- With much of the country under stay-at-home orders, couples who have had their weddings cancelled or postponed are getting married over Zoom.
- New York state passed an executive order to allow couples to get a marriage license and even get married over Zoom.
- Couples have been getting creative with ways to make their guests feel involved, even if they couldn't actually be there.
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The coronavirus is cancelling plans, grounding planes, and closing schools, but some couples are still determined to get married.
For people across the country, videoconferencing tool Zoom has emerged as a solution to get married in front of loved ones while still maintaining social distancing guidance and preventing possible COVID-19 exposure.
Last weekend, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order allowing couples to apply for marriage licenses and even get married over video calls through May 18. New York has the most coronavirus cases of any US state, but people in other states were already moving ahead with the idea of a wedding by video call.
Here are two couples' experiences of Zoom weddings.
Jeff and Meghan Dugan were initially devastated at the prospect of having to postpone their wedding.
They wanted to keep their original wedding date, so they quickly rearranged some plans, and their pastor was willing to come to their home in New Jersey.
Some guests even dressed up in formal clothes to feel more like they were really attending the ceremony.
The couple told Business Insider that they were happy to keep the original wedding date.
They still plan to schedule a wedding and reception that friends and family can attend in the future.
Shelby Sansone, now Shelby Stephens, and Zach Stephens got married over Zoom in Nashville last week.
The couple had already postponed their wedding once. Shelby Stephens told Business Insider that they were "itching to get married." As they realized their new date was likely not going to be possible, they made other plans.
After the couple drove two hours to get a marriage license, they decided to assemble friends and family on zoom since they couldn't be together in person. Even their pastor agreed to perform the ceremony over Zoom.
"Of course there was a little disappointment, but I'd say that it completely exceeded expectations," Stephens told Business Insider.
Stephens recommends couples getting married over Zoom try to use a venue, even if it's not the one from their original plan. "We got to come back to our house as a couple. It made it feel like an event."
She didn't get to walk down an aisle, so instead Stephens and her husband popped into the Zoom call muted and with their camera off, to see all the familiar faces and hear their guests' excitement before the ceremony.
Despite the circumstances, they had fun with it, Stephens said. "We popped champagne and had everyone cheers."
"Just know that it's not going to be perfect," Stephens told Business Insider. "You're doing something no one in history has done before."
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