How To Mic A Bride At A Wedding ๐Ÿ‘ฐ (EASIER THAN YOU THINK!)

How To Mic A Bride At A Wedding ๐Ÿ‘ฐ (EASIER THAN YOU THINK!)

– Hey guys, my name is Matt Johnson. And today I'm going to be showing you, with real world examples
from a real wedding, how I mic the bride, and record crispy audio of her saying her vows during
the wedding ceremony. And your audio is gonna go from this, if you have the groom mic'ed, – I'm proud of who you are, and I'm proud to stand with you today, as I pledge my life and
give my heart to you. – To this, with the bride mic'ed. – I'm proud of who you are, and I'm proud to stand with you today, as I pledge my life and
give my heart to you. – Now you're probably thinking, Matt, mic'ing the bride is intimidating. And up until earlier this year, I would've agreed with you. Mic'ing a groom is easy. I have yet to find a groom I couldn't mic. They usually have a suit
on with pants and a jacket, and so you can easily clip
a recorder under their belt, or under their pants or jacket pocket. They're all the same, it's easy. Brides on the other hand, are usually wearing a wedding dress. And every wedding dress is different. You have ball gown, you have a-line, you have sheath, you have mermaid, you have backless, strapless. Okay, I'm just reading those off of a list that my wife told me about. I don't actually know a
ton about wedding dresses. The point is, that hiding the mic on a bride's dress can appear to be far more complicated than clipping the mic
onto a groom's jacket, or so I used to believe. This is the Tascam DR 10-L
audio recorder in white. And this is my go-to recorder for recording the bride
on the wedding day. Two things that you need to know before I go into detail
about how to use this. First, I have a full review of the DR 10-L up on my YouTube channel, and I will inch it up on the corner, and down in the description if you want to know why
this thing is so awesome. Second, I learned about
this bride mic'ing technique from Sarah and Rick
Pendergraft of Pen Weddings. And they are incredibly talented, and they mic all their brides, and they have a YouTube channel. So, I will link to that down
in the description as well. Alright, let's dive
into mic'ing the bride. And you are going to need
three things to do this. First, you're going to need
the Tascam DR 10-L in white. Second, you're going to need
a set of Rycote Stickies, so you can attach the lav
mic to the bride's dress. And third, you're going to need a Neopax wireless microphone thigh strap. I will link to all three of these things down in the description of this video. Armed with these three items, I recommend that whenever you first show up on the wedding day, that you ask the bride
if you can see her dress, so that way you can get an
idea of what it looks like, and you can tell where on the dress you should put your lav mic. You also get extra points if you ask the bride to send
you pictures of her dress ahead of time so you can see how easy it is to mic. This wedding that I'm showing you is the wedding of Kaylie and Doug. Now, Kaylie's dress was beautiful, but it was a bit more
challenging than some. The front of her dress above the waist was made of a sheer material. So, we were a bit concerned with the microphone chord being visible. You'll see how we worked
around this in just a second. We started by placing a
Rycote Sticky on the lav mic, and then dropping the entire lav mic and recorder down her dress. Please note, it is
always easier to do this before the bride has
started to put the dress on, and this is how we always do things. It is also not necessary to have the Tascam DR 10-L
connected at this time, like I'm showing here in the b-roll. Just use the lav mic. Rachel then stuck the
lav mic with a sticky into nearly the middle of where Kaylie's cleavage was going to be. Because the front was sheer, she actually attached it to the lining of the built-in bra, which kept it hidden. She then took another sticky and used it to route the lav mic to a portion of the front of the dress that was less translucent. So the mic chord wasn't visible. Do keep in mind that every
wedding dress is unique. So, every wedding that you mic the bride, it's going to look a little different. But, every time that you mic the bride, I do recommend that you
try to put the lav mic up as close as possible to her
face to record audio clearly. I would also recommend that you try to find a balance
between hiding the microphone and keeping it unobstructed
from the dress, so that way you do not
deal with clothing rustle. At this point, the lav
mic is stuck to the dress, and the disconnected chord
should be hanging out the bottom. The bride can put on her dress this way, and there shouldn't be any problems. But how do we mount the
DR 10-L audio recorder to the bride? Well, this is where the
Neopax thigh belt comes in. This thing is made of
really sturdy Velcro, and it has a nice pouch here
that is the perfect size from a Tascam DR 10-L. Right before the bride is
ready to put on her dress, have her put on the thigh belt. It's basically the same thing as a garter, and most brides know how to use those. So, you shouldn't have any issues. Next, the bride will put on her dress, just like she normally would. And then the bride can hike up her skirt, or in this case, Rachel
went up under the dress, turned the recorder on, and reattached the DR
10-L to the lav mic chord. With that we knew we were gonna be getting great sounding audio
from Kaylie's first look and her wedding ceremony. Here's some audio from Kaylie's microphone as well as from some other weddings where we have mic'ed the bride. – I will spend the rest of my life living up to the challenge of
being the wife you deserve, and it's a challenge
I'm so honored to take. I will spend the rest of my life living up to the challenge of
being the wife you deserve, and it's a challenge
I'm so honored to take. – I also promise to never let you forget that I scored 10 points higher on the SAT. (laughter) I also promise to never let you forget that I scored 10 points higher on the SAT. (laughter) – Our adventure is the one that I want to pour my
heart and soul into, because I can't imagine anything or anyone more worthy of committing
the rest of my life to. Our adventure is the one that I want to pour my
heart and soul into, because I can't imagine anything or anyone more worthy of committing
the rest of my life to. – Once the wedding ceremony is done, we really don't need to record any more audio from the bride. Usually, there's a point between the ceremony and the reception, where the bride's dress is bustled, so she can dance more
easily with the groom, and that is the point when we usually take off her microphone. The bride can do this herself very easily. Just have her undo the sticky attaching the lav mic to her dress, then pull up her dress to the thigh strap, under the Velcro of the thigh strap, pull down, and the entire microphone should
be removed from the dress. Lastly, here are a couple
more recommendations to you to make sure that mic'ing
the bride goes smoothly. First, I recommend that you
tell the bride ahead of time that you want to mic her. It is not gonna go well
if you just show up on the wedding day and say, "Hey, I'm gonna put
this microphone on you. "I've got this thigh strap!" That can be intimidating and awkward. Always make sure that you tell her how the thigh belt works, and how you're gonna attach
the microphone to her, and tell her how much better
her audio is going to sound because of this microphone. My second recommendation
is that I know that there are a lot of male-only
videographer teams out there, and up until Rachel
started shooting with me, I shot a lot more often
with a male second shooter, than a female. Because of this, it can sometimes be
awkward for both parties, because whenever you put
the microphone on the bride, you have to go up underneath her dress. So, if you do not have a female
videographer on your team, this is what I would
recommend that you do. First, I would attach the lav
mic to the dress with a sticky but unlike how me and Rachel do it, I would leave the recorder
connected to the lav mic and have it already recording. Then I would show the
bride the thigh belt, how to put it on, and how easy it is to DR 10-L into it. Whenever the bride is
putting on her dress, she should be able to
easily do this herself, or have one of her
bridesmaids help her do it. And that way, you are
guaranteed to get good audio, but you did not actually
have to make things awkward and have to go up under the dress to set up the recorder yourself. With that, thank you so much for watching. I really hope this video
was able to help you out. I do feel like there are
some of you that are asking, "Matt, do I need to mic the bride though?" Well, to be clear, I shot weddings for nearly eight years and never mic'ed the bride, and things were usually fine. But there still are some
situations that you'll run into, where the bride and groom are not standing super close to each other
during the wedding ceremony, or it's a really windy ceremony, and just mic'ing the
groom and the officiant will sometimes not result in the best quality audio of the bride. So, I find that by mic'ing the bride, that is just another step
in quality that I can take. And with this set up, it
is not difficult to do. I hope this video has
made mic'ing the bride less intimidating to you. As always, if you have
any questions or comments, please feel free to leave one below, or get in touch with
me through my website. It is also a massive help
to me if you would consider liking this video, giving it a thumbs up, and subscribing if you
wanna see more videos like this in the future. There are also a ton of
links down in the description to all of the gear that
I talked about today. As well as to my Instagram, and my Facebook, and to Matt's Music List, my new subscription service to help wedding film makers find music. Thank you so much for watching, and have a great day. – There's so many layers! – I know! (laughter)
– I can't see anything! – Mic'ing the bride, complete!

