Our Recommended Photo Booth Hire Company

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When it comes to booking a wedding supplier we always recommend booking experienced professionals Picture Blast photo booth hire company have over 10,000 clients since 2008.
Booking experienced suppliers has constantly come up amounts brides advice after their wedding, with brides giving glowing reviews to photographer, caterers who are experienced and often finding problems with suppliers new to the industry. When a smaller or less experienced company comes across problems they often don't know how to resolve the issue quickly, where as experienced suppliers have seen it all before.

We believe that our film and photography services work well in tandem with a great photo booth company. We provide all the memories of how you day unfolded, who attended and who did and said what, whilst the photo booth enables so great informal portraits of all your friends and family together having a good time.

Its so much more than a photo booth

It all stated off as a passport style photo booth where you would pop in sit on a stool and pose with some silly faces, but nowadays you have so many more options that can fit in perfectly with your wedding day.

Magic Mirrors, Selfie Pods and now the trending Post Box Selfies combing a photo booth and video booth with a traditional post box for your wedding cards.

A Selfie Postbox Photo Booth Hire for Any Event!

Picture Blast offers a selfie postbox for only £179 and includes weekend hire and no attendant is needed. No messing around with print on the day guests can simply add in their email address or iMessage to get a copy of the image or Boomerang GIF. This has become a very popular option as it can fit in nicely with any wedding, taking over minimal space, costing less than a traditional photo capture option and saves o hiring a wedding postbox.

Why Picture Blast for Photo booth Hire In London?.

What other hire company can say they have covered events involving Alan Shearer's 40th, Danny Dyers wedding and a Simon Cowell party? Knowing that when you book a hire or service that there is support there instantly and everything will go to plan without any hassle is invaluable. If unsure about anything just call one of their friendly team with any questions you may have.

With Magic Mirrors for £399, Selfie Pods from £299 and the traditional Photo Booth hire for only £379 there really is no need to look anywhere else.


Check out their website at www.pictureblast.co.uk.

Funeral and Burial Live streaming



As we enter Lockdown number three, we reflect on how hard the past year has been for everyone involved in the wedding industry and for couples looking to get married.

Currently we are helping those who are saying goodbye to loved ones Live Stream her funeral or burial to people unable to attend in the UK and all over the world.

How we professionally live stream a funeral or burial

We have been filming events for internal and broadcast use for the past 20 years, here is how we approach live streaming a funeral service or outside burial.

Any event we film we look at being discreet and in the background, this means that we need to establish good positions for our cameras, tripods and microphones.

If it is a local church service we will attend the church before the day to establish where things are happening and to have a chat with the Pastor. We will then discuss camera positioning etc with them and take on any advice they have for us. Whilst we are there we test out the internet connection side of things, as nearly all the time we connect via our own 4g connection we will test out positioning and strength of different network providers.

For a church service we will often use 3 cameras, one camera operator and someone to mix and provide the internet stream.

We create a video thumbnail by the picture and information you provide and then place this on a webpage on our site for people around the world to view the service. The video stream itself goes through YouTube on a private link page and can only be found by people sent the direct link. We have found YouTune to be the most flexible and reliable service for people connecting around the world.

An outside burial can be harder to film and stream, this is due to power supply and weather conditions.

Often we will use one camera, and several microphones. The streaming operator will then work from a nearby car or tent with their own power supply. If you have any questions or would like to find out more contact us today. www.2020tv.tv/funeral-filming

2020 The Year of Live Streaming


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So 2020 has become the year of micro weddings, but these weddings are being seen live all around the world. We have now live streamed 15 events in London, Surrey and Kent. All with viewers all around the globe.

Live Broadcast Standard Wedding Live Stream


We live stream to the same quality as live broadcasting any event. We use multiple broadcast quality cameras, some are remote controlled and the main camera is operated. We then make sure the sound is just as high in quality by placing microphones in all the places were sound needs to be heard. We then live mix all the cameras and sound levels together with external graphics to deliver a fully immersive experience to all the virtual wedding guests, this means they truly feel part of the day.

Why we believe YouTube is the way to stream



Using YouTube enables a unrivalled Live Chat platform for all the wedding guests to interact and leave comments the moment things happen on screen. YouTube also enables a reliable high quality stream with no issues with the number of people watching live.

