Every wedding has special moments you could never anticipate beforehand. To catch these moments, we have microphones on all our main players throughout the entire day. It enables us to catch interactions that would otherwise. If a particular person is going to play an important role in the story for the day, we get them wired up. Since a lot of people have never been hooked up to a lapel mic before, here are a few explanations of how it works.
DO YOU MIC UP ALL YOUR BRIDES?
We mic up every bride unless she tells us she doesn’t want to, or she thinks it’s going to stick out. We definitely encourage all our brides to wear the microphone.
WILL THE MIC BE IN THE WAY?
The bride’s mic is very light and small. It is fastened to the dress with a white fabric adhesive tape that keeps it hidden. The most important thing for us when we mic up a bride is to make sure she is comfortable. They’re tiny, and sometimes at the end of the day we even have to track people down to get them back because they forget they are wearing them. Do remember to turn your mics in at the end of the day.
DO YOU HEAR EVERYTHING WE SAY ALL DAY?
The bride’s mic doesn’t come with a monitor. We need the bride’s mic to be especially small and lightweight. We can however, monitor the groom’s. The brides mic is just a recording device, whereas the groom’s is also set up for monitoring and receiving. For the groom, we have the transmitter on us all day. We are always listening, but we are not always necessarily recording. All we have to do is press a button to record. Because we can hear what people are saying, we can pop over with our cameras to capture important moments that add to the story. That’s how we get the sound for our most candid moments.
WHERE DOES THE MICROPHONE GO?
We have a velcro strap that you will wear that is similar to a garter belt. It has a little compartment where we slide the recorder and it has a cable that runs up inside of your dress where we attach the microphone. We’ll usually put it on when the bride steps into her dress and her bridesmaids come and help her tie the back up.
We always want to capture the best audio possible. Having good audio and dialog in a wedding video is really important to giving it a unique voice and story and making sure we do everything we can to make sure the day runs smoothly.