Virtual Weddings for The Responsible Bride
COVID – 19 pandemic has affected things at a larger scale. Not only has it affected the physical health of people, but also it affected them emotionally. Particularly couples who planned to tie the knot in 2020. All their plans were shattered drastically. Many couples had to postpone their weddings for next year, and some have even canceled it. Many couples chose to get wed locked on the date that was decided previously. However, they cannot host it as they have always dreamt.
We understand the anguish that you are going through, but you also have to know that this is time is not right. But there is always a way out. Yes, even during the lockdown, you can make it bigger and better!
How you ask…..?
Of course, via a virtual wedding. A virtual wedding is a wedding where the couple, officiant, and guests are joined together by a video call.
Thanks to the technology, we are still in a position to manage things! Yes, ever since the coronavirus outbreak, virtual weddings are trending. Many couples have already hosted their wedding virtually, and it is a way too easier and a very pocket-friendly option. Couples who always had budget constraints don’t need to worry about the expenses now. They can host a budget-friendly wedding. And the ones who are feeling sad because they cannot host their wedding the way they wanted should not feel bad. Know that marriage is a union of two people, you and your significant other. At your wedding you two are important, rest everything is secondary. So, don’t feel sad about anything, just start preparing for your virtual wedding.
Here in this post, we will discuss the things you need to do to host a virtual wedding:
Here we go…..
BEFORE THE WEDDING
- Check with your county’s clerk’s office
Since virtual weddings are a new concept, so it becomes imperative for each couple to get in touch with their county’s clerk’s office and know how to obtain a wedding license.
- Choose your virtual wedding platform
Once you have gathered all the information on a virtual wedding’s legalities, it’s time to choose your platform. Trust, technology has made things easy for all of us. There are myriads of online platforms for hosting your virtual wedding: Facebook Live, Zoom, Google Hangout, and Instagram Live. Amongst all, Zoom is the most preferred platform for virtual meets and weddings. Select the one that suits you the best.
Zoom is a cloud platform for professional video and audio conferencing, allows you to broadcast on a private cloud. Its free version allows up to 100 participants and 40 minutes. If you want more time, pay $14.99 for its monthly “pro” product.
Google Hangout is also free, but only 25 people can join a video call. You can upgrade to the basic plan of $14.99, where 250 participants are able to join the call. Another free option is Skype. However with Skype, their group video only allows for up to 50 people.
- Arrange for the dress – take up the legacy
Of course, you should not give up on all of your dreams. Some can still be fulfilled, and your wedding gown is one. If you haven’t arranged for your wedding gown, you can consider wearing your mom’s or grandma’s wedding gown. Believe it or not, this pandemic is a perfect time to take the legacy forward. Trust, you won’t ever regret your decision.
- Send invites to your guests
Since you’re hosting a virtual wedding, you don’t need to send printed invites; e-vites will do! You can send a personalized email or WhatsApp invite to your guests. Make sure you mention the correct details of your virtual wedding on the invite. Your e-invite will include the following information:
- The date of the virtual ceremony
- The time of the virtual ceremony
- The Zoom meeting link or the platform that you choose for your virtual ceremony.
Pro Tip: Ask your guests to dress up and have some drinks ready so that they can cheer you up when you say ”I DO.” To make your e-invite more hilarious, you can add some funny quotes!
- Learn to do your own makeup and hair
Whether it’s a traditional wedding or a virtual wedding, every bride wants to look gorgeous. Nothing should stop you from looking your best on your wedding. Even when your makeup artist and hairstylist won’t be able to provide in-person services, you can look beautiful. Just search for a makeup artist who is offering virtual hair and makeup trials. You can learn different styles and looks from them and create the best look for yourself.
Pro Tip: Try bridal makeup and different hairstyles before the D-day. It will help you master techniques and ensure fewer mistakes on the day of the virtual wedding.
- Create a playlist
The fun element should not be compromised even during the virtual wedding ceremony. Create a playlist of your favorite songs, especially romantic songs. You can play these songs in the background during the ceremony. Doing so will add to your virtual wedding ceremony.
ON THE WEDDING DAY
- Create the ambiance
Whether you plan to host your virtual wedding in your backyard or your living room, create the ambiance. Don’tDon’t miss to decorate the area with flowers and other decorative. Also, keep your setup for a virtual wedding ready in advance.
8. Get ready to run the ceremony
Get ready for the ceremony before time. Look your best, the way you always wanted to look
9. Be happy
No matter how good your makeup is if you’re not happy within! Believe it or not, happy girls make for the most beautiful brides. So, be happy! Be happy because it is the moment that you have been waiting for. Be happy because you are going to begin a new journey with your significant other! Be happy because happiness is the key to life
Finally, Click it all
Lastly, don’t miss to capture moments. You can consider hiring a professional wedding photographer if they are providing services during the lockdown. You can also capture them with your smartphone or ask your cousin, who has always been passionate about photography, to do the needful. You need wedding photographs to cherish all those moments!