The current pandemic might be changing life as we know it but this doesn’t mean you can’t still get married to the love of your life. Thanks to technology and a little creativity, you can still celebrate your union with the people that are important to you. A virtual wedding might not be the wedding you were hoping for, but if you don’t want to postpone your big day, it’s a great option to have. Below is a five step guide to planning a virtual wedding in 2020.
1. Decide on a Platform
There are a few platforms to choose from if you want to stream your wedding but Zoom and Facebook Live are two of the most popular and reliable options. Zoom charges a small monthly fee but allows you to host up to 100 attendees at a time. The cloud recording feature will even allow you to capture the moment. If you use Facebook Live, simply create a private group that people can join if they want to be a part of your day. Ask a friend or family member to capture screenshots throughout the ceremony and celebrations so that you can add photos of your wedding guests to your album. You can still do your speeches as planned, but everyone will need to enjoy them from home. The good news is that your photographer can still be on-site to take photos of you and your partner during and after your ceremony.
2. Have the Right Gear
If you want to plan a virtual wedding, you’re going to need the right gear. A laptop or tablet with a good camera or a phone and a tripod are what you will need to stream your wedding. Whatever setup you have in mind, be sure to test it before the big day.
3. Let Your Vendors Know
While you won’t need all the usual vendors, you can still coordinate with a select few – your photographer being the most important. Your photographer can still be at your wedding while adhering to social distancing requirements. You can also still arrange a fancy meal, champagne and a wedding cake for you and your partner to enjoy on the day – all these items can be delivered. Lastly, you also want to make the necessary arrangement with your officiant, who will need to mail in the signed marriage license. Make sure that you’re compliant with local marriage laws.
4. Let Your Guests Know
If you still love the idea of wedding invites, send out virtual invites. There are a number of websites that allow you to create digital wedding invites that can be emailed to your guests. Just remember to include the link to your Zoom or Facebook group. You may also want to add in some extra information such as how guests can mute their videos during the ceremony. If you will be capturing screenshots, let your guests know so that they can dress accordingly. If you want to send off a few small gifts to guests, get them to RSVP as they usually would.
5. Prepare for Your Big Day
Even though you’re having a virtual wedding, you still need to be prepared. Along with testing your equipment, make sure that you have an appropriate backdrop. You will also want to check times and delivery dates with your vendors to make sure all is in order. Next, discuss the order of the ceremony and day with your partner and photographer. Do you still want to walk down the aisle? If so, make sure these sorts of details are in place. Lastly, prepare your wedding outfits, hair and makeup. You may also want to arrange for a FaceTime call between you and your wedding party as you get ready so that they can still be a prominent and special part of your day.
You’re all set! Now that you’re ready to say those I Dos, don’t forget to hit record and enjoy every second of your special day together. Remember, there will be plenty of time to celebrate in person with your family and friends once it is safe to do so.