Imagine planning for months, spending time and money to get everything just right for your big day, and agonizing over every little detail--from the tablecloths to the bridesmaid's gifts--only to have it all almost ruined in an instant by an unexpected change of venue.
That's what happened to UK couple Lauren Lane and Daniel Welch when the venue they'd booked informed them-via email, 3 days before Christmas--that they would be closing permanently, leaving them with about six weeks notice and $7,000 lighter in the wallet.
"We were so upset...all our savings had gone over night, along with contributions from both families. As the venue’s debts outweighed their assets we knew we were nowhere near the top of the list for our money back," Lauren said.
Rather than hide under the comforter with a pint of ice cream--am I the only one who takes bad news that way?--the bride-to-be took to Twitter to ask for help in pulling off the wedding with a considerably smaller budget and the reaction she got was immense and unexpected. Not only did her tweet resound with total strangers, it appealed to celebrities Davina McCall and Dannii Minogue, who retweeted the plea and used their big names for a good cause. Donation offers poured in, with everything from jewelry to a cake to the services of a wedding planner.
— Lauren Welch (Lane) (@laurenlane1984) January 7, 2012
Lauren told WebProNews that some of the items and services offered included photography, videography, wedding rings, stationery, cake, candy buffet, bridesmaid jewelry, singing waiters, wedding crèche, bridal bolero, favors, a
magician and a caricaturist.
"Contrary to what some media reports have said, we received no cash donations; only goodwill and skills from local, honest companies," Lane said. Despite being interviewed by several media outlets, she hasn't had a chance to thank the companies by name and would like to give a shoutout.
- Sidney Diongzon - Photography
- Paul Van - Videography
- Cake Genie of London - Wedding Cake
- Cool Jolz - Wedding Rings
- Laurel Designs - Stationery, Favor boxes & table plan
- Bravo Singing Waiters - reception entertainment
- Darren Campbell - Magician
- Demon Pen - Caricaturist
- Bridal Designs - Bridesmaid Jewelry
- Party Crechers - Wedding Creche'
- Another Little World - Make Up
- Joey Gillingham - Hair
- Cupcake Cabaret - Cakes for candy buffet
- How 2 i do - Planning
- Bristol Candy Buffet - Candy Buffet
Lane and her groom walked down the aisle on February 25th with nary a hitch as a result of the social media platform helping to spread the word.
"We got so much help from a lot of kind people and it made our day really special," the bride told The Guardian. "So much has come from such an awful time we can't thank all our helpers enough. It really did make it a dream wedding for us both."