(Closed) wedding website. how to choose?

posted 6 years ago in Technology
  • poll: What factored into picking out a wedding website?
    Lots of room for photos / blog : (9 votes)
    11 %
    Online RSVP (even if only half the guests use it) : (17 votes)
    20 %
    Registry Information : (13 votes)
    15 %
    Guest book (I love seeing who stopped by) : (8 votes)
    9 %
    Map / Event Listings : (9 votes)
    11 %
    Theme that Matched your wedding : (10 votes)
    12 %
    Color Options : (13 votes)
    15 %
    Matching Invitations : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Other? : (5 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 4
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    2825 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I picked my site (through mywedding.com) because it was free, relatively customizable and had adorable page themes…

    My site was for information only so I just needed a place to put it all… Nothing fancy and to the point. 🙂

    Post # 5
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    6249 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 1900

    I wanted it to be easy and quick to set up (pre-made layouts), a theme/color scheme that portrayed the feel of our wedding, ability to upload pictures, and password protection.

    We went with weddingwire.

    Post # 7
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    3771 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    If you are ambitious, I really liked using Google Sites (I used a blog entry Miss Unicycle wrote up about it as a guideline).  After a bit of a learning curve of figuring out the editing tools, it was really easy to customize everything for a simple site that still looks good.  I went through lots of other premade sites with templates and everything too, but I felt like the templates were limiting, especially since they won’t necessarily match your colors/themes/invitations etc.

    eta – even tho I said there was a learning curve, it only took me about half a day to learn, set up, customize, do all the pages I wanted, etc. etc., at this point it’s just refining some wording.  So you can take that into account whether that is too long a time or sounds easy enough 🙂

    Post # 8
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    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We also went with weddingwire. I actually liked the themes better on mywedding, but a friend who used mywedding had issues with the RSVP. I looked for a way to change it, but I couldn’t figure out any way to make the RSVP more organized. In my friend’s case, it was an open form that had you enter your name and the number of people in your party. A lot of problems arose from the confusion, people entering their entire family when it was just the parents invited, cousins entering dates when they had been dating the SO for a week, etc. I didn’t want to deal with the same problems, especially with our wedding being small and intimate.

    Post # 10
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    674 posts
    Busy bee

    Personally, I’d just host my own. It would cost about the same as a paid solution, I retain full control of the content/data/domain, and there are many free and cheap ways to build your own site with services like Blogger and WordPress.

    Post # 11
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    2849 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I used The Knot’s website. It was free and customizable. I also liked their online RSVP option. It won’t let you add guests to it, because it only brings up the names of people I typed in the guest list. I’ve gotten tons of compliments from people saying how nice my site looked.

    Post # 12
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    443 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I used theknot, just because it seemed so easy, and I wasn’t interested in a paid site. There were a lot of design options, and we were able to find a theme that worked beautifully for us. I didn’t like their “suggested” pages, so I changed around a lot of what they designed each page to show (ie instead of a page on the bridal party, we use that page for travel information and the finished page doesn’t appear that it was ever meant for anything else) – I was very happy with the ability (however limited) to customize the chapters. It provides all the info we need it do, in a clear and elegant manner. There is an RSVP option though we don’t plan to use it.

    Post # 13
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    3314 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I ended up creating my own on a domain that I already had.  I wanted total freedom to translate everything into 2 languages and choose my own colors/headers/etc.

    Post # 14
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    1941 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We’re using wedsimple.com. I find it extremely easy to use!! We also purchased our own domain through godaddy.com, so after we stop using the wedsimple subscription, we’ll make our own website / blog / etc.

    One of the reasons I liked wedsimple is that it helped get me organized. I have to say I haven’t used it lately for the organizational aspect, but it got me going in the right direction. You can add in each guest individually, group them together by invite, and even work on your seating chart! It has several pre-made pages for you to use, but you also have the luxury of creating your own.

    It’s not free, but it was my favorite because it gave us (IMO) a little more design control, and was easy to use. I *think* there was a free 2 week trial period, and after only using it for half an hour, I was sold. You can pay $10/month, or get a better deal by buying more months upfront. (i.e. $10 each month for 6 months, paying one month at a time, or $40 for 6 months, paying all up front.)

    Post # 15
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    4194 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    I went with the free one theknot provided. I customized some of the headings (combined  Ceremony/Reception and about us/proposal), but considering how a lot of guests still haven’t looked at it, I wasn’t going to go overboard or pay anything for it. We’re not using it for RSVPs.

    Post # 16
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    383 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I went with mywedding.com because the website name was one of the more simple ones and easy to remember.

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