The presence of Coronavirus in our lives is changing the way we work, live, shop, travel. And also the way we are getting married or partying!
One trend we will be seeing all over the world is live streaming for your wedding!
Live streaming is nothing new. In cast, some couples have been using this many years ago. Even one of your favorite series, “The Big Bang Theory”, featured live streaming elopement of Pennies and Leonard’s wedding!
So how can you incorporate a live stream to your destination wedding in Greece?
One way is to get the best possible professionals for the job. They will make sure you get the best possible coverage.
We asked Anthony Venitis from Beyond Vision Wedding Films, the leading tech video provider from Greece to explain more about live streaming for your wedding!
Anthony is a high-end video creator for destination weddings and elopements. He received multiple awards by Inspiration Photographers and was nominated by Way Up North as Europe’s Best Wedding Videographer in 2019. As the winner at film festivals for best cinematography and editing, one of his wedding films was honoured with a full week screening at the Laemmle Theatre in Hollywood, LA in summer 2019. Besides wedding cinematography, Anthony has captured events and created content for famous CEOs, athletes and other high-profile celebrities. Over the last years, his award-winning work has been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Junebug Weddings, Wedding Chicks, 100 Layer Cake and more. Anthony is a passionate international videographer focused on storytelling!
Are you thinking of incorporating Technology at your wedding?
Let’s see how you can include Live Streaming at Your Wedding
Anthony, how come you decided to incorporate Live Streaming for your couple’s weddings?
As we all know, at the moment the way weddings are being held is changing. Although we all hope this situation will be temporary. However, live streaming at a wedding is nothing new. As I want to provide only the best service to my couples, I’ve been using Live Streaming for the past few years now. Especially for couples that decide to elope. We want to provide the opportunity to their close family and friends to experience the moment remotely with them. On top of that, many couples request live streaming, on the occasion where a close family member is not able to travel to attend their wedding.
The coronavirus situation has affected our lives and consequently weddings or events as well. I believe that in 2020 the destination weddings tend to be smaller with a small number of guests. So, live streaming is becoming one of my most popular services of my wedding cinematography packages. When I offer the live streaming services to my couples, they do not miss the opportunity to take it. Why not be able to virtually have all your guests together and enjoy the day together with you?
So true! It is amazing to hear that you are well prepared and had lots of practice from even before the crisis! Can you tell us a bit more in details and without being too technical, how does this work?
The first step is to ask for this particular service, the rest is up to the cinematography team. There’s a lot that goes into live streaming at your wedding. Specifically the special equipment and the certain conditions that need to be met for the best possible outcome. The cinematography team should organise everything needed, so you don’t have to worry. Especially the coordination of the live streaming event with your wedding planner and the venue. Leave everything to the professionals and simply enjoy your day.
Your “remote” guests will be able to see and hear you get married from anywhere in the world! Our cinematography and drone professionals are responsible to shoot your wedding. We also work closely with our assistant operators, who are responsible for the technical parts such as audio and microphones, to connect to the DJ console and the stream itself. At the end, we can also provide you with the recorded live-stream video which you can watch later, in combination with your wedding film.
Wow really? That must be very special for couples to be able to have the recording as well! But, can you tell us what kind of team is required for someone to use live streaming? Should they think of hiring a pro or can they DIY it?
Live streaming is not as simple as pressing a button and letting the camera roll. Yes, you could potentially do a simple FaceTime call or even a Facebook live with your friends. However, to achieve a quality live stream video that will match with your big event, you need a professional team with experience and proper equipment.
Let me ask you this. Would you like to be able to show your wedding day through a multi-camera set-up with multiple angles and even a drone? Would you like to have professional audio to stream your vows, the officiant, and even your toasts at your live-stream? If your answer was yes, then I suggest assigning a proper professional team. They will set it all up and ensure that all runs smoothly. Your wedding cinematography team usually consists of two or more cinematographers and a drone operator. Besides that, two more assistant operators are required, to ensure that everything runs smoothly. From the set-up of the cameras, audio, and the live feed. All needs to fit together like a puzzle
Absolutely! I guess it all depends on the type of wedding the couple wants. Also if they have opted for the elopement with the live streaming of their wedding, then they should definitely consider to hire a professional team for the remote guests to enjoy the ceremony! So, what else is required for live streaming and how do the people at home see it?
When you choose the live stream service, discuss with your cinematographer which parts of the wedding day are going to be covered. Apart from that, there are a few options on how people will be able to access and see the live stream from home, either on their desktop, mobile, tablet, and even their TV. With our professional equipment and experience, we can live-stream simultaneously to multiple streaming services at no extra cost. The most common and easiest platforms for your remote guests are YouTube and Facebook.
We will provide you with private keys and links to distribute to your guests. You just send them an electronic invitation with the date and time, and they will be able to watch your wedding remotely at no cost for them and no setup time. They just use the link, and then they enjoy your wedding in high video and audio quality, from several camera and drone angles together with you. The person in charge of the live stream makes sure when to switch camera angles, which microphone is muted and can even play music or your reception music. He is also in charge of the technical support, in case any of your remote guests have a streaming problem.
Oh my goodness! That sounds amazing! Like watching a movie or a live coverage of some event, such as “Eurovision” for instance! This must be a wonderful experience for the remote guests and the couple, who can enjoy the reruns later on! I assume a good WiFi is required for Live Streaming. But what happens if the chosen venue cannot provide a good WiFi or if the wedding ceremony is happening on the beach or in nature? Is such technology then still possible?
Yes it is! A good Wi-Fi is essential for a quality live-stream. But how about when guests start to arrive at the venue and use the venue’s Wi-Fi? The bandwidth can easily get overloaded, therefore we have a backup 4G service for this reason. Which is sometimes actually faster than the venue’s Wi-Fi.
A faster connection of course means more stable and a better quality live streaming for your wedding. Having our own 4G/5G routers means that we can live-stream even to remote locations, during a beach ceremony for example, without having to rely on a local Wi-Fi connection. A few couples ask about 5G. It is coming to Greece, we expect it to be fully functional early-mid 2021, but keep in mind that a good 4G signal is already sufficient for a quality stream! Especially if you have a professional team managing your live streaming event. Make sure they knows what they are doing and had some experience before!
And for the last question, how many guests can see the live streaming video at their home?
When you live-stream your wedding, you can invite as many friends and family you want, from anywhere in the world, without any additional cost to you or them. This is a way to expand your guest list. This is also a way to bring your wedding to your dearest relatives or friends who cannot join you at your destination wedding for any reason! And not only in these difficult times.
We simply love what technology can do these days and hope to always be able to offer the latest and best quality to all our couples.
Yes, that is so true! Many relatives or friends cannot attend weddings or destination weddings for different reasons, such as pregnancy, health condition or other personal reasons. And the latest technology is absolutely astonishing and the way it is bringing us closer together! Ahhh! Now I wish I would have opted for Live Streaming of my destination wedding, where most of my relatives could not have attended! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer the questions for our exclusive interview.
It was really insightful and hopefully we have answered some questions for our couples who wanted to choose Live streaming for their wedding in Greece. I also hope to talk more about wedding cinematography on our podcast so all couples can get to know you better!
Enjoy this video by Anthony from our Spring 2019 Cover
If you are a pro, you are in luck!
Anthony will be one of the hosts at ALCHIMEIA the ultimate portfolio building workshop retreat for Cinematographers and Photographers. We will meet at Dexamenes seaside resort in October 14-16th 2020, where he will teach you all about capturing real emotions and all about top quality Destination Wedding Cinematography. Styling, setup and fashion led design will be made by Anna of Kiss from Fleur with top wedding suppliers from around the world!