Sometimes the wedding we’ve thought about for years isn’t really possible. We start planning and realize we need to make some adjustments, include or exclude certain aspects of the ceremony and reception to suit the reality of our circumstances. If you and your partner find yourself in this situation, the wedding professionals at Griffin’s Weddings encourage you to take heart! All hope is not lost. You may need to get a little creative, but your wedding can still be as special and memorable as you’ve always hoped. Here are a few tips we’ve found to make your virtual wedding a momentous occasion despite the circumstances.
How to Stage the Perfect Virtual Wedding
No matter where or how you choose to have your virtual wedding, be sure to test your technical devices well in advance. You’ll want to check that you have a strong internet connection, as well as the perfect lighting. Test all angles and see how you and your partner look in each scenario to find the ideal lighting (hint: natural light is considered best by all experts). If you have friends or family in differing time zones, be sure you’re clear about which time you’ll be having the wedding so those planning to attend will be on time in their area. Also, family members who tend to be technology-challenged might benefit from a few practice sessions to make sure they know how to use Zoom or Facebook Live, whichever platform you’ll be using.
What to Include in your Virtual Wedding
With a virtual wedding, there are certain aspects of a traditional wedding that can- and should- still be included. For example, you’ll still want to carry a bouquet and be surrounded by beautiful flowers. Since flowers tend to be symbolic and seasonal, they represent strong meaning and will help underscore the significance and importance of the day. Your wedding dress and your partner’s attire will be cemented in photos and videos from the day, so it’s definitely important to still wear that beautiful gown you’ve loved for so long. Feel free to decorate your space according to your wedding theme. Twinkling lights, a customized backdrop and plenty of fresh flowers will make a beautiful setting that shows off your style and sets the scene for your special moment. Don’t forget to include your photographer and videographer, not just for the Zoom or Facebook Live correspondence but also for preserving the moment digitally.
What to Exclude from your Virtual Wedding
Keep in mind that there will be a few areas in which you and your partner can save on your budget and still enjoy the day to its fullest. Without live guests, there’s no need for catering or a DJ. You can also do without a large wedding party, or simply include these individuals virtually. Plus, your cake doesn’t need to serve 200 people- let your cake decorator know you only need something for the two of you now. You can still have that cake-cutting moment for your special guests to enjoy, and you can always have an exciting reception or celebration at some point in the future when everyone can come together.
The perfect virtual wedding may not be the one you’ve dreamed of since childhood, but you can still have a beautiful, well-planned and memorable occasion that you, your partner and your loved ones remember for years to come. For more tips or ideas about creating the perfect virtual wedding, talk to the wedding experts at Griffin’s Weddings. We’re happy to walk you through the basics of planning a virtual wedding you’re sure to love and remember fondly.