Jessica
Devoted February 2021

Live feed of wedding and reception

Jessica, on February 3, 2021 at 9:04 AM Posted in Planning 0 21
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Some of our family members have opted not to come to the wedding because of their “fear” i’ve had a couple of them make remarks about watching it via live feed.


We are not allowing cell phones during our wedding ceremony beyond that they can use them throughout the reception as long as they don’t become distracting in our photos.
There’s absolutely nothing worse than looking at someone’s pictures and seeing a bunch of people holding phones as cameras in the background.
With that said how many of you are opting to do live feed?
Part of me feels extremely angry that they would expect me to put a live feed up for my wedding- maybe they should just have to wait like everybody else for pictures...

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Latest activity by Tone, on March 12, 2021 at 11:51 AM
  • Catherine
    Dedicated September 2021
    Catherine ·
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    I’m going to have one, but only of the ceremony. No one has requested it, I’m mostly doing it for my 91 year old grandmother that won’t be able to make it to our destination wedding. My FH’s father also won’t be able to make it, so it’ll be nice for him to have. Since we’ll have it, we can also offer it to anyone that declines an invite. Our venue offered to have someone operate it so it’ll be pretty simple for us, we’re going to try to do a YouTube live stream so someone can help my nana watch it with one click. We’ll also be asking our guests in person not to video/photo during the ceremony as we’ll have a videographer and a photographer, and we figure the one phone we’ll set up to livestream won’t be too distracting.


    At the end of the day it’s personal choice! I think it’s a nice option to have if you can find a simple way to do it, and think of it this way: anyone that would rather do the livestream is saving you money because that’s one less person to pay for catering lol! But if you really don’t want to do it, don’t! It’s your day Smiley smile
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  • Tone
    Devoted July 2021
    Tone ·
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    We’re streaming our wedding ceremony via facebook live because his grandparents can’t fly out to FL from Mexico. On top of that we’re having a small ceremony so we aren’t inviting everyone we would have wanted to. So we’re adding that as an option out of curtesy. However I don’t think streaming the reception is necessary or that people would watch anything other than the “main events” cake cutting, first dance, ect.
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  • Sarah
    Master September 2019
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    While I don’t think streaming the event is necessary if it’s not something you want to do, I think it’s kind of strange that you’re angry people have asked about that. I’m not sure about your social circle but literally every big event for my family and friends in the last year (baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, etc) has had a streaming option if you didn’t feel comfortable attending in person.
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  • A.francis
    Devoted November 2022
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    We are having an unplugged ceremony. I definitely find it unsightly and irritating to see everyone's phones and other devices all in the pictures. We are having an intimate wedding and many just won't make the cut. I have family outside of the country, so we were already planning on just live streaming the ceremony. That device will be placed out of the way.

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  • M
    Super June 2021
    Melanie ·
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    Agreed with Sarah. You don't have to do it but it's a pretty common thing to do with events due to covid. Do you not want those people to witness your wedding and celebrate with you from afar?
    I have grandparents not in the country and I had to downsize my guest list so I'll be live streaming our ceremony for those who can't come.
    Also you can ask for people not to use their phones during the ceremony, but there's no guarantee. Every unplugged wedding I've been to there's a few people who still have their phone out taking pictures
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  • Jessica
    Devoted February 2021
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    I’m glad you feel my pain lol thank you
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  • A.francis
    Devoted November 2022
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    Indeed. You're very welcome and wishing you the best of luck.

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  • Mrs. Spring
    Master April 2021
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    Did you put the quotation marks aroubd the word fear because they act inconsistent with it? For example, say they feel unsafe going ro a wedding but will go to sporting events, go on first time dates.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    What is your aversion to people not attending? Do you feel like they don't love and support if they stay home? While it is valid to be disappointed that someone can't attend, being angry seems odd unless they have replied yes and then cancel last second.


    You can have a camera set up to film the ceremony and will not interfere with photographer. I wouldn't film the reception though.
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  • Claudia
    Dedicated November 2021
    Claudia ·
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    We're doing a live feed since I have a special needs brother who won't be able to attend. If you're that angry about it though, just don't do one.
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  • whirlwind
    Devoted March 2021
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    We will live stream the ceremony - on youtube and the church's website. We are actually lucky that the church streams their services every Sunday and we can use their set up and technician. You can also book someone to do this or there are also apps and services for that now that you could get and ask one person to video it and otherwise have an unplugged ceremony.

    As for the reception, we allow phones and cameras and I actually look forward to seeing those pictures. Because I don't know if everyone uses instagram or facebook (and I actually don't) I am thinking of using www.letspotluck.com for everyone to upload their pictures and videos during and after the reception (probably not the prettiest solution but seems very easy. But I open to other suggestions). That way we can enjoy some pictures before the professional pictures are ready and people who can't be there, can look at some reception pictures right away.

    We didn't want to video the reception or zoom it - for one I think it would be quite boring to watch and I didn't want zoom as I want to be fully present with the guests that are there in person.

    We will definitely have more people online than in person and I am glad there are some relatively easy ways for them to celebrate with us. I would definitely look into streaming the ceremony if you can find an easy way for it to be done. I think guests who can't attend in person would really appreciate that.

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  • M
    VIP January 2019
    Maggie ·
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    I agree with this. Have one (and you can do it in such a way to do it that is unobtrusive to those in attendance) or not; it's your choice. But this far into the pandemic, it's advisable to graciously accept declines to in-person events.

    Side note: I "attended" a Zoom funeral last year and someone just put an iPad on a chair so those watching virtually could see and hear everything during the service.

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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    I completely agree with this as well! I would definitely recommend having a live-stream option. There are many ways to place a device discreetly so that it does not show up in your photos, if that's a concern.

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  • Jessica
    Devoted February 2021
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    100% they went to sturgis but feel unsafe at a wedding
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  • Jessica
    Devoted February 2021
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    We had a couple last minute cancellations but oh well. I’m angry they go out all the time and say their afraid. We’ve decided after some thought if they won’t be there then that’s on them we aren’t doing a live stream period because it goes against what our wedding is about
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  • MLS
    Dedicated September 2021
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    I will be doing a Livestream. I am sure there are people who either cannot come or are not comfortable with coming. It will be the only phone allowed. Probably set up on a tripod hopefully dressed up to look like less of an eyesore. Everyone else is not allowed to use their phones- I do not want to see anyone's phones only their faces.

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  • Jessica
    Devoted February 2021
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    Great idea trying to disguise it!!

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  • A
    Super December 2020
    Anais ·
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    We did for our wedding, we had a cell phone on a tripod and had it right behind our officiant so people could see our faces.
    Worked super well, and my photographer did a great job at not having it in most pictures.
    We used Lovecast, it was free and there are ways to do a trial beforehand to make sure everything is working.Honestly, it made all our family feel better about being unable to make it and they all were sooooo appreciative. I would do it again in a heartbeat plus now we have video of our ceremony
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  • Vicky
    VIP January 2020
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    What is sturgis?

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    What company did you use to livestream your event?
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