Lockdown is coming to an end and event venues like Hidden Creek are easing back to full capacity. However, the pandemic introduced a great way to have a more inclusive wedding for people who can’t make it to your wedding destination– wedding broadcasts. Livestreaming will likely be here to stay even after public safety regulations are lifted. This will also continue to be a great option for guests to experience your wedding as Covid-19 vaccinations are being distributed. Not to mention, you can record the wedding ceremony and treasure it forever.
To ensure all of your guests experience your special day in some way, you can livestream your ceremony. Then people who can’t be physically present at your wedding can still enjoy the ceremony and support you.
Your broadcast should reflect you and your fiancée, just like the ceremony itself. Fortunately, it has never been easier to create a professional-grade broadcast on a budget.
The following tips will help create a memorable experience that would be the next best thing from actually being there.
Make Your Livestream Exclusive
Some couples might want to share their stream with all of their social media platforms. Others prefer to be more selective. Ultimately, it’s a personal decision. However, if you want to create an exclusive viewing experience you can make a private Facebook group and stream the ceremony there.
To do this, make a private Facebook group with your wedding title and start inviting people. You can do this a few days or even months before your wedding day. As an added benefit, your Facebook group can be a hub for wedding day resources like hotel links, wedding-specific posts, gift registry links, and reminders. It also provides a place for guests to connect and interact. Or block this feature altogether, if you’re worried about family drama on your big day.
Once you make the group, create an event. Schedule it to begin at the same time as your wedding. This placeholder will bring the event to the forefront of the group and will also provide a cool countdown effect for Facebook group visitors.
Make Your Wedding Stream Professional
There are several streaming options available, so you can broadcast to the social media platform of your choice. Open Broadcaster Software, better known as “OBS” is a great resource for streaming that allows for multiple camera feeds, text and logo overlays, and slideshows.
Another great platform is Switcher Studio. You can run the entire operation through iOS devices with this software. Switcher Studio allows multiple iPhones to stream to an iPad that serves as a control board video switcher. Yes, it’s possible to broadcast a professional feed using only iPhones!
Whatever software you decide on, assign someone trustworthy to manage the operation. This isn’t something you can ask your somewhat tech-savvy cousin to manage at the last minute. There are a lot of moving pieces. You want to make sure that they are able to put together a test broadcast a couple of days before, and once again during the rehearsal.
Make it Sound Good
Another crucial element of a good broadcast is a good audio feed. You do not want to rely on the positioning of the video microphone for listeners at home. That being said, if the venue and reception will be intimate and free of unpredictable noises like the ocean, traffic, or crying babies the iPhone or video cameras might be sufficient.
For venues with a live PA system, a direct monitor line from the board will be ideal. Your designated stream operator should be able to create a stream-specific monitor mix bussed into your streaming device from the PA Board. Make sure to include an ambient microphone in that mix so that the stream audio doesn’t sound dry and lifeless.
Make it Personal
Broadcasting software like OBS or Switcher Studio lets you watermark your feed with a personalized logo. Your wedding hashtag would be a great “lower third overlay” to give your stream a personal touch and as a bonus would encourage viewers to share screenshots with your wedding hashtag.
Give your stream an additional touch with a personalized playlist to fill out the dead space before and after the ceremony.
The tech stuff can be tricky to understand. If you want some help hiring a professional, the event coordinator at Hidden Creek Events can help point you in the right direction. However, if you want to DIY it here’s a brief checklist of items you will need:
- Open Broadcaster Software (FREE)
- Switcher Studio
- Dedicated Feed Operator
Switcher Studio Gear
- 1-3 iPhones (if using iOS Switcher Studio)
- A-D Converter (for iOS audio streaming)
For PC/MAC Systems
- 1-2 Video Cameras (DSLR or Streaming Cameras)
- Video Converters (For DSLR cameras)
- A-D Converter (for PC/MAC Audio Streaming)
Hidden Creek Events
Gear aside, the most important part of a great stream is having a great venue setting. No amount of software or gear can fake a beautiful venue. At Hidden Creek that isn’t an issue. Our event center is located in a charming wooded area, where you can hold a gorgeous outdoor ceremony, before finishing up your magical night dancing in our indoor barn-style ballroom. Our wedding coordinator will create an itinerary, finalize vendors, help with decorations, and every other minute detail. Contact Hidden Creek today, to start planning the first day of your happily ever after.