Best Wedding Moments of 2012

HuffPostWeddings just compiled their list for their top weddings moments of 2012. So I figured it’s about time we do that here at Social Comedia.  Here’s our year in review of the most absurd/awesome wedding moments of the year:

5. Contest to win a wedding at the Rose Parade opens. Can’t wait to see this one on New Years Day!

4. Couple gets married over 30 times on wedding tour around the world.

3. Obama crashing this couple’s wedding and leaving the coolest gift ever.

2.  Jeweler offers a free rifle with the purchase of engagement band.

1. Bride asks for minimum cash donation at her wedding, riots ensue.

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Deja Mi & Wed Pics

A Raleigh, NC based company called Deja Mi has developed a new smartphone app that could bust into the wedding industry in a big way.

The app, also named Deja Mi, allows people, (usually strangers)  who are attending the same event to upload all the photos being taken to a central place. So far, the app has mostly been used by corporations and businesses that pay to enable attendees at their conferences to freely share content. Founder and CEO Justin Miller was inspired while watching millions of people recording a concert with their Iphones.

The idea translates easily into the wedding industry, which is why they’ve launced WedPics. It relies on the same technology, but without the GPS locator. The bride and groom pay a flat fee to obtain an access code which they can pass along to guests.  Guests must merely download the WedPics app and start shooting.  All the photos go to a cloud where the happy couple can access them at anytime. It’s like their own private Instagram.

WedPics markets itself as a convenient and cheap alternative to the disposable cameras that many couples leave out for their guests. While the company faces competition from other photo-sharing websites, they speculate that the instantaneous streaming will make it more appealing to consumers. The app has been used at over 500 weddings in 15 countries since launching in August 2011.

What do you think folks, is it a worthwhile app or should people just stick to Flickr and disposables?


Remembering 9/11… as a wedding anniversary

Today marks the eleven year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 20o1. Across the nation people gather to mourn the loss of loved ones, honor those who so proudly serve our country, and remember the devastating effects of hate and terrorism.

For many, this is a quiet and solemn day – a day to reflect on the events of 9/11 and their impact worldwide. In the years since the attacks, Sept. 11 has become almost a sacred day – a prevailing mood that infiltrates all aspects of daily life, including the wedding industry. Many couples have been skeptical about planning their weddings today. Is it uncouth to host a joyous celebration on a national day of mourning? Can your wedding anniversary ever be considered a happy memory when such sad sentiments overshadow the date?

It seems that couples lie in two camps – those who wish to turn the date around into a happy occasion, and those who shy away from the idea. On the one hand, to give into defeat is to give the terrorists what they want. Some see it as an act of defiance and a bold step forward to declare that we will not be consumed by such hatred. The other side may find it disrespectful to ignore those who suffered losses.

Last year USA Today published an article about couples who have toyed with the idea. The Wedding Channel reported WeddingChannel.com reports that about 10,000 couples across the nation were wed on  9/11/11. Because the date fell on a Saturday, the most popular day of the week for weddings, it’s numbers were higher than usual – and much higher than the expected number today as a Tuesday.

Experts in the hospitality industry cite 9/11 as one of the most difficult dates to entice couples to book. Hotel owners have even offered what has been sardonically named the “terrorism discount” in an effort to improve sales for this date.

I predict that the number of weddings will steadily rise as we move further away from the incident. Take Pearl Harbor for example – there are relatively few memorial ceremonies on December 7th anymore – and even less resistance to planning parties. 9/11 will undoubtedly follow the same path.

What do you think? Is it inappropriate to celebrate in the face of so many who are grieving? Or is it okay to want to shed a positive light on 9/11 and move forward?