Social Media Weddings - Amy and Max - Feeling the ConnectionA Wedding Celebrant's Perspective
What Role can Social Media Play when Planning Your Wedding?
Although social media is not for everyone, some couples really embrace it. And none more so than the lovely Amy, who set up her wedding Instagram account, to log her journey to ‘Becoming the Parrotts’.
I have so enjoyed following her, that its made me appreciate the role that social media can play when planning your wedding ceremony.
When a couple book me for their wedding, I always invite them to connect with me on social media.
Many of my couples book weddings that are for a year or two ahead. Social media is a really good tool for them to stay in touch with me, see what I’m up to, look at the weddings that I’m leading, and maybe get some ideas for their own.
But there is much more to it than that.
Being connected on social media works both ways.
So, if a couple accept my request to follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I will always request to follow them back and am delighted if they accept, and we become ‘friends.’
I regard it as a privilege to become part of their social media group, and being able to see the posts they share with, their family and friends.
Our social media connexion helps to establish a strong, close and trusting relationship between us. It is a great way of building rapport and means that I get to know my couples on a much deeper level.
I also find out some great things about them. This week alone, I’ve seen one bride’s ability to do the splits after a routine on the pole, (you know who you are !!) a groom’s almost complete house refurbishment, a couple welcome their new puppy, children with fresh faces in school uniform, and holiday snaps and food pics.
I promise to be your faithful husband.
I promise to love you when the sun shines
and when the rain falls.
Our love from here will only continue to grow as the three of us embark on the next chapter of our life together.
When you look at this ring think of me and remember that I love you always.
I know I will not always be what you want me to be.
I might forget to listen or forget to share.
I might not always agree with you and occasionally my reckless side may annoy you.
But I will always strive to be the man you believe I can be, the man you deserve.
I can’t promise to love you perfectly, but I will love you constantly and unconditionally.
There will never be two people that love each other the way we do.
I am so excited to spend the rest of our lives together, making memories and growing our family.
You are my favourite person, my love and best friend,
you are my life, my greatest gift and my loving wife.
from the day we met you changed my life completely.
Because of you I laugh, I smile, and I know how to parallel park.
You are my best friend and now you are also my husband.
Throughout our time together we have experienced both highs and lows in our relationship.
Overcoming these has only made our bond stronger,
and seeing you becoming a father to our Beeds has made me fall for you more every day.
I promise to always care for you, encourage you and support you.
I promise to always be by your side, working together on our goals as a team.
But above everything,
I promise to always love you –
forevs and evs
Amy set up her Instagram account in October 2020, to introduce herself, Max and her baby daughter, Edie, and, her in her own words to, ‘ try to stay excited about her upcoming wedding in August 2021’ as all she was seeing on social media was negativity about the current ( Covid) situation.
As I followed their journey, from how they met, to the proposal, (beautiful engagement ring), right up to their wedding day, I really got to know their story.
Whilst social media enriched our relationship, we also met in person several times.
Amy, Max and Edie came to my home, we also met at the venue as well as having a run through there, just before their big day.
Our close connection was certainly reflected in the ceremony. Amy was relaxed, confident and clearly at ease, which really enabled her to enjoy her wedding ceremony.
I recently asked Amy whether she will keep her Instagram account, now she has become a Parrott. She’s assured me that she intends to keep it going, which is great news as I can share in all their adventures.
And maybe, after all,
‘Marriage is not a destination, but a journey, with moment to moment opportunities to love, and to be loved, to the best of your abilty.’
I’d like to thank Amy and Max for letting me share with you a part of their incredibly special day.
I’d like to also thank the amazing and generous photographer, Who is Benjamin, not only for the pics, but also for recommending me to Amy and Max. I hope I did him proud.
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