So, you're booking a DJ or a PA rental service for your wedding. You've sifted through dozens of DJs, dozens of rental packages, all offering dozens of choices for sound, lights, microphones, and musical offerings. You think you've got it worked out, and you're almost ready to book someone.
But one thing sticks out to you. Why do some DJs advocate for using wireless microphones over wired microphones, and vice versa? Why should you care?The answer is simple: Consistency.
Yes, wireless microphones offer more freedom and mobility during toasts and announcements, and if they are sufficiently powerful, can allow you to make speeches from anywhere on the event grounds. But they come with some significant risks. Namely, interference.
Here in Southern California, we live close to several military bases, all employing state of the art high-powered communications equipment and radar. All those electronics emit radio waves powerful enough to cause static and other interference to all small radio devices in an area. So if you have your wedding near San Diego, and opt for wireless microphones, there is a very real chance your vows may get swallowed up in white noise and distortion.
Wired microphones however, carry no such risk. Their cables are shielded against radio frequency interference, and because they are directly connected to the speakers, there's never any need to fumble for switches to try and change bands to salvage the sound. Wired mics work perfectly right out of the box, and they don't run the risk of technical malfunction. They are, in short, consistent and reliable. Their biggest drawback, is being limited to the length of the cable they're attached to.
Both types of microphones have their strengths and weaknesses. Knowing this, you can decide for yourself what will best suit you.