How to share your wedding with guests during the coronavirus?​

Update March 30, 2020 - Ontario limiter gatherings to five people max.

"Based on the best advice of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, effective immediately."

"Organized public events include parades, events including weddings, social gatherings and communal services within places of worship. This order replaces a previous emergency order which prohibits organized public events of over 50 people."

These quotes are taken directly from the Ontario newsroom website.

How to share your wedding with guests during the coronavirus?​

You might not be able to have the number of people at your wedding that you hoped. It sucks but there are ways to include them in your wedding celebration. Livestream your wedding during coronavirus, there are multiple options for you to choose from.

If you have family and friends that live far away and can no longer travel due to the coronavirus. Do you have family and friends that are high risk and cannot safely attend your wedding? Maybe you are affected by the Ontario wide ban on gathering over fifty people. Or is it all of these? 

Having to change your plans suck. But that does mean your friends and family can't still be involved in your wedding day or even witness your wedding.

Livestream your wedding during coronavirus: Hire a videographer

You can hire a videographer to tell your wedding day story from getting ready, your wedding ceremony and your wedding portraits. Maybe you have a toast after the ceremony or have your first dance. Those special moments that will happen on your wedding day will be captured by a professional with good equipment including mics that make all the difference in sound quality. So while you might not have the guest count you wanted at your wedding you would have a professional wedding video. A video that could be featured at a watch party. You could have a virtual watch party with all your guests (think of any royal wedding) or you could wait and show your wedding video at your reception later on. You can always do both.

Livestream your wedding during coronavirus: Livestream options

You can Livestream your wedding using platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. You would create a Facebook group or event and then have someone with their phone, iPad etc. go live and people could join in the live stream but also rewatch it later. The same thing with Instagram, someone using your Instagram account could go live and share it for 24 hours on your profile.

You can do a similar thing with Zoom, I have only ever used it on my computer but I know they have an app for phones. The nice feature with Zoom is people can hop on the live stream but you can also record it and upload it to a Facebook group or email it to people or put it on your wedding website.

Livestream your wedding during coronavirus: Have a guest record it with a phone or iPad.

If you don't want to have a live stream and you can't hire professional videography why not have a guest record it on their phone or iPad. You can download apps splice to edit the footage or leave the footage raw. The point is you would be able to spend your wedding video to your love ones through email, messager, uploading it to Facebook or putting it on your wedding website.

I hope this helps you figure out how to still share your wedding day with your loved ones. You can find more blogs on wedding planning and the coronavirus on my blog.

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