With so much changing in the wedding world for 2020, it seems that having at least some part of a virtual wedding day may become more and more important.
When we got married in 2012, we webcast our wedding so that Kate’s grandparents could be part of the day (they live in AZ) – sadly, the service we used is no longer in business, and those recordings are now gone (yet another reason to hire a videographer, that’s one thing we wish we would have done). It was a great way for friends far and near to be able to witness our ceremony and feel like they were still present.
As we move forward into the changes to weddings & events, we know that live streaming will be an important part of the wedding day, and we wanted to gather up some resources and tips to help you do it well.
10 Things you’ll need:
1. Someone to monitor the device. They should know how to turn it on, connect it to the wi-fi, activate the recording, etc.
6. A plan for where it should sit. Mid-aisle isn’t going to be the best idea if you have a photographer and/or videographer. A seat in the front row will be great.
7. Expectations that it’s not going to be the best recording and that, unless you’re mic’d, those watching on the live broadcast may not be able to hear you. This is why this isn’t a substitute for a videographer – you’ll still want to hire one to have a high quality recording of your ceremony, reception, and all of the parts of the day you’ll likely miss or forget about.
8. A group area where you can post the link or go live.
9. A fully charged, portable power bank and cord (use long velcro to attach it securely to the tripod).
10. A backup plan (recording it and posting it later) just in case.