Like countless other couples, Peter and Jasman Dubois were busy counting down the days until they got to say ‘I do’ when the Covid-19 pandemic derailed their plans. After the initial disappointment wore off, the loving couple realized they had two options: either cancel or postpone their nuptials, or make an alternative plan.
Not willing to back down from the challenge and postpone the ceremony, Peter and Jasman called on Reverend Scott Wilson and his mobile wedding service for assistance. The reverend, who has been in the mobile Vegas wedding business for four years, was more than happy to assist, and Mr. and Mrs. Dubois were able to start their married life together.
Adjustments were necessary
Prior to the pandemic, more than 120,000 wedding ceremonies were performed in Vegas every year, equating to roughly 300 weddings a day. Since lockdown was first announced, however, this number has dwindled considerably, as the Marriage License Bureau closed and stay-at-home orders were implemented. As the lockdown restrictions were eased, however, an increasing number of couples, like the Dubois’s, went ahead with their wedding plans – albeit with some adjustments.
Virtual weddings become a ‘thing’
Due to the restrictions placed on mass gatherings such as weddings, wedding planners and innovative couples have had to come up with an appropriate alternative. Cue the virtual wedding, one of the hottest trends to be born out of the global pandemic. All across Vegas, wedding venues started to amend their service offerings to include a ‘virtual’ option that allowed friends and family from all over the world to partake in the joyous celebration from a safe distance. With guests joining in via video platforms such as Zoom, Facebook Live, or Google Meet, social distancing guidelines are not only naturally adhered to, but there is also no limitation on how many people can attend your Las Vegas wedding. Virtual weddings are now becoming so popular that there are gaining their own customs, blending tradition with new etiquette.
You can still have a ‘destination’ wedding
While live-streaming a wedding from one of Vegas’s many well-known and completely fabulous wedding chapels soon became extremely popular, even couples who had their hearts set on a destination wedding don’t have to give up on their dreams altogether. A creative Vegas startup has come up with a way to help couples like Peter and Jasman Dubois have a memorable wedding. When enlisting the services of I Do Drive Thru, couples can pick their own adventure. They can jump on the back of a Harley or into a vintage vehicle or limo, and head to a special spot to say their ‘I do’s’. The greatest selling point of such a wedding ‘adventure’ is the fact that it can be pulled off while adhering to all social distancing protocol.
Las Vegas has also been synonymous with spur-of-the-moment, zany, and even whimsical weddings. Although the Covid-19 pandemic has somehow limited the degree of spontaneity a couple can display, the virtual wedding trend has become so popular that it may just be here to stay.