So, the two of you have decided that you are not going to postpone your wedding, that’s all good, but if you would still like your loved ones to be part of your nuptials, live streaming is a great option. Fabulously, live streaming allows you to share the intimate and memorable moments of your wedding with friends and family who are unable to attend your event. Streaming key elements of your wedding is a wonderful way to include loved ones who are unavailable to be there, like guests living abroad, loved ones who are unwell, or guests who are unable to travel.
Live streaming is becoming increasingly popular, so let’s run through how to do it well so that your virtual guests aren’t left wondering why they can only see the floor or the ceiling!
The costs of live streaming a wedding vary—you can choose a DIY option, nominate a dependable guest to coordinate, or hire a professional.
Using a phone has its drawbacks for example if you want to get some close up shots of the ceremony, you may get beautiful imagining, but the sound may be at the back of the ceremony area, and your guests won’t be able to hear anything!
COMMON LIVE STREAMING PLATFORMS
• Facebook streaming is free for any number of participants, and you can show off your event for eight hours after you press ‘start live video’.
• If you and your guests use iPhones/iPads, then Apple FaceTime is also free and allows up to 32 people to join in.
• YouTube Live is free for unlimited viewers and you can stream in a single video for up to 12 hours. We love this option if you want to be able to re-watch your live stream (again and again) as YouTube will automatically save your wedding live stream. The drawback here is to live stream on mobile, your channel will need to have at least 1,000 subscribers. Note that this eligibility threshold does not apply to other live streaming tools. Creators who have less than 1,000 subscribers can still live stream through a computer and webcam.
• If you have a free Zoom account, you can broadcast on a private cloud for 40 minutes for up to 100 participants.
• Google Hangouts recently had a makeover and is now known as Google Meet. It’s another free tool and is easy for anyone with a Gmail account. As a standard,
Google Meet only lets 25 people join a video call but as of September 30, 2020, G Suite customers can have free access to advanced Google Meet video conference features, such as larger meetings (up to 250 participants), live streaming, and recording.
Test out your live stream ahead of the official ceremony by using an “only me” privacy setting—good to test camera and stream settings or signal strength.
FACEBOOK LIVESTREAM INSTRUCTIONS
Facebook’s Live function was launched in August of 2015 to broadcast live video streams to a Facebook user’s or friend’s list. Using Facebook’s livestream capabilities allows your guests to view the wedding and festivities from the comfort of their own home.
HOW TO: FACEBOOK LIVE VIA SMARTPHONE OR TABLET
Follow this step-by-step guide to launching a live video from your mobile device:
Open the Facebook app
Tap the camera icon to the left of your search bar
Approve Facebook’s access request to your camera and microphone
Choose the “Live” prompt on your screen
Choose your privacy and posting settings
Write a description for your stream
Tag pages, co-hosts, add a location tag, or add an activity—similar to how you would in a regular Facebook status update
Set your camera’s orientation—for mobile users, this will be landscape or portrait.
98% of Facebook users access their account through mobile – making “portrait mode” an excellent choice
Tap the blue “Start Live Video” button to start streaming
Click “Finish” to end the broadcast
HOW TO: FACEBOOK LIVE VIA LAPTOP
Open Facebook and log in. Then click the status bar, similar to how you would if you were writing a status
Select the “see more” function—from there, select “live video”.
Once in the “Live Producer”, allow access to camera and microphone
Choose your privacy and posting settings.
Write a post text description for your stream.
Tag pages, co-hosts, add a location tag, or add an activity
Tap the blue “Go Live” button to start streaming.
Click “Finish” to end the broadcast.