Some programs offer a paid premium service that offers benefits such as larger chat rooms, so be sure to find out what your needs are beforehand and pick a service that can offer the best experience. You could also live-stream the wedding over a social media network such as Facebook Live or Instagram Live.
You will also need the proper equipment for your virtual wedding. Any online video chat service can be accessed from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. A computer is best suited for a virtual wedding because the larger screen makes it easier to see everybody and the keyboard allows for text chat and helps in the event of any technical difficulties.
While devices already have microphones, you may want to purchase a stand-alone one for this occasion because it will allow other people on the chat to hear you more clearly. You should also test your internet connection beforehand to ensure it is strong enough to handle the event. You may want to position yourself close to the router, as this will help strengthen the signal.
When combining technology and a large number of people, any number of things can go wrong. For example, someone’s internet may go out or someone may try to talk with their microphone on mute. Be prepared for any issues on your end or someone else’s, and you can patiently work to find a quick solution.
Invitations and Security
If you had a wedding scheduled in the coming months, you have likely already been in communication with guests concerning the in-person event’s postponement. Be sure to provide clear information about your virtual ceremony just as you did for the physical event. Through the wedding website or email, clearly provide guests with the necessary information. The date, time, and platform should be clearly stated for the guest’s convenience.
You should also specify the time zone, in the event that guests are geographically spread out. It helps to provide a link that leads directly to the video chat room, as this makes everything much easier for guests. Make sure any online chat room is password-protected and only accessible via an invitation to help prevent unwanted entrants.
Most of us are spending this time of social distancing wearing a rotation of comfy sweatpants or pajamas. For your virtual wedding, dress up just as you would’ve for your in-person wedding! Donning your tuxedo, suit, or dress for the virtual ceremony will provide a nice change of pace from your usual home outfit. In a time when every new day may seem just like the one before, dressing up will feel like an escape from your routine.
Don’t forget to accessorize for your virtual wedding! Your nicest jewelry can help enhance your formal attire and make you shine on-screen! However, the most important accessory of any wedding is the ring. Exchanging wedding and engagement rings is a beautiful part of any ceremony and can still be done virtually. Show off your new wedding rings in front of the camera and allow guests to take pictures of a memory that will last a lifetime.