(Closed) Wedding Websites

posted 7 years ago in Technology
  • poll: Which domain did you use?
    Used an existing site : (14 votes)
    36 %
    Used .net : (0 votes)
    Used .com : (8 votes)
    21 %
    Used .info : (1 votes)
    3 %
    We created it ourselves : (9 votes)
    23 %
    Used a template : (6 votes)
    15 %
    We haven't and won't be creating a site : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I went through WordPress and just did myfirst and hisfirst.com (only without the space, lol). It only costs $15 to buy your domain name, and I’m used to working with it.

    Post # 5
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    My husband created our own domain with the servers he uses for his own sites. It was a .org.

    We got hundreds of hits, actually. Since about 85% of our guests were from out of town, it really was necessary to get the hotel and tourist info out to people! I think it’s really important to have a site these days if you are having a large percentage of out of towners.

    Post # 6
    48 posts
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I went with weddingwire.com, let me have a very basic site address and it’s free, and it’s user friendly. and etc. etc. etc.

    Post # 7
    5572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I also went with wedding wire and have had no problems so far! It was very easy to set up and it will take care of what it needs to!

    Post # 9
    367 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We went with mywedding.com. I liked the skins available and it was quick and easy.

    Post # 10
    3364 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I use WeddingWire.com and love it!

    Post # 12
    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Fiance owns a number of domains, one being http://www.hislastname.com so our website is http://www.wedding.hislastname.com. I love having our site on our own domain. Security was a necessity for us and being able to have a username and password for our guests to login was very important. I also love that I’m able to do virtually whatever I want to the site. I can make it look and function exactly how I want it to. With the existing sites, you pretty much just choose a template from the handful that they offer. You don’t really have any control over how things look since they are pre-programmed to just fill in the blanks.

    Before we decided to go this route, I made a few websites through other providers (the knot, my wedding, weddingwire, etc) just to see if they would do. While they were nice and would have served the purpose, I really loved the idea of having our site be on our own domain where I could have full rein over it. If you get the opportunity to have your own domain I absolutely recommend it.

    As for visitors, our STD’s haven’t gone our yet and since that is where our login info is printed, the majority of our guests don’t have access to it yet. Just from the guests who have seen it (immediate family and close friends) we already have quite a few hits. Last I checked it was approaching 80 but I bet a lot of those are my mom (she shows the site to everyone she knows, lol).

    I want to post our site so bad but can’t for security reasons. Damn you internet psychos! 

    Post # 14
    1872 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Our website is technically a “blog” via wordpress, so it’s free. I know there are a lot of other wedding websites you can get for free, but the designs were either a bit too frilly or cutesy or cheesy for us, so we used the “cutline” template from wordpress, which is clean and modern. 

    We do not have security on our website of any kind–I think we just figured we’re not that interesting or important enough for anyone to really care; plus, as a wedding guest, I am totally the type who will forget a password immediately. Our last names and contact info are nowhere on the site, although you can contact us through the site (guests can fill out a form which then gets emailed to us, but the site doesn’t show them the email address). We have not received any negative comments on the site. But not having any security personal decision and I totally understand people who are weirded out by having a personal website open to the public. 

    Either way, we’ve gotten lots of compliments on the site. The important things to remember are to keep the navigation straightforward as possible. Basically, this means as “flat” as possible, meaning guests shouldn’t have to keep clicking link after link to get to information–but most premade sites and blogs have built-in formats that are pretty flat already. Keep your categories to a minimum–some sites offer like, 16 different categories and that’s usually more confusing than helpful. Construct the website in a way that you would find helpful as a GUEST. So while your love story is nice as are pictures of the two of you as toddlers, your guests are probably going to care much more about where the ceremony site is, where to park, how much parking may or may not cost, etc. etc. so put the energy into those aspects first. Little things–like hyperlinking hotel websites so that they open in a separate window instead of taking you off the site go a long way. 

    Oh, and this is totally a personal plea, but as a GUEST, nothing exasperates me more than opening animation and music–if I’m visiting a wedding website, I’m probably there just to figure out a hotel reservation and sitting through the “opening act” fanfare is annoying, as is trying to find the little speaker icon to turn off the music that’s disrupting my fellow cubicle-mates. 

    Post # 15
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @tranquility: Hey! Sorry, just came back to this thread. Right now only my mom and my Fiance have seen it, since I haven’t given anyone else the URL. I’m putting the address on our Save-The-Date Cards, which are going out this week. If I remember, I’ll let you know how it goes!

    Post # 16
    63 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I bought a domain and server space and made my own site (the URL doesn’t include our names, because I’m going to be re-using the site after the wedding).  It’s pretty bare-bones right now, but I’ll eventually be adding information about lodging, photo uploads, bridal shower, etc.  The login form is for my mom and FMIL; I live about 200 miles away, so we’ve got some pages to store guest list information, planning ideas, inspiration photos, vendor contracts, etc.  I’ll add an RSVP page after the invites go out, although I’ll also be taking phone call and snail-mail RSVPs.

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