Covid-19 has forced scores of couples to cancel or postpone their nuptials, and the multibillion-dollar wedding industry, which should be entering its peak season right now, has come to a standstill. But just because venues are closed and flights cancelled doesn’t mean people can’t celebrate their big day.
Legal impediments to remote weddings are lifting in many places. Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order stating that New Yorkers can obtain marriage licenses remotely and that clerks can perform ceremonies via videoconference, and California Governor Gavin Newsom issued the same order last week.
As more and more couples turn to video chat apps to host their wedding ceremony in front of friends and family, T&C asked event and wedding planners for their expert tips on how to make a a Zoom wedding feel elegant and chic. Because having to celebrate the most important day of your life in front of a webcam is no excuse to make it a bland affair.
As event designer Rebecca Gardner (who plans parties for Lauren Santo Domingo and Margherita Missoni) put it, “the party must go on!”