How to Plan for a Virtual Wedding
In this day and age, wedding planning is starting to look a lot different lately. Many couples are reimagining how they once planned on getting married and choosing to host a virtual wedding! I wanted to share a few ways to virtually plan your wedding, as I was featured on TLC recently for virtual weddings too!
1. Online Wedding Venue Tours
You may not be able to visit venues in person, but luckily, many vendors are offering services to assist you. Reach out to some of your top wedding venues and see if they offer virtual tours of their space. For instance, you can envision some of the key details by seeing how it looks online, with a guide.
2. Online Wedding Dress Shopping
Many of your favorite wedding designers are now offering virtual try-ons, consultations, and even at home try-ons! Talk to a stylist and help get expert advice on the different styles you love, and even have samples mailed to you or picked up if you’re local. Put on some fun music, pop some bubbly, and find the dress of your dreams.
3. Vendor Consultations
As wedding vendors, we completely understand how stressful this time is, and most vendors are offering virtual consultations to help you get the details ironed out for your big day. If you haven’t found your vendor team yet, ask to set up a Skype or Zoom call and talk through all the details just like you would in person. We’re all in this together and want to make this as seamless as possible.
Hosting a Virtual Wedding
Why wait to get married when you can host a virtual wedding now? With advanced streaming platforms like Zoom, you can host an amazing wedding around the world from the comfort of your home. And, if you live in New York, you can even obtain your legal marriage license online and get all of the legalities out of the way. This new program is an amazing way to still get married and celebrate amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few ways to make this virtual wedding just as special. Virtual weddings planned by Jen Glantz who has done her virtual engagement session with me is also able to offer her planning services for you here.
1. Live Stream Your Wedding with Zoom
With Zoom, you can host up to 100 guests on the free account. I recommend finding someone with a pro account to host, so you have fewer restrictions, especially on time! Just send the link and tell your guests to dress up, sign on, and celebrate with you! I recommend telling your guests to mute themselves up until after the first kiss to keep the distractions down. For a next-level experience, you can split up guests up into different areas.
2. Make it as Fancy or Low Key as You Want
The beauty of an online wedding is that you can make it as unique as you like. You can keep it casual and just share the ceremony. Or a small reception and play some party music and catch up with guests. Also, another idea is to rent décor online from a variety of websites or get creative with what you have around the house.
3. Get the Party Going
If you choose to have an after-party or reception, hiring a virtual DJ is a game-changer. Daniel Linares of DLE Event Group has various packages for virtual weddings. Your own dance party will be fun for everyone to enjoy.
4. Send Your Guests a Sweet Treat
Another way to level up your virtual wedding experience is by providing a treat for your guests. Purchase a small cake and send a small treat and maybe even some bubbly to your guests! You don’t have to spend too much but there are local delivery services like Shipt, Uber Eats, Postmates, or Doordash. You can support local businesses and give your guests a sweet treat to enjoy the night with. Just make sure to get some cute photos of you and yours taking their first bite!
5. Capture the Moment
Since you are in the comfort of your own home, you can basically wear whatever you want! There are no rules. Just because it’s online doesn’t mean you can’t have professional photos. I am able to capture the moments and give you direction on the best looking poses. Feel free to contact me to get more information on the process.