I saw this on Facebook last night before I went to bed and my very first thought was, "I wonder what the Knotties would think of this!"
A FB friend of mine from college made a status last night about how she and her FI have found their "dream venue" but the problem is it can't hold everyone they want to invite, so she was wondering what people thought of live streaming the wedding so those they can't formally invite to be there in person can still watch. You ladies have trained me well because my internal response was, "How are you going to properly thank and host all of those 'guests?'"
All the comments are positive, with a few people pitching in ideas for how to do it, others praising her and her FI for being so innovative and considering a solution to their problem that cuts their costs considerably. A lot of people seem really, really excited at the thought of watching these two get married from a computer screen.
I don't know what to think. I guess I want to know, is this going to be a public link that anyone can click on, or is it only going to be shared with those they wanted to invite but didn't have the space for? I'd side-eye it less if it was a public link, because if I was told, "Hey, we wanted to invite you but didn't have the space, but we still want you to be there in spirit, so here's a link to watch!" that would make me feel pretty crappy. I'd rather just not receive any note and decide for myself if I wanted to click the link come the big day.
Also, I feel a little snarky saying this, but to me if it can't hold everyone you want to invite, it's not a "dream venue." Though she did mention they have a LOT of people they want to invite, so it's possible they can't afford to host all of them no matter the venue size.
What say you all? Ever heard of this? Is this a case where the idea is rude, or where etiquette just hasn't caught up with technology? I'm sure Emily Post did not conceive of such a thing.
And to all you lurkers: If you ask the FB hive mind if something is a good idea, only people who think it is will tell you it is. Because your friends like you and don't want to be mean, especially in front of people who like the idea.