A virtual wedding is a great alternative to postponing or canceling your wedding for whatever reason. If you or your partner has senior family members who would love to witness your wedding in some form or another, a virtual wedding is the best solution. Here is a step-by-step guide to throwing the virtual wedding of your dreams.
1. Check with the Local Clerk’s Office
Marriage laws vary across the country. The laws may have become somewhat extreme after the recent pandemic. It’s important that you check with the local clerk’s office to make sure you are getting the license properly. There are a lot of gray areas with virtual wedding ceremonies. You need to be informed of the latest regulations before planning your virtual wedding ceremony. Once the legalities are taken care of, the fun part begins.
2. Choosing the Right Platform
You have the freedom to choose from the different options available when planning a virtual wedding ceremony. Google Hangout, Instagram Live, Facebook Live, and Zoom are some of the best platforms to choose from. Zoom has some of the best video conferencing tools for weddings. Many couples have made use of this tool for their nuptials.
3. Inviting Your Guests
One of the best ways to invite your guests is via e-vite or email-tailor. Because the ceremony will be hosted on the internet, you can e-vite it to your theme. For example, a couple in NYC opted for email and sent a big announcement to their guests. The announcement started with "Guess what! We will be getting married tomorrow!" "We are pleased to ask all our guests to join both of us for an intimate virtual ceremony on June 25th at 6:30 p.m. EST prompt."
4. Dressing for the Wedding
Even if you don't have the actual wedding dress ad yet, you can always opt for a slinky slip dress because white reads well on camera. On the other hand, if you have the actual wedding gown and want to wear it, you are free to do so. But you should consider saving the actual wedding dress for the wedding ceremony you already postponed. The guests should be requested to wear bright colors to symbolize celebration.
This will add a burst of happiness and brightness to the ceremony. But advise the guests against wearing prints and stripes because it can be distracting on screen.
And, never forget to search for wedding dress preservation companies to have your gown cleaned and restored after your big day.
5. Doing Your Own Makeup and Hair
You can do your own makeup and hair when arranging for the virtual wedding ceremony. There are many vendors that provide virtual makeup and hair trials. They will go through different styles and looks with you as well as teach you how to do the makeup by yourself. You can opt for one of these trials if you aren't confident in doing the work yourself.
6. Setting the Scene
Are you in touch with a professional florist to plan your big day? If so, you can consult the professional to see how flexible they can be in making your virtual wedding vision come to life. You should keep in mind that every state will have different concepts of what could be allowed. Last but not least, you should also keep in mind to arrange for some playlists.