43 thoughts on “How To Mic A Bride At A Wedding ๐Ÿ‘ฐ (EASIER THAN YOU THINK!)

  • ๐Ÿ˜ Think you'll start mic-ing the bride for your wedding films?

    Here's all you'll need to do it: Tascam DR-10L in white:

    Neopax Thigh Belt (buy the Thigh Belt, Standard Size, White):

    Rycote Stickies:
    Memory Card for the Recorder:

    Batteries for the Recorder:

  • This is really cool, although I'd probably only do this if I had an assistant and it was a windy setting, or a same sex wedding, or there was a ton of extra time. Most of typical weddings always seems to be at least somewhat of a rush to get to the ceremony, so spending the extra time to mic the bride, especially if you have zero help, could potentially get a bit messy. Not to mention not having a woman assistant with you to help ease the awkwardness of it. This would definitely be amazing though if you knew you had the time, help, information, and approval/enthusiasm from the bride.

  • I noticed that the mic quality still sounded pretty good from the groom's mic. what did you use on him? could be one mic on the groom may be a viable option for a small, budget based wedding.

  • Do you have any experience with tascams handy recorders like the dr-05? I am hopefully going to be filming my first wedding in the summer (free) and so am operating on a very limited budget but still want to do a good job. I'm trying to decide whether it would be best to use tascams handy recorders and cheaper lav mic's for the bride and groom or a single dr-10l for around the same price. What would you recommend?

