AdultFriendFinder Will Stream Your Wedding So You Don't Have to Postpone During the Coronavirus Pandemic

With federal health officials recommending that weddings, along with concerts, festivals, parades and other events, be canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak, adult entertainment and dating website AdultFriendFinder is offering to stream weddings for free on its website.

While some couples have begun rescheduling when they'll tie the knot as far ahead as 2022, AdultFriendFinder gives engaged couples the opportunity to exchange nuptials in front of their family, friends and loved ones while still social distancing. Couples can stream their weddings from their own homes (or other private locations) in 4K and 1080p.

FriendFinder Networks CEO Jon Buckheit told Newsweek that the site has seen an increase in traffic since the coronavirus pandemic has spread, forcing people inside. "There's been a big increase in video chat and video streaming, and that's something that we've always offered on the site. So we have the technology to do it, and we thought that we should offer [to stream weddings] at no charge to people who want to use our site for that purpose at this time."

Couples who wish to keep their weddings among their loved ones can stream in private, password-protected channels, but those looking to share their love with the world can stream in a public channel. "If you want to do it in such a way that the only people who will see the broadcast are the people you invite, we can do that for you. If you want everyone on AdultFriendFinder to see the broadcast, that's an option also," Buckheit said.

He added that the site will have a separate landing page for couples who want to use the service but don't want their guests to see any adult content. Couples can also exchange vows if they're sheltering separately, and guests can watch.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people "cancel mass gatherings of any size," so AdultFriendFinder is trying to offer an alternative for couples who just can't wait to exchange vows. Despite the website's slogan, which encourages people to "hook up, find sex, or meet someone hot now," the company is now committed to helping love blossom into marriages.

Buckheit said that over the years the site has seen many marriages by couples who met on AdultFriendFinder. The site was originally an offshoot of the dating site and social network FriendFinder. "Even though the people...are joining the site for hookups, in some cases there's people who want serious relationships where sex is a very big part of the relationship," he said. "We have had a lot of marriages."

He continued, "We appreciate the many years of patronage the public have given us on our site, on AdultFriendFinder, and this is just our way of saying thank you during a difficult time for people who want to take advantage of it."

If you're looking to stream your wedding on the site, you can email weddings@ffn.com or visit the AdultFriendFinder weddings page to set up a live stream.

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A couple holds hands during the Valentine's Day Mountaintop Matrimony ceremony at Loveland Ski Area, near Georgetown, Colorado, on February 14. JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty

Correction: An earlier version of this story had the website listed as "Adult FriendFinder" not "AdultFriendFinder," and had misspelled CEO Jon Buckheit's first name, "John."

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