How to Live Stream your Wedding
Live streaming your wedding gives you the option to save money, expand your guest list and have a fall-back option in case VIPs can’t make it.
And, it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Today, we’re letting you in on a few secrets of how a live stream wedding works, what to include and how to ensure you have the best possible experience.
Who can live stream their wedding?
Anyone! As long as you have some sort of device with a camera (smartphones, tablets, etc.) that can connect to wifi or cellular, you can stream your wedding.
What equipment do I need to live stream a wedding?
The only piece of equipment that is vital to live streaming your wedding is a device with a camera that connects to the internet (your phone, a tablet or a laptop). Keep in mind that not all devices are created equal. You will find the best cameras on smartphones, a pretty good camera on an iPad or other tablet, and a not-so-great camera on a laptop (which I’m sure everyone working from home is grateful that Zoom meetings aren’t in 1080p).
That said, which are the best phones for live streaming weddings? The general rule is the newer, the better. Samsung Galaxies, iPhones and Google Pixels that are less than a few years old typically have no issues as long as they are on the latest operating software.
Other equipment for live streaming your wedding.
In addition to a streaming device, we highly recommend two other pieces of equipment. First, a sturdy tripod for every device you’ll be using.
Secondly, a broadcast-quality microphone. You want a wireless microphone that feeds directly into the streaming device so your at-home guests can hear everything crystal-clear.
We recommend not using a Bluetooth microphone. Bluetooth connections can be weak and open up the door for other devices to connect.
Both a microphone and a tripod will significantly increase the quality of your wedding live stream.
Best of all, with our wedding live streaming service, you only need one microphone to capture the important audio during your ceremony. If using multiple cameras, the producer in charge of your wedding can take video from one device while taking audio from another. Think of it like a live TV production. The cameras switch angles, but the audio comes from a microphone.
What camera angle(s) should I use?
With a single camera package, the most common setup is as follows:
- The camera starts facing the back of the aisle so at-home viewers can watch the processional. Once the couple is situated at the front, someone you appoint will turn the camera to face the couple.
- The camera is placed close to the couple, either in the middle of the aisle or slightly off-center, so that we can see both partners. Check out this gorgeous still from one of our favorite weddings, Marvin & Tamika. Notice how the camera is placed just slightly to the right of the couple, we so get a great view of Tamika’s dress while still being able to see Marvin’s face.
For a multi-camera set up, which is available with our Plus and Premium packages, you have a few more options on how to set up angles. Typically, we see one of three set ups.
1. One “wide” camera situated behind the in-person guests that give at-home viewers a wide-angle view of the event (represented in blue below). Two cameras close to the couple, slightly angled so the producer can alternate between them, allowing viewers to see both partners’ faces (seen in yellow and pink).
2. Similar to the first option, this includes one wide-angle (blue), one close-up angle that shows both partners (pink), and a third camera situated on a third element that will be in use during part of the wedding, such as a unity candle or a podium where speakers will stand (yellow).
3. Finally, the third most common setup we see is one wide-angle (blue), one close angle (pink), and a final camera placed behind the officiant (yellow). This gives at-home guests a view of the in-person audience, as well as another view of the couple.
What do I do on wedding day?
Before your wedding, select a trusted friend to handle your live stream on the day of the event. We typically recommend the plus-one of someone in the wedding party. They will be on-site most of the day, they will likely have access to the wedding suite where they can charge devices and, most likely, they are looking for something to pass the time while the wedding party takes photos and gets ready.
If using the equipment previously discussed in this article, then the day-of contact will set up each device on a tripod and ensure the angles look good. They will also connect the microphone and make sure the officiant or whoever is wearing the microphone knows where to find it.
For Mslive clients using our multi-camera packages, your dedicated producer will be on the phone with your day-of contact up to an hour before the wedding helping them to set up and test audio and video of each device.
Know your internet speed.
Internet speed is the single biggest determining factor in the quality of your live stream. We recommend testing your speed on both wifi and cellular to ensure you know which option will be best for streaming. If possible, try to test your speed at your venue using the same devices you plan to live stream your wedding with.
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