Any gesture you extend to family or friends who can’t be there is sure to be appreciated. One thoughtful idea: Prewedding, mail them a care package (or “Postage Toastage”) that contains special details included in your day, like a ceremony program, mini bottle of bubbly, sparklers or noisemakers, and a favor. Also, consider setting up a way for your grandparents to experience your wedding in real time. If they have Internet access and a computer or smartphone, they can view your vows with the rest of your guests through a company like BridalStream or My Streaming Wedding. You can rent equipment from either to broadcast your event (or they’ll dispatch a videographer to do it for you).
Similarly, planner Heather Hoesch, of LVL Weddings & Events in Costa Mesa, California, recommends a platform called PartiBot, which “looks like an iPad on a Segway and lets the absent loved one move around a reception with ease, conversing with the people who are there.” Or, ask a friend with a smartphone (and a steady hand) to live-stream the service using a subscription site, such as UStream, or an app like FaceTime or Skype. If that’s all too techy for Nana and Papa, bring home a DVD of the day and make a date to get together for a viewing.