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Top 3 Ways to Livestream Your Wedding in 2020

A wedding guest records a wedding ceremony with a video camera and cell phone.

In the time of the novel coronavirus, couples all over the world are adapting their wedding plans to be socially responsible and safe for all of their guests. Thankfully, a strong internet connection is available to a great majority, and we can use this technology to celebrate together and livestream your wedding celebration! Here’s how:

For the Moderately Tech Savvy:
How to livestream your wedding on Zoom

Zoom has enjoyed breakout success in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic and it’s a great choice for streaming your wedding (although you should be aware of certain security issues facing the platform). Participants to Zoom meetings do not have to have a Zoom account.

The biggest benefit to choosing Zoom as your livestream wedding service is that you will be able to see the faces of your virtual guests and talk to them chat-room style. You can even take a group photo to commemorate your wedding guests!

Here’s what you need to know about Zoom’s subscription levels:

Free level membership:

  • Up to 100 users per meeting
  • 40 min duration only

Pro level membership:

  • up to 100 users per meeting, with the option to buy an extra 900 user slots for $100 for a one-time “Large Meeting.”
  • Comes with the ability to record up to 1 gb.
  • 24 hr duration of meetings

Business level membership:

* includes up to 300 users per meeting, and also has the option to buy the total 1000 users for a large meeting for around the same price.

  • Comes with the ability to record up to 1 gb.
  • 24 hr duration of meetings

Conclusion: The Pro Level is best for most weddings.

How to set up your Zoom Account

Zoom has recommended paid levels of memberships to any guests who need to dial in by phone. While dial in service is normally supported at the free level, they have had to prioritize paid accounts due to the increased usage that came with COVID-19.

How to do it:

  • Step 1: Create a Zoom account. You’ll need an email address, or you can sign in with Facebook or Google.
  • Step 2: From the Zoom home screen (zoom.us) click “My Account” on the right hand side of the screen, and then “Schedule a Meeting” which will also be on the right hand side of the page.
    It’s a good idea to schedule a test run with any guests or family members who might need a bit of help with technology. During your test run, stand where you will be during your ceremony and speak at a normal volume. Ask your guests if they can hear you. If not, you might need to purchase a microphone before the big day.
  • Step 3: Follow the simple steps to set up your meeting. I recommend selecting “Record the meeting automatically on the local computer” to test your ability to record your ceremony later.

Remember to make sure to mute all participants so you don’t get loud feedback loops!

That’s it! Pretty simple, huh?

For the Pro:
How to livestream and record your wedding in HD with Facebook

Facebook is a great choice for a wedding livestream because almost everyone is familiar with the platform already, and it’s easy to re-watch your service! Facebook also does not have a limit on how many people can join your group.

If you are not technically inclined, hire a local videographer to handle the details for you.  You will need professional equipment for this method. A professional is always worth it when you have once chance to get it right.

Here’s the basics of to set up a professional livestream:

  • Created a private Facebook Group and invite guests.
  • Set up a video camera with SDI out feed
  • Attach a lavalier microphone to the officiant. This feeds into a mixer along with the camera’s audio from a second, shotgun style microphone.
  • All of these signals are encoded with a Teradek Vidiu Pro – which streams over WIFI via a subscription Sharelink service- (or you can choose to use a wired connection depending on your ceremony location).

Here’s a fantastic video tutorial on using the Teradek Vidiu Pro to stream to Facebook.

For the average user:

If you don’t want to deal with new platforms and fancy tech, the best way to stream your wedding great a private Facebook group and “go live” in the group from your phone, tablet, or computer, or even DSLR (with an HDMI converter that runs between $200-$300).

Here’s a great tutorial on hooking up your DSLR to Facebook/Zoom.

It’s still a good idea to do test runs to check the audio, and your guests will need to have a Facebook account to join.

If you plan to say your vows without a wifi connection at all, such as for elopements in the great outdoors, hire a pro videographer to capture your ceremony from a socially responsible distance. Their professional touch will make your friends and family feel like they were right there with you.

Check out this post on ways to include your family in your elopement reception.

May 6, 2020

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