YouTube also enables streams to be scheduled, reminders to be sent and us to interact live with any delays or help live with any issues people may be facing. Videos can be made Public (easy to find). Unlisted (direct link to be sent to guests) or private (only certain YouTube account holders are allowed to access the live stream).

Belen and Maxim

Belen and Maxim recently married at Warwick Street in London. We managed to find a reliable 4G connection from the balcony and a suitable position for 3 camcorders giving a great all round view of the brides entrance into the church, vows and readings. We placed a radio microphone on the Minister, Groom and by the lectern to provide crystal clear sound of the complete ceremony.

We have found ourselves really enjoying live streaming weddings, the feeling and instant feedback from the online audience really adds a dimension to the day. Belen and Maxim had an audience of over 300 live viewers from all over the world including Belen's home country of Argentina.

Find out more about our live wedding streaming services.



Bethany and William

Bethany and Williams Live Stream and extra films are available to view here

www.yourweddingfilmed.co.uk/BethanyWilliam

Find out our live wedding streaming prices here

Wedding Tips

We decided to make an infographic explaining some of the wedding tips we have picked up over the last 20 years as a company.

We hope you like the infographic and feel free to tell us any of your own ideas!






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How To Live Stream Your Wedding Ceremonny




Ways to Live Stream Your Wedding Ceremony From Easy To Professional.


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With the current restrictions being 30 guests many couples are finding the answer to extra guests is by live-streaming their wedding to the internet via a platform such as YouTube or Facebook. I want to give you a broad overview of ways that you can stream your ceremony from the simple to the more complex professional broadcast quality solutions.

1. Simple - The quickest and easiest solution as you probably guessed is by using your phone to record and stream to Facebook or YouTube. A couple of tips if this is the option you’re going choose, is to use a tripod with mount and to position it at the front near the wedding couple so that you get a clearer sound. As long as you have a fast enough connection via 4g or WiFi your good to go. There are a few cons with this set up the first being Audio. you really are at the mercy of the quality of your phone's microphone, yes there are solutions to plug a microphone into your phone however this just adds to the complexity of the setup. The second con is the ability to monitor and control the stream. Whilst recording you really don’t have much control over what the camera and audio decide to do.

2. The second solution is to use the camera with built-in live streaming capabilities this way you’ll be able to use a smartphone to monitor and control the stream. It also gives you the ability to plug-in professional microphone for cleaner Audio. This option is often used by wedding videographers who add streaming as an option. Some affordable and practical Livestream ready cameras to consider are the Go Pro from the hero 7 onwards, the Zoom Q2 and the MeVo. A couple of quick tips is the plugin an external battery pack into the camera to make sure it lasts
throughout the ceremony and to have a quick look for the best settings of your camera if you’ve never used it before ( you will want to turn off any fisheye, stabilisation ).

3. The third and much more complex way to stream your wedding also delivers the very best quality. For this option, you will need a DSLR or mirrorless camera capable of sending a full HD 1080 HDMI signal, an HDMI cable, a laptop and capture card(such as camlink). You will also want to connect your laptop to either your phones Internet connection or a dedicated 4G dongle you could connect your laptop to the church, hotel or venues Wi-Fi if this is quick enough and you ask your guests to not connect at the same time. Lastly, you will need some software to make it all work there is free software such as OBS studio which lets you set your live stream up to any way you would want it to go. You can then plug professional audio directly into your camera and this will be carried through to your live stream through the HDMI cable and capture card.

4. Okay so now we will talk about our own multiple cameras live stream set up and with operated cameras and multiple microphones, this is the truly professional way to put your wedding out on the Internet for your other guests to see. It enables you to have professional audio, well frame shots and even the option of starting or ending your live stream with a custom video message or a photo slideshow  to give it a better experience for your online guests. In many ways it is a similar set up to option three however you will need to use a vision/ audio mixer and multiple cameras. The mixer will enable you to change camera angles set up the audio and to include external elements such as the slideshow or a video message. The professional solution also uses channel bonding when connecting to the Internet this is when two or more Internet signals are used together to create a more reliable connection because if one of the signals stops then the other signal can pick up the slack. We often connect to the Internet by the venues definite or Wi-Fi and also bond in a 4G or multiple 4G connections from different network providers. The best way for us to provide this streaming service for you is to have one person operating and filming the wedding ceremony as normal and another staff member in charge of setting up and monitoring the live stream. It is impossible for one operator to film and to monitor the live stream simultaneously., so to multicamera with one operator you would need to have static cameras. 

