Your friends are the other side of the world and you really want them to come. What do you do?

Invite them to a wedcast on Skype and let them enjoy your wedding anywhere in the world.

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Research conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of Skype, shows just how common this problem is. 51% of Brits missed a special occasion that they wish they hadn’t.

But couples have been setting up a wedcast with friends and family on Skype so they never need to miss a moment.

“It is clear that Skype’s role in weddings has increased over the past few years,” says our very own Pippa Ward

“In fact, I recently attended a wedding myself which was broadcast over Skype. The camera had its own table and was decorated – it felt like just another guest!”

Of the 51% that have missed out on a special occasion, the top 10 ‘can’t attend’ excuses were –

  1. Sickness
  2. Work commitments
  3. Conflicting events
  4. Distance
  5. Expense
  6. Travel problems
  7. Physically unable
  8. Time constraints
  9. Flight delays
  10. Pets

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But Skype isn’t just for holding wedcast. People are planning their wedding through video calling. Many of them meet suppliers who maybe out of their reach.

Most popular video calls were talking to the venue, followed by sorting out outfits for the wedding party.

“Viewing venues and speaking to wedding planners can all be done via email but its far better to look people in the eye when you’re discussing really important things, financial stuff and making big decisions.” Says Pippa

“There’s nothing like negotiating face to face, but obviously sometimes this just isn’t possible.”

About the Survey

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from Opinion Matters.  Total sample size was 1643 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 19th-26th June 2012.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

Are you using a wedcast for any friends and family unable to attend your big day?

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1 COMMENT

  1. We are! My family and school friends are in Australia. Because it’s so far away we needed something or the people who just can’t make it. Thank god for the Internet! It will be brilliant to still have them with us.

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