If you’ve decided to downsize your wedding day to an intimate celebration, you don’t need to worry about telling some guests they aren’t invited anymore! You can still create a unique connection for them to be included in the celebration of your I dos through a virtual experience. As a wedding planner, I have learned that pivoting to a virtual format and learning how to livestream a wedding doesn’t have to completely throw your wedding plans out the window either! Here are 4 easy to implement steps in live-streaming your ceremony for a virtual wedding experience.
Based on your wedding needs and size there are two types of streaming services to compare when learning how to livestream a wedding. If you prefer to keep things simple and have a friend or family member that wants to be in charge of the tech stuff you can use a DIY service or app. But if you prefer to be hands-off and have your guests totally enjoy the experience, you can partner with a specialty service to stream the event and run interference for you.
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The effects of COVID-19 have sent many small businesses into a pivot with their services. Look for a photographer or videographer that includes virtual streaming in their packages or as an add-on. That way you will have someone on-site to run the tech bits so none of your guests will miss a moment.
Note* just like when you mail out Save the Dates or wedding invitations, remember you only need to be able to host the number of households (or devices) in your live streams, not for each individual.
You will want to check and see how your wifi holds up to livestream your wedding experience for your guests. You could do a virtual bridal shower, an engagement party, or even a pre-wedding dinner party. Take note of sound or visual issues, and experiment with muting all your guests to see how the experience changes.
It’s also a good idea to soundcheck the area you will be live streaming from. If you can, make sure to visit the ceremony site at the same time you plan to begin the event. That way you can see if there are any ambiant noises you should be aware of. Noisy dogs barking? Airplanes flying overhead? Trucks backing up into a warehouse? Brainstorm some options on how to mitigate these interruptions for your guests.
Give as much information as POSSIBLE! In fact, over-communicate if need be. Sending out detailed instructions on how to join the event virtually can be super helpful. You could even send out weekly/monthly email blasts with reminders and fun ideas to get them included. It’s important to remind your guests you are thinking of them!
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You can carve out time in your celebration to connect with your guests virtually in many ways. Like taking virtual photos, with or without your photographer. Or allowing guests that are watching virtually time to make toasts.
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Even if you aren’t experienced behind the lens of a camera, you can implement a couple of easy concepts to make sure that your guests have a great view.
Make sure that you, your partner, and the officiant are in the frame and won’t be blocking one another. Consider using the rule of thirds for an energetic camera angle.
Take note of the time of day and the sun location to position yourselves so you are not backlit. This tends to create harsh shadows so your guests cannot see you clearly.
Keep things stationary by using a small table or a tripod to set up your live streaming device. That way your guests always have a great view. If you choose to use multiple devices or cameras, keep in mind where each is placed. You may be able to see them in other camera angles.
I know there is so much more to creating a unique and connected virtual wedding experience, which is why this will be a 2 part series! That’s right – part 2 will focus on ways to incorporate your guests to throw the best virtual wedding party. If you’d like to make sure you never miss when a new blog post goes live, make sure to sign up for the Kindred Weddings and Events email club below!
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