How to have a Zoom Wedding



How to have a Professional Zoom Wedding and Other Streaming Options



There are many options now to help enhance your wedding during restrictions due to Coronavirus. We recommend using a service such as Youtube or Facebook for the ceremony and Zoom for the Speeches. There are other options, for example if you just want specific people to see the ceremony direct on their phones we can FaceTime them through our laptop with professional cameras.

We are happy to work with you and talk through different ideas and options. The main advantage of using a professional for your live streaming is the use of multiple cameras and maybe more importantly professional sound. So that everyone can not only see you but hear you nice and clearly as well.

Why Youtube and Facebook?

This will allow all your guests to enjoy a live stream from multiple angles and in great quality, then after the ceremony grab you phone or laptop and start interacting with people on the chat.
The feedback from using this setup is that people really felt like they were there with the multiple angles and closeups during the ceremony. You will be concentrating on each other during the ceremony and won't have time to interact on a zoom call, seeing everyone on a screen at this point can be quite strange and distracting.

We can even play a video message before the ceremony and extras like a slideshow or photograph afterwards.

Zoom for the Speeches

On the other hand Zoom works perfectly for the speeches and even enables people to make their own speeches via the Zoom, call. Seeing everyone watching on a large screen really works well as you can spend time seeing everyones reactions whilst they can see yours. We can connect this unto the venues large screens and audio system, or work with your DJ.


Testing The Connection

Ultimately a digital wedding is just like any other and hiccups can happen, it's important to remain flexible. If your zoom call is experiencing difficulties jump onto FaceTime or Youtube and carry on from there.

When we are helping with a Digital Wedding, we set up a GOTO PAGE on our website for you to share with all your digital guests. On this page will have the links for them to watch or to join the call. If things change we can setup the new links on this page on the day. Helping everything run smoothly.

Covid 19 - Small Weddings in June



Small Weddings Back On The Agenda From June

It looks like shortly weddings will be back on the agenda. After Boris announcement yesterday, plans are underway on a staged approach to weddings. We are unsure to quite what extent but there is likely to be a strict limit on numbers being able to attend and social distancing will have to be adhered to. We have a range of ways that you can involve all your friends and family in your big day, both instantly or straight after the event. Letting them see the ceremony, speeches, highlights or all of it!

This means we have adapted the way that we work in guidance to government guidelines. We have always remained in the background of your day and for us the new measures won’t prevent us from capturing your day as normal. We can easily capture all of your day whilst remaining a safe distance away from you and your guests.

1) Wedding Streaming

Set us up a little table at the back of your ceremony room and we will be able to use our compact equipment and computer to offer an instant or quick stream of your ceremony/speeches/same day highlights (see below).

Premier Your Event

We are able to upload your wedding ceremony to the internet straight after your ceremony for you to enjoy an instant premier with an extended number of guests and interact with them via Facebook of YouTubes live chat portal.

Live Streaming -

We can also live stream your event to YouTube and Facebook or to your preferred destination (such as our website). This will be a multiple camera live stream where we can also start your ceremony off with a slideshow or film and if you desire end the ceremony with a pre recorded film of you thanking you guests etc.

Live streaming always depends on the internet options available at the venue, however most venues are able to offer a dedicated connection of a high enough speed for our devices to upload at a great quality.

2) Ultra Quick Turnaround

We have a great team of editors and we are offering a quick turnaround on all of our films at no extra cost. We are aiming to get your filmed edited and out to you within 3 weeks. In many cases it will be quicker.

3) Same Day Highlights

Just can’t wait! Then purchase our same day highlights package. We will bring an editor with us on the day to capture, edit and grade your footage and audio. They will have you highlights ready to watch as an online premier that evening (often 7-9pm). You can then watch it at the wedding and live with all your guests not able to attend. We can talk to the DJ about the options of them able to show this for you or we can arrange to bring our own screen/speaker at an extra cost.



