Budget savvy brides and grooms are truly amazing. They can copycat a Mason Jar centerpiece from Pinterest for half the price. Expensive designer wedding dress? They’ll find it off the rack for thousands less. There is no deal they can’t find or money saving tip they don’t know. They are able to pull off a beautiful wedding AND not break the bank. Here at Wedfuly, we salute you. And while we are ALL about saving money…we do believe in the power of hiring a professional for your virtual wedding. Given the fact that this is one of the most important days (if not THE most important) it is worth investing a little dough to make sure it all runs smoothly. In this article we will explore the top five reasons why you should consider hiring a professional virtual wedding service for your wedding rather than trying to DIY.
Reason #1 To Hire a Virtual Wedding Service: Production Quality
Time and time again we have heard feedback from people that have attended “DIY” Zoom weddings. Some of the time these are well-produced and a great experience for virtual guests and in person attendees. Other times their consistent message is: “I couldn’t see/hear what was happening”. While it is entirely possible to place a laptop in front of the ceremony and log in to a Zoom meeting…this will not yield a high quality experience for your guests. Your virtual guests will want to know what you’re saying as well as being able to clearly see what is happening on site. And you will not want to be spending your wedding day stressing about technology and how to get it to work.
Experience With the Production
Having produced over 500 virtual weddings at this point, we have the experience under our belts. We have had the time to iron out all of the kinks that come with figuring out how to run a virtual wedding. Name any potential tech issue & most likely we have dealt with it beforehand. Additionally, some of the most common feedback we get from guests that have attended a virtual wedding is that it truly felt like a production. From the welcome + intermission slides, picture slideshows, queued music and commentary from the host…no detail is left behind! Virtual wedding guests also generally remark that virtual weddings can feel a lot more intimate than in person weddings. This especially comes into play during intimate moments such as the vows. Normally at a large in person wedding there are factors such as wind or seat placement that can make it difficult to understand what is being said. However, during a virtual wedding every single guest can hear everything that’s being said.
Reason #2 To Hire a Virtual Wedding Service: Tech support
Believe us when we say–you DON’T have to be “techy” to have a virtual wedding. We have worked with amazing couples all the way into their 80s and they have rocked it. The beauty of utilizing a virtual wedding service is that you handle the getting married part and they will handle the tech. If you opt to work with a Wedfuly virtual coordinator you will have 4 in depth Zoom meetings beforehand. You will get:
- 2 consult calls where you get to plan your virtual wedding
- 1 AV call where you will do an initial tech test with your coordinator
- 1 rehearsal call
- Email access to ask any additional questions that you have for your coordinator
- A detailed workbook that has amazing planning tips + guidance, as well as action steps for you
- A Wedfuly host + co host that will run every aspect of the virtual wedding for you
Wedfuly virtual coordinators will put your mind at ease when it comes to planning your virtual wedding. Having a guide that has put on so many different types of weddings is invaluable. They will be your greatest resource when it comes to making the biggest decisions of your virtual wedding. They will be able to give you expert planning guidance when it comes to the following:
- WiFi required speed, as well as ways to increase your speed
- Required technology for your Zoom wedding, as well as how to operate it
- Camera angle placement. They can even help you to create the illusion of an aisle wherever you may be!
- Lighting + styling tips + decor
- Guest entertainment
- How to best structure your 2 hour time block
- Operating Zoom
Reason #3 To Hire a Virtual Wedding Service: Guest Support
Most times if couples are opting to DIY their own wedding they will choose a family member or friend to be in charge of the Zoom. Which can be a lot of pressure for that one person! If you decide to hire a professional wedding service to run your wedding you won’t have to put someone in that high stakes situation. The Wedfuly host/coordinator will be in charge of creating a detailed timeline of events for your wedding. They will be the one letting guests in, making sure their microphones are muted, spotlighting speakers, sharing any media + music as well as MCing the whole event. The host + co host will be online throughout the whole event to assist with any technical issues that might arise with your guests. Additionally, there will be a separate person that is solely responsible for breakout rooms. During the wedding they will be sorting your guests into breakout rooms and making sure that they are where they need to be!
Reason #4 To Hire a Virtual Wedding Service: Don’t Reinvent the Wheel
The beautiful thing about opting for a virtual wedding at this time is that you won’t be the guinea pigs. You won’t be one of the original couples that decided to give a virtual wedding a try. At this point, having done hundreds of weddings with different traditions and in different locations…there is likely someone who has gone before. That being said, you can always book a call with a Wedfuly alum to ask about their specific experience and pick their brain. Additionally, you can ask your coordinator for guidance + wisdom when structuring your event. They will be able to advise you in how much time to allot to each specific portion of your wedding. And if you are wanting to try something completely different, that is great too! The beauty of a virtual wedding is that you can be so much more creative/flexible than a traditional wedding!
Add-Ons are a Must
To fully customize your virtual wedding experience we recommend checking out our Add-Ons! These are great ways to spice up your wedding and really elevate it to the next level. One of our most popular Add-Ons is the surprise video. With the surprise video you will assemble a list of virtual guests that you want the Wedfuly team to reach out to beforehand. They will film a short video congratulating you and offering you any marriage advice. This can then be played at your wedding as a fun way to include your virtual guests! Additionally, another one of our really popular add ons is the E-vite + website creation. This can be a major time saver if you don’t want to manually create them yourself and want beautifully + artfully created invitations.
Reason #5 To Hire a Virtual Wedding Service: Worth Every Penny
In the end, we believe that peace of mind is worth every penny you spend on a virtual wedding. We get it–weddings are stresssfullll to say the least. There are a lot of moving parts and a lot of things to keep track of. If you can eliminate the potential stress of tech issues on your wedding day, it will be that much more enjoyable. Additionally, you have incredible footage of every part of your day to relive afterwards. Does it get much better than that? We don’t think so. Lastly, renting the needed tech equipment can end up saving you money in the long run. If you don’t foresee yourself needing to reuse that type of equipment in the future, it makes a lot more sense to rent it from us. That way you know the equipment that you are getting will work and you can simply ship it back to us after your wedding. Simple and cost effective!