Couples planning to wed in 2020 have had to grapple with the many repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. One complication in particular is the rules pertaining to social gatherings, which has made hosting a wedding and reception difficult for many and flat-out impossible for some. The limitations have led a sizable number of couples to postpone their events until things return to normal. Others, however, have surveyed their options and forged ahead. Some couples have chosen to embrace technology, trading walking a physical aisle for traversing a digital path. If you’re open to the possibility of having an online wedding, this post is for you.
Planning an online wedding might be easier in some respects, but it will definitely its own set of unique complications. You’ll still need to invest time and energy to ensure that every detail is taken care of. For an example, let’s talk about the invitations. Read the following post for more details:
Let your guests know what’s going on as soon as possible—though given the circumstances, a couple days’ notice is totally fine. “You can also use your wedding website to clue guests in about your new plans, or simply send out an email or a text,” says Dolak.
Virtual ceremonies may be legal in some places, but be sure to double check the fine print in your state and county. “I recommend calling your local marriage office to confirm specifics,” says Dolak. “Though if you aren’t able to get in contact, you can always host a commitment ceremony now and deal with the paperwork later.” Read more at Domino…
Just as you would need a thorough checklist for a physical wedding, you’ll want one for your online event as well. This will help you to follow-up on every requirement without fail. Don’t leave out your family and friends as you plan. You’ll still need their input.
Although you won’t be able to meet physically, one advantage of a virtual wedding is that all the precious people in your life can participate. Even from across the globe. And this is where you need a guest list; you can do this online too.
Pros of Paperless Wedding Invitations
- Lower Cost
The average cost of physical wedding invitations is $5,000 to $8,000. The average cost of digital wedding invitations, on the other hand, will cost no more than $100. Clearly, this can make a big difference for brides on a budget or for brides who would rather invest their money elsewhere (like, say, an open bar).
- Less Hassle
If you go digital, you’re going to be saving a lot of time. Just think: no licking envelopes, no adhering rhinestones, no writing addresses in your best cursive until your hand cramps…the actual act of getting wedding invitations ready to mail out can be incredibly time-consuming, and when you already have a wedding checklist a mile long, anything you can do to save time is amazing. Read more at Brides
Life is all about looking at the bright side of things. You may lose the essence of a traditional wedding, but there are many opportunities with a virtual one.
So, what remains is choosing the virtual platform to use for your wedding. This is the technical part that needs the utmost care.
Want to livestream your wedding? Here are a few tips that can help you broadcast your memorable event.
Choose the Right Platform
There are several options when it comes to picking a platform or service that will allow you to livestream your wedding, including Zoom, Skype, Google Hangout, Facebook, and FaceTime. But keep in mind: There are limitations.
Zoom, a cloud platform for professional video and audio conferencing, allows you to broadcast on a private cloud, but its free version limits calls to only 40 minutes and up to 100 participants. If you want to have a longer ceremony, you’ll need to pay $14.99 for its monthly “pro” product. (And to have a video call of up to 500 participants, you’ll need to pay a $50 fee.)
Google Hangout is also free, but only 25 people can join a video call. You can upgrade to the basic plan, which allows for up to 250 participants per call (which you can access using a 14-day free trial). Read more at NY Times…
Whichever platform you choose, it’s important to do a trial run before the actual event. This will help to detect any technical issues and sort them out beforehand.
Whether you opt for an online wedding or host a traditional in-person event, you will want to get married in the perfect wedding dress. At New York Bride & Co. of Syracuse, you’re certain to find the wedding dress of your dreams. To meet social distancing guidelines, we are currently working by appointment only. Call us at (315) 452-0600 to schedule your visit or use the contact button on our website to request a time. Our expert bridal consultants are ready to help you find the perfect bridal gown.