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What to know about Wedding Live Streaming

By How to . . ., Live Streaming

What to know about Wedding Live Streaming in 2024 & 2025

Wedding Live Streaming is still very much in the mix for 2024 and 2025 weddings. You never know when one of your relatives won’t be able to make the flight or attend due to a health condition. Having a live streaming option ready to go for your ceremony will ensure your piece of mind and allow the people who matter most to share in your special day.

Pixel Dust Weddings has helped many couples by live streaming their wedding ceremonies but fortunately, even if you don’t have a professional videographer at your wedding there are a DIY options.

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DIY Wedding Live Streaming Guide

Step 1: Choose a Platform

There are several platforms available for live streaming, such as Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Instagram Live, and Zoom. Choose the one that best suits your needs and is easy for your guests to access. Typically, YouTube live is the easiest for large numbers of guests. However, it requires you to turn on live streaming capability from your YouTube account which has a 24-48 auto approval window. If you have only a few guests missing Zoom is your best bet but keep in mind the free version only allows for 40 minutes.

 

Step 2: Test Your Internet Connection

This is the most important step. A stable internet connection is crucial for a smooth live stream. Test your venue’s Wi-Fi connection beforehand to ensure it’s strong enough. You can use any internet speed test but my favorite is Ookla. I just pull the website up on my phone and take 3-5 tests from around the ceremony area. You will need a minimum of 5MBPS Upload Speed. The download speed does not matter whatsoever but ensure you don’t get the two mixed up because the download speed will be 10-100X faster than the upload. If you are at a hotel make sure to ask for the “meeting” or “business” Wi-Fi. Sometimes hotels will put a hard limiter on their guest Wi-Fi, so 5 minutes into your stream it may shut you down.

Alternatively, if the venue does not have Wi-Fi, you can use your cell data plan. I recommend testing this the same way. If you plan to tether your unlimited data plan to a device be sure to read your data plan fine print. Some plans dramatically limit your upload speed when you are tethering vs streaming from your phone.

For reference here is wedding we Live Streamed out in a garden a good distance from the venue with a 5mbps upload speed. This is the absolute lowest upload speed and a healthy 10mbps will result in a far better stream.

Step 3: Select the Right Equipment for Streaming

Unless you have a friend with a nice video camera and a tripod, you will probably want to use your smartphone or laptop. When streaming with a laptop I recommend using the free program OBS to manage the stream. It’s a little complicated, so be sure to watch a 10 minute YouTube tutorial on it before you dive it.

Don’t forget about audio! If you have a DJ or MC who will be providing a microphone and speakers for your ceremony this will be much easier. I would recommend having your live streamer stand near one of the speakers. Yes, the angle won’t be ideal but hearing every word is far more important. Alternatively, you can purchase a Bluetooth Microphone system which will run you between $100-200. The most popular one right now is the Rode Wireless GO II but as long as you purchase a Bluetooth mic any will be fine. Once you have the mic, plug one end into your cell phone or laptop (you may need an adapter). Then plug the microphone part directly into you DJ or MC’s sound system (please give them a heads up before the wedding that you plan to do this) or you can clip the microphone directly onto your officiant.

 

Step 4: Let your Vendors know you will be Live Streaming

If you have a coordinator/planner, DJ/MC, and a photographer/videographer make sure they know beforehand that you will have someone live streaming your ceremony!

 

Step 5: Do a Trial Run

Before the big day, do a trial run to test the video and audio quality, and to ensure everything runs smoothly. This will help you identify and fix any potential issues in advance. If you can’t do a test before the wedding day make sure to do one on the day of.

 

Step 6: Inform Your Guests

Let your guests know in advance that you’ll be live streaming your wedding. Provide them with the date, time, and the platform link where they can watch the ceremony. On the wedding day if you are using Wi-Fi to stream insure the other guests do not have access to it until after the ceremony.

 

Step 7: Start Streaming

On your wedding day, start the live stream a few minutes before the ceremony begins to give your online guests time to join and for you to deal with any problems that may occur.

 

Step 8: Save and Share

Most platforms allow you to save your live stream video. This can be shared later with those who couldn’t attend or watch the live stream.

Is it worth it to Live Stream your wedding ceremony yourself?

