Stream Your Wedding Live

by Jenny Bryde 25. February 2013 01:24

Do you have guests who will not be able to make it due to distance or other factors?  Why not stream your video live so that they can watch it from the comfort of wherever they may be.  There are a few different ways to do this, and today I'm going to share with you my favorite option - Google + Hangouts.  

Here's how you do it - 

1) If you have a Google account, you're one step ahead.  If you do not have a google account, you can set one up for free at  

2) Once you have an account, you can log in with your username and password at  

3) Once on the Google + page, you'll want to select the "more" option at the bottom of the left hand column, and then select "hangouts" from the options available.

4) On the top right corner, click the "start a hangout" button. 

5) In the box that appears, you'll need to invite people to the hangout by typing email addresses or phone numbers.  (You do have to pay for phone broadcasts, so best to go with email addresses.)

6) Name the hangout (i.e. Jen and Aaron's Wedding).

7) Check the box next to "enable hangouts on air".  This is the option that is going to let you live stream your wedding.

8) You will then go through a quick verification process that you are indeed giving Google + (which is partnered up with YouTube) permission to live stream from your webcam or external camera.

9) Click the "hangout" button.  You'll see your camera shot appear on screen.  Click the red "start broadcast" button.  After a few seconds, it will tell you that your broadcast is live.

10) Click on the "embed" link at the top.  You will be provided with a web address that you can share with anyone so that they can view the live YouTube channel of whatever you are broadcasting.  

11) When you are done, you can click the "end broadcast" button at the top.  YouTube will end the live stream and will replace the live stream with a copy of the broadcast after it has finished processing.  You can share the link for the video with whomever, and it will continue to remain available for free viewing on YouTube.  


Hope that helps you to include guests who cannot make it to your wedding!  There are other options available out there, but this one seemed to be the easiest and cheapest.  What else have you done to include your long distance or immobile guests?  


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