With the ongoing threat of COVID-19, many couples have made the difficult choice to cancel or postpone their wedding. Still, some lovebirds aren’t willing to delay their special day, and they have chosen to use technology to their advantage.
At Hidden Creek, we do everything possible to help you prepare for your wedding, whether you’re intending to have a few guests present at a social distancing space and wearing face masks, or keeping everyone at a safe distance by having them join you over the internet. If you’re thinking about having a virtual wedding, here’s everything you need to know!
Choosing your Streaming Platform
With the abundance of streaming platforms out there for public use, you’re sure to find the perfect one for your special day. Platforms like Zoom and Google Hangouts allow your guests to share their video on a call. Others, like Youtube Live, Instagram Live, and Facebook live, allow your guests to watch your ceremony and comment in a live chat. If you want a smaller, more personal virtual wedding, you might want to consider a group video call. If you’re planning to invite a lot of guests, a livestream might be better and more reliable.
If you don’t want to deal with getting your marriage officiated and licensed at a later time, WebWed Mobile offers marriage licenses and the option to have an officiant at your virtual wedding, all at once! Wedfuly will also facilitate Zoom wedding ceremonies for free. Be sure to check whether or not your state requires an in-person officiant. If you can’t get officiated during your virtual wedding, you can always make your marriage legal later on.
If you’re going the virtual route with your ceremony, why not do the same with your invitations? If you still want to give your guests the perfect wedding invitations, paper is always a great option, but you can also use companies like Paperless Post and Greenvelope. These companies give you the option to deliver magical virtual invitations to your guests. With these services, you’ll be able to surprise your guests with beautiful invitations while doing your part to save the environment!
Setting Up and Dressing Up
Virtual or not, you want your wedding day to be magical for yourself and your guests, so a reliable setup is essential. Prop your phone, tablet, or laptop up so your guests have a clear view of you and your bride or groom. Open the windows up for that perfect natural glow (tip: plan your virtual wedding to take place during golden hour for some gorgeous warm lighting!), decorate your setting with lights and potted plants, and play some music to get your guests in the mood. If you want, you can even have some champagne on-hand to pop after the ceremony!
When it comes time for your vows and kiss, ask your guests to mute their audio. A virtual wedding might not be the special day you dreamed of, but you can still go all-out with the wardrobe! Wear the dress, or put on that stunning tuxedo. If you want to save your special outfits for an in-person ceremony, you can still go fancy with a cute summer dress or a sharp blazer.
Plan Your Future Ceremony at Hidden Creek
Whether you’re postponing your wedding or planning an in-person ceremony after your virtual wedding, make your wedding magical at Hidden Creek. Our venue offers the privacy you need with the beautiful outdoor setting you love. Book a tour on our website to see why Hidden Creek is the perfect place for your special day!