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Couple Got Married Over Zoom Because Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

This is a sign of our times.

Schools, malls and nightclubs are not the only things coming to a screeching halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks so social distancing directives, special ceremonies that had been planned for months — even years — have been put on hold or called off due to venue closures and limitations on group gatherings.

More than 2 million couples tie the knot in the United States every year. While some have opted to reschedule their nuptials for a later date when everyone can gather together, others are finding creative ways to say “I do” while their loved ones look on.

Daniel Wolfe, a reporter for Quartz, wrote about his experience as a guest to his friends’ virtual wedding. Actually, it was more of an elopement, as guests received Google Calendar invites to the event just hours before it took place. A friend was ordained online the same day and performed the ceremony. Although there were a couple of glitches, it all worked out in the end.

If you browse social media, you soon see that this is a growing trend. From online bridal showers and bachelorette parties to ceremonies streamed on Facebook, Zoom and Skype, brides and grooms are using technology to get married while staying safe.

The bridal shower for Katie Brickner’s cousin couldn’t be held as planned, so friends and family improvised.

“Whoever was able,” Brickner wrote in this Instagram post, “dropped their gifts off on the porch, we talked through the window when we dropped them off then held a Facebook LIVE event for her to open the gifts! It certainly wasn’t what she would have dreamed, but we did the best we could with what we are dealt with!”