We at MicDrop Productions have been doing sound for ceremonies for several years now. Here are 7 best practices for ceremony sound.
1. We set up a wireless speaker on a tripod about 20-50 feet away from the ceremony staging area (see far below). Seating music usually begins around 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Around this time, it is best to meet up with the officiant to place the lapel microphone on their collar area and do a sound check, anywhere between 20-30 minutes before start time.
2. The lapel mic transmitter that we use can be turned on by pressing the tiny black button on top (next to antenna), touching it firmly for a half second. The device is on when the screen shows blue numbers "902.0" and other markings. It can be turned off, with the same button (a quarter second press) and the screen will go back to all black. We suggest turning on the mic the moment the ceremony begins.
Pictured is the microphone box. On the left is the transmitter. In the center is the receiver that goes with the speaker. On the right is an over-ear headset mic, which we replace with the included collar lapel mic option.
3. The officiant should already know if they are entering first by themselves or entering with the groom. The sound tech (DJ) will need to know if the entry point of the officiant marks the start of the ceremony, or if it is the ending of the seating music period. Sometimes, the officiant makes an introductory announcements/requests to the audience and then stands aside, or sometimes the officiant makes such comments just immediately prior to the processionals and start of ceremony.
4. The officiant typically has the bride and groom standing close by to him/herself. It's best not to allow the bride and groom to stand more than an arms length away, about 24-28 inches, so that the lapel microphone can pick up the words spoken by the bride and groom. Often times, the bride and groom's vows are being repeated from what the officiant says, so it's loud and clear what the officiant says and the repeated words are less audible to the audience. If the vows are customized and "live" and being read by the groom/bride from a piece of paper, it maybe be necessary to have the officiant place their lapel mic onto their binder so it's even closer to the groom/bride. Be sure to have the guests stand upon the bride entering!
5. It's important not to have dead-air during the ceremony, and someone is usually talking (or singing). However, if there are 1-3 minutes for a sand pouring, soil & tree potting, unity candle lighting, etc. then consider adding a special song track to be played during that time to avoid any long silences.
6. When it's time to conclude the ceremony, the officiant typically does 3 things: 1) makes a pronouncement of "husband and wife", etc, 2) then invites a newlywed kiss, and 3) the presentation of the newly-named married couple to the audience. It is suggested that when these 3 things have happened, then this is the exact moment for the recessional song to begin playing, the audience will cheer, and the couple will make their way back down the center aisle. An upbeat song is recommended to be selected by the couple.
7. Finally, the officiant typically makes an announcement for how guests will be dismissed and where & when the cocktail hour begins. Sometimes, cocktails and appetizers are served in a third space that is not the reception room. If so, then we typically move the ceremony speaker and music to that nearby area if it's not convenient to use the main DJ speakers. Of course, the officiant needs to bring the lapel mic back to the DJ when able.
Please consult with Nate on what music and song selections are best for your wedding ceremony. Keep in mind, if a lot of family will be ushered in as part of the ceremony, then they may get their own song, as would the wedding party. Sometimes, the groom and officiant come in to the same song as other family members. For further tips on where everyone should stand or enter during the ceremony, just ask. Also keep in mind if wind can knock over decoration items, these should all be double-checked just before start time. We look forward to working with you!
Pictured is a typical ceremony setup: Behringer MPA40BT self-powered speaker, tripod, speaker bag, bluetooth tablet, wedding documents, wireless lapel mic receiver and tiny table.
There are no two weddings that are exactly the same. Based on number of guests, size of room, flow of the evening, the vibe in the room, preferred music styles, potential hiccups along the way, and the amount of featured activities. Below are common activities seen at weddings, but you may come up with another special activity, game or dance.
16 common wedding activities include:
You can include all 16 of the above activities with our 5 Star, Galaxy, or Celestial wedding packages. Or swap create your own. At weddings we do not offer karaoke or music bingo. To view the very basics of our wedding packages, go to our website at www.micdropDJ.com/weddingDJ.html and request a detailed quote. Or to schedule a call or meeting, please go to www.tinyurl.com/micdropDJappt and grab an open time slot.
Thanks for considering MicDrop Productions!
1) Submit your information on our contact page such as date, kind of event, estimated times, what kind of experience you're looking for, etc.
2) Select your package options from our pricing chart. This form is emailed to you as soon as you complete the first questionnaire form on our website. You can also click on the contract to read thru the details.
3) Schedule your first consultation if you would like to discuss your options. We can meet by phone or in person. You can find a time slot to call or meet on the email sent or on our contact page. This can also occur after booking.
4) Sign the digital contract after you accept your price quote. Be sure to read our policies first. Once signed an invoice will be send and a first payment will be due.
