The wedding Tweeting saved: Couple's big day rescued by 10,000 celebrity Twitter appeal
Childhood sweethearts Lauren Lane and Daniel Welch were devastated when they lost thousands of pounds worth of savings, after their wedding venue went bust.
But thanks to an appeal launched on Twitter the couple received 10,000 in donations from complete strangers, allowing them to finally tie the knot this weekend.
Celebrities including Davina McCall and Dannii Minogue helped boost fundraising efforts and a string of companies donated gifts and services including a pair of rings, chocolate cake,
jewellery and even a new wedding planner.
Thanks to an appeal launched on Twitter Lauren Lane and Daniel Welch received 10,000 in donations from complete strangers allowing them to finally tie the knot this weekend
The couple, from Coleford, Bath,
Somerset, have now come forward to thank those who helped create a 'dream wedding' in just six weeks.
Lauren, 27, said: 'It just goes to show
the power of Twitter. As soon as I posted my message on the website
everything just went crazy.
'My bridesmaids got involved and began
tweeting messages to local wedding services companies, asking if they
could do anything for us.
'Then Davina McCall and Dannii Minogue retweeted my message to their thousands of followers.
got so much help from a lot of kind people and it made our day really
special. So much has come from such an awful time we can't thank all our
'It really did make it a dream wedding for us both.'
Lauren points at the celebrity retweets from Dannii Minogue and Davina McCall at home
Lauren and Daniel finally walked up the aisle on Saturday in front of 85 friends at Rookery Manor
Lauren and Daniel, 28, who have
two-year-old son Cohen, had been eagerly anticipating their wedding, set
for March 3, after spending 18 months planning the big day.
They had already paid out 4,500 for the wedding at popular
venue Chewton Place, in Keynsham near Bristol.
Their deposit covered the cost of the ceremony, reception for 150 guests, and all the food for the big day.
just two days before Christmas they received an email from the venue's
parent company, Aspire Limited, informing them the company had gone into
The email told them that the wedding could not go ahead, ending with: 'I hope you have a nice Christmas'.
Because they had not put the deposit on credit card, they were unable to claim the money back..
Dream day: Lauren was overwhelmed by the response on Twitter
Dressed for the occasion: The shoes and ivory wedding dress worn by Lauren on her big day
Lauren said: 'We were totally devastated and knew more or less straightaway that we would not be able to get our money back.'
Luckily the couple were able to secure
country mansion Rookery Manor, near Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, at a
discount only after Lauren's father Eddie, 56, dipped into his pension.
But they still needed a huge list of wedding essentials, including rings and a cake, to make their day complete
Lauren took to Twitter on January 5
to highlight their plight, tweeting: 'Please help and RT, Wedding Venue
goes bust with 6 weeks to go and our 4.5k'.
Her bridesmaids and friends also took up the internet campaign and started retweeting the message.
They posted the tweet to a number of celebrities on the site and were stunned when Davina McCall and Dannii Minogue responded.
Wedding venue: The country mansion Rookery Manor, near Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
Happy memories: Lauren and Daniel look through some mementos from their wedding day
Presenter Davina retweeted the
message to her 1,054,000 followers on January 6 and popstar Dannii did
the same to her 832,000 followers four days later.
That caused a stream of firms to come forward and offer them the missing elements to make their day complete.
A jewellery company offered Lauren
and Daniel gold wedding wedding bands, while a confectioner
gave them a free three-tiered chocolate cake.
The overjoyed pair, who have
been together for ten years, finally walked up the aisle on Saturday in front of 85 friends at Rookery Manor.
It is estimated they
received 10,000 worth of free services and gifts and had to contribute
just 5,000 themselves.
But the pair decided not to go on
honeymoon, opting instead to pay back Lauren's father for the cash he had contributed .
Lauren said: 'I had to pay dad back
first – I couldn't have gone on honeymoon. You never know, I might put
another appeal out on Twitter!
'I even tweeted Davina McCall and Dannii Minogue invites to the wedding.
'Everyone had been so generous and we couldn't be more grateful.'