quite a bit more than most DJs in my ceremony system, and have designed it specifically to meet the many and varied demands of wedding ceremonies.
One aspect of wedding DJ equipment that is essential to the success of your ceremony are the microphones (yes, plural – there should ALWAYS be more than one, and NO, you shouldn’t have to pay “extra” for them!) that are used for your ceremony. Two are necessary to ensure your DJ has the best possible coverage and sound control for you, your fiance, and your officiant. Having more than one live microphone also means you always have a built-in backup if you need it.
Remember: There are no “re-do’s” or second chances for your wedding ceremony!
The mic: To hold, or not to hold…
Handheld microphones have many disadvantages because your officiant is either forced to hold them in one hand the whole time, making it awkward for them to manipulate their reading materials, facilitate things like ring ceremonies, etc., or the mic itself must be on a stand that will end up being front and center in your ceremony, where it will not only interfere with movement, but will also end up as an eyesore in all of your pictures!
Lavaliere (clip-on) microphones are the best solution for wedding ceremonies because they are discrete, portable, and work well for isolating and enhancing individual speakers at different times during your ceremony. This allows your DJ to adjust the volume and EQ in real-time as each person is speaking to make sure everyone is heard clearly, and at the same volume.
They can be discretely placed, and even hidden in clothing to make sure they do not distract during your ceremony, or stand out in all of your pictures.
Notice in the photo below that the lavaliere microphone is placed discretely and professionally alongside the tie of the officiant, so that it is barely noticeable, yet is still placed so that it can pick up all three individuals.
You’ll also notice in the embedded photo of the groom that the microphone itself is not visible at ALL, as it is hidden behind his tie, so as to not contrast with the white shirt and vest or distract in photos, etc.
Because both of these microphones are “omni-directional,” they will pick up all three voices in close proximity, which allows me to really fine-tune the balance for whoever is speaking at any given time, and giving the best possible sound quality for your guests!
At the end of the day…
Your professional wedding DJ is investing a lot of time, money, and care into providing you with the most solid performance, and a stress-free and worry-free ceremony service. It goes without saying, then, that YOU should make a reasonable investment in your professional Sacramento wedding DJ!