Destination Wedding

 I am very excited. One of my friends from high school is getting married this summer. She’s also family, her sister has been married to my brother for about 10 years, and I would love to go spend some time with her and wish her all the best.

The problem?

She lives in Scotland. The wedding will be held there and sadly, I’m just not in a position where I can afford to hop a plane, fly to Scotland, and stay in a hotel for a few days. Not only is that an expensive trip, but the medical risks of a long flight make attending impossible for me. I’m sure I’ll get a ton of pictures and hopefully my sister in law will come back with a recording, but it would mean a lot to me to get to see her marry her sweetheart.

Then I had a thought. I used video conferencing with my dad to “hang out” last week. Why not do that for a wedding you’re having in rural Nebraska or in Times Square? I remember from planning my wedding that we had a very limited budget and that sadly, some people just had to be cut from the guest list.  I would have liked them to attend, but it just wasn’t in the cards. Had I known then what I know now, I would have had a video conference.

When weddings are planned, RSVPs are requested so that we know who’s attending. You can do the same thing with the video conference of your wedding. Many couples are setting up “wedding pages” where they the host information about the upcoming nuptials. Plan a video conference for your wedding, set up a registration page, and host the link on your wedding website. If you set up your registration page to request mailing addresses, you can go back in once the event is over, see who attended, and mail them a thank you card.

My only question now is why didn’t I think of this two years ago?