We were recently talking to a bride, and while discussing her ideas for the ceremony, she suddenly asked me, “do you do a ‘voice-over’ during the service?”
I had to think about the question for a split second, and I asked her what she meant by voice-over. It turns out, what she was referring to wasn’t actually having a narrator discussing the ceremony, as you may hear during a “Director’s Cut” of a film (although fun to do). She was trying to convey the idea that we capture audio in such a way so that the viewer can clearly hear what’s happening near the bride, groom and officiant.
Ah, I see! No problem, I told my questioning bride! We take great care in capturing the best possible sound using various cool methods based on the situation. We have a number of tools at our disposal that we deploy to get the job done. These range from wireless transmitter sets tucked in the groom and officiant’s jacket pockets, to tiny recorders hidden on podiums, to self-contained audio units capturing sound from the DJ’s audio system.
The idea is to get as close to the action as possible with the microphones. Otherwise, the production will suffer with failed audio. To illustrate, we’ve put together a handy side-by-side sample of poor audio versus deluxe audio captured at a recent wedding at the Diamond Bar Center.
You’ll first hear audio that just doesn’t cut it. It’s noisy, distant, and you can’t even hear the groom’s vows. This is the type of sound that sometimes plagues lesser-quality productions.
Next, through the magic of professional audio techniques, you’ll be treated to sweet audio, captured right on the spot. You’ll breath a sigh of relief as you hear the groom clearly responding in the affirmative to the officiant’s questions. Enjoy!