Your wedding day is a time to ditch your phone, forgo Facebooking and enjoy the most important moment of your life with the friends and family you've gathered.
Just kidding. This is probably the best you're ever going to look and you need to make sure everyone in the world sees you immediately. Plus, how will your maid of honor's speech or first dance go viral if you don't post it on YouTube? These are wedding day decisions you're going to have to make, people.
But if you want to avoid a trashy wedding faux pas, The W Hotel in New York has the perfect solution for those brides and grooms who want make their weddings a bit more social: a social media wedding concierge.
The new service, described to The Huffington Post in pitch email (read it in full below), will be available from now until the end of 2014, and promises to do away with "shameless wedding selfies." Instead, it wants your matrimonial social media push to be a bit more profesh, by creating or commandeering your accounts and posting all the details of the happiest day of your life for you.
So for a price (namely, $3,000), you can have another stranger following you around -- you know, on top of your wedding photographer, videographer, wedding planner, and whoever else you have in your entourage -- live-tweeting your whole ceremony and reminding every guest who posts on Instagram to use your special hashtag.
The concierge will also be responsible for creating a "wedding blog" leading up to the big day, as well as posting Vines and Instagrams under your special hashtag. Just be sure to remind them that you prefer the "Mayfair" filter.
This is all because in 2014, photos and videos alone don't cut it anymore. You need your vows trimmed into 140 characters ("the day i met u, i knew i would luv u 4ever. ur my bff, n i cnt w8 2 spend th rst of my life w u...").
So how do we tell if people want their wedding days on live-tweeted? We checked Twitter, of course.
— Erick Schonfeld (@erickschonfeld) March 25, 2014
— Megan Greene (@economistmeg) March 25, 2014
What could be better than someone lurking around your wedding guests encouraging them to hashtag all Instas? pic.twitter.com/s4pfmJJUgO
— Heidi N. Moore (@moorehn) March 25, 2014
Social media may be becoming more and more ingrained in our lives, but maybe we can leave it out of our nuptials for now. Or at least trust our wedding guests to hashtag pictures on their own.
If you simply must live-tweet your wedding, ask a friend to do it. We bet they won't charge $3,000.
Here's the full "social media wedding concierge" below:
Hope you're well. Social media posts are no new thing, especially during weddings, but W Hotels in New York has a unique concept under their sleeve for this new trend, just in time for wedding season. It's time to say goodbye to shameless wedding selfies and hello to a professional Social Media Wedding Concierge from W Hotels here in New York.
With social media as a growing, integral part of documenting the entire wedding experience, the hotels are now offering brides and grooms the opportunity to take advantage of this trend and put a spin on "Something Borrowed" by borrowing one of W's social media experts to document their special day via social media. From live tweets and #hashtags to Vine videos and Instagram filters, W's Social Media Wedding Concierge will document the "I Dos" and encourage guests to utilize a dedicated wedding hashtag for every one of their posts.
Social Media Wedding Concierges are available for hire at receptions in all four W Hotels in New York (W New York, W Union Square, W Times Square and W Downtown). Services include:
Available: Now-December 31, 2014
- Live tweeting of the ceremony and reception
- Instagram photos and videos and Vine videos
- Curating a unique wedding #hashtag
- Encouraging guests to utilize hashtag and handles as they post to social media
- Set up and maintenance of Wedding Blog before and after the big day
- Curating registry wish list and dream honeymoon Pinterest boards to inspire couple
- Wedding social media recap for the couple - a Shutterfly book complete with social media highlights from the planning process and a collage of the best tweets and instagrams sent during the wedding.
Please let me know if you need any hi-res images or additional information about this new trend. Looking forward to hearing from you!