How To Have The Perfect Hybrid Wedding Ceremony 2022

Planning a wedding is hard! Here’s how I hosted an intimate, modern-day destination hybrid wedding with both in-person and Zoom guests. Get my tips and templates.

Bride and Groom in love

In this blog post, I’ll recap how I had a small destination hybrid wedding in Mexico for both IRL and Zoom guests. So, if you’re thinking of hosting one yourself, this may give you some inspo.

When my husband proposed, I wasn’t convinced I wanted a large, expensive traditional wedding. Keeping costs minimal was a priority, so we briefly considered eloping to take the stress off.

After some thought, we decided to have an intimate beach ceremony that we’d stream live for our extended fam and friends.

I’ve included links to a few items and templates I used to plan some of the details. If you find them helpful, feel free to use them to plan your own hybrid wedding ceremony. 


Beach Wedding – Theme, Colors, & Details


I always knew I wanted a beach wedding but I equally love desert-style weddings.  

Luckily for me, I was able to host my wedding on a private beach in Mexico, and the resort was landscaped with beautiful desert and cacti landscaping.

At that point, choosing a desert beach wedding theme was a no-brainer.

I’m a graphic designer by trade, and visual branding is my jam. One of the first things I do when I’m working on a brand design is to think about the colors. 

So when it was time to think about the theme and colors for my wedding, I was of course excited. 

I settled on the perfect combination of desert beach-inspired colors: soft pinks, sandy neutrals, blue-green ocean hues, and rusty desert tones. And, like the design nerd I am, I obviously named each one. 

Desert Beach Wedding Color Palette Moodboard
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From there I knew I wanted subtle hints of succulents in my bouquet and wedding florals and pulled the following images as inspo.

Succulent Wedding Bouquet Moodboard
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I was set on a modern angular arch adorned with florals overlooking the ocean for our ceremony. I created my moodboard and fell in love. 

Modern Angular Wedding Arch Moodboard
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Bride & Groom Wedding Attire 


Since we decided against unnecessarily spending exorbitant amounts of money on one day, that kept me in check when I started looking for our wedding attire. 

I wasn’t at all interested in driving all over town to try on dresses. I wanted to avoid getting stuck in a situation where I fell in love with a dress that was way over my budget.

So instead, I did what any normal person would do and shopped online for it. 

Honestly, this was a gamble for me because I didn’t start shopping for my dress until about 2-3 months before my wedding, and inevitably, I had a slight moment of panic.

The wedding industry wants you to believe that you must buy your dress a year in advance and get it altered 3-4 months in advance. But turns out you don’t need that much time at all.

Bridal Attire

I wanted a pretty lace dress that would work well for a beach wedding and I found really beautiful wedding dress options online at both Lulus and Asos

My first option was Lulus Love of Details White Lace Maxi Dress . I absolutely loved its fitted bodice, sheer lace maxi skirt, and thigh-high slit. 

However, when I tried it on for my family, they didn’t love it quite as much. The dress skirt is see-through, and the bodice is like a flesh-toned bathing suit. They asked me who I thought I was, Nicki Minaj or something?

My husband, on the other hand, loved it and I almost thought I found the one.

My second option was this pretty wedding gown from Asos. I loved the lace, cap sleeves, and the way it was cut in the back. 

This dress also had a high slit but felt a lot more bridal than the Lulus Maxi dress, and when I put it on, I definitely felt like a bride. 

It was a great combination of everything I wanted for my beach wedding.

I ordered both dresses online and had enough time to try them on and return everything I didn’t want to keep. 

When it was time to alter my dress, I went to a small hole-in-the-wall tailor in downtown Los Angeles who altered my dress and added a bustle for less than $40, saving me hundreds of dollars. 

I also bought this veil from Lulus, and this robe, white fuzzy house slippers, hair clip, clutch, and sandals (for walking on the sand) from Amazon.

Bridal Attire Style Board
1) Wedding Dress | 2) Veil | 3) Robe | 4) Fuzzy Slippers | 5) Hair Clip | 6) Sandals | 7) Clutch

A few must-have purchases I can’t forget to mention were the Crest White Strips that saved me from spending money on Teeth Whitening at my Dentist, the Spanx high waisted shorts that helped me fit into my dress perfectly, and this portable mini steamer that was a lifesaver when we needed to take the wrinkles out of our wedding attire.

Bridal Makeup

There has only been one time in my life when I had my makeup done by someone else and actually liked how I looked. I’ve paid makeup professionals in the past and have hated it more times than not, so I decided early on that I’d do my own bridal makeup.

Even though I am not a makeup professional, I felt confident doing this on my own because I know what works best for my face and skin and what makes me feel and look the prettiest.

