A Skype Wedding?
Skype is a growing communications platform that allows users to communicate through voice, video, and chat. It’s a global phenomenon with hundreds of millions of users around the world. It started as a cheaper way to make international long distance calls, and has since morphed into much more. Video calling may be its fastest growing feature. You may have seen video chat sessions featured on the news or other television shows, because it’s a relatively easy and inexpensive way to transmit a video based conversation.
That’s leading to some other interesting ways to use Skype. Laptop magazine recently highlighted a growing use of the service – weddings. According to a recent study sponsored by David’s Bridal, 49 percent of study participants (or 1 out of 2) would entertain the notion of Skype-ing their wedding. In other words, allowing guests to remotely watch and interact with the wedding on their PC, smartphone, or tablet via Skype. Wedding nuptials are indeed becoming digital.
This growing phenomenon illustrates the continuing penetration of technology and the Internet into our daily (and ceremonial) lives. Some of it is good, while some of it is bad. The same David’s Bridal survey revealed that survey respondents feel the social media aspects of weddings can get a little out of hand. Fifty-six percent of newlywed brides feel that social media guidelines should be spelled out for the ceremony. Wow. Looks like wedding invitations may soon include guidelines for social media behavior. No more tweeting from your smartphone at the wedding. Especially if you’re the best man!