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social media newly weds

Did you even know there was one?  Well, this was a first for me.  And it seems that according to the below “newly unveiled stats,” the social media bride and “I do’s” have officially become digital – from live-stream Facebook weddings to Pinterest boards to Skype-ing the dress fitting!

The “What’s on Brides’ Minds” 7th Annual Survey Shows Brides Strive to be Social Media Stars on the Big Day

Social Media Bride on SkypeDavid’s Bridal, the nation’s leading bridal and special occasion authority, says the new tools of the trade are a smart phone or a computer instead of a wedding binder.  The 2013 bride will plan, chronicle and culminate all of her wedding details with the help of social media to do things as simple as assemble an inspiration board to making it possible for family and friends that can’t attend the wedding to be part of the festivities.  Instagram and Twitter enable the creation of special hashtags for guests to photo share during the big day.

The average newlywed couple will broadcast their wedding to the world in what’s becoming a prominent industry trend. Last month, TheKnot.com held the first-ever live-streamed, crowd sourced wedding, and Brides magazine is following suit with an upcoming live-streamed Facebook wedding. Companies like I Do Stream and Marry Me Live even offer webcasting services to couples looking to go “live” on the big day. What might have seemed “over the top” years ago, is now becoming a common practice as brides look to say “I do” in unique ways and on multiple platforms.

“Going digital is the new norm for brides and we’re seeing it firsthand.”

Here are the 2013 stats from David’s Bridal for The social network of wedding planning:

pinterestBrides are pinning, posting and texting their way to the altar!

  • The online bride: 59 percent of brides say online resources like Pinterest, Facebook and blogs are the best places to find wedding inspiration.
  • Pinterest dibs: With Pinterest celebrating its third anniversary this month, it has quickly become the ultimate tool for brides-to-be. Nearly half of brides (46 percent) wouldn’t use an idea they found on a friend’s Pinterest board!
  • Fittings on your phone:  Dress shopping isn’t confined to the fitting room anymore!  In fact, 68 percent of brides use technology during their fittings, from texting pictures to family to posting videos on a social media site.

RSVP’ing for the Skype wedding…with a plus one

skype

Can’t make the wedding? No problem! Just pull up a laptop and watch from there.

  • Virtual wedding guests: Now trending, nearly half (49 percent) of all respondents say they would consider “skype-ing” their wedding.

Social media should come with a handbook

Wedding guests beware! Think twice before hitting send on your mobile!

  • Digital rule of thumb: 56 percent of newlywed women think it’s important to have social media rules at the wedding.
  • The dress is off limits: 61 percent forbid their bridesmaids from uploading pics of the bride donning her dress before the ceremony
  • My wedding, me first: 52 percent say the bride and groom must be the first to post a picture of their wedding to a social media site.

Status update: Sue Smith went from being “engaged” to “married”

So much for waiting for the paperwork to go through! Brides want their “friends” to know they’re hitched – pronto!

  • facebook-weddingsFacebook official: Up 11 percent from 2011, 59 percent of brides will update their acebook status to “married” or update their new name within a day of walking down the aisle.

Visit David’s Bridal website for wedding resources, notably the new “My Event” wedding planning app, a social media tool for brides-to-be.