Is this thing on?
Not only is my next tip one that can help you, as the bride, but it also makes our life easier too! It's a win-win!
Here in the South, the majority of the toasts are done the day before the wedding at the rehearsal dinner. Not only do you need to hire a professional to capture those priceless moments, but please also ask you venue for a mic stand.
It will require your guests who are giving a toast to come up to the front of the room where everyone can see them. (And maybe even stand in the lighted part of the room.) For your videographer, this helps tremendously!! If you don't have a mic stand, people think that they can just stand up at their table and speak loud enough for people to see/hear them, while we are trying to get a camera focused on them from across the room.
We are also able to plug our audio recording devices into the mic so that we get crystal clear audio on that special toast when your "never cries EVER" dad, tells you and everyone how proud he is of you, and how he couldn't have asked for a better guy than your fiancé. Those are the priceless moments that we capture at the rehearsal dinner.
The video clip below starts with very compelling audio from the rehearsal dinner. We are so glad that they hired us to film it AND used a professional mic setup.