by Julie Hanson

Webcasting Weddings

Jun 01, 20031 min

The ancients welcomed summer with nuptial odes to marriage goddess Juno in front of family and friends. Today’s brides and grooms at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas can include far-flung friends and relatives in the festivities—live, via a webcam.

Chapel CEO and Minister Charolette Richards, whose chapel has hosted ceremonies for Frank Sinatra and the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, says about three in 10 couples choose to webcast their wedding. (There’s a $50 add-on fee for the service.) The chapel can also burn your ceremony on a CD for repeat viewing and send e-mail invitations to the viewing.

IStreamPlanet, Richards’ webcast hosting company, permits access to any Web user with the bride’s or groom’s name at Mio Babic, president of iStreamPlanet, says one wedding attracted users from 269 locations, including Scotland, “where it was 3 a.m. I kept looking at the screen thinking, This is impossible.”