Virtual weddings are a new trend that has been made necessary by the pandemic. If you’ve decided to host a virtual wedding, congratulations!!! Broadcasting your wedding is a beautiful way to include those important to you even though they are not physically available. If you’re considering having a fully virtual wedding or a wedding that is broadcasted, here are some important details to keep in mind.
Choose A Platform
Video conference software Zoom offers free and paid subscriptions. With Zoom, you can have your ceremony and continue the party into the reception. Your wedding party and parents can give speeches, you can have your first dance and even do the cake cutting.
Facebook is another option to utilize for your ceremony. Invite your guests to a private group, and then create a private event for them to RSVP to. At the designated time, your guests can hop on to watch you say your vows. It can even act as a guestbook of sorts too.
Inform Your Guests
Keeping in line with your wedding theme, e-invites would work best here. Save time, energy by sending out virtual invitations. You can include the meeting link to your scheduled Zoom or to your Facebook group, as well as the date and time. Ask for them to RSVP, too, so you know who to send your gift basket to.
Take Time Zones into Account
If you’ll have guests tuning in from out of town, it’s important that you keep time zones in mind. Plan your wedding at a time that accommodates everyone as much as possible. Also remember to include what time zone you’re working with when sending your invites. You don’t want Aunt Marge coming online to find out that your wedding is long over because her 10am is your 10pm.
Check Your Internet Connection Prior
Without good internet, you won’t be able to live stream your wedding. Make sure you do a couple of speed and connection tests days before your wedding. This way, you’ll have time to resolve any issues that crop up. Take stock of the areas of your wedding space where the connection is spotty and avoid them. All your software should also be up to date.
Use Proper Equipment
Where possible, a new device is always best. You should also invest in things like an adjustable stand, if you’re streaming from a phone or tablet. Make sure that you have easily available, any items that might come in handy during the streaming. Also carry out a test record to ensure that everything works perfectly.
Lighting Is Important
Where possible, the formation to go for is the window, the camera and then you. Regardless of whatever app you use, livestreaming will distort your quality a bit. Lighting can help with that. A well-lit space and natural light is more flattering so you’ll look better. If you’re hosting at night, try to use your light effects in a natural manner too.
Now that you’re done, all that’s left is to say your wedding vows. Whether you decide to keep things simple or enhance your virtual guests’ experience by sending care packages, it will still be amazing to celebrate with your union with your loved ones.
Save The Recording
There are many reasons why you should the save the recording of your wedding. If any guests were unable to meet up, you can send them the video. Sometimes, technical difficulties could occur on their end. You’ll also love having it as a keepsake that you can watch to relive the memories. Best of luck!!!