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Creating an Awesome Wedding Website!

March 12, 2013

Don't think you have the techinical know-how? Don't worry. The good news is that you really don't need advanced skills to create a wedding website. There are many online wedding sites that can help you to create your wedding website in a few steps.

The first step is determining if you really need one. It depends. If your wedding will be small with most guests living nearby, you can probably do without one. But if you're having an out-of-town event, or if your guests are coming from near and far, a website can be a helpful planning tool.

 Getting Started

It is always a good idea to start working on your wedding website at least six months before the wedding. This way you can add your personal website address to save-the-date cards to give wedding guests as much information as early as possible. A wedding website is especially important for out-of-town guests making travel arrangements.

Creating the Site

Once you're ready to begin, there are many Internet sites that can help even the least tech-savvy person create a site easily. You can choose a design from a variety of templates and color schemes, and personalize it with your photos, music and event details. You can often add other bells and whistles, such as online RVSP-ing or a guest book where well-wishers can post messages. And if security is important to you, you will be able to designate a password for your site so only friends and family can enter. Some of my favorite pics include the following and they are FREE!!

Wedding Wire - http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-websites.html

The Knot - http://uw.theknot.com/admin/choosedesign 

Adding Information to Your Site

Now it's time to think about what to put on your site. At its simplest, it should have basic information: your names and a photo of the two of you, the wedding date and location, and a brief greeting to visitors. Then, if you wish, you can post other details that might help your guests. You should think of the site first as an "Information Desk" -- "The rehearsal dinner is at 7 p.m. at the hotel, and we'll be sending a van to pick you up." It's also helpful to include links to hotels, restaurants, and any local tourist spots and activities you think your guests might enjoy.

Making It Personal

Beyond the basics, it's nice to include a brief story about how you and your fiance met or the proposal. Many couples post casual snapshots or brief video clips of themselves, perhaps on vacation or playing their favorite sport. You might also introduce the wedding party to your guests. Photos and videos can add a personal touch to your website. Many of your guests will appreciate seeing a few cute photos, but it's especially nice for those who've never met one of you to see how in love you are. Just don't get too carried away - no one needs to go through all the photos from your last vacation together.

Adding Your Wedding Registry

Feel free to include links to your wedding registry (or registries) on your site -- however, don't let it be the first thing your guests see. Etiquette experts suggests creating a "Registry and Gift Ideas" page that would require people to click on a link to get any details or even just the store name.

 

 

 
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