When a loved one can't attend your wedding, consider live streaming any part of the ceremony or festivities so far-away guests can still celebrate practically in person. From video calling to live video channels, these six services enable you to live stream a wedding:
- HangWith: Open up this free mobile app for Android and iOS to stream live video with any number of people; it's that easy. As the event gets under way, viewers can chat with text appearing on the screen for the iPhone videographer to see.
- Skype: One of the most well-known video-calling services, Skype is a great free option if you are just trying to include one person. To include more people, sign up for Skype Premium ($10 per month), which allows group chats with up to 10 people.
- Ustream: The video website enables you to broadcast live video content. It even developed a Ustream Broadcaster app, so you can easily stream live HD video from your mobile phone.
- iPhone FaceTime: Via FaceTime, you can quickly call a friend who has an iPhone, iPad 2, iPod touch, or even a Mac computer. Since the iPhone 4S is equipped with a front and back camera, simply tap the camera swap button on the bottom right-hand side of the screen to share the ceremony.
- YouTube Live Stream: With an on-site webcam and WiFi, you can schedule and stream the event live on YouTube. Google offers simple and clear instructions on how to set up, test, and manage your live stream so everything runs smoothly.
- I Do Stream: The company provides all the equipment you need (camcorder, tripod, etc.) to seamlessly broadcast your wedding ceremony online. You can even rent a laptop with built-in broadband wireless in case the ceremony grounds don't have an Internet connection.
Discover three more ways to share the wedding joy with friends after the break.