Thousands of weddings have been cancelled because of COVID-19, but jewelry store chain Jared is helping the festivities continue.
In an age of social distancing, Jared’s #LoveCantWait campaign provides a platform for brides- and grooms-to-be to exchange vows live in front of friends and family.
If you or someone you know is determined not to let coronavirus cancel your wedding plans, here’s what you do:
Create a free wedding account at JaredVirtualWedding.com.
No, you don’t have to buy jewelry to use Jared’s platform (although Jared is available for jewelry consultations). Just visit JaredVirtualWedding.com and click “Get Started.” Signing up for an account is totally free.
Couples then can write their story, choose a wedding date, select a color theme for digital invitations, link to a wedding gift registry, and post a photo.
Pick an officiant, your bridal party, and other guests of honor to appear on camera.
While up to 100 guests can be invited to watch your wedding, couples have the ability to select certain individuals who will be part of the wedding ceremony. That includes an officiant (you have to find one yourself), bridal party, and any guests of honor (like the mother of the bride, for example). They have the ability to be seen and heard by all of the people watching.
When you send invitations, loved ones will get a link to the virtual ceremony.
Wedding guests will receive digital invitations that will have a link to the ceremony page. On the day of the wedding, they simply click the link and are taken to the viewing area. No Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype needed; a smartphone or computer is all you need.
Guests of honor have to sign up through Jared, and are given a different link for participants.
NOTE: Jared gives couples the ability to test the live broadcast through the wedding dashboard. It’s a good idea to check that out first, to make sure you and your guests of honor know how to use the platform before the big day.
Online weddings can be legally binding, and you don’t even have to be in the same room to get married.
It all depends on your state’s particular guidelines. Weddings conducted online can be legally binding for residents of New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Ohio, and California, if you follow their criteria.
For every other state, the weddings aren’t legally binding; couples would need to get a marriage license from local government offices once they reopen.
Regardless, there is an option to check a box saying you and your future spouse will be using separate webcams.
Wedding slots are first come, first served.
Jared is allowing couples to book virtual weddings through Aug. 31, and there are a limited number of slots per day. So far, it looks like they have a total of 1,000 slots.
No telling if additional dates or slots will open up after that.
Just know, Jared can use your wedding in future promotions.
By signing up for a #LoveCantWait ceremony, you’re agreeing to let Jared use your wedding for promotional purposes.