Tweet of Honor - The Newest Trend in Weddings
There is a new trend in weddings that is causing quite a stir. In an effort to update friends and relatives on the wedding, some brides and grooms have created a new position in their wedding party: Tweet of Honor (sometimes also called Chief Twitter).
And think about it: what better way is there to keep friends and family updated about your wedding than using Twitter, in real time?
Wedding Duties of a Tweet of Honor
The primary role of a tweet of honor is to keep everyone updated about what is going on at the wedding. Twitter only allows you to type 140 characters at a time, so the tweet of honor will need to be efficient and quick on either a keyboard or a cell phone.
Since the book is still being written on this exciting new wedding trend, the secondary roles of a tweet of honor are still not defined. However, here are some of my suggestions for this new wedding party position:
- They need to sit in a discreet place so as to not disturb other guests
- They should aquire and be in charge of a list of those people unable to attend but interest in being updated in real time
- They need to update twitter regularly with wedding events and activities (the number and frequency of tweets should probably be discussed with the bride and groom before the wedding)
- At a designated time during the reception, the Tweet of Honor should read out predetermined tweets from those responding to wedding updates on twitter. Well wishes, fun stories or relevant comments sent to the couple via twitter could all be read outloud for the couple and guests to hear
Suggestions for Tweet of Honor
- If using a laptop, use tweetdeck to help organize incoming and outgoing tweets.
- When selecting a Tweet of Honor, choose someone who is tech savvy, a fast typist and a good public speaker.
- Dress nicely (just because you're behind a laptop or cell phone the whole time doesn't mean you shouldn't dress in appropriate wedding attire).
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Tweet of Honor: Pros and Cons
- Allows those who might not make it to wedding (overseas guests, sick guests, etc.) to be able to still feel like they are a part of it
- Gives an outlet to younger couples who want to share their wedding with as many people as possible
- Creates another position of honor within the wedding party that might bless someone when asked to be "chief twitter" or "tweet of honor"
- It's F-R-E-E (right now...just don't be surprised if the new position becomes paid!)
- Could send the message (potentially) that you didn't want to invite them but they are welcome to see it happen on twitter
- Could take the place of meeting with friends in person and telling them all about it first-hand
- Friends/family might not know how to tweet or be interested in learning about twitter
The jury is still out on this new wedding trend, but I suspect it will pick up steam and increase in popularity.
If you decide to use a Tweet of Honor in your wedding, let me help you spread the word on twitter! Follow me here.
What do you think of the new trend in today's wedding? Is the "Tweet of Honor" a good idea or a sinking ship?
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