Why I’ll be the UK’s first social media wedding bride

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Why I’ll be the UK’s first social media wedding bride

Fancy a social media wedding? Status Social has launched the UK’s first professional social media weddings package. With support from Derbyshire companies, Bonbon Photography and On Event Production Company, this unique product, according to Marriott Hotels, will “revolutionise the wedding industry”. Read more below!

A bride has told of her excitement as she prepares for the UK’s first official social media wedding.

Zoe Anastasi’s big day will be captured and broadcast by iPhone-carrying photographers every 15 minutes on social media. Her ceremony will be live streamed over Twitter and there will be social media walls at her reception. Her day has even been organised over Facebook.

For Zoe, from Derby, it was a no-brainer to have a professionally-run social media wedding.

“Your wedding day is the biggest day of your life. You worry that it’s over in 24 hours, and I think it’s great to enjoy the build-up, to get more people involved in it. It makes it more special.

“It’s the one day that’s all about you and if you have different people talking about it all over the world, on different formats, it makes it that extra special. Also it’s afterwards, looking back at all the memories, the photos, the tweets…”

34-year-old Zoe, who works for construction company, Willmott Dixon, is marrying St James’ Place Wealth management consultant, Will Diggins, 32, on June 16, 2016 at Nottingham’s Greek Orthodox Church. The wedding at 12pm will be followed by a reception at The Walled Garden in Beeston.

Photographs from Zoe’s day will be beamed around the world from the morning of the wedding, starting with capturing her and her six bridesmaids getting ready. Kim Gribbon from Derby photographers, Bonbon Photography will then follow her to the ceremony and the reception armed with just an iPhone.

Check out our Social Media Weddings page to see what’s included in the Social Media Weddings package

The photos will appear at the reception on a giant social media screen provided by Castle Donington production company, On Event, where guests using a hashtag can add their snaps to the display. All the content will be monitored by the team from Status Social, the Derby company behind the Social Media Weddings package, before going live.

Social Media Weddings logoZoe is of Greek-Italian heritage with a large family: “We always said from when we began planning it, we’re having a big fat Greek wedding. We’re really proud of that. Even though we’ve got a lot of people coming, there’s a lot of people who can’t make it, and they are really excited to be able to watch it online.

“I’ve got family in France, Italy, Spain, Cyprus. Will’s got family in Australia and America, and not everyone’s going to come. Now they can feel part of it, see us get married, and I think that’s really nice.”

Photos taken on the day will then be placed into a social media wedding album ready for the bride and groom to view when they wake up the next morning.

Zoe’s fiancé, Will, says they are looking forward to re-living the day on their honeymoon:

“The thing is, you spend all that money, all that time on the wedding and I just want to remember every second of it. Having the photos, having the updates, will enable that. What I wouldn’t want to do is finish the wedding, it all to be a blur, and having an album by an official photographer six months later. I just want to be able to remember as much of it as I can.

“Also it’s a day of pretending to be a celebrity, it’s the closest you’ll ever get to feeling famous, and who wouldn’t like that?!”

Zoe and Will say planning the wedding on Facebook has helped the guests feel more involved, brought out wonderful stories about them and created a buzz about the big day.

“It’s got everyone talking about it, putting on lots of old photos of us,” says Zoe. “And people have found out a few things about me and Will that they probably didn’t know before.

“We want to share our entire wedding with people. We think it’s going to be amazing!”

Social media weddings iPadZoe and Will have found that wedding suppliers have bent over backwards to help when they’ve heard their wedding will be broadcast over social media. Some suppliers have even offered special deals to the couple, cutting down on wedding costs, after hearing about the extra exposure they’ll get. But Zoe and Will understand there will be others who think they are crazy to make their wedding so public.

“We’re not obsessed by social media – in fact we find some of it very boring!” says Will. “It’s a great way for people to see important events in your life, not for bragging purposes, but if you have someone who you haven’t seen for ages, technology used the right way can be great. It might come across that we’re a bit attention seeking, but it isn’t about that for us.

“I think it depends on you. We are quite happy with wanting to share our day so it’s right to have a Social Media Wedding. There are people who are have private intimate affairs, but we’ve got more than 200 people coming to our wedding.”

Social media wedding dayAnd Zoe says she wants to enjoy her day and being a Social Media Wedding bride will help ensure that happens:

“More people are really excited about our wedding as they’re not just getting an invite in the post, they can be part of the build-up too. They can see where we are getting married, see pictures of us, see what we’re having for food, make song requests, see who else is going – all via social media. It gets them more involved, and that’s the way we want it.

“Yes it might make us feel like a celebrity for a day, but for us this is our one wedding we are ever going to have and we want it to be special, and we do want it to be massive and in your face! And why not? It’s going to be once in a lifetime and we’re going to take full advantage of it.”

Check out our Social Media Weddings page to see what’s included in the Social Media Weddings package.

About the Social Media Weddings Team

Social Media Weddings is run by award-winning Status Social, one of the UK’s first specialist social media agencies. Our team of social media experts, experienced wedding photographers and technicians will make your day even more perfect.
Status Social has worked with some of the UK’s biggest organisations including Marriott Hotels, the NHS, Vision Express and East Midlands Trains.

The photographs for the first ever social media wedding are being taken and put on social media by Bonbon Photography, Derby-based wedding photographers who have also worked on the Derby Book Festival.

The social media wall for the first social media wedding is being provided by On Event Production Company in Castle Donington. On Event is one of the UK’s top event production companies, working with everyone from corporate banks to zombie drive-through theatres…

Any press enquiries and requests for interviews relating to Social Media Weddings to Linda Aitchison, The Marketing Room.
tel – 01543 468621
mob – 07867 420803
email – linda@themarketingroom.co.uk

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