Saying 'I do' on webcam

June 18, 2008 4:40:41 PM PDT
The traditional marriage ceremony is getting a 21st century upgrade in New Castle County thanks to modern technology.As clerk of the peace, Ken Boulden has performed more than 9,000 weddings, but this particular city hall ceremony was a first.

This couple said their I do's with a room full of friends and family looking on and overhead. Thanks to a webcam, the ceremony was streamed over the internet to guests who used a secret password to watch in real time.

While there were a few Internet glitches, this first ever webcam system was a perfect match for this couple who spoke to their absentee guests after the ceremony.

The bride's family in the Philippines watched the webcam video, as did her sister in Thailand, and her friends all over the world.

Boulden created what he calls a wedcam, after recently learning parents were watching their kids at daycare centers over the Internet.

"It hit me, that's the answer. So we started looking for the cameras, which were under $100, and we already had the computers, so a little bit of software and a little bit of wiring and three days later we were in business," Boulden said.

The price tag for a webcam wedding is $30, for another $20 the newlyweds can go home with a DVD.