Updated: Oct 5
Aside from sanitizing EVERYTHING, this pandemic has taught us the true power of technology. Living in a digital age where information is at our fingertips, wedding planning is possible from the couch! Engaged couples are turning to virtual wedding planning and weddings so social distancing, and the pandemic don’t get in their way of getting married. Love always wins. Brides and Grooms are finding creative ways to make their wedding happen, consultations with vendors over Skype all the way to Live Streaming their wedding online!
Chandler Business Group offers the technology and ability to make your special day extra special by either Live Streaming to the world, or streaming just to your close family and friends. No matter the size, no matter the place, we will create a beautiful event and give you the experience of a lifetime!
Here are a few of the ways couples are planning their big day!
Tour Venues Virtually
Even though virtual venue tours have been around for a while, there are now 360-degree tour videos to get a panoramic view of different spaces. Because of the COVID-19 quarantines and social distance restrictions, venues are taking it a step further and actually offering on-site tours via FaceTime and Skype. You can do a walk through of the event space virtually. This allows you to ask questions in real-time. This gives you a great opportunity to meet and get to know the coordinator and talk details, just like you would in person. Don’t be shy asking to see everything you want and ask the important questions!
Schedule Virtual Vendor Consultations
Even though there are some things you can’t experience digitally, like makeup and hair trials, or a cake tasting, you can still have consultations with vendors and get to know them and what they offer. You can set up a virtual meeting with photographers, coordinators, videographers, floral designers and more. Let them show you samples of their best work and walk you through their packages and contracts. If there’s a showroom, ask for a virtual tour around.
Host Virtual Bridal Showers and Bachelor/ette Bashes
Even if a virtual wedding isn’t for you, you can still do a virtual pre-wedding party! This allows you to spend some quality time with your wedding party and guests, while maintaining social distance. Consider having a live stream bridal shower or even a bachelor/ette party virtual happy hour! Just because social distance is in effect, doesn’t mean the socializing has to stop. Use technology to get your nearest and dearest together now. It will lift your spirits and get everyone excited about the big event! Pro Tip: Instead of gifts, ask your guests to share their favorite recipe, memory of the couple, or tip for a wonderful marriage. It will be fun, interactive, and FREE for all!
Get Ready to Stream Your Day
If you don’t want to wait or reschedule your wedding, a live stream wedding is for you! You can still create a beautiful event complete with flowers and decorations, your guests will just be online. YouTube Live Stream allows the flexibility of streaming publicly or privately. Having a great production service to handle the technology is key.
Then you don’t have to worry about internet connections, setting it all up yourself, and you can focus on the wedding, not the details.
Use E-Vites Instead of Paper
Inviting guests can be done digitally as well. Instead of paper invitations, find a company you can create digital e-vites and send them to your entire guest list! Paperless Post and Greenvelope deliver elegant electronic invitations that emulate the experience of opening a "traditional" printed invitation.
Don’t forget the rehearsal!
Even though your event is online, it’s important to do a run through with your production company to make sure there aren’t any glitches or questions during the real thing. This gives you the opportunity to hash out those last-minute details and make sure the event is perfect for your guests.
Even though this may not be the exact vision of your special day, it doesn’t mean you can’t still be a vision for your wedding. Pick out THE dress, or go a bit more casual if you want. The groom can don a tux or go for jeans and a sport coat. Whatever you want, you’re the star of the show, live it up.
Pro Tip: Make sure guests mute their audio until after your vows and first kiss happen.
Host a Virtual Reception
Don’t let distance stop the party! Take a break for photos, and then get back to streaming for a virtual reception. Have your first dance, cut the cake, have a signature cocktail (give guests the recipe in advance) and have a drink with your guests. Take mom and dad off mute and let them give a toast to the happy couple! Just because your event is virtual, doesn’t mean you have to skip the traditions.
Plan an In Person Party Later
Even though the legal wedding is streamed online, many couples are opting to schedule an in person vow renewal, reception or a big party to celebrate after this pandemic blows over and people can gather again. Don’t feel like your dream wedding can’t happen, just plan a bash at a later date to get all those hugs and in person feels.
An added benefit to doing this, the pressure is off! You’re already married, you can just enjoy the party!