How to Throw the Best Virtual Wedding

A 7-Step Guide To Virtual Weddings

If you’re planning a wedding in the coming months, you may be looking for ways to safely include loved ones from near and far. While in-person celebrations are still uncertain, consider a virtual wedding instead! A virtual wedding may not have been the original choice for your big day, but you can still make it feel as special and unique as your love story. If you’re interested in digital I do’s, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to have the best virtual wedding!

1. Choose Your Platform

Zoom, Google, or Facebook?

To start, select a platform to broadcast your ceremony. The video conferencing site Zoom has soared in popularity; other options include Google Hangouts, Facebook or Instagram Live! Looking for a service with a few extras? Wedding streaming service Event Live offers a download of your recording and a digital guestbook.

Set It Up

Not the most tech-savvy? No worries, services like Wedfuly are available to help set up your virtual celebration so you can make it through the day stress-free.

2. Let Your Guests Know

Send Invites

If you previously sent invitations for an in-person celebration, mail a card or note to your guests notifying them of the change to a virtual ceremony. Match the look of your original invitations for a cohesive feel. You can also keep things simple (and digital!) by sending evites.

Update Your Site

Make sure to update your wedding website with the link to your ceremony, a timeline so guests know when to log on, and any other pertinent information! (Still want your guests to dress up or theme their looks for a funny screengrab? This is the place to do it!)

What Do I Include?

You’ll want to include the major information: date, time, login details, and what to expect. Virtual ceremonies and celebrations are a relatively new way to share your wedding day, so it’s better to be overinformed!

3. Check In With Vendors

What Do I Need?

Just because you’re going digital doesn’t mean you won’t need your vendors! Following CDC guidelines for gatherings, focus on the essential vendors that will make your day feel special: officiant, photographer, florist, and a hair & makeup artist (unless you’re doing your own!). Pre-streaming, you’ll also want to make sure your space looks camera-ready with décor and a celebratory backdrop.

What Do I NOT Need?

Transportation, live entertainment (make a shared playlist or hop over to our Spotify for a curated compilation!), accommodation for out-of-town guests, and catering are all things you can scratch off your list.

4. Plan The Schedule

What Comes First?

Determine a timeline for your day by discussing your plans with your officiant, vendors, and any close friends or family that are involved in the ceremony. If you’re planning a virtual reception as well as a ceremony, you’ll also want to figure out the timing between getting married and celebrating. It’s up to you and your partner if you want to take a quick moment to yourselves and then log back on for the party or go straight from altar to dance floor!

Troubleshooting

While you may not need a wedding planner for a virtual wedding, it’s helpful to designate a point person to troubleshoot during the ceremony. Any technical issues, sound problems, or video glitches should be handled by someone that isn’t in the middle of getting married! This will also help if anyone has questions during the ceremony or if some of your relatives haven’t figured out how to mute themselves.

5. Practice Makes Perfect

The Technical Stuff

Before the big day, purchase and set up the major tech pieces you’ll need: a camera, a tripod, a microphone, and an Internet connection! If you want to make sure you can see your guests during the event, setting up a projector and screen may be worth the investment. Another necessity on the big day? Your marriage license! Make sure to double check your state’s marriage laws for virtual weddings and at-home ceremonies in case you need witnesses or have issues securing an officiant.

Rehearse

Just as you would for a regular wedding, take the time to rehearse before the big day. This helps you get an idea of your timeline and ease any pre-wedding nerves! You’ll also figure out the best camera angles and any sound issues by rehearsing beforehand (and we are big fans of knowing our angles!).

6. Get Married!

Decorate

Add some festive finishing touches to your setting, like a backdrop, florals, or an outdoor space that is integral to you and your partner’s love story.

Take A Moment

A virtual ceremony means you make your own schedule—along with some one-of-a-kind memories. Take advantage of the whole day by starting with a thoughtful breakfast in bed setup before getting ready. Prepare for your photos with some real “first looks” as you get ready together at home (or hide in different rooms!).

Dress Up

Just as you would for a traditional ceremony, find a wedding day ensemble that celebrates your unique style. Keep your look laid-back with a little white dress or go full bridal glam in a classic gown. (These last-minute looks are perfect if your plans are coming together quickly!) Accessories are a great way to add camera-ready detail. Top off your look with a stack of bracelets or glittering hair pins your guests will see through the screen. If you’re craving a full-fledged bridal vibe, add a gorgeous veil or even gloves!

7. Celebrate!

Virtual Reception

Keep the celebratory vibes going at your virtual reception by sending everyone your party playlist and having a digital dance party! (Another fun idea? Send your guests a party box with favors and mini spirits for a virtual toast!) Set up time for any guest speeches and livestream your first dance before signing off for the night.

Just the Two of Us

Not feeling the party vibe, or hosting an in-person reception later? Plan a special moment to kick off your married life together, like a lavish meal supplemented by your fave champagne or cozying up to watch your favorite movie in your party clothes.

Future Party

Craving an in-person celebration? Plan a reception for a future date so everyone can join in the fun; you might even make it part of your 1-year anniversary celebration!

No matter how you choose to celebrate, your wedding day will hold memories to cherish for a lifetime. If you’re going digital, it’s time to find your own camera-ready look…

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