Save a seat for absent family members who are Skyping into your wedding #Friends & Family Advice#guests#skype#steal-this-idea#webcam August 22 2013 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photo by Jonas Seaman At Susanne & Scott's elegant rock 'n' roll taco truck wedding, they were sure to save a seat in the front row for some important guests who couldn't attend in person… Scott's mom and stepdad couldn't make it out for the wedding, so we had them "sitting in the front row" using Skype. It was very moving for all of us. We've featured numerous weddings where guests Skyped in, but we love the idea of literally saving them a seat. This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: Jonas Seaman Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Clara & Justin's massive mix of geekery and love wedding NEXT Wedding programs: are they really needed? Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] I Skyped in to my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary party recently. I am living in Europe, and they live in Iowa. So with the time difference, I woke up at 2AM to hang out while everyone ate dinner and played a slide show. The hotel AV team hooked me up to the big presentation screen, so my head was 5 feet tall! Photos from the event show me like the floating head from the Wizard of Oz. 🙂 It was great, everyone came up one by one (while waiting for the buffet line) and said hi to me. I was able to feel like a part of the party, even half a world apart. Reply We had a live webcast for all the family that couldn't make it to the wedding as well as a video recording the ceremony that we were able to make DVDs out of to send to folks after the fact. It was a huge hit, I think we had about 112 in person guests and around 40 virtual guests at the ceremony. The one bit of advise I would give if you are going to do something any more complicated than Skype is to set up your wedding website for the day of the ceremony to have only the video broadcast element and make sure your site has an easy to find/remember name from the get go. Most of the folks who couldn't make it were the older set of invitees (grandmas, great aunts, etc) that weren't as tech savvy and some had trouble navigating to the site we used for the broadcast. Reply We also had a chair with a laptop for virtual guests during our ceremony (and Jonas Seaman photographed that too!). We used Google+ Hangouts and almost all the guests who intended to use it were able to. The one hitch was that I hit "mute" so the virtual guests wouldn't be heard during the ceremony, but they told me later that then they couldn't hear US at all! Just video, no sound. Womp-womp. I love the idea of doing a DVD later, though…really wish we'd been able to record the Hangout. Reply The added bonus to this being the increased sight lines provided by not having an extra body/head in the front row aisle seat. 🙂 Reply Oh, definitely save a seat! We streamed our wedding, but the laptop wound up in the back of the chapel (mostly due to music issues). Sadly, our guests viewing the streaming mostly saw our second photographer pick his wedgie! Reply Love the idea, but isn't a chair a too low of an angle for the webcam? Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.