If you made it through this guide and thought to yourself, that all sounds a little complicated. You wouldn’t be wrong. Live Streaming is difficult because there are so many scenarios that require a different approach and if you don’t take that approach it can blow up in your face at the worst possible moment. My advice is if it’s an easy situation then go for it. For example you are having your wedding somewhere you know the Wi-Fi is solid, there are good natural acoustics, communication from the venue is amazing, and you have a friend with a nice phone who is tech savey. If not then I recommend hiring a professional because honestly the stress on your wedding day is not worth it. Live Streaming can be added to any of our wedding videography packages. Check out our full pricing here: https://seattle-wedding-videographer.com/wedding-video-packages

Introducing Instagram Wedding Teaser Trailers

By How to . . ., Seattle Wedding Videographer

Films formatted for Instagram and Facebook with highlights from your big day!

Pixel Dust now offers these handcrafted short films on all packages of 8 hours or more.

Here’s a recent teaser film:

The Wedding Checklist for the Confused Groom

By How to . . ., Seattle Wedding Videographer

An article by Tara B. at Groovy Groomsmen Gifts

To the soon-to-be husbands out there who are relieved that the wedding proposal is finally over, here’s the catch: the fun’s just about to start – can you tell there’s a slight hint of sarcasm there somewhere?

Here comes the road to the happiest day of your life: the wedding planning. Of course, this road isn’t going to be a smooth one, especially for most grooms who are as clueless as their brides are born prepared. There’s no need for you to dump all the burden of planning to your bride-to-be. You can have your share of wedding tasks and totally ace each one of them!

Choose your entourage.

On your big day, you will need your best guys to be by your side. Once you have tasked someone to be your best man, start preparing for your groomsmen list. Just make sure that you do this at least six months before the wedding so they can make their own preparations as well.

Find the right clothes.

At least three months before your big day, decide on your get-up. Are you sticking to the traditional tux or go all-out on a tail and top hat ensemble? Don’t forget the smaller yet similarly important details, such as your tie, flower pin, cufflinks, shoes, and socks. You might want to coordinate with your bride on this to match your wedding’s theme.

Be a helping hand to your bride.

You may think that your bride’s got everything in control, but what she needs the most during this crucial time is your comfort and support. Don’t be a wallflower throughout the wedding preparations and do something productive even when she did not ask for it.

Help out your partner by suggesting a good photographer or videographer who can beautifully capture your precious moments on the day of the wedding. You can also offer to organize your honeymoon to take things off her hands. Your bride will thank you for it.

Be present — physically and emotionally.

Let your bride feel your presence throughout the wedding preparations. This will be a stressful time for her, and the best thing you can do is let her know that you are there to ease the stress, even if it means just giving her a random massage or a kiss on the cheek. Of course, be present — in mind and in spirit — on the wedding day itself.

Arrange your marriage license.

Before departing for your honeymoon, arrange for your wedding license. Have it signed and sent off to the courthouse. Save your bride all the hassle of paperwork.

Thank everyone.

The best day of your married life would not be possible without all the guests and the people who helped you make it possible. Don’t forget to show your gratitude to everyone who came and assisted you in any way they can. Buy gifts for your groomsmen. They’ll love a groomsmen group caricature or a customized flask with their names on it, that’s for sure!

Be a confused groom no more and know what to do. Most importantly, smile all throughout the wedding planning experience. The best is yet to come!

         

 

 

5 Tips to finding your Wedding Officiant

By How to . . ., Seattle Wedding Videographer

1. Figure out what type of ceremony you want
Prior to your first meeting with your potential officiant, you and your fiancé should make sure you’re on the same page about the mood and feel of your ceremony . Will it be traditional or modern? Religious or secular? How long would you like it to be? Share these thoughts with each candidate and then you can start narrowing down your search.

2. Set up a meeting
Whether it’s in person or via video chat, it’s critical that you actually have a one-on-one conversation with your potential officiant before hiring them. Do you like the sound of their voice and the way they speak? Are they willing to take the time needed to get to know you

3. Understand your state’s rules
Make sure your state and county recognize your officiant as someone who is authorized to perform the ceremony.

4. Read reviews and check out their work
Officiants who have professional listings on the major wedding directories, such as WeddingWire post reviews. Don’t just look only at the number of reviews though, read what the couples wrote because, ultimately, that’s what’s most important. Also check out their work- many Officiant’s have samples of ceremonies and other clips online. Here is an example of Annemarie Juhlian’s website video. Annemarie is one of many Seattle based officiant’s we’ve worked with and LOVE!

5. Ask around
When looking for an officiant ask your vendors who they would recommend. They work with all different vendors each weekend and will know who would be a potentially good fit for you. Here’s a link to our preferred vendors.