To mic or not to mic

Should you use a microphone for the speeches? I reckon if you have 100 people or more then yes, you should use a mic. Fewer than 100 peobably means that […]

Should you use a microphone for the speeches? I reckon if you have 100 people or more then yes, you should use a mic. Fewer than 100 peobably means that the room is small enough to be heard without one.

  • You’ll be able to be heard without shouting.
  • It’s a nice prop that can really help you if you’re nervous
  • You can have a mic attached to a lead, a rdio mic (no lead) or a lapel mic that attaches to your (you guessed it) lapel leaving you hands free.

The layout of your room/marquee is a really important factor here. If you have to run a mic lead from the band then you might find yourself miles away from those you are talking to or about. You’ll feel exposed and detached. I think you have to make your speech from your position at the table. You are within touching distance of the important people and can actually talk to them.

I would strongly recommend having a radio mic (one with no lead). Your band or DJ should be able to provide you with one.

If you have 100+ guests, don’t be tempted to think that you can get away without a mic. You’d be amazed how much sound gets sucked up by the 100+ people sat listening to you. This and any noise made by the guests or the kitchens etc will make your speech seem quieter and quieter. I’ve seen people trying it out in an empty marquee the day before and thinking it was fine. It never is.