Iowa Virtual Wedding Officiant Regulations

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Can You Officiate a Wedding Over Skype in Iowa?

COVID-19, social distancing, travel bans, lockdowns… Many couples are being forced to downsize their wedding plans and for many guests, the only way to attend is with their computers and mobile phones.

If your guest list is shrinking to just the couple and officiant, or maybe just the couple, Iowa marriage laws regulate who must be in attendance, and how the ceremony is conducted. In Iowa the couple and the officiant must be physically present for the vows and to sign the wedding license, along with any required witnesses.

Virtual Weddings vs. Livestream Ceremonies in Iowa

Zoom Wedding

For the sake of clarity, we differentiate virtual wedding ceremonies (or Zoom/Skype ceremonies) from livestream ceremonies by who is in attendance. If the officiant is officiating the vows from another place via video, then we call that a virtual or Zoom ceremony, since the people involved in the ceremony are interacting over whatever video platform is chosen.

However, if the couple and the officiant are present, but guests are watching remotely, we call that a livestream wedding since the ceremony itself is happening in one physical place. In Iowa only live streamed ceremonies are allowed and the couple and the wedding officiant must be physically present for the vows and the signing of the marriage license. You can read more about what distinguishes each option here.

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How can we celebrate a legally valid live streamed ceremony in Iowa

Directing a Zoom Wedding

You can livestream any activity or event, and it doesn't matter where you are, what you're doing or how many people are physically present with you. Some of the most popular platforms include Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Live, and Instagram Live

As long as you have a tripod and a phone with a good camera on it, your guests will be able to participate remotely. Many of these platforms even allow guests to comment, chat, and interact in other ways.

We realize that this is not always ideal, but ultimately, if couples choose to move forward with scaled down weddings and smaller guests lists, these communications platforms let friends and family around the world know that they are still being thought of.

For folks planning on livestreaming their nuptials, Here's How to Livestream Your Wedding.


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