  • random question Matt, do you think I can use the rode mic smartlav+ the same way when it comes to placing it on the subject? I have a windscreen on the smartlav I need to replace but I just ordered 100 of the Rycote Stickies. Could I take the windscreen off of the smartlav + and put a Rycote Stickie on it inside the jacket pocket instead?

  • What size memory cards do you use for this to allow the recorder to record from the moment itโ€™s put on until the end of the ceremony? How to ensure there is no wind noise? Do you keep the mic on the inside of their clothing? Ever use a tiny dead cat? So many questions! Your videos are fantastic.

  • when micing the bride and groom, are you using a dual channel lav set or does your camera allow for 2 different mics to be connected?

  • Hey Matt, I've made some bad expiriences with those rycote stickies. I can really recommend "Joe's Sticky Stuff" especially in the summer and when you stick directly on skin. It is amazing stuff and really lasts longer than the rycote ones. What do you think?

  • on their big day the last thing I would ever do is even suggest this to a bride, she will not care if the audio is slightly less quality (or even notice) it's not a movie set, it's a wedding

  • Might have been answered before…. but how do you know the Tascam is recording, is it something you have to just hope its recording and walk away until done with the wedding? Sorry newbie here! Thks in advance

  • Hey Matt! Thanks for the tip!
    (All male shooters)
    How would I test the gain for the recorder and the audio level with this set up??? thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Less intimidating?! Pretty sure the bride wouldn't want me going up and under her dress. Well, maybe she would, but I would get punched by the groom later…

  • Thanks for this video Matt! I knew how to mic up a bride but i didn't know many other tips you give in this video.
    A question.. When a male installs the microphone you leave it in rec for the whole time, when is a female when do you start recording?

  • I watched your BnH video were you talked about this I was looking for the video today and you popped up in my feed ๐Ÿ˜.

    Thanks so much

  • Thanks for the pro tips Matt! I just bought two white tascam DR 10Ls in white from B&H in hopes to mic the bride.

  • Excellent video. This is a very selfish comment, but can you post a supercut of just the bride vs. groom audio comparison? Would love to be able to send that to people.

  • Do you use the sound straight from the Tascam 10l or do you have to process it somehow? I have the tascam but it didn't sound too crispy when I used it. Is there something you do with the audio?

  • We've been micing the bride for a few years and once you've done it once you realize it's not a big deal at all. As a male videographer I've also never had a problem with attaching the recorder myself. When they sit down to put on their shoes I attach the recorder to their calf (not thigh) with medical tape (so they know its not been on anyone else's leg), hit record (since we have hours of record time anyway) and you're done! It's 100% worth it and it isn't creepy/intrusive if you explain what you're doing as you go along.

  • SORRY, I am going to be a sour puss but this is diminishing return at its finest. In 20 years I have never heard a bride say, after hearing the pristine audio from the groomโ€™s lav, I wish my voice was as clear as his. The bride is usually 2 to 3 feet away speaking directly at the groom and thus directly into your lav. The audio at :26 is certainly amazing but the before was not bad and the other 2 example are not that extraordinary. The audio at 4:23 vs: 4:27 is much clearer and the audio at 4:38 vs 4:31 is not marginally different. The audio at 4:23 and 4:31 need some audio tweaks for hiss removal and/or a mid-range adjustment, maybe, but I will take that over muffled audio any day. Perhaps a tut on audio clean up? I think most videographers or filmmakers take audio for granted and do not know how to edit it. What are the percentages of brides that actually allow this vs. others that find it awkward, intrusive and not necessary? I enjoy vidz but this is no needed, in my opinion. There are plenty of other ways to spend your time creatively on the wedding day. What is next, hiding shotguns in the floral arrangements?

    True story, 15 years ago I micโ€™d up the groom, minister, podium, ambient and mixed them all onsite to my own board and a digital recorder. I want to go smack that version of myself. I did that twice before I realized the client did not care nor did they appreciate the extra effort.
    PS: this was before churches had mega audio boards.

    Shooters look up to you and your advice, lead them in effective applicable practices. This particular method might be great on a very windy day or beach ceremony where you are worried about wind noise on the grooms lav but not for an everyday wedding.

  • What if bride or her frns accident press the record button while they were putting it on and then boom no audio…. ?? Has that ever happened?? (P.s let's say if audio was already on record before they put on the dress)

  • Matt, question for you how do you sync up audio in wedding videos? No clap boards, or hand claps to match up, just curious.

  • For a second I thought you knew dresses way better than I do! ๐Ÿ˜‚Adding this to my wish list of equipment!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I learned of the Tascam from you, Matt. Bought 3 of them. LOVE THEM! So, thank you for making videos. Even though my business fell through and I gave up on everything I still enjoy your videos. Might make more YouTube video myself. haha.

  • Great information, thanks for the video Matt! I looked into mic-ing brides when I first started shooting weddings about 4 years ago now. I bought a similar thigh strap, but I had my wife test it by walking around the house and it slid right off. Have you run into any issues like that? The fear of the mic falling down as she's walking down the aisle was enough reason for me to abandon the idea, but I may have to revisit it before next season. The results speak for themselves. Thanks again!

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