How to: Virtual Weddings

The life we ​​knew came to an abrupt end, with restrictions and limitations in many countries around the world. Normal is not yet there, and we do not know how long it will take to return. Because of this, virtual weddings have become the new normal!

For the engaged couples, this meant a complete disruption of their marriage plans. Of course, we want all our loved ones to attend, but at this point, it is almost impossible. But this does not mean that you can still have a wonderful wedding day; you can complete the speeches, pictures and see everyone’s reactions. You will feel a little more virtual.

Technology will be your best friend in social distancing these days, especially when it comes to planning virtual weddings. Here are the steps for holding a wedding online.

Online marriage is a possible solution, and here’s how:

Step 1: Choose a platform for your Virtual Wedding

First, you have to choose the platform for conducting your virtual marriage. You may choose Zoom video conferencing platform. You can choose from free to paid subscription plans on this platform. For $15 per month, you can host 100 participants and get 1 GB of MP4 or M4A for cloud registration and ‘meeting’ for up to 24 hours. It is more than enough for celebrations and receptions.

Another platform that you may opt for is Facebook Live to party. Invite guests to a private group to create an event. Not everyone has Facebook and cannot interact face-to-face like videoconferencing software, but the same basic idea applies. There are many software options that can integrate with Facebook and integrate multiple people at the same time.

A biracial bride and groom smiling at their guests virtually
A bride and groom looking at a laptop with cameras surrounding them
A bride looks into her grooms eyes and drinks a glass of champagne

Step 2: Organize the necessary technical equipment

Technology is essential for planning a virtual wedding. At a minimum, you need a laptop with a camera, tablet, or phone.

Step 3: Coordination with any vendor

You may have to cancel the location, rent, or catering, but some vendors may still be involved. For example, your cake is a piece that does not have to fall by the side of the road.

You and your partner can cut the usual cake and chew on its sweetness while in quarantine. Instead of feeding 50+ people, tell the pastry chef you need two. You also have to choose the Wedding Photographer for shooting the special moments. The best photographers make it possible to shoot a virtual wedding and make a video involving the virtual presence of all guests.

Step 4: Notify the guests

So you figured out how to change the gear to keep your big day in style, but now you have to tell your guests. Send virtual invitations to save time, energy, and Branding. You can use Paperless Post to send beautiful invitations to guests, letting them know when and where to attend.

Include a meeting link to the scheduled Zoom or Facebook group, date, and time.

Step 5: Preparation for a Virtual Wedding

It’s a good idea to test drive a day or two before the big virtual wedding day to make sure the background is positioned correctly, at the right angle for recording, and that all technologies are running smoothly.

Step 6: Get married

Now, all you have to do is say “Yes.” Guests will continue to understand and appreciate this alternate celebration, as these times have turned out to be uncertain and unpredictable. Plus, you can actually start over any time after your party.

A Jewish groom and bride share their vows with guests virtually
An iPad displaying a wedding virtually for guests all over the world