With social distancing and other restrictions in place due to COVID-19, many brides and grooms have had to reimagine or even reschedule their wedding day. While some people have decided to postpone their special day into 2021, others have decided to host a virtual celebration.
Of course, you can still say, “I do” to the one you love as planned after implementing a few innovative strategies. And when you embrace technology, you can have the wedding of your dreams, but with a few tech-savvy modifications:
Create a Wedding Website
Building a wedding website can serve as a central location where you can share information about your big day, including live streaming details and photos of you as newlyweds. It’s easy to create your own website when you use a stylish, customizable template. Share your website address in a traditional way by sending a handwritten note in the mail. With the right design, your website can be romantic and suited to your simple virtual wedding.
Live Stream the Event
Depending on where you live, planning a small wedding with a few guests could still be a viable option. You may want to keep the event private and enjoy the benefits of a more intimate gathering. But for brides and grooms who would prefer to share every moment with those who can’t be present, live streaming is an option worth considering.
There are a few ways you can do this, depending on how many people you want to invite. Facebook, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, and FaceTime all offer free streaming services, although some have limitations on the number of viewers. Because these things need to be fast and easy to use, it’s worth testing out these platforms and the position of the webcam prior to the big day.
Stick to a Budget
It’s no secret weddings are expensive, and one benefit of a virtual wedding is the financial savings. You won’t have to worry about food, drinks, or the honeymoon, but you’ll still want to make the day special for those who do attend. In that vein, create a revised budget for your wedding dress, romantic dinner, candles, and photography. If you already had money allocated for a big wedding, save it for a future party or put it toward your mortgage or a new car.
Capture the Emotions
Weddings are filled with emotions, and you can certainly film your event to relive these memories time and time again. You may like to upload the video of the ceremony to YouTube so that it’s accessible for family and friends who were unable to attend.
Of course, your virtual guests won’t be able to write in your guestbook, but there are other ways you can capture their emotions. In addition to your own video, you can ask people to record personal messages which can be featured on your wedding website.
The Virtual Wedding Wrap Up
Your virtual wedding can be a success when you take an innovative approach. Start by reducing your budget to determine how much money you’ll need for your smaller event. A wedding website is a convenient way to share information with those you care about in one central location.There are different platforms available for live streaming, and you can share your vows with your virtual guests in real-time. If you prefer, you can record the occasion and edit it before showcasing it to your friends and family. Your wedding might not be what you initially planned, but you can still marry your soulmate when you choose to go virtual!
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