If you have guests or relatives that can’t attend your wedding, whether that be due to destination, wedding size, health or any number of reasons, there is a way that you can include them in your wedding still.
Have you considered live streaming your wedding to people who can’t attend? There are many online platforms where a designated guest can relay all the goings on to people unable to attend the wedding. Face time, Skype, and Facebook messenger video chat are some of the platforms that are easy to set up at both ends.
All you’ll need to do is ensure both sides (your wedding and those you’re streaming to) have the following capabilities:
Your celebrant can ensure the person responsible for capturing the ceremony is located with good sight lines to the action and proximity to the speakers, so your long-distance guests can see and hear everything that’s going on.
Alternatively, you could consider setting up a stand where someone will only need to push start and stop
I would definitely recommend trying it out ahead of time, and putting the device on mute on the day, unless of course, you wanted Grandma in Perth or your cousin in London to do a reading at your wedding?!
Another consideration is that it might not work out on the day for any number of reasons (the signal strength isn’t good enough, the battery runs out, someone mixes up time zone differences, technical glitches), so be aware of that too when considering using live streaming in your ceremony. You might want to assign someone to film the key components (entrance, vows, kiss etc) and then can send on those clips after the wedding as a back up plan.
If you have any other ideas you might want to include in your ceremony, do get in touch – I’d love to chat about how we can make your ceremony perfect for you both!