World Wide Wedding
With a video camera, laptop and Internet connection, you can stream your wedding day live to guests who can’t attend
When Prince William married Kate Middleton last year, the whole world was watching—online. The royal wedding drew 72 million video streams on YouTube alone, and there were dozens of other websites streaming the event. You may not have millions who want to watch you get married, but thanks to live streaming Internet sites, even a few guests who can’t make the event can watch your wedding day.
Low cost—as in free—and low-tech. You’ll need a Skype account for each viewer and for yourself along with a computer, webcam and live Internet connection from wherever you intend to broadcast. Test the connection before the big day. You’ll need at least 512kbps of upload speed to stream effectively. You can test this with a laptop by connecting to speedtest.net. Get instructions on setting up the conference call at skype.com
Idostream.com will host a live video connection from a camera and computer you provide. Your viewers only need access to the Internet and decent connection speed. Idostream.com supports up to 50 simultaneous connections, and it provides live technical support for you and your viewers. The service, with packages starting at $199, records the live stream. Anyone can view the video online for 90 days after the wedding, and you can download the recording to an iPod. The company also offers an equipment package. For $595, it’ll ship you a camera, tripod and a laptop with a broadband wireless card and the broadcast software on it.
If you’re just not into doing it yourself, bridalstream.com will send someone to produce the broadcast for you. With packages ranging from $400-$600, you get an on-site technician the day of the wedding, a broadcast to unlimited users, a webcast page personalized with photos and links to the stores on your gift registry and a live, interactive chat room for your guests moderated by the on-site tech.