With wedding plans getting canceled or postponed, many couples are getting creative by hosting virtual weddings from home. Is your virtual wedding legal? Can you get married remotely from your computer? Many questions have arisen due to many Zoom weddings going viral. Our experts have put together the ultimate guide of everything you need to know to create a virtual ceremony for your loved ones to cherish.
Tired of being engaged and just want to elope for now, and celebrate later? Hundreds of engaged couples have seen their wedding plans get ruined by the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you are thinking of an online wedding for medical benefits, or just are too stressed out to plan another wedding; broadcasting your wedding online is a great idea.
Are Virtual Weddings Legal?
Q: Can you just hire a minister from somewhere and have them marry you over the internet?
A: No. Many states and countries require that the minister marry you in-person. There are many laws that restrict ministers to marry couples over the internet from different states and countries. Sorry – officiants, ministers, and celebrants can’t legally marry you on a Zoom meeting.
Update 5/21/2020: Some states in the United States, have made it legal to marry couples over the computer. However, Nevada is not one of those states. Check your state and country’s laws to find out requirements for legal ceremonies in your state.
Q: Can you have a virtual ceremony without a marriage license?
A: Yes and No.
Yes, you can have a minister come to your house/location and perform a ceremony.
No, because without the marriage license, the ceremony will NOT be legal and NOT recognized by the state.
The minister can still perform the ceremony, but it would be a symbolic ceremony (which is not legally binding).
Q: How do you know if your ceremony is legal?
A: A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself; did you have a marriage license and did your ordained minister sign it in-person. If you didn’t have this happen at your nuptials, then it is very likely that your ceremony wasn’t legal.
Wedding Tip: Check your state and country’s laws to find out the requirements for legal ceremonies in your state.
How to Plan a Legal Virtual Wedding
Minimonies or micro-weddings have been trending in 2020. These are small ceremonies of 15 people or less. In Las Vegas, wedding chapels are open and ready to marry couples that walk into their doors. For couples that can travel to Vegas for a “minimony”, this is giving them an alternative option to have an elegant wedding ceremony instead of a quarantine wedding at home.
Whether you have elderly family members that can’t travel or live outside the country; broadcasting your ceremony online is a great way to include your loved ones that can’t make it to your wedding.
Chapel of the Flowers has been broadcasting ceremonies on their website for 20 years. Video broadcasting is included in many of their Vegas wedding packages.
Anderson Cooper on CNN coverage of the virtual ceremony at Chapel of the Flowers.
The Chapel is set up with HD cameras that are controlled from outside the ceremony space, to allow for 360-degree shots of the ceremony with live editing – which is done by a professional videographer.
Want to go beyond live streaming your wedding? Chapel of the Flowers now has the “Zoom Wedding Broadcasting” feature (available in their Victorian Chapel). This new feature will allow you to see your wedding guests on TV screens at the back of the chapel while attending your Vegas Wedding virtually.
Click here for more information about Chapel of the Flowers video services.
Chapel of the Flowers also has access to wedding flowers, photography, limousines, dress and tuxedo rentals, and wedding cakes during the temporary closures which will give couples an all-inclusive experience for their big day!
Décor for Your Online Wedding
On social media and news broadcasts, many of the virtual weddings are done in a living room or in the backyard. Since many businesses are closed to the public, you might find it hard to order wedding flowers, rent a wedding dress or tuxedo (if you didn’t already purchase one), and have a wedding cake made.
Home Wedding Decoration
Whether you make it legal or using your Zoom wedding ceremony as a placeholder for the real thing, you should try to make it fun!
Wedding Flowers– Pick a couple of flowers from the yard or nearby park and make your wildflower bouquet. Live in a city or cold climate where flowers don’t grow, use tissue paper or print out a bouquet to hold.
Wedding Attire-If you don’t have your wedding gown and tuxedo, then just dress-up. Have fun with your wardrobe, who says your wedding attire must be black and white.
Wedding Cake– If you are anything like us, you have been binge-watching “The Great British Baking Show” or something similar. Have fun in the kitchen, find a recipe on Pinterest, and make your own cake. It may look like something from Netflix’s “Nailed It”, but at least it is something you will remember for a lifetime.
Love is an amazing thing and with the world-wide pandemic, we are seeing how love conquers. Couples are starting new relationships, getting engaged, and still getting married despite what is going on with the world. If you desire a virtual wedding by Chapel of the Flowers, or want more information about wedding packages, visit our website and chat with our planners today!