How To: Best Microphone Setup for Wedding Toasts

One of the most difficult and important parts of a wedding to film are the toasts,  the time when a few special guests get to congratulate and wish the couple well. During this time, wedding filmmakers capture what will help create a compelling wedding film that the couple can enjoy in perpetuity.

As a wedding filmmaker, the toasts are the most important part of the film, and easily the most difficult to film and capture properly. The main issue with capturing toasts is keeping the subject (the person speaking) in one spot. Often, the person speaking wants to move around the room. This is difficult for the filmmaker because we cannot anticipate where the person will go, when or if they will stop, or if they will turn around.

To overcome these issues, I have developed a technique to capture the toasts that will keep the speaker in one place and prevent them from  holding the microphone too far away from their mouth while speaking.

Below are links to all the equipment I use to capture the audio for the toasts. Further down is a photo gallery that shows step by step how to set up the microphone, cables, and recorder for optimal sound.

One more tip: when setting the microphone stand, be sure not to set the microphone where the loud speakers are projecting sound. This will create feedback.

Sure Super 55 Microphone:

On Stage Rocker Lug Stand:

2x Mogami XLR 3 foot cables:

Whirlwind IMP 1×2 splitter:

Sony UWPD 16/14 Microphone Wireless System:

Microphone Cable Clips:

Zoom H4n Pro Field Recorder:

Using a Sure Super 55 microphone has many benefits. One, it is visually appealing. Second, the subject cannot remove the microphone from the stand during the speech. Third, the subject has to stand in one spot to speak and they have to maintain a minimum distance from the microphone to be heard. The reason I chose a stand that bends in the middle is because sometimes speakers like to hold a drink, printed speech, or smart device while they speak. The bend in the stand allows the subject room to hold any of those objects without hitting or touching the stand. The base of the stand is heavy, making the stand difficult to tip or knock over.

Remove fine adjustment nut from quick release bolt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

remove adjustment nut from quick release bolt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

microphone adjustment nut removed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tighten the quick release bolt into the Shure Super 55 microphone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shure Super 55 microphone on quick release mount

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XLR cable plugged into Shure Super 55 Microphone with out adjustment nut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secure the lose XLR cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secured mogami XLR cable on rocker lug mic stand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mogami XLR plugged into Sony wireless XLR transmitter (tx)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony wireless receiver xlr plugged into whirlwind 1×2 splitter input.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mogami XLR isolated output to Zoom H4n field recorder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate redundant XLR output to “Y” splitter to Zoom H4n

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct output to DJ/House mixer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XLR to available mixer input channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

If no XLR input is available, use a XLR to ¼ balanced adapter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XLR to ¼ adapter

 

 

 

 

 

 

XLR to ¼ adapter to ¼ channel mixer input
Born in Chicago and raised in Miami. I currently live in Jacksonville, FL where I own and operate Drawn In Media® a video production company.

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