Table with makeup items laid out in preparation for bridal makeup application
My bridal makeup setup
Woman looking into a mirror applying bridal makeup
Applying my own Bridal Makeup

The hardest part was doing my eye makeup, so I followed this Bridal Makeup tutorial on YouTube and loved how my eye makeup came out.

I ended up helping my mom and sis with their hair and makeup as well, which made getting ready with them special.

Woman applying her sister's makeup
Me applying my sister’s makeup
Daughters styling their mom's hair
Sis and I doing Mom’s hair

Groom Attire

I’m sure there will be no surprise when I say that shopping for my husband’s wedding attire was a piece of cake. He bought a nice pair of slacks and top from Zara, and I paired it with this beautiful printed coat from Asos that perfectly matched our color scheme. 

1) Floral Slim Tailored Blazer | 2) Textured Lightweight White T-Shirt | 3) Minimal White Tennis Shoes | 4) Oyster Slim Fit Slacks

I really wanted him to stand out and not wear anything that would be forgettable, and this became his signature piece for the wedding. He paired it with a really nice white shirt and crisp white tennis shoes. 

It was the perfect look for our beach wedding, and he got lots of compliments. 

Our Final Look!

I couldn’t have been happier with our final wedding look!

Sarah & Garry Wedding Photo holding hands on the beach in Mexico

Virtual Invitations – Text Campaign


Once we decided on having a small, intimate minimony, with 10 of our closest family members, having a virtual component where our extended family and friends could join us via Zoom was a no-brainer. 

When I first started my graphic design career, I designed and printed custom wedding invitations for clients, and always thought I’d one day make my own. Instead, I decided to lean into the technology theme and forego a lot of the traditional wedding details, including printed wedding invitations. 

I kept everything digital and sent my invitations via a custom text campaign and used the Simple Texting platform to set up my custom wedding number and added all my guests to the list. 

Simple Texting Dashboard

I’m a WordPress website designer and developer, so after building my custom wedding website using WordPress and the Beaver Builder page builder plugin, I set up my text campaign and sent out my text invites.

Text message and website invitation
Text message and website invitation

Using a text campaign to communicate with my guests was great because I could automate all of my follow-up messages. They were able to RSVP with a simple text response, and I kept them updated about all the wedding details along the way. 


Virtual Wedding – Wedfuly


Hosting the virtual wedding component of my IRL ceremony was something I had no idea how I’d pull off. After a quick Google search, I found Wedfuly, a company that hosts the best livestreamed weddings, and I booked them almost immediately (use my code sarahluna to get $50 off if you book Wedfuly to host your virtual wedding).

They made having a hybrid wedding a reality for me and took care of all the Zoom wedding details so that I could focus on the actual in-person wedding ceremony. 

We had a few tech rehearsals, and they mailed me all the gear I needed, like the tripods, speaker, and lapel mics. There were a few tasks I had to complete beforehand as well, like creating a Spotify playlist and a slideshow to play while my Zoom guests arrived. 

Afterward, Wedfuly sent us a link to download our wedding footage, chat transcripts, and a group photo of our guests as a keepsake.

Virtual Wedding Guest watching the Wedfuly Zoom Livestream from home.

Wedding Slideshow

For our Zoom guests, I created an animated wedding slideshow in Canva to play during the live stream, and it’s honestly become one of my favorite wedding mementos.

Watch it below if you want an idea of how to create your own.

At first, the thought of having to create a 5-10 minute slideshow gave me a tiny bit of anxiety because I wasn’t sure where to start. But, designing it all in Canva made it easy. I didn’t have to worry about figuring out how to add transitions and animation effects because you can do it all in Canva.

If you want to use my exact template, download it below.


Hybrid Wedding Ceremony


My actual, real-life ceremony was beautiful. It was on a private beach in Mexico with no one around but 10 of my closest family and friends. 

My Dad officiated our wedding which was the best decision. He not only made it super special, but he was funny in all the right ways for us. 

Since we had a small minimony, we opted to forego having bridesmaids or groomsmen altogether but had a few family members participate by reading a poem, saying a prayer, and handing us our rings. 

Wedding Ceremony on the Beach with Dad officiating
My Dad officiating my wedding ceremony
Wedding Ceremony on the Beach with Mom reciting a prayer
My Mom reciting a prayer during the ceremony
Wedding Ceremony on the Beach with Sister reciting a poem
My sister reciting a poem during the ceremony

Ceremony Script

The hardest part for me was writing out the ceremony script. 

I hit up Google for lots of wedding ceremony script ideas and wrote one out that felt right for us. We did not want it to be religious, so we went with a modern theme, but I did add in a wedding prayer for my parents, who are religious and that meant a lot to them. 

Read my wedding script here

If you’re looking for a wedding ceremony script to use as inspo, download my Google Doc template below.

