Weddings on Facebook Live

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Thanks to the advent of Facebook Live and it’s brethren that came before it (and will soon be wiped out), Periscope and Meerkat, you can now stream your wedding live on the internet.  Facebook Live just recently became available to everybody so this is still a very new, fresh idea.

This is an incredible technological development that can be a game changer for the wedding experience, allowing you to be more inclusive for people who can’t attend.  This could be friends who’ve been cut out because of the need/want for a small wedding or it could be close family members who are unable to attend for health/financial reasons.  They’re now part of your day.

While it’s incredible, it also has limitations.  Don’t confuse this for professional quality or as a replacement for a professional videographer.  Phone cameras have come a long way over the years in terms of quality but they’re still not close to a professional camera in the hands of a professional craftsman with years of experience.

Here’s what you need to know and do to make this happen:

-What to broadcast:  The most important thing to share is the wedding itself, your ceremony.  People want to see the vows.  If you’re really into Facebook Live and you want to do more, then you can also do your first dance, garter pull, etc., but that isn’t necessary.

-Somebody needs to take charge:  And it won’t be you.  You’ll be busy getting married.  A tech savvy guest should be politely asked, hopefully before the day of the wedding, if they’ll take care of it.  Don’t ask Great Aunt Mildred because she’s never used a smartphone.  Also don’t ask your planner, photographer, or pro videographer because they’re probably too busy doing their own jobs.

-Get a tripod:  You don’t want to put this in somebody’s shaky hands.  That’ll be irritating for anybody that’s watching.  You can get a flimsy consumer quality tripod fairly inexpensively and that’ll do the trick.  Make sure that you get an attachment that will hold a phone because that probably won’t come standard with the tripod.

-Pick the right spot:  Your person in charge will need to pick the right spot and, if you’re particular, you might want to tell them where that is.  There are a few options.  Your phone and tripod combo can be set up in the back to see everything, but the phone’s wide angle lens will make you look far away while you stand in the front.  You can put it in the front for a better view but then it’ll be a visual distraction to your guests.  You can put it on the side but then you’ll have a poor angle.  There’s no perfect spot so you just need to pick the right one for you.

There are a few problems that are unavoidable because, again, this isn’t professional quality.  The audio that your phone captures will be negligible because it’ll be too far away. You could run into poor lighting (like the backlit photo above) and you’ll look like silhouettes.  Streaming video will eat up your data.  It’s subject to cell phone problems like poor service and dead batteries.

Even with all of that, you should totally put your wedding on Facebook Live, even if it’s only for the novelty of it.  It won’t cost much, if anything, and it doesn’t take a lot of effort.

We’re challenging you, right here and right now.  Do it.  Put your wedding on Facebook Live.


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