Twitter Saves A Wedding from Disaster
A new twist on the word, “twitterpated,” this couple’s happily ever after was saved by a simple tweet.
Lauren Lane and her then fiance Dan Welch of Somerset, UK were dropped by their wedding event company just 6 weeks before their special day. After the company folded, Lauren and Dan lost their deposit of £4,500 (almost $6,000) and all wedding plans fell apart. In a desperate plea Lauren took to her Twitter account and posted, “Help needed with aspects of our wedding after venue goes bust with 6 weeks 2 go & with our £4.5k!”
Before she knew it, followers and friends were retweeting her post and contributions from local companies came rolling in. The Welch’s received £10,000 (over $13,000) worth of free items for their wedding including flowers, a cake, clothes and jewelry. Many services such as a make-up artist, wedding planner and photographer were also offered for free or at a discounted price!
It also didn’t hurt their cause when celebrity Davina McCall and singer/song-writer Dannii Minogue re-tweeted her post as well.
Dan and Lauren were married on Saturday February 25th in what could only be called a Twitter success. Surprised and grateful for all the help received for their wedding Lauren gushed, “It was a lovely wedding and I cannot believe how many people and businesses came forward to help us – it was amazing. I had gone on Twitter on the off-chance that someone might be able to help us but it just went mad.”
After all the goods and services received, the newlyweds estimated that they only had to provide £5,000 ($6700) in wedding costs themselves. Not too shabby for a wedding that left them scrambling at the last minute.
If we’ve learned anything from their story it’s that no one can deny the power of Twitter and people’s willingness to help one another in a time of need.