By Fatima Arkin - Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 0 Comments
More brides turn to Twitter and apps to commemorate their special day
Since Richelle Little joined Twitter last year, every major event in her life has been influenced by the microblogging site: She met her best friend at a local outing organized through Twitter; she found her job as a public relations professional by networking on Twitter; and now, with her wedding months away, Little plans to commemorate her big day, in a similar fashion: with a hashtag on Twitter.
“It was a natural fit,” says the 24-year-old from Kingston, Ont.
For the moment, Little is using the hashtag, #morganwedding2013, to update her followers on wedding-related happenings ranging from the serious – “Minister booked.” – to the more lighthearted – “My biggest fear is looking as awkward as Bella Swan does when I walk down the aisle,” referring to the human-turned-vampire from the Twilight saga.
But, what she’s really looking forward to, is everyone else using the hashtag on her big day. “I’m definitely going to have my phone with me,” she says. “I want to be able to go on Twitter and see what people close to me are saying. I can also go back afterwards and relive the memories from their point of view.”
By Cathy Gulli - Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 5:20 PM - 0 Comments
Forget official royal invites. You’d rather watch with these ladies.
Patti Renihan and her best friends have always watched the British royal weddings together: when Prince Charles married Diana Spencer in 1981, and when Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson in 1986, the women huddled around a tiny TV inside a screened porch at a family cottage in northern Ontario. They had a similar plan for when Prince William marries Kate Middleton. But when other friends heard about the early-morning gathering, they wanted to join them. “It’s ballooned to 14 people,” laughs Renihan, 65, who made gold invitations that match the official ones—“except instead of HRH we put my initials” and instead of “Westminster Abbey” they wrote “the abbey” at Renihan’s home address in Toronto. Upon arrival, each guest will be introduced by her new name: duchess or lady of the area where she lives. “This party has snowballed,” Renihan admits. “It gets grander by the day.”
The spectacle of a British royal wedding has inspired many Canadians, especially women, to host their own extravagant receptions. No detail will be overlooked: food, drink, flowers, party favours and attire have been planned in celebration of this rare event. And despite the time difference (Will and Kate exchange vows at 11 a.m. British time, and media coverage begins three hours earlier), or perhaps because of it, people like Renihan and Jane Francis of Mississauga will welcome guests to their houses in the middle of the night—starting at 3 a.m.
“I got a new big TV for my birthday, and I was going to watch the wedding regardless,” says Francis, 64, before her friend Marg Shaver, chimes in. “And we were going to be lonely in our basements,” Shaver explains, adding that she had British-flag bunting and serviettes that were crying out to be used for such an occasion. “So we decided to get some others in!” finishes Francis. Over the last few weeks, the self-described “mature, fun-loving women” have traded scores of emails and calls in preparation for the big day. The latest news: “The ﬁne jewels from China have arrived,” exclaims Shaver, who turns 61 the day after the wedding. “Blue sapphire engagement ring replicas for everybody!”