Due to covid, we are having a very small ceremony and would like to live stream it. What is the best platform to use? I know zoom has a time limit, but also heard Facebook may take it down due to copyright issues. Thanks!!
I think Zoom only has a time limit if you have the free version. I don't know what the copyright issue would be with Facebook because you own the content you're uploading. so I would think either would be fine.
Zoom has a 40 minute time limit for free accounts. If you are just live streaming the ceremony, that is likely sufficient unless you are having a long religious ceremony. I think there may also be a 100 person user limit, but I'm not sure - keep in mind guests viewing from one account would only count as one user, so you could still have close to 200 people viewing if most are couples or in the same household and using the same shared device.
If you share on Facebook, you'll have less control over who sees it, as you can't invite only some friends to see what you are streaming (as far as I know). With Zoom you can create an event and send it to specific people with a password, to limit access. The only copyright issues that would occur with Facebook (that I can see) is if you are using copyrighted music, which could occur with your entrance song or first dance if you are streaming those. If you stream only the ceremony itself and your vows, and don't have any entrance music, you should be fine.
I use multiple sharing platforms for work and Zoom is my favorite by far. If we were going to livestream any part of our ceremony or have a virtual social gathering after, it is definitely the platform I would use.
My cousin just got married and they used Facebook to live stream their wedding. They created a Facebook event page and invited people to join the event. That way, only those invited could view it. Also, it keeps Facebook from shutting down the live stream. Having the event page gives you so much more control than just "going live".
I would also recommend Zoom. I agree with PP that 40 minutes of probably enough time for the ceremony. But if it's not, you can just get the paid version, which doesn't have a time limit. It's only $15-$20/month and you could always cancel it after the wedding if you don't need it for your regular life. Also, a lot of people have paid Zoom accounts from their work, so if one of your parents/siblings/bridesmaids/whoever has one, they might be willing to stream it for you on that account.
I’m not sure how large of an audience you’ll have but Facebook just released a new feature on their messenger app called rooms ! It’s like zoom kind of except no time limit but only has up to 50 guests but no one needs to have an fb account to join and anyone can join from a tablet or computer or phone and they don’t need to have an app either
We created a facebook event and then Facebook Live’d within that group. Only those invited to the event can see your live stream. You can also save it after and send to whoever you wish. The sound quality was not great but we were also outdoors and using a cell phone so probably had a lot to do with it. We played pre recorded music on ours and did not have any copyright issues or disruptions.
I would also consider if any guests don't have Facebook. I deleted my account a couple of years ago and it's honestly one of the best things I have done for my mental health. I know some people are really opposed to FB, whereas one can join Zoom as a guest pretty easily. I personally would not sign up for FB to watch a wedding. If all of your guests have FB then no worries - just something to keep in mind!