Today I’m spilling the tea on my personal tips and tricks on how to mic couples for wedding films on the big day! When it comes to filming elopements and weddings, audio plays a HUGE role in storytelling in videos! Having crispy clear audio vs. static-y, poor quality will make or break the film!

Discuss How to Mic the Bride and Groom Beforehand!

Portrait of Oregon Elopements Filmmaker

Schedule a call with your couple before the big day and discuss how you plan on mic-ing them the day of. Some brides insist on being mic’ed, and other brides would prefer to not be mic’ed, so you’ll want to know this before the big day!

How to Mic Couples for Wedding Films: Prep Backups

Portrait of Oregon based wedding videographer, Alesia Films

I HIGHLY recommend you always have two recorders in case something goes wrong with the first audio recording. Nothing is more frustrating than listening to audio playback, and realizing the audio wasn’t recorded correctly!

How to Mic Couples for Wedding Films: The Groom

Portrait of Oregon based wedding & elopement videographer, Alesia Films

For the groom’s main audio, I’ll place the recorder inside of his jacket (there’s usually pockets inside!!) and place the mic on the front of his jacket. For the backup audio, I usually place a small and skinny recorder in the groom’s front jacket pocket or under his sleeve!

How to Mic Couples: The Bride

Portrait of destination elopement & wedding videographer

I personally don’t mic my brides unless they insist (which, again you’ll want to know during a call before the day!). And honestly, you can BARELY tell the difference when you just mic the groom!

But, just in case you need to mic your bride, here’s how to do it:

I take the main audio recorder and place it between a flesh-colored thigh strap and the bride’s garter. Then, I’ll run the mic (connected to the recorder) up the inside of the bride’s dress. Then, I’ll place a rycote sticky on the neckline of the dress and place the mic there!

To get a visual explanation of this, you can check out my reel below!

My Audio Kit for Elopement and Wedding Films

Tascam DR-10L as the main lav mic

I use this as the groom’s main mic and place it on the inside of the groom’s jacket!

Sony Recorder as the Backup Mic

I use this as the backup audio and will either place it in the groom’s front pocket or inside his jacket sleeve!

Rode VideoMicPro as an On-Camera Mic

I place this on my camera’s hotshoe and use it to get good scratch audio with all the footage.

Behind the scenes portrait of a couple with Oregon based elopement videographer, Alesia Films

Interested in ALL the camera and audio gear I use for filming wedding and elopement films? You can check out my video kit here. And if you’re interested in starting up your own videography business, I offer mentorship calls, which you can book here!

  1. […] In addition to my Rode mic, I typically will record some audio individually — whether that’s the ceremony, speeches at the reception, or when the couple exchanges their vows in private. You can check out how exactly I record my couples’ audio here. […]

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