3 Ways to Include Absent Guests in Real Time at Your Wedding

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Including Absent Guests in Wedding

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No matter where you decide to get married, there will always be some very important family or friends who cannot attend the festivities. The neat thing is that modern technology has made it possible to share your wedding in real time with some of those people who cannot be there with you to celebrate. Of course, you can always have a really good wedding video made to share with everyone after the wedding, but if you want people to feel like they're right there with you, wherever you are, here are three good ways to do it:

1. Live-streaming the wedding ceremony via Skype or Google Hangouts is a great way to make missing VIP wedding guests feel like they're right there with you. To do this discreetly so that it doesn't take away from the professional ceremony photos, you'll want to have somebody seated in the front row holding the iPad or other digital device you're filming on as low as possible. It can also be mounted on a tripod to the side, but that won't be adjusted if somebody moves out of frame unless you have somebody standing there with it, which puts them in the middle of many of your photographer's shots. More important: find out ahead of time whether the location where you're getting married is "wired" or can support enough of a "hot-spot" connection to stream video in real time. Worst case scenario, somebody can go upload the video and send it from a connection nearby the minute the ceremony is over. Quick (but important) note: If you're live-streaming, be sure to mute the viewers on the other end who may forget that their chitter-chatter can be heard by everyone around the recording device.

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2. Facebook lets you create events and invite specific people — creating a page where your friends, photographers and other guests can post pictures and videos as things happen. By creating a special event page, the content is only visible to invitees. Meaning that you're not rubbing your wedding in the face of anyone who wasn't invited and may have hurt feelings. You can choose which pics to share on your public page later on.

3. Twitter and Instagram give brides and grooms the opportunity to create a hashtag in advance and let all their friends back home know about it. The hashtag can be artistically posted in strategic locations at the wedding to remind guests that live-posting during the events is encouraged. Many couples say this is also a fantastic way to organize all the candid pictures from your friends — even easier than being tagged on Facebook.

Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.

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