2020 Brides that have been affected by the global pandemic are their very own kind of superhero. You deserve a hug and a glass of wine because this brings stressful wedding planning to a whole new level! After months of planning all the details, it’s definitely upsetting not to have the event you may have been prepping for your entire life. Even if your venue allows you to move forward with a wedding celebration, your guest list will most likely be cut to ensure the safety of your friends and family. Because of this, a lot of couples are postponing their wedding to 2021, but that doesn’t mean that you need to wait until next year to marry the love of your life. In fact, you can have a super special virtual wedding instead!
Virtual weddings with a later-date celebration are becoming extremely popular, and they’re a way to have your initial guest list included in your special day. With streaming services like Zoom, you can have up to 1,000 people tuning into your wedding. We’re here to give you some tips & tricks on how you can make your big day feel special and romantic while doing it in a safe way!
1. Send Your Guests a ‘Virtual Wedding Kit’
Your guests might not be able to be with you, but that doesn’t mean they have to feel like they’re disconnected. People want to celebrate you and extra touches will make them feel included. Prior to the wedding, you can send out boxes with detailed instructions on how to join the virtual wedding, a mini bottle of champagne to toast with after the ceremony, a wedding playlist to set the ambiance, and a personalized note from the newlyweds. These little touches will make all the difference and make your guests feel like they are actually there!
2. Set the Scene
Since you’re streaming your wedding for all of your guests to see, you might want to think about what decor you’ll be working with. No need to go over the top, but a little decor that they can see in the frame will go a long way over Zoom.
From a wooden frame covered in flowers to a custom balloon arch, this is where you can have fun and show your personal style at the altar! This will not only help make the day feel thought out and special, but it will also make for beautiful photos. Pro tip: If you’re on a budget and looking for an affordable DIY project, Trader Joe’s always has great prices on flowers. You can gather different florals to make your own decor or you can grab some of their pre-made bouquets that include the most gorgeous seasonal arrangements!
3. Get Ready Over Zoom With Your Bridal Party
If your bridesmaids can’t be with you at a safe distance, send them matching pajamas or robes before the big day to rock during an on-camera call. On the morning of your virtual wedding, have your bridal party Zoom in and ‘get ready’ with you just like they would have on your big day. You and your besties can virtually sip on mimosas & share some girl talk as you get ready to marry your best friend.
4. Dress the Part
Your original wedding dress might be too formal for your new virtual location, but there’s no reason to panic. This is where you can truly show off your personal style and maybe even showcase that “second dress” you’ve been eyeing. If you’re planning on having a bigger celebration in 2021, save THE dress for that day and try one of these chic dress from our Ivory Edit. If you’ve ever wanted to have a colorful dress moment or a fun, sparkly number but went with a more formal dress, now is the time to rock it!
5. Capture the Moment
Talk to your photographer, depending on states and their comfort level, they might be able to attend and offer you a customized package to capture the event (socially distanced of course). These are special moments that you will not want to forget. Ditch the phone and opt for a more professional lens. Even if the person behind the camera isn’t a pro, more high quality photos will make all the difference. You can even add a more personal touch with a few disposable cameras. These snapshots may be a little more unpredictable, but they are a fun way to capture the big day from the newlyweds point of view. The printed film itself will be just as unique and feel just as intimate as your special modern-day wedding celebration!