Due to physical distancing and stay-at-home restrictions, many couples have turned to video-conferencing apps to conduct their weddings in the safety of their homes. As people get comfortable with their newfound digital ways of doing things, they’re finding that they can solemnize love online, too. So, even if things are easing up a bit, maybe you want to try this new trend to get married over Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, and other similar apps.
Here are common reasons that may make you want to consider streaming your wedding:
- A Lot Cheaper
Although the pandemic restrictions were the main reason behind many virtual weddings in the past year or two, many couples are becoming more open to this kind of ceremony because it’s cheaper than traditional. You don’t have to think about the food, decorating big venues, entertainment, and other conventional wedding must-haves.
Even if this kind of wedding is more affordable, it doesn’t mean there are no preparations and formalities involved. Of course, you still need to take care of legalities such as marriage licenses, finding an officiant that does Zoom weddings, and ensuring that streaming marriage ceremonies are accepted legally in your locality or country.
- A Lot Less Stressful
Preparing for traditional weddings usually takes months and even years, depending on how big you want your ceremony and celebration. Some couples have come to the brink of calling off their engagement or needing professional help to keep the love during wedding planning.
Without a doubt, weddings through online streaming are much easier to manage. For one, you don’t need to fuss about guests, especially if they come from different parts of the country or the world. You also don’t have to think much about great things like a vintage bridal car, catering for hundreds of people, or flowers and decorations for the ceremony and party venues.
However, planning virtual weddings still comes with many new things to focus on essentially. You must think about legal issues, streaming equipment, and sending food or wedding tokens to faraway guests who will witness your streaming ceremony.
But don’t worry too much. Businesses now cater to virtual wedding planning, particularly in essentials such as marriage application, finding legal officiants, filing marriage licenses, and other legal issues. For example, complete virtual weddings are done in Utah, even for some couples from different parts of the world, such as China, Finland, Guam, Madagascar, and Azerbaijan.
- Everyone Can Attend
You don’t need a traditional marriage ceremony to create an unforgettable wedding day. The great thing about a streaming wedding has everyone you love becomes a part of your big day, even if they aren’t physically there. A virtual wedding ceremony can be just as meaningful as one held at the church, especially since your guests can participate in the event from anywhere in the world.
So, if you could not come up with a wedding date that will be amenable to all your family and friends, maybe you should consider getting married over FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, or other streaming services available to your guests. Many guests will also prefer streaming weddings if you think about it, especially if they live thousands of miles away from you. Coming to a place to be physically present at the ceremony may be financially prohibitive for some people.
It’s worth noting that aside from weddings, you can also have virtual bridal showers and stag parties. It may not be as fun and memorable as having the party together in one room. However, it may still be a great option if you have friends or family members who want to share such events with you even if they’re far away or their circumstances don’t allow them to attend your occasion.
- You Want Something Intimate
Before virtual weddings became a trend, many couples sometimes felt compelled to host big weddings to accommodate their big family and friends. Since streaming weddings are much more affordable, couples who want to get married intimately may do so without breaking the bank or feeling guilty about not inviting close friends and family.
Additionally, with virtual weddings, it doesn’t matter if you and your spouse-to-be are aboard a yacht, on top of a mountain, in an Elvis-inspired theme wedding in Las Vegas, or any place that’s dear to your heart. You can have your elopement-style intimate wedding witnessed by your family and friends in the comfort of their living rooms, all thanks to streaming apps.
The Bottom Line
Many couples are starting to like the idea of getting married over Zoom, Facetime, Skype, and other streaming apps. So, even if the lockdowns and strict physical distancing protocols are no longer in place, there will still be plenty of couples who would prefer live streaming weddings because of convenience, affordability, accessibility, and so much more.