Help Your Wedding Videographer


5 Easy Ways to Help Your Wedding Videographer and Also Help Them Remain Unobtrusive



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1). Send them a wedding schedule with timings and with as much details as you know ( for example Kelly and Simon will be doing the readings - There will be 4 speeches from Dad, Best Man , Groom and Bride)

This will help the videographer plan and be in the right place at the right time, not rushing about trying to make sure they capture everything.

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2) Make sure there is a small space for them to stand to film your ceremony. Often the flowers are placed either side of where the couple are getting married and the person conducting the ceremony will stand directly in front of you. Although a good videographer will make the best of any situation, planning for a good position for your videographer will enable them to stay in one place and remain unobtrusive.

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3) Inform the important people and guests that the day is being filmed. You will often notice the videographer more when your guests get in their way. The biggest moments of the day when this can happen are.


When the best man comes up to hand over the rings and proceeds to then stand in front of the camera. Often the registrar will inform him not to do this, but pre-warning the best-man will mean the videographer won’t have to move to capture the ring shot.
When you walk back down the aisle. One of the best shots of the day the new bride and groom walking down the aisle, however all your guest want a piece of the action as well. Guests will often step into the middle of the aisle to get a shot with their phone of the happy couple, unfortunately this will mean them appearing in your photographs and film instead of you!! Let the register tell your guests that they may take photos of you signing the register but otherwise to please wait until after the ceremony. This will enable them to enjoy your day and get the shots they want, but to also stay out of the professionals way.
Pre-warn the people making a reading or speech that they will be being filmed and wearing a recording device. We are used to finding the important people and mining them up however If they know to come and ask for one, it will enable us to concentrate on getting on with recording the day, instead of tracking people down.

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4) Book a second videographer. Having a second videographer can often help in larger weddings. Not only will you get extra angles of the big moments, you can also have two simultaneous moments captured (such a groom preparations, or guest shots whilst the photographic session is happening)

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5) Stay in contact with us before the day. Let your videographer know if there is anything you need advice on for your big day or any changes that occur in terms of timings. Letting them know a point of contact for the wedding reception and even sending pictures of all the important people before your day will help them when they first arrive.

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Angela and Thomas



Lara and Andy



Do You Need a Recieving Line?






The Formal Receiving Line

Being Bride and Groom, no doubt you would like the opportunity to great every guest personally at your wedding and the formal receiving line is the traditional way to achieve this. This normally takes place just before the sit-down wedding breakfast, although we have seen many guest over the years accidentally do this after the cvil or church service. To avoid an accidental greeting of guests make sure you move away from the church or civil room, otherwise your guests will stop to chat to you on the way out causing a blockage inside the church.

Problems With the Receiving Line

The most common problem with the formal receiving line, is that the wedding is often running late and the chef has hot food to plate up. Something has to give and its often the receiving line. (TIP) Save some time by reducing the line down to just the bride and groom or by using the experience of a toastmaster to move guests along quicker.

Informal Ways to Great Your Guests

Allot of bride and grooms will feel the formal line is just too old fashioned and will want a less riding way to great everybody. Here are a few ways that this can be achieved.

1) Going around the tables after the main course. Your wedding caterers will be relaxed once the main course has been served and as you have been served your main first, you should have plenty of time before the desserts are due to be served. Your guests will also be happy to great you once being fed and watered! Although you will be talking to each table as a group, don’t expect it to be allot quicker than a receiving line, but (TIP) bring the photographer around with you to take a photo at the end of the chat and this will gently move the process along.

2) Use the time when the room is changing around. Often there will be the need to clear up after your wedding breakfast and to change this room around fro the evening reception. Why not use this time to great your guests. Be inventive! Why not serve your guests chocolates, or a drink from the bar?

3) Use your evening Photo Booth to request guest shots.
Get some fun photos of everyone including your evening guests, whilst getting the opportunity to say hi to everyone and giving them a photo to take home with the happy couple. (TIP) So that you recognise guests avoid full face masks as props!

4) Add a video booth. If you have a large number of guest and fear that you might not be able to great everyone personally, add a video booth so they can leave you a video message.





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Abby and Michael



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