December 15th, 2015

This is what getting married over Zoom is like, according to 2 couples who had to change their wedding plans due to the coronavirus (ZOOM)

Jeff Dugan

  • 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.

They sent out a Zoom link to some friends and family. They were "shocked" to see how many attended, Jeff Dugan told Business Insider.

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.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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