1. Cell phone or laptop with camera
2. Tripod or tall table – Stabilize your camera!
3. Internet Connection – WiFi is ideal as long as the connection is fast enough.
4. Facebook, Youtube, or Zoom account – Each platform has its own benefits, but if you’re FB friends with all of your guests Facebook has the easiest setup.
5. A Helper to manage the livestream – Because you’ll be busy getting married!
Additional items to take into account –
Perfect your guest list.
The worst thing about getting married during coronavirus is that you don’t get to have all of your loved ones there on your big day. Luckily, Zoom will allow you to feel their presence on this special occasion.
With any ordinary Zoom account, you can have up to 100 attendees. The session will automatically end after 40 minutes, so make sure to specify the duration of the meeting when setting it up.
Purchasing larger meeting plans will allow you to have up to 500 guests! I suggest keeping it small, though, if you want to have more interaction with your guests.
Your original wedding venue might have been perfect to fit all your college and school friends, but trying to talk to 300 people sniffling in front of their laptops probably isn’t the vibe you had in mind. Focus on who you want the most, and record the wedding so others can watch it later.
Send out paperless invitations.
God bless the digital age — there’s a website for everything! Designing your own email invites is the perfect way to get your guests excited about your wedding.
Be sure to designate a host for your Zoom meeting, too, so they can be in charge of admitting people into the chat and turning guest’s mics off when necessary.
Pinterest will be your best friend for the next few items.
Hair and makeup inspiration –
By now you’ve probably forgotten what you look like out of sweatpants, let alone with makeup on. Doing your own hair and makeup for your wedding can be a daunting task, especially if your skillset is limited.
For hair, try soft curls or a simple sleek bun — whatever you think complements your outfit best. Now isn’t the time to try and discover your inner stylist, so the simpler the look, the harder it is to mess up.
No webcam quality is good enough for people to notice a slightly uneven contour or fly-aways.
Get creative with decorations.
Pinterest will be your best friend here for cute decor inspiration. Your living room probably wasn’t your dream wedding venue, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it.
Luckily, your guests will only be able to see what’s in frame on your webcam, so focus on creating a backdrop that will transport you to another location.
Ultimately, make the memory last.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, regardless of whether things go exactly how you might have imagined them. You’re going to want to look back on this special moment for years to come.
Make sure you have your device set to screen record so you can watch back from your guests’ perspective. This also covers you if you have any connectivity issues during the ceremony.
And remember: your wedding is about so much more than venues and appearances. Whatever happens, enjoy the moment with the love of your life.