5) Send your deposit within a week after receiving your invoice. Once, we receive the payment you will get a receipt by email.
6) Complete the final planning details with plenty of time before your event. This will be sent 90 days prior to your event (or less).
7) Schedule your final consultation to occur within two weeks of your event. Texting will be best to make final confirmation of any meetings. Your final payment is due prior to the event date.
8) Following the event please sent us any comments or online review of your experience!
Often times, the hired DJ is also the MC at a wedding reception or event. But these are actually two very different roles. A great DJ does not equal a great MC (master of ceremonies). A wedding reception requires a MC who can also DJ. Later in the evening, the wedding dance party requires a DJ who can also MC.
Let's break these down a bit. The role of MC requires a lot of microphone usage, event planning skills, understanding of timing, reading the client's needs, keeping the event on schedule, flexibility, and a strong stage presence. The role of DJ can vary from a skilled turntablist or open format DJ who is energized and dancey to someone who just plays thru a prescribed set list with a laptop and iTunes while seated behind a table. I've seen both. A great DJ knows lots of styles of music genres and lots of decades of each, and offers well thought out musical entertainment. But a great MC knows how to engage a crowd, move amongst the crowd, be in the right spot before, during and after the ceremony and reception, and fit in well with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, sometimes step in where needed to make the event better, and make the bride and groom the center of the attention. The MC kicks off the reception with a bang from the first moment and runs the plan efficiently, tactfully and happily. Then, the bride & groom and wedding party can totally enjoy the night themselves and not worry about anything.
While the DJ is the one most often hired, not all DJ's are competent to MC well. When the dance party is over, people often forget to mention how well the reception itself ran between all the elements from start to finish. It's the MC who sets the stage for a fun evening of music, dancing and celebration while providing excellent customer service.
Contact us today to find your next professional DJ/MC!
MicDrop is a relatively young company, with a beyond BIG potential. The amount of momentum we have this early in 2019 is humongous compared to last year. Our staff is growing and we will all be on hand to meet you in a public venue this Sunday!
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We are excited to meet some prospective brides this weekend at the Courier Bridal Expo in Findlay! More info at www.courierbridal.com.
Is it possible to be a professional at parties? ABSOLUTELY! Event planners make a living at meticulously planning your event with flowers, decor, table settings, and intinerary. However, the one thing that seems to be overlooked is what goes on in the transitions and establishing the general vibe of the room.
Picture this...Your wedding ceremony is finished, and it is time to get to the celebration of the day. You and your newly wed spouse walk into the room and no one even notices it?! The entire wedding party sits at the head table and then people realize they missed the entry. There is an awkward moment of silence and then an even more awkward “do we eat now?” feeling in the air.
Now, picture this...The ceremony is over and you and your newly wed spouse are waiting to enter the room. A well thought-out music list is playing in the background to add ambience to the reception space. Lights are dim and a light illuminates your entryway when the cue is given.
The music changes and the DJ/MC is ready to announce the wedding party pair by pair. Everyone stands and applauds as the wedding party struts into the room and makes their way to the head table. There is another shift in music and you know the big moment has arrived to emerge into the room and make your appearance as a newlywed couple. The DJ/MC announces both you and your spouse to the crowd with a giant voice. You enter the door and your reception is amazing! All of your loved ones applaud as you make your way to the head table to have a seat, or to the dance floor to display your coolest dance moves together.
You look around the reception area as you walk. The head table is back lit and fore lit with the closely matching the colors of your wedding, the cake is elegantly highlighted with downlighting from the DJ’s light rig, and the dance floor area shines with your pre-designed wedding logo. It’s so perfect it’s almost magical! Who made this happen?
At MicDrop Productions, we are more than just DJ’s. Our team meticulously plans out the minor details with you before we even get to the big day. We want to partner with you to help you plan out every moment and make the celebration of your perfect day just as magical as your wedding ceremony.
You spend months planning out all the details of your wedding, so your reception party is where you should be able to relax and enjoy your new life as a couple. For that matter, you want to remember the special dances with just the right lighting so the photos capture the special time forever. Carefully planned full-room lighting can highlight and prepare areas for photos that you may not think of like the cake cutting photo, father daughter dance, mother son dance, the shoe game, garter and bouquet toss, all accomplished while adding a degree of sophistication and flare to your special day.
Nowadays, it seems that anyone with a Spotify account and a couple of speakers can say they're a DJ. But wouldn’t you want a crew that thinks through all the possible nuances of your wedding day, and offers you all the options you may not have thought about? Experience your favorite life soundtrack with a MicDrop DJ, and experience how MicDrop Productions can bring the boom to your room!
Founder, Nate Stults