Have you ever thought about having a virtual wedding? It’s not that hard to do and it’s a great way to let family and friends that can’t come to the actual wedding share in the joy and fun of the occasion. I had never really considered a virtual wedding until my fiancée, who is in the military, got orders to deploy. We decided to get married before he left instead of waiting until he got home. So the wedding had to be quick. And since most of our family lives far away and couldn’t just drop everything to attend the wedding but we still wanted them to be there we decided to have a virtual wedding. Here’s what we did:
Set The Stage
Imagine that you’re creating the set for a play and set up a stage for your wedding. The people at home won’t care how beautiful the room is or how big it so focuses your attention and your budget on staging the place where the actual ceremony will take place. We used risers to create a raised area where we would say our vows and we created a beautiful background with fabric drapes, lights, and flowers. You could also use props or photo backdrops to create an appropriate setting for the ceremony.
As tempting as it is to let your best friend stream the ceremony from a cell phone do that. Chances are very high that having a friend or relative run the video will result in a video that is unfocused, jumps around, or is otherwise unwatchable. It’s worth the money to hire a professional with a high-quality camera to do the video streaming. You want to make sure the ceremony is streamed with a professional grade video camera so that all the details are visible and the viewers will feel like they are in the room with you.
Without good Wi-Fi, you won’t be able to stream the video in real time. Which is the whole point of a virtual wedding. While it might be fun to get married outside. In a usual place like a theater or art museum. Be mindful of what the Internet situation is when you choose your location. Remember that you can take a very basic space and dress it up to look fantastic. Choose your location based on the Wi-Fi available and not on the appearance of the venue.
Choose a Platform For Streaming
Are you going to stream your wedding using Twitter? Instagram? Facebook? We chose to use Instagram because all of our friends and relatives knew how to use Instagram. You could just as easily use Facebook Live or another streaming service. You could even live stream it on YouTube or Twitch if your relatives and friends are Internet savvy. Ours weren’t, so we went with Instagram because it was simple and easy to use.
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