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.
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.