You’ve been to celebrations that open with wonderfully familiar lines such as, “Dear friends and family, we are gathered here today to witness and celebrate this union!” or “Raise your glasses to a future just as enduring!”
But what happens if you attend an occasion where you can’t hear a thing from the officiant or attendants? You’re relegated to ask the person next to you, “What just happened?”
It’s as if you’ve been left out of the party.
We’ve all been guests at events where we miss, or nearly miss, the ceremony because of the lack of a proper audio system. Have you ever made a quick cocktail run or dashed out to the car, not knowing the event has begun? Not being informed can really break the perfect event experience.
Beyond has found that audio is one of the most commonly left out items in the event budget. There are many reasons for this oversight, but one of the biggest complaints they hear is that clients don’t want “ugly speakers on stands obstructing guests' views” or that “take away from the amazing floral and décor backdrop.” Clients also worry that an audio system, which may only be used for 30 minutes, will eat up budget that could be used for décor or more.
We’re here to explain that audio doesn’t break the bank. Should we place anything in here about white speakers?
The right sound for the event
It’s a common mistake to book the wrong audio system for the event. For example, have you ever been to a wedding where you can clearly hear the officiant but not the bride and groom? This is because the officiant has a microphone, but the others don’t, so you miss those meaningful vows. Or, even if everyone does have a microphone, often there is not enough amplification or speakers to share the sentiment with the audience.
With the right consulting, all of the scenarios we’ve mentioned are easy to correct — and they aren’t expensive fixes. Beyond recommends that you take time in your event planning process to talk with an audio provider.
Share your set-up, the schedule of events, and, most important, the location of your event (indoors versus outdoors). A professional and experienced company can provide recommendations that will guarantee that your celebration will be heard by all, and that your vision and design will still take center stage.
Learn more about Beyond’s audio solutions on the company website.