New Yorkers Can Now Officially Get Married Via Internet
As the coronavirus pandemic makes in-person group gatherings impossible, weddings across the globe have been cancelled and postponed. Some couples, however, are sticking to their original dates with virtual ceremonies that guests are invited to attend via video conference. Many of these weddings have been symbolic, with marriage licenses obtained pre-Coronavirus, but now in New York it’s gotten easier to do the deed officially online.
This weekend, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that couples in the state who wish to partake in a virtual wedding will now have the legal capability to do so: “I am issuing an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain a marriage license remotely and allowing clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference,” he said on Twitter.
This is a way of marriage that may well continue after stay-at-home orders are lifted, when large gatherings are still cautioned against. But how best to go about it? Zoom is the best platform to get together and check your internet connection.
Second, remember practice makes perfect: Definitely do a practice run with the sound before the show starts. It was really helpful to make one of tech-savvy guests a co-host, so they could mute everyone’s lines and make sure things kept running smoothly.
Here’s a new way to get married without spending a lot of money and focus on the essential: love.
By Justine Duclaux