**okay, so I clearly lied back there. That’s only 2 reasons to live stream your wedding ceremony, but the cool news is we only need two reasons.
Number 1: Safety.
Number 2: Production Value + Convenience.
Here’s the deal. I think it’s safe to say we can all agree on one thing in regards to this global pandemic – let me know your thoughts by commenting below – wedding events in the 2020-2021 seasons (maybe longer) are totally and utterly screwed on guest capacity. Add the ongoing list of other related health concerns, especially for elderly or at-high-risk family members, social distancing recommendations, and the traveling threats with financial anxieties and we have ourselves in one big shit storm that pre-pandemic couples didn’t have to think about. Okay, now that we got the negatives out of the way, time for some positivity. Live Streaming your wedding ceremony solves so many of these issues and is so cost effective (about $1850 plus) that there’s no reason not to.
This is how it works (short version). You first double check your wedding venue can provide internet access (5 Mbps upload speed or higher – that shouldn’t be an issue). You book a wedding live stream package. 24-hours prior to your wedding you email a private URL link to everyone you want to grant viewing access (make sure to include the start time of the ceremony). You go on with wedding business per usual. Pre-selected friends and family members watch your ceremony from the comfort of their own home. Also, the very next day you or whoever might have missed it can watch it on-demand since that URL link is still good forever.
That’s it. Maybe in a couple years or so when the pandemic chaos has leveled out you can consider hosting a much larger reception and get your boogie on with more people.
Okay so you want some more details (here’s the slightly expanded version). But first, let me ask you something. Can you recall a time when you went to a sporting event, concert, movie, stand-up comedy show, or public event and told yourself: “Why am I here? I should’ve just watched this at home. My seats suck, it’s hot/cold, I didn’t plan on eating this late, and I have no idea where the bathroom is…why did I voluntarily say yes to this?”
Maybe you can relate, maybe you can’t. My point is, sometimes watching an event from home is way more comfortable, enjoyable, and safer than going in person. And with the present moment pandemic chaos thrown into the mix – all hell anxiety breaks loose. BUT again we have a solution for Grandma/Grandpa and Uncle Bob who had a heart attack a couple years ago – all of them who are concerned to travel can now see your ceremony live in real time from a multi-camera perspective, creatively edited on site with great sound. Did you see the words “live” and “multi-camera” in there?