As Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas 'send wedding invitation by text', is wedding etiquette being thrown out the window
19:49 GMT, 29 June 2012
The wedding may be traditional but invitations to Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas' wedding reception tomorrow may be sent a more modern way.
Details of the location of the top-secret shindig are to be transmitted via text message by the actor, 54, and his fiancee, 28, on the day of the event itself, the New York Post reports.
Despite the fact that the whereabouts of the New York Catholic ceremony have been made known to the public, A-listers attending the after-party have so far only been told to be 'available' for further instruction.
The happy couple: Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas are reportedly sending details of their wedding reception via text message
Baldwin's actor brother Stephen told the Post: 'I'm going. I haven't been told the location yet. That’s about all I can say, because he [Alec] can still kick my butt.'
Another source confirmed: 'They just told us to be available, nothing else.'
If the claims are true, from a pair who probably have a team of assistants to attend to wedding preparations, forgoing the traditional elaborate, embossed cards and inserts could
be regarded as lazy.
Considering the lavish affair that will likely take place for such a star-studded celebration, an SMS missive may also seem somewhat brief and informal.
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Not necessarily, argues Nathan Phillips, co-founder of The Oratory Laboratory, a boutique speechwriting company that specialises in effective communication.
He told MailOnline: 'Short format communications can be as emotional and touching as a formal invitation. Character limitations are absolutely affecting the way we communicate.
In short: The secret location will be revealed tomorrow (STOCK IMAGE)
'There are powerful tweets, just like there are powerful speeches. Look at Hemingway's infamous six word story.
'I expect frequent Tweeter Mr. Baldwin will compose a suitably eloquent SMS to announce the important news.'
Unable to resist a joke about the 30 Rock star's famous phone rant at his daughter, however, Mr Phillips slipped in: 'We would have loved to punch up that message he left his daughter.'
Though guests like Lorne Michaels, Jimmy Fallon and Baldwin's 30 Rock cast members remain in the dark until tomorrow, what is known is that the ceremony will take place in Nolita's historic St. Patrick's Old Cathedral.
In anticipation for the Catholic service, the couple have taken a marriage course, known as a Pre-Cana, which is custom-tailored by the Archdiocese of New York.
In fact this will be the first time that Baldwin is married in the eyes of the Catholic church as his first wedding to Kim Basinger in 1993 took place on a beach in the Hamptons.
Wherever the reception takes place, the yoga teacher and actor will be cosying up at home to recover as plans to return to work next week suggest a honeymoon has been put on hold for now.