Weddings are stressful. Leading up to and especially on the day of, everyone wants everything to go smoothly. However, as we all know, no matter how much planning and preparation is done beforehand there are still some things we have absolutely no control over. With the possibility of guests experiencing unforeseen circumstances, the world halting again or just life getting in the way, sometimes the people you care about the most cannot physically make it to the wedding.
In the past this would have been a major setback to the big day, but it doesn’t have to be. With technology being more advanced now, live streaming can be incorporated into your wedding, either as a backup plan or as an essential part of the day. That way, your loved ones can still celebrate your special day with you. Live streaming may sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are 6 easy steps to help you set up a live stream.
1. Pick when you want to live stream
The ceremony is the most intimate and special part of the wedding. This would most likely be the priority for a live stream and the part that your loved ones would want to experience the most. Of course, you can also include other parts of the day as well. Be as creative as you wish!
2. Pick where to live stream
If you want to keep things simple and intimate, you can film right upfront where you will be doing your vows. For more drama, you can have the video start at the back of the aisle and move forward with the bride. It’s all up to you.
3. Pick someone to live stream
Assign someone to be in charge of the live stream. They can also be the one to troubleshoot if there are any problems, leaving you to just enjoy the moment.
4. Pick the equipment
This can simply be done with a cell phone, a laptop, or a camera if you want something more sophisticated. The simpler the equipment the less stress. But if you have time and someone with the know-how, you can definitely set up something more robust. It all depends on what you want.
5. Pick a platform
Many social media platforms you are probably a part of have live streaming available for use. Pick the one you and your guests are most comfortable with (ie. Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp Video Call etc.).
6. Do a test run prior
Check the internet, make sure there are no loud noises in the background, and do a quick test beforehand to make sure everything is charged and working.
With even the most simple setup, no matter what hiccup may occur, you will still be able to share one of the most beautiful moments of your life.