County marries Webcasts to weddings
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Oct 02, 2000
Couples exchanging wedding vows for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer,
now can do them nearer and farther.
The Wise County Circuit Court in Norton, Va., is offering Webcast wedding
ceremonies for friends and family to witness online.
The idea, Circuit Court Clerk Jack Kennedy Jr. said, came "out of the
blue" as a way to offset the court's $3,000 to $5,000 annual cost of live
audio and video streaming of its civil and criminal arraignment hearings
The cost of getting hitched online is $150 to $100 to cover the use
of the hardware, $30 for the civil ceremony and $20 for a VHS tape. For
$175, couples can also buy a marriage Web page, which includes six months
of free hosting.
The system includes five cameras, eight microphones and a Digital Subscriber
The online marriage service (www.willyoumarrymeonline.com) started in
September, but no one has taken the plunge as of press time. However, there
have been "quite a number of hits on the Web site," Kennedy said.
Couples must have a Virginia marriage license prior to the courtroom
ceremony. The Webcast can only be performed at agreed-upon designated times
on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays and not during regular court proceedings.
Viewers must download Micro-soft Corp.'s Media Player 7 to watch and hear
Kennedy said the court issues about 600 marriage licenses a year.
Wise County is located in southwestern Virginia near the Kentucky border.