The wed-site

Woo!! Time to kick the party planning into 5th gear! #forthelove2013 #tiubride

First let me freak out for a second! The wedding is in 30 days! Holy $%@#!

Designing Wedding Websites

Wedding Website

When my sister got married in 2007, wedding websites were just becoming popular. I designed their site with a romantic feel with lots of bird silhouettes and rich colors.

Wedding Website

Since the concept was new, you couldn’t rely on all your guests using the site so our focus was more on supplemental info like cute photos of the couple and their story.

Search results for wedding websites

Six years later, it’s become the norm for couples to have a wedding website (look 126,000,000 results on Google alone) so I feel it’s now a very convenient place to list all of your details, travel information and links to gift registries.

Our Website

Wedding Website

For my wedding, I decided to put up a very simple site that focused on our herringbone hearts design. I titled it “for the love” which is one of Nate’s favorite sayings. I didn’t write-up anything personal because anyone wanting more info about us could just visit the blog.

I included one form on the home page that’s a request for song suggestions. It’s always nice to give visitors something to do, plus Nate and I want an epic mix so we are looking for all the help we can get!

I then have three pages off the main page and I will go over each one below.

Details page

Wedding Website

Wedding Website

The first page is a details page. It includes a map and directions to the ceremony site. I also included information on parking, the weather to expect and other ways to get involved.

I decided to create a private Facebook page for our wedding plus a hashtag. Both options give guests ways to share photos, figure out carpooling and just interact.

Here’s what I say if you want to use on your own page.

So much information is posted online these days that sometimes its hard to manage and control it all. Given this, we’ve developed two ways everyone can interact about the wedding online.

  1. PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP

    We have found that Facebook is the most common social network that our guests use. We’ve created a private group that all our guests can connect, ask questions, post photos and make friends.

    You can join the Andrea + Nate’s Wedding group by going to the group page and click “join group” in the upper-right corner of the page. Once we approve the request, you will see the group listed in the left sidebar and can start posting. We will also send you a request via Facebook once we receive your rsvp if you are interested in joining.

  2. HASHTAGS

    If you use Twitter or Instagram, please add the hashtag #forthelove2013 to your posts. This way users can follow the hashtags plus Nate and I can collect all the tweets and photos as keepsakes. (I mean if the Library of Congress it doing it, we can too!)

 

Travel page

Wedding Website

Next, I put together a list of hotels for our out-of-town guests. We didn’t block out rooms because there isn’t one hotel that really fits the bill for location, price, etc so we decided to give guests the choice.

 

Registry page

Wedding Website

And finally we made a registry page that basically links to the different stores we created lists on. If you want to know more about our registry check out our tool list here.

Make your own wed-site

And finally the quick and dirty on how to set up your own site. Let me know if you would like a full tutorial on how I set up our site and I’ll make one.

  1. Decide where you want your website hosted.
    1. Self host – requires you to purchase a domain & hosting package.
    2. Host on a free wedding site, wordpress.com or blogger.
  2. Set up your account. Install WordPress or platform you want to use (or code it yourself!!)
  3. Install a template, design the look and write your copy.
  4. Proof read, proof read, proof read!
  5. Publish it live and include the link in your wedding info.

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