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Ceremony Script

6:30 PM PST – Ceremony Starts

PROCESSIONAL 

Song “Is This Love” Starts (2-4 mins)

Officiant Enters

Groom Enters

Officiant says:

“Please stand for the bride”

[Bride and Mom enter, hug]

[Mom or Maid of Honor fixes Bride’s Train]

Song “Is This Love” fades out

INTRODUCTION & WELCOME MESSAGE

Officiant says:

Welcome. Please be seated.

We are gathered here in the presence of God, family, and friends to unite Garry and Sarah in holy matrimony.

[to Bride and Groom]

Today we celebrate the love you have discovered in each other and support the commitment you are about to make.

Marriage is more than two people standing here and repeating vows. There is an entire lifetime ahead of you and there are skills to be learned and practiced daily.

Part of marriage is finding happiness. Continue to search for the good, the fun, and the beautiful in this life to share with each other.

Part of marriage is being flexible. So, within your marriage cultivate flexibility, patience, and understanding, all while maintaining a sense of humor and joy.

Part of marriage is companionship. Strive to comfort one another and develop the capacity to forgive and heal your differences day by day.

Remember that your love can always prevail in times of turmoil. It will drive you to not only learn and grow as individuals but become stronger partners together.

Today, as you join yourselves in marriage, there is a vast and unknown future stretching out before you. Today you enter as individuals, but you will leave here as husband and wife; your lives blending together and expanding the ties of your family and best friends. You are embarking upon a great adventure, through which all of us here know you will prevail.

Garry and Sarah present themselves to be married today.

They, and I, want to thank you for your presence here today. 

They ask for your encouragement and lifelong support in their decision to be married.

The bride and groom would like also to give a special thank you to their families who have loved and supported them every step of the way.

READING

The Bride’s sister Dru will join us now to read a Poem.

[Dru reads poem and then sits]

Thank you Dru for that lovely poem.

PERSONAL VOWS

Now, I believe that you both have some words you would like to share with each other 

[Vows From Bride] 

200-300 Words

[Vows From Groom]

200-300 Words

MARRIAGE VOWS

Thank you Sarah and Garry for sharing those heartfelt words. 

Now, let’s get to the good part!

EXCHANGE OF RINGS

Please take each other’s hands.

Do you, Garry, take Sarah Elizabeth Luna to be your lawfully wedded wife? To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and bad, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself faithful to her for as long as you both shall live?

Groom:

[I do.]

Do you, Sarah, take Garry Daniel Clare to be your lawfully wedded husband? To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and bad, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself faithful to him for as long as you both shall live?

Bride:

[I do.]

A ring is an unbroken circle, with ends that have been joined together, and it represents your union. 

It is a symbol of infinity, and of your infinite love. 

When you look at these rings on your hands, be reminded of this moment, your commitment, and the love you now feel for each other.

Garry, place the ring on Sarah’s finger and repeat after me:

[Garry is handed the ring]

Sarah, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness

[Groom repeats]

and pledge to love you today, tomorrow, always, and forever.

[Groom repeats]

And now Sarah, place the ring on Garry’’s finger and repeat after me:

[Sarah is handed the ring]

Garry, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness

[Bride repeats]

and pledge to love you today, tomorrow, always, and forever.

[Bride repeats]

WEDDING PRAYER

And now we’ll have the mother of the Bride, Paula share a wedding prayer.

[Paula prays:]

Heavenly Father, help Garry and Sarah to fulfill the promises they have made here today and to reflect your steadfast love in their commitment to each other. Give them kindness and patience, affection and understanding, happiness, and contentment. May their family and friends continue to support them in difficult days, so that their love for each other may continue to grow as long as they both shall live.

Let us all pray.

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done,

On Earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us,

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

And the power, and the glory,

Forever and ever.

Amen.

DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE

Thank you for that beautiful prayer.

Garry and Sarah, you have declared your love and commitment to each other before God and in the presence of your family and friends.

Those whom God has joined together, let no man put asunder. 

By the authority vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife. 

I ask you now to seal the promises you have made to each other with a kiss.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to you for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Clare!

RECESSIONAL SONG starts

“Just the Two of Us” starts at 00:56 seconds right at the chorus where he sings “ Just the two of us…”

[Congratulations! Laughter! Guests clap & cheer]

[Couple walks/dances down the aisle and waves and blows kisses to the Camera]

[Quick Champagne Toast to the couple]

Ceremony Music

When it came to picking our ceremony music, my hubby and I had a hard time deciding. After a lot of back and forth, we chose the Allen Stone cover of “This Is Love” by Bob Marley for our wedding processional.

It was the perfect love song for us because we are both of Caribbean Belizean descent and Reggae music is in our blood.

For our recessional, we chose “Just the Two of Us” by Grover Washington for its perfect blend of celebration and love.


Our Wedding Photo Gallery


Now we get to the good part! Here’s a peek into our special day:


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