By Guest Writer Justin Prahar
If you’ve spent any amount of time scrolling through my blog posts, 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, 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 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 many cases, and isn’t a time for the DJ to “show off” their “fancy toys.”
I don’t look at it that way. From where I stand, this is the most important 30 minutes (or however long) of the entire day, and the equipment used is of utmost importance. 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 many DJs in my ceremony system, and design 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 itself. At least two are necessary not only to ensure the best possible coverage for you, your fiance, and your officiant, but in case of unforeseen technical issues, etc. – you always have a backup!
There are no “do-over’s” or second chances for your wedding ceremony!
Handheld microphones have 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, not only interfering with movement, but ending up an eyesore in all of your pictures!
Lavalier (clip-on) microphones (the kind they use on TV, the news, reality shows, etc.) 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.
Due to their small size, they can be discretely placed, and even hidden in clothing to make sure they do not get in the way or visually distract during your ceremony.
Notice in the photo below that the lavalier 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 “omnidirectional,” 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!
I would love to talk to you about the other additional steps and investments that go into your ceremony when you decide to work with me for your wedding, so please do ask!
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 wedding DJ!
Photo by, and courtesy of, The Goodness