Being heard can be the most difficult thing when it comes to weddings and the busy nature of it. Weddings are meant to be a joyous occasion, shouting to get heard is one of the worst possible things one can do to get attention!
From tradition, there’s always the ‘tap on the glass’ option which can raise the gaze of the audience with the quiet chitter chatter, however this is almost impossible in our asian weddings.
Why? The nature of our weddings are completely different. As we all know, asian weddings tend to have a huge turnout, sometimes even unexpected. And being able to control guests can most certainly be a very difficult task.
In recent times, the mic has been introduced. From speeches to songs, when the mic is at hand, the creativity blossoms! This is where it actually goes downhill. From a personal point a mic is seen as an arch enemy of such a joyous occasian, or more simply put; a wet blanket.
When a spoken enthusiast is honoured with the device which brings power to their voice, a stream of words easily flow. A small percentage would be prepared, or have prior knowledge that the device will be available and the spotlight will be theirs. The others will freestyle. And those ‘others’ are the ones to look out for, those ‘others’ cause that ‘wet blanket’ feel to an otherwise perfect wedding.
From holding the mic too far or even too close, the screeching feedback, those squeaky voices as well as the boring jokes which create those tumbleweed moments. The list is endless.
Yes, a mic should be made welcome where a wedding is well organised, where speeches have been prepared, where one is easily recognised for their quality vocal chords or even to broadcast a prayer, but a balance needs to be found.
It is best advised that a mic is handled by only a few loved ones. The brave, the calm, the confident. Otherwise, source the power supply, unplug, breathe and relax.
…a decision worth making.
by Emdad Haque