Did you catch our Virtual Wedding Guide last month? We're pretty thankful for Christina jazzing us up for these new & unusual times.
Now that you know how to plan the logistics (and style!) your digital day, our friends at Be Inspired PR have sourced ideas from expert wedding pros on how to incorporate your wedding guests in your special, virtual wedding day.
We're pretty stoked about the idea of throwing a wedding parade if your guests are local, but let's say your bestie from college has sold all of her things and moved to Bali? We've got plenty of ideas on how to include her too (I think you should name a tropical cocktail after her, just saying).
1. Throw a Wedding Parade
“A great way to celebrate your marriage and still have a COVID-safe celebration is to throw a wedding “parade”! Create a ceremony space in your front yard by bringing your floral designer in to create a magical space to say your vows. Have your hired officiant join, or ask a fellow quarantined family member to get ordained, to make it official. Invite your parents or immediate family members to stand by your side, at a safe distance of course, and witness your nuptials as extended family and friends drive by to cheer you on. Ask your photographer to join and document the occasion. Photos are still great, even at 6 feet away!
For an extra special touch, we can create a playlist specific to your relationship and share with the parade drivers. Hand out special favors, like champagne splits (for consumption once they are home!), florals or balloons, or items unique to you, to commemorate the day. Your creative partner team can still make your day special and unique, even though it may not end up looking like your original vision. After all, your love deserves to be celebrated!” – Karen Sieger, Owner and Principal Planner, Blissfully Styled Events
2. Print Life-size Cutouts
“One way couples might incorporate guests into their weddings is having life-size cutouts of family and friends who may not be able to attend. This would be a fun element for couples to play around with and it would really take the meaning of being “here in spirit” to the next level! It’s a very non-traditional idea, but let’s face it – wedding traditions are changing vastly these days!” – Racquel Guyton, Principal Planner, St Germain Design and Co
3. Pay Homage with Food & Drink
“Perhaps incorporating a family members favorite food into the menu, naming a signature cocktail after them (pre-poured and sealed for safety) or naming the tables after those that can’t attend. In addition to live-streaming opportunities, family and friends who can’t be there in person can put together video messages that can be played at the wedding.” -Sara Parrell, Catering Sales, Colette’s Catering
4. Send Ahead a Favor Box
“Send guests who are unable to attend a wedding favor box. This can include a personal wish you were here note, a wedding program, wedding-themed desserts such as decorated cookies or chocolates, a confetti popper, and the ingredients for your signature wedding cocktail. This is a wonderful way to make guests feel included in all aspects of the wedding day and makes it much more personal than just sitting down in front of a screen.” – Kate Goddard, Founder and Senior Event Designer, Wild Sky Events
5. Send Bouquets that Match Your Wedding Flowers
“For the couple that has decided on elopement, or for the guests that just couldn’t make it to your wedding, chat with your florist about how you can save a few arrangements and send flowers to your loved ones with a special note attached! Your friends & family will surely appreciate the sentiment, and will get to hold on to something tangible that was incorporated on your special day.” – Vanessa Hicks, Vanessa Hicks Photography
6. Upgrade to a Professional Videographer
“Hire a great videographer who has a live streaming wedding service add-on. This way guests can not only be a part of the ceremony but the dancing and fun as well! Plus with a wedding videographer, you will get a much higher quality video for those guests watching online than if you try and setup a phone or go-pro on your own.” – Kate Goddard, Founder and Senior Event Designer, Wild Sky Events
7. Gift Special Handkerchiefs
“Whether you’re airing your wedding on a live stream, or via Zoom, your guests can’t go without something to wipe their happy tears away! Make your off-site guests feel included and excited by sending them a happy tear handkerchief to have on-hand while they watch your ceremony remotely.” – Colleen Corcoran, The Handkerchief Shop
8. Ask for Favorite Songs & Quotes
“There are so many beautiful and creative ways to incorporate family & friends into your big day and make them feel like they are a special part of the celebration. Aside from a Zoom or FaceTime inclusion, you could ask for their favorite quote, song or cocktail and work them into the day and enjoy with them in mind – HoneyFitz Events
9. Send a Post-wedding Favor Kit
“For the guests who cannot make it to the celebration, you can send a post-wedding celebration kit that includes photos, a link to the video, your favor and maybe some of your favorite memories from the day!” – HoneyFitz Events
10. Set up a Dropbox Guestbook
“Set up a Dropbox folder for guests to leave well wishes for the couple, as a way for them to feel supported. From notes to videos and even artwork from the littlest ones, the options are endless.” – Nora Sheils, Founder, Bridal Bliss
These tips were gathered by Be Inspired PR, a PR + Social Media Agency for wedding, wellness & lifestyle clients. With over 10+ years of experience, we’re here to take our clients to the next level! Find oodles of stylish wedding inspiration on their Instagram & Pinterest.