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Last Updated: Friday, 28 December 2007, 20:02 GMT
A nice day for a webcast wedding
By Denise Glass
Tayside and Central reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Terry Vickers and Ying Liu
The wedding of Terry Vickers and Ying Liu was webcast to China
A wedding in Dundee has made history by becoming the first civil ceremony to be broadcast from the Registrar's Office to China.

The family of Shuying Liu gathered in China to witness her marriage to Dundee University worker Terrence Vickers.

Broadband has been installed in several local authority wedding venues so that relatives who cannot make it in person can still enjoy the big day.

Dundee is the first council in Scotland to start webcasting civil ceremonies.

It is also believed the project is the first of its kind in the UK, as no other local authority is known to offer widespread webcasting of the services.

'Great fun'

Mr Vickers, 62, and Ms Liu,43, met at a wedding banquet in China in 2004 and started exchanging e-mails, phone calls, gifts and photos.

Mr Vickers told the BBC Scotland news website that he was glad his new wife's family got to share in their happy day.

He said: "It's great fun, it's lovely the idea that all Ying's friends in China are sitting round drinking their champagne and watching us and joining in the occasion.

"They're staying up late to do it especially and they're having a party at midnight."

Wedding sign
Dundee is the first council in Scotland to webcast civil ceremonies

He has also enjoyed incorporating Chinese traditions into the wedding.

"It's been great fun working out all the things that would fit together and then adding nice things from either side", he said.

The Registrar's Office has said it has several bookings to broadcast weddings over the internet.

City Registrar Grant Law said: "It's a project we've been looking at for a while now, because so many people from outside Dundee get married in the city nowadays.

"Last year we had 30% of our civil weddings involving people from outside the city.

"In a case like this the bride's family are all in China. Obviously they're not going to be able to attend the ceremony, so they can actually not just watch the ceremony, but participate in the ceremony.

"They could set it up so they could actually webcast back to us, they could do readings during the ceremony, at the end of the ceremony they get to congratulate the couple."

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