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Live streaming your wedding day

Change is part of life. Getting comfortable with change and accepting what you can’t control will help to focus on what you can control. We don’t know what the rest of 2021 is going to bring, but you might have decided that when weddings can go ahead you are going for it no matter what. Live streaming your wedding day is a great option if you aren’t able to have the same amount of people present as you originally planned.

Using a live streaming platform gives you the opportunity to include everyone, and include guests who aren’t able to attend the day in person. I’ve put together a few live streaming options for you to have a look at, as well as some important considerations to maximise the opportunity.

A FEW TOOLS TO HELP YOU LIVE STREAM YOUR WEDDING

Google Hangouts
With Google Hangouts you are able to live stream to up to 10 devices. These devices can join a free hangout and videos are automatically streamed to YouTube where other permitted guests can watch too. The video is then saved to YouTube for you to keep and re watch.

Facebook Live
Most of us know how to use Facebook which makes it easy to use and easy to access. You can choose who can see your broadcast and watchers can react and comment live. Best thing of all? It’s free! You could also create a private group for all your guests to have virtual party.

Livestream 
Livestream is a free service and suitable for Android and iOS operating systems but is also super-popular with professionals using high quality cameras. This means your photographer or videographer might already know a thing or two and be able to set it up quickly. Videos can be saved to the cloud for 30 days for your to rewatch.

Making the most of live streaming your wedding

Ask someone to be in charge. Giving someone responsibility for over seeing the live streaming of your wedding is going to make the most of the opportunity. If it’s left to everyone then you risk no one helping, sadly this means that not everything will be captured for your guests at home. You could ask your Wedding Planner or on the Day Coordinator to help. If you don’t have one then try a trusted groomsmen or bridesmaid. Your photographer or videographer might also be able to help you with a solution or a member of staff at the venue.

Make the party virtual. If you really want to create a sense of community and party vibe even with those people at home then why not create a private facebook group to share moments from the day, you can live stream into the group, play music and also encourage group members to share funny photos and stories of you. It’s like an extended best man’s speech with multiple guests able to pitch in and share in the fun.

If you are opting for a DIY approach to live streaming then investing in a professional microphone that attaches to your phone might be a good consideration, especially if your ceremony is outside. This year especially we have all been on virtual calls that are full of background noise and impossible to hear the person speaking. Don’t let you guests miss a single word of your ceremony! Something like this could help.

Choosing the right location for your camera set up is going to be important. Think about a good location prior to the wedding date and make arrangements with the person you’ve asked to be in charge ahead of time. You want to make sure you have a good view and good sound to you and your partner but you don’t want to obstruct the guests in the rooms view, or for the camera to be too far away to pick up the sound.

If you are looking to live stream your wedding or even make adjustments following any COVID-19 wedding guideline updates and need a help hand then please do reach out to me. Just book a free discovery call below or discover more about my services here.

Have a lovely week,

Emma x

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