#1: Sound Things
Sitting here reading some emails and in one of them I was reminded of how bad the sound was at a particular wedding I attended with some friends a few years ago. I'm bias of course, but I think it should be a top priority right after you've chosen your venue. It's not just the speakers that matters either. It's the microphone, it's the person running the sound, indoor or outdoor venue, etc. Here are 4 things to keep in mind....
- If your venue has a PA system(speakers, mics, soundboard,etc), ask them to set it up so you can hear it. Have them play music through it. Have them setup the mics you're going to use so you can hear what your guests will hear. You'd be shocked at what some venues wheel out from the closet to use for one of the biggest days of your life.
- Make sure that everything is going to be properly mic'd up. If someone is talking/singing, they need to be on a mic. If you have live musicians, they need to have some sort of mic or amplifier. Remember that some of your guests are probably nearing deafness, so those softly spoken vows and nervous cousin readings could be troublesome.
- If you are going to be holding a microphone to speak your vows, I recommend trying to memorize them so you're not fumbling around with a mic in one hand and a sheet of paper in the other. Keep it short and sweet. It let's you keep your eyes on your partner and speak directly to them and not at a piece of paper. To be frank, if you're reading off one or multiple pages, you're saying WAAAAAAAAY too much.
- If your venue does not provide any sound equipment, obviously, call me first!! HA!! But honestly, there are a ton of great local smaller production companies that can provide the proper sound support for your ceremony at an affordable cost that will probably surprise you.
If you need some help figuring out your sound scenario or want some recommendations, don't hesitate to email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Boom!