Can you get married during the Coronavirus pandemic?

The whole world has changed so fast.

You’re likely feeling very worried about whether your wedding ceremony can still go ahead, or if the date has to change and if so, what will the new date be?

What to do?

The best way to respond to the challenge of sudden change is to think outside the box.

Here’s an unexpected opportunity to do something totally creative.

online wedding ceremony - couple celebrate together and virtually with guests

Don’t despair! Help is at hand, and you may yet save the date and save the day – just a little differently from how you’d planned.

celebrate wedding online with a virtual ceremony

Hold on to the faith that your love for one another will never change. Just the how, where and how many will be there to see and hear you, may change. And that could be amazing!

My goal is to help you have your wedding ceremony in a way that is safe for everyone, and provides you with the unique, bespoke words and rituals that you want.

Enter the Internet, your White Knight in Shining Armour to save the day

New ways to Plan your Vitual Wedding Ceremony

1. Meet to discuss ideas for the ceremony

Before:  We’d usually do this ‘face to face’ in person, over a coffee or a drink.

Now:  Let’s arrange to chat together. There are so many choices. A regular phone call, WhatsApp, Skype or other video conference platform, so we can see each other while we talk. This conversation gives us a chance to get to know each other and bounce ideas around. You can say a lot in 20-30 minutes.

2. Draft your online wedding ceremony

The fun part begins. I’ll write the first draft of the ceremony based on our conversation. As soon as it’s ready, I’ll send it to you to review and make whatever changes you wish.

Then you return the draft with your changes, I send you a revised draft incorporating those change,  and you make final changes and send them to me marked “Approved ceremony”, and that’s the one you’ll have on the day.

3. Choose a Platform

There’s an ever-increasing choice: live stream on FaceBook, have a Zoom wedding or a Skype Wedding or Microsoft Team Wedding, to name a few.

You can record the online ceremony and upload it to your wedding website so that those who weren’t able to be there have a chance to see and hear it, and those who were there can enjoy it again and again.

We have so many options, let’s pick the right one for you.

1. Meet to discuss ideas for the ceremony

Before:  We’d usually do this ‘face to face’ in person, over a coffee or a drink.

Now:  Let’s arrange to chat together. There are so many choices. A regular phone call, WhatsApp, Skype or other video conference platform, so we can see each other while we talk. This conversation gives us a chance to get to know each other and bounce ideas around. You can say a lot in 20-30 minutes.

2. Drafting your online wedding ceremony

The fun part begins. I’ll write the first draft of the ceremony based on our conversation. As soon as it’s ready, I’ll send it to you to review and make whatever changes you wish.

Then you return the draft with your changes, I send you a revised draft incorporating those change,  and you make final changes and send them to me marked “Approved ceremony”, and that’s the one you’ll have on the day.

3. Choosing a Platform

There’s an ever-increasing choice: live stream on FaceBook, have a Zoom wedding or a Skype Wedding or Microsoft Team Wedding, to name a few.

You can record the online ceremony and upload it to your wedding website so that those who weren’t able to be there have a chance to see and hear it, and those who were there can enjoy it again and again.

We have so many options, let’s pick the right one for you.

Creating your Online Wedding Ceremony

With churches and all places of worship closed, and Registry Offices likely to have to close as well, celebrant-led online/virtual, cyber-ceremonies, whatever you wish to call them, are your best option where legalities are not an issue. You can go ahead with the ceremony, and do the legalities when places of worship and registry offices reopen.

The ceremony will be able to go ahead, probably even on the day, with the choice to have the three of us in the same place but keeping to the 2-metre social distancing guidelines, or we could by then be mandated to be in different places but connected online.

online wedding ceremony where guests can participate and join the celebrations

Guest participation

Most platforms allow you to interact with your guests – so you can still have people giving readings, saying blessings, cued by the celebrant. They also allow you to record the gathering for future viewing.

Make Lemonade from Lemons

Instead of the coronavirus situation causing you to pare down your guest list dramatically, you can actually increase it. You can have as many guests as you want! With virtual guests, there’s no need to worry about social distancing, the health and well-being of elderly or vulnerable guests being put at risk, or the capacity of the venue, travel arrangements, weather. All guests can safely join you from wherever they are.

At The Online Ceremony

Enjoy the day, share it with those you love and just accept that though all the hugs and toasts from your guests will be virtual but no less warmly meant than if they were there in person. You can even have a virtual receiving line, giving guests a chance to say special words to you through the wonders of the internet.

Find out how I can help to make your virtual wedding ceremony marvellous and memorable.

Send Request

Watch this page for updates with the latest information and cyber/virtual options for you.

Phone: 0758 3838 856

Skype: cath53kent

Email: hello@customceremony.co.uk

Very Best Wishes for your Health and Happiness

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