Stream Your Wedding Live: Everything You Need to Know
Can you imagine having all your family and friends on your wedding day?
Now.. can you imagine doing that without increasing your budget?
What about including the ones who live far away from you and can’t make the trip?
Live streaming your wedding will give you the opportunity to do exactly that.
It will allow you to capture the event, share it with the ones you love, and be able to watch it over and over again.
Today, I’ll teach you how to live stream a wedding for family and friends anywhere in the world. No more worrying about delays or bad video quality.
Why do couples live stream their wedding day?
I know I wish I had more photos and videos of the weddings I attended as a guest. And I will definitely want more photos and videos of my own wedding when the day comes. Wouldn’t you?
In no way live streaming will be able to replace a skilled videographer who produces a cinematic film but in many ways, it will allow you to experience your wedding day again, and it will give your family and friends the chance to join, no matter where they are.
What equipment do you need for live streaming a wedding?
You’d be surprised. Live streaming these days is much easier than it looks, and definitely much easier than us, photo and video professionals make it look.
This is all you need to live stream your wedding:
- Smartphone: The newer the better, but any phone will do. If you have one of the latest iPhones the quality comes really close to a professional camera, for live streaming purposes.
- Microphone: You will need one if you’re away from the action, outdoors, or in a location without a sound system. A small mic will help you get better audio for your viewers, but in many situations, it’s not necessary. When you download the Mslive app you can run a test and see if you’ll need a mic or not.
- Tripod or light stand with a smartphone holder. A cheap light stand will do, and you can get any smartphone mount.
- Internet connection: WiFi or 4G / LTE
Now that you know what you need, I’ll help you set up your device.
The first thing you need to know is that the live stream needs to be recorded in landscape mode. Mslive’s app will force you to turn your phone horizontally to guarantee a great experience for your virtual guests.
You can put your phone down for a minute and connect the smartphone mount to your tripod or light stand. It is as simple as rotating the plastic mount into the metal thread of the tripod.
Place your phone in it, and you’re good to go.
It should look something like this:
If you’d rather designate a family member to hold the phone with a microphone instead of placing a tripod, your configuration can be as simple as this one:
In this case, Julia, our head of support at Mslive, is holding an iPhone 11 Pro with a Saramonic microphone.
I’d still suggest that you use a tripod because it can be a much more enjoyable experience for the viewers. Not everyone can handheld a device for a complete ceremony without shaking, moving, or getting distracted.
Things to keep in mind when placing the tripod to live stream your wedding ceremony:
- The closer to the action or speakers, the better the audio will be
- Place the tripod on a spot where it doesn’t bother the professional photographer/videographer
- Point the phone at the wedding processional first, and then to the bride and groom when the ceremony begins
- The closer to the wifi source, the better
This last tip brings us to the most important requirement to live stream your wedding day: the Internet.
What internet connection do you need to live stream a wedding?
Have you heard that the simplest solution is almost always the best? It is definitely the case here.
If you have access to reliable wifi where the ceremony is being held, then that’s the best way to go. In case the wifi connection is unstable, or many people are connected to it, then using a data plan would be best.
The easiest way to find out if wifi will work for you is to run a test. Mslive’s app allows you to run as many tests as you need, for free. For other platforms, you might need to actually perform a live stream and verify how it works as you are live.
Please note that the quality of your wifi connection will depend on how many people are using it, your distance to the router, and the walls in between. The best way to verify your connection is to test it right where the ceremony will take place, and not anywhere else. Also consider that if you’re planning an outdoor wedding, verifying the wifi signal at the exact location is the only way to guarantee that it will work.
It’s always wise to have a data plan that doesn’t limit your speed as a backup to prevent any problems.
To live stream a wedding, the ideal upload speed should be 3mbps or higher, but a little lower than that could work too.
How do you find out your upload speed? You can run a free internet test in less than 30 seconds using any of these options:
Assuming your upload speed is higher than 3mbps, you should be good to go live.
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