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Getting married…with an assist from social media!

Joe Marchese, President of SocialVibe, is getting married, with more than a little help from his online social network!

So Saturday I say "I do". It has been an incredible whirlwind trying to keep pace with work and wedding preparations, although I have to say, @ChristieM (www.twitter.com/christiem) did all the real work for the wedding. The other thing I have found interesting is how much social media has impacted the planning of the wedding. It makes me wonder how people did it before.

First the obvious, I was able to find almost every friend and family member I needed to reach on Facebook. No calling old numbers or mailing invites to old addresses. And Facebook gave me a permanent connection by which to bug people for RSVP responses.

I never would have imagined how hard it is to pick wedding music, but with a combination of iTunes Genius feature and Pandora's magical ability to suggest other music based in part on the wisdom of the crowd, we have one kick-ass play list. Christie and I could even turn to Twitter and Facebook to ask our networks which song ("The Blower's Daughter" or "First Day of My Life") Christie should walk down the aisle to, when we had differing opinions. Everyone agreed with Christie's choice ("First Day of My Life") by the way, something I am sure I will be getting used to in married life.

The honeymoon was my responsibility, and again I turned to Twitter and Facebook to get suggestions on where to stay in the cities we will be visiting in the coming weeks. The responses were amazing. Thanks to all the feedback, I am feeling very confident about the hotels we are staying in, even though I have never been to any of the cities before. For example, in Dubai we are staying at Mina A'Salam at the Madinat Jumeirah. Dubai was particularly difficult, because sites like Travelocity and Expedia seem to rate every hotel five stars. But people in my Facebook network actually introduced me to friends they have living in Dubai, and I was able to get some local insight on a city I knew very little about.

I plan on trying out iPhone apps and crowd sourced programs to find great places to go while traveling. (Does Paris or Rome have Foursquare?). The whole time, I'll be keeping my Twitter network appraised of how the trip is going and asking for more suggestions @joemarchese ( www.twitter.com/joemarchese). So if you want to keep up, or have any great tips, come say hi on Twitter or Facebook. I will try not to tweet during the ceremony.

How did people do all of this before social media?

This article originally appeared on MediaPost.

Comment by Brandy, posted 9/17/2009, 7:00 AM:

It's funny but social media certainly has made planning events easier and allows you to find more opportunities too! What a lovely story!
Comment by Keonte' @Wedding Warrior, posted 9/16/2009, 11:31 AM:

I was just going to pose the same question. It is absolutely amazing how social media has shaped nearly every facet of life. I have a wedding blog (which I neglect often...http://keaianaregettingmarried.blogspot.com) & I plan to use it heavily once I began the planning for my wedding. I almost feel as though I CAN'T plan a wedding without the computer. It's the best way to get real-time results & honest opinions. Social media is an asset in this case.
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