First it was online chatting, then matchmaking and then long-term cyber relationships. But what about an online marriage? Believe it or not, there are sites out there devoted to exactly that - cyber weddings.
It may sound surprising, but there are a variety of companies and services to help you tie the knot with that special cyber someone. These services are non-binding, but they are a way for you to make a pledge of undying online love to your cyber sweetheart.
Online marriage sites offer a variety of services to make your internet wedding more like a traditional in-person service. You can invite guests with an email wedding invitation to your ceremony, which will take place in private internet wedding chat room (or chapel as some sites refer to these chat rooms). The service will be performed by a licensed online marriage Minister. You will have an online wedding album and also receive a certificate for all to see. There are specific online vows that you can make or you can, of course, type your own vows.
And what is a wedding without gifts? Your guests can purchase your gift on the internet via an online wedding registry. Many companies also offer these online wedding registry services for those getting hitched in a more traditional manner. Whether it be furniture or kitchenware your guest want to buy, or a mortgage or vacation fund that they want to contribute to, online registries make it fast and easy for guests to find and purchase gifts for today's newlyweds.
Though not a way to be legally married, an online marriage ceremony does show your dedication to your partner and many find it an important step in a more permanent and legally-binding union. For people who have met online and do not have the means to be together for some time, it is a way of showing their commitment to the relationship.
And if things don't work out with you and your cyber sweetheart? It's much easier to end your cyber marriage because the ceremonies are non-binding. If you want a more official end to your relationship, some online marriage sites also offer cyber divorce services.
You can take advantage of some services offered online even if you are planning a legal wedding service in-person. Some companies offer online pre-wedding couples' counseling for those people too busy to make traditional meetings and you can also record your marriage in a global wedding registry.
Partial internet wedding ceremonies might become the way of the future for some couples getting married in-person - especially if you've met your future spouse online and want to make the means in which you met a part of your special day. Internet technology may also be the perfect solution for those who want to share that special day with family members who might live halfway around the world.
Those getting married in-person can use the advances in technology to preserve and share their special day. Ceremonies can be videotaped and broadcasted live across the internet so their wedding is both in-person and virtual.