Virtual wedding

In response to the pandemic, many couples are taking their weddings to video conferencing platforms, such as Zoom and Facebook Live. This couple exchanged vows in front of close family members and a propped-up iPad in their backyard.

Life is opening up more, but the pandemic still can make wedding planning unpredictable. Some couples are opting for smaller, intimate weddings or a mix of in-person and virtual ceremonies. Coast Bridal asks wedding planner Connie DeRome of Galveston Bridal Group for tips on ensuring your big day goes off without a hitch. Here’s her advice:

DECIDE ON THE DATE

Choose your date as soon as possible. Decide on your venue then select vendors soon as well. Everyone wants your date and vendors. If you need to reschedule, choose your date as soon as possible. Review your vendor contracts and discuss options. Flexibility and consideration makes a great vendor relationship.

MAKE A GUEST LIST

Downsizing your wedding? Consider your guest list and decide who likely will attend and who won’t. Guest count is information needed for your venue and vendors to help guide you to the best solutions. Zoom still is a good option for guests who can’t attend, but want to be included in your festivities.

SHOPPING VENUES

For small gatherings, consider beach ceremonies and beach house receptions. Backyard ceremonies and private home receptions also are an option. Also consider church ceremonies and restaurant private room receptions and venues with small rooms for ceremonies and receptions. You can get married and still have your large party at a future date.

GIVE GUESTS TIME

Let your guests save the date as soon as possible. Send your invitations out as soon as you can. This will give more time to plan logistics. Reservations for travel and lodging might be limited for a time.

PLAY IT SAFE

Be sure to follow safety protocols and offer masks and sanitizers for your guests. A fun and safe environment shows you care.

PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT

Consider wedding insurance. Your insurance agent will advise. 

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