Hurray for the digital age! No matter the reason, plan and stream your wedding easily with our Virtually Plan & Livestream Your Wedding How-to Guide.
With your laptop, smartphone, video chat & all kinds of other tools, you plan your wedding—at home—on your couch.
What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Virtually Plan & Livestream Your Wedding How-to Guide: Location Options
Traditional event space
Many wedding venues are now offering FaceTime & Skype personal site tours. With a virtual venue tour, you can talk through everything with the venue on-site coordinator & ask any question as they come up—in real time.
Tip: This is a terrific option to use if you’re planning your wedding ahead of time & want to guarantee a great date & time.
Church or Synagogue
Set a time to talk with your clergyman or woman to see what options they can offer. If a staff member is willing, you might also be able to arrange a virtual tour using that person’s smart phone for planning ideas like flowers, a wedding canopy, bride’s room if they have one & any other details.
Park, Beach or Outdoor Location
Check with local officials to see what they’ll allow. Then get permission to drive to the location & take a video or the site. You can use the video with a formal wedding planner to help make detail decisions.
Home or Backyard Celebration
You don’t need a large home or a big crowd to have a lovely wedding. You can create a beautiful setting with just be the two of you with a virtual clergyman & guests livestreamed.
If you can have a few guests, then plan your ceremony & reception in a space that has room for everyone. Rearrange furniture in the house to create an intimate setting in the living room, dining room or rec room (garages, basements & storage units are perfect to stash large and small items).
Or throw a pretty outdoor wedding either in your backyard or that of a relative or friend.
Virtually Plan & Livestream Your Wedding How-to Guide: Vendor Consultations
You can’t do on-screen menu tasting or makeup & hair tryouts. But you can plan ahead & book all the professionals you’ll need:
- Wedding coordinators
- Photographer (ask if they will send you digital samples)
- Videography (also ask for samples)
- Florist (they might be able to do a virtual showroom tour to give you ideas for flowers & arrangements in addition to those in the catalog)
- Musicians (for sure they’ll have recordings of their past work)
- Caterer (you can set the basics & arrange a taste test closer to the date)
Tip: Arrange a Zoom meeting with you & all your vendors so they can meet each other.
Arrange Pre-Wedding Events
Source: Allison Carter Celebrates
- If you’re planning your wedding in advance, use the same method as you would for vendor video consultations.
- If you’re having a smaller wedding now, live stream your bridal shower, bachelor & bachelorette parties, even a cocktail happy hour.
Tip: Instead of gifts that need to be shipped & opened, ask your guests to share their memories of your, a favorite recipe for your new home, or their personal ideas for your new life together.
Virtually Plan & Livestream Your Wedding How-to Guide: Tips on Live Streaming Your Ceremony and/or Reception
If you want to tie the knot now, never mind the rest of the world, live streaming your wedding if the perfect option. All you need is a good internet connection & basic streaming technology. Here’s how to do it:
Basic free streaming services:
Can’t decide on one? Then stream to multiple sites. This also lets your guests choose their preferred option.
- Private live stream wedding
- Option to get marriage license online
- Officiant available through the app.
- This app will facilitate your Zoom ceremony—for free!
How to Coordinate Vendors
- Officiant – Find someone to perform the ceremony online only.
Tip: To make your marriage legal, be sure to get your signed marriage license mailed in as soon as possible.
- Photos & Video – E-invite your vendors. They can document everything digitally using a streaming platform for a truly unique commemoration of your wedding ceremony.
Important note: Double check if your state requires an in-person officiant & maybe even a physically present witness or two to make your marriage legally binding.
Option: If you’re comfortable with it, go ahead & have the ceremony now—with the online officiant to make it feel like the real thing—then make it legal later in a courthouse or church/synagogue.
Virtually Plan & Livestream Your Wedding How-to Guide: Invitations
Virtual Invitation shown above is available here: Etsy Virtual Rustic Wedding Invitation
How to Set Up Your Ceremony Space
Source: Tanner Burge Photo
- Use a tripod for your phone or tablet.
- For natural light, open the windows.
- For an evening setting, use flameless candles & mini lights.
- Frame the space with things like potted plants, candleabra, pictures or posters on the wall.
- Set the mood with music.
- If you wish, have a champagne toast & pop the bottle after your first kiss or, in a Jewish wedding, after you smash the glass.
Tip: Ask your guests to mute audio in their end until after your vows & kiss.
What to Wear: Bride
- If you have The Dress, wear it!
- If you’ll have your big celebration later, find something pretty but elegant.
Fun Idea: If you choose a less formal dress for now, you can change into that for your reception when you have your big day down the road!
What to Wear: Groom
- If you have The Dress, your guy can wear a formal tux or a classy suit with trimmings like cuff links, shiny dress shoes & a pocket square.
- Crisp jeans & a sport coat—with or without a tie—look great if you’re going for a more casual look.
Option: This is your unique day so if you want to dress out of the box—a little or a lot—go for it!
Virtually Plan & Livestream Your Wedding How-to Guide: Throw a Virtual Reception
Use Google Hangouts or another platform
- Ask your guests to dress up & party along with you.
Include any traditional wedding traditions you want
Source: Tanner Burge Photo
- Walk down the “aisle”
- First dance
- Cut a homemade cake
- Open the mic so your guests can make a toast
- Create a signature cocktail
Fun cocktail idea: Give your guests the recipe in advance so they can join in 100%.
Have the Best of Both Worlds!
- Stream a digital ceremony now
- Have your Dream Wedding later with a vow renewal & awesome reception later
Bonus #1: By the time your new wedding day rolls around, all the pressure is off!
- You’re already married so …
- You get to marry your best friend twice.
- You get two “anniversaries!”
What more could you ask?!
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