While a virtual wedding can’t replace a ceremony and reception with all of your friends and family, in the midst of COVID-19 and the new regulations affecting venues and vendors, in addition to the safety of your loved ones, a virtual wedding may be your best option.
Like with any major decision, it is important to consider the pros and cons.
Pro: You can break the tie and make a choice.
Maybe you were already on the fence and haven’t heavily invested financially or emotionally in having a large, expensive wedding. The pandemic may just simply push you in one direction and encourage you to make the decision and commit to a virtual wedding.Con: Possibility of
Because virtual weddings are a new concept, a whole different way of planning is required and there will likely be a certain degree of difficulty in pulling it off, especially if you are not tech-savvy. It is recommended that you hire a planner to coordinate the equipment setup and handle the logistics for you. You may consider designating your capable friends and family members to assist to ensure things go off without a hitch.
Pro: Save on Expenses.
When you opt not to host an in-person celebration for a hundred people, you will see your wedding costs drop dramatically. This will help to free up cash, maybe funds that could be used for a more lavish honeymoon and can also help eliminate potential debt.
Con: Legal Aspects of the Ceremony.
If you plan to have your officiant perform your ceremony remotely, it may not be possible. When you get married virtually, this falls into a legal grey area. Due to COVID-19, some states have issued legal orders that give couples to obtain and have their marriage solemnized through video conferencing. In most states, there are marriage laws that prevent virtual ceremonies from being legally binding and do not offer any official statement or clear guidance on the validity of weddings officiated over a video conference.
Pro: Less Guest List Stress.
When you have a virtual wedding, you have more freedom with the guest list and can invite more people without worrying about overspending. You can also avoid the guests that you were dreading but felt obligated to invite.
Con: May Feel Impersonal.
Video conferences and texting are a great to keep in touch with friends and co-workers, but it can be difficult to convey emotion through a screen. There is a certain energy that is created by friends and family that are there to celebrate with you that can be hard to capture vis video conferencing.
Pro: Your loved ones will stay safe.
This a driving factor for many couples considering a virtual wedding. As we are all aware, COVID-19 is highly contagious and even with a smaller ceremony, there is no way to guarantee guests will not become infected. When you choose to do a virtual ceremony, you eliminate the worry of endangering the health of friends and family.
At Entertainment Unlimited, we understand that these uncertain times can be frustrating for couples. With our professional entertainment, including wedding DJs, we can help you make your day special whether you choose an intimate in-person ceremony or a virtual wedding.