Photography: Carrie Wildes
Live streaming your wedding is a great way to connect with friends and family who aren’t able to physically attend. With demands on people’s time sometimes making a physical appearance challenging, you are still able to have all of your loved ones with you on your special day through the use of webcasting. Some great platforms that couples have utilized during the pandemic (as well as life in general) are Zoom, Skype, and Facebook. Though in theory using these social media platforms seem simple and easy, there are some hurdles to consider if you and your significant other decide to go this route.
Make sure your venue has a STRONG internet connection (we’re talking speeds that are faster than Paul Walker was in Tokyo Drift). If the wifi is poor, there is likely to be a lot of lag time which will prevent the virtual attendees from seeing things happen in real time. Bad connection can also create a glitchy stream and there may be a chance that the video itself will be lost completely.
Assign Someone in Charge
The last thing that you want to be thinking about on your big day is who is going to press the “live” button right before the ceremony starts. Having someone you trust in charge of stabilizing the device, pressing record, and making sure that there is an audio connection will prevent the headaches of trying to figure out the logistics day of.
Test Everything Out
We highly encourage couples to test out their live stream prior to their wedding day. Doing so will make you aware of any additional materials you made need to invest in to make the most successful video possible (i.e. tripod, microphone, etc.).
Charge Your Devices
Make sure that whatever device you plan to stream your wedding on is fully charged! These videos can use up a lot of its energy source and even if you only intend on having a 30 minute video the battery life can go quickly!
While the demand for live stream platforms continues to increase we hope these tips are helpful in creating the most successful video production. With everything being said, our biggest advice is to keep things simple and don’t forget to say cheese!