Friday, June 12, 2009

Notes From the Future "Mrs." - Setting Up a Wedding Website for You and Your Fiance

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Why a wedding website? Well, there are lots of reasons. But the main purpose is to allow your friends, family, and other guests to have your wedding info readily available. Plus, it's just plain fun to post photos and other fun facts about you and your fiance, friends, and family. Being engaged is a great time to show who you are as a couple! So wedding website, here we come!

I've checked out a lot of sites lately. Here are some of the great features I've found that wedding websites offer:

- Custom Domain Name: To put it simply, your own a address! To be honest, I find a tad cheesy (and can guarantee that Chris will want NONE of that) but you get the idea. You can personalize it however you want!
- Customized Design Options: You want your site to be clean and beautiful! If you spend all this time on it, you want people to want to look at it. The templates I like best include flash players.
- Registry Info: Here is a great place tell guests where you have registered. Don't even THINK about putting your registry info anywhere on your invites (wedding gifts are actually not required, and believe it or not, it's the bridal shower gifts that are not optional per wedding etiquette... but that topic is for another time).
- Upload Photo Albums: Getting engagement pictures? Put 'em up! Include pictures of your wedding party, too. They are definitely deserving of an introduction.
- Upload Video/Music: Getting a videographer? Have old, fun footage of the two of you? This is a fun feature to have for those reasons. And having an upload music option is a must, in my opinion. A good soundtrack makes everything that much cooler. :)
- Add Custom Polls/Quizzes: Take a poll of your readers on things like where you should have your honeymoon. Create fun quizzes like "Who knows us best as a couple?" These things allow interaction from the readers on your site.
- Maps/Accommodations/Directions: Include all these details so guests can always refer back to them. Convenience is key. Anything to help them get to your big event is well worth it.
- Calendars/Personalized Email Accounts: Include the dates for your bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and engagement party here. And of course, the date for the big day itself (not that anyone could forget, wink wink).
- Guest Book: This allows you to have your visitors sign in. See who is checking out your site.

So if you are looking to set up a wedding website of your very own, be sure to check around different sites to see who offers the features you want. Most of them are free, or as little as $60/year (which is only about $5.00 a month!). My top three favorite sites are...


Be sure to check these sites out. What wedding sites did you use when you got married? Did you use one at all? If you are getting married in the near future, I suggest you check into these and don't miss out on putting up a site for not just you and your fiance, but for all your guests to enjoy!

~ Jillian