Once we’re out of lockdown, if you want to go ahead with a socially distanced wedding, live streaming could be the way to go! Purely Diamonds share their tips here…
If you thought that live streaming a wedding would be difficult, then we’ve got some good news for you. It’s much simpler than you might think. All you need to get your nuptials online is a smartphone, laptop or tablet with a camera, a reliable group streaming app such as Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, Instagram, Facebook or HouseParty and a tripod (but this is completely optional).
David Allen, engagement ring expert from Purely Diamonds offers the following tips for a thoroughly modern wedding ceremony (and yes, you can still get dressed up for the occasion).
Help your guests get acquainted with live streaming
You can still use snail mail to send save the date cards, or even wedding invitations. Within the invite it’s worth including instructions on how to access the live stream of your wedding and some troubleshooting tips if you think any guests might struggle with the technical aspects of it.
Send a special wedding care package to your guests ahead of the event
To make the event really special you could even send out ‘wedding favours’ such as a small bottle of Champagne for the toast, some wedding cake or even schedule the ingredients for the wedding breakfast to be delivered right to their door.
Create a virtual wedding venue for the day
Whilst you might not be able to visit a physical venue during the lockdown, there is nothing stopping you from creating a virtual venue. From a private Facebook group, to a bespoke instagram hashtag, there are lots of ways to add a sense of togetherness to your virtual ceremony.
Don’t forget the sound!
Whilst you might think your in-built microphones are sufficient for all of your guests to hear your vows, you might need to consider some extra help in this area. If you can’t get hold of additional microphones, then consider moving the camera closer when you’re saying the all-important ‘I Do’s’.
You can still have bridesmaids, a best man and maid of honor
You’ll still want your closest friends and family to be part of the day, so why not ask them to be your virtual wedding party? Your best man might be working from home, but he can still write an embarrassing speech and crack jokes to keep everyone entertained! Your maid of honor could be in charge of finding old photos and reading out a poem. Even little ones can get involved by recording heartfelt messages to be shared during and after the ceremony.
The wedding reception
A wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without getting together for a dance! Share your wedding playlist on Spotify and let your guests know what time it starts for the ultimate house-party wedding reception.
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