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
Rex was born in Chicago and grew up in Miami. He graduated from a small Military Academy in SC where he learned leadership skills, integrity, made life-long friends and even earned a private pilots license. After high school, he graduated from Jacksonville University, earning his degree in Music Composition with a concentration in Music Theory. After an 8 year career in public education, he decided to pursue his dream of filmmaking with the loving support of his wife. Since 2010, Rex and his wife, Jessie, have owned and operated Drawn In Media, filming weddings, live events, producing commercials, and collaborating with other studios to produce visual media.

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