Post # 1
I am going to be sending out STD soon and was thinking about making a wedding website to put on them. Anyone have any recommendations of good FREE websites? Right now I am look at wedding paper divas, I believe they offer one.
Any recommendations on information that should be put on the website?
Also, I have never even heard of a wedding website until the bee and was wondering what the guests responses/reactions were to them?
Post # 3
We did ours through VistaPrint, which wasn’t free but had a couple of options and I think the cheapest was about $5/month. I picked them over some of the other services (even though it wasn’t free) because they had a template I really really liked, and they seemed to have a lot more templates than other sites I checked. I could have built one from scratch but my web design skills are rusty. I’m not thrilled about the layout of the RSVP form but it’s not bugged me enough for me to write it manually, and it gets the job done.
I liked that I could pay a little more for additional pages; the free places I saw only gave 3 pages but I wanted 5-7 as we have a lot of out-of-town guests and I wanted a whole page for area attractions and another for dining/clubbing choices near the hotel.
Since most of our friends/family are tech-savvy, they like the format a lot. To be fair, a lot of the response will be based on your content, so if you add hotel info, airport info, taxi fares, and stuff to do, it will probably go over better than if you just do your registry and some photos. I plan to add a Groupon page or something like that, a little closer to the wedding, so folks can do some fun things on the cheap while they’re visiting.
We are not doing paper RSVP’s, online only, and our guests, for the most part, are really happy with one less envelope to keep track of. But that’s not for everyone. We did do paper invites and electronic STD’s.
I’d try to find some actual sites by any service you’re considering, as some of them (especially the free ones) put obnoxious ads on the bottom (that’s how they can give you the page for free). If you’re buying the domain name, you may want to get both variants: BrideAndGroom.net and GroomAndBride.net or whatever, so people who type his name first or yours first will still hit the right page; most web services will do that redirect for free, once you buy the name (I’ve actually got to sort mine out, but haven’t had time).
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Post # 4
i just used used the knot. i didn’t look around at other sites, so i’m not sure how it compares, but i’m happy with it and our friends/family have all liked it too. as far as what kind of info you put on it, that’s really up to you. you can have a section on how you met, how he proposed, hotel accommodations, ceremony/reception location(s), registry info.
if you want to take a look at it, this is our’s: http://mirandaAndrafael.ourwedding.com
Post # 5
Yes we have a free one it is on http://www.weddingwire.com you get to build a website and choose your layouts and themes for it and choose different pages that you would like – we have about 12 different pages and then you can add more if you wish.
Our guests love it as our guests are located in different countries and this means they get to follow along with the wedding without having to call us all the time for the most up to date information.
It took some effort to make it but I think it is worth it.
Post # 6
We used the wedding website feature on http://www.mywedding.com
I would really recommend it – very easy templates to work with, and it’s free to do. You basically just pick how you want it to look color/style wise and then fill in your information. Our wedding website included a story about how we met, little blurbs about people in our wedding party, details about the ceremony & reception, links to our DJ’s music request form and to our gift registry, info on the hotel blocks we booked for guests, and popular attractions/restaurants in our city 🙂
Post # 7
I can’t give you a recommendation on the free sites. Fiance is a graphic designer and went to tech school for C++ (computer programing) and has a lot of tech friends, so he made our own. Our website.
Post # 8
I used weddingchannel.com. It was free and the templates are easy to work with. I made sure to make my info private/password protected so that potential thieves wouldn’t see all our registry info + location/date information. I made the password simple and put it on the save the dates/invitations. I am not sure how many people do this but I just didn’t want so much personal information up for the whole web to see.
Post # 9
Wow, thanks so much everyone! This is so helpful. And thanks for sharing your websites. I will be sure to take a look at them.
The reason I ask for what guest feedback was is because most of my wedding guests are from the area, with only maybe 5 people tops flying in from a different state. I am still not sure if I will be making one, but I want to take a look at my options.
I think its a cute idea and great to give info but I’m not sure if at this point, because mostly everyone is from the area if it is really going to contain any useful information. I don’t want it to be like a conceited “look at us” website. Ya know?
Post # 10
I used Weddingwindow.com they have a free option but I added a few things.
Post # 11
@SimplyMrsC: We have my father (+3), my (step) sister (+1), and my sister (+1) who are coming from out of state. My sister really isn’t but she’s upper almost out of the the state.
We didn’t put any todo stuff on the site, but I do have an email getting ready to go out of some to do. I blocked off the hotels for my sister, 2 bridesmaids, and my dad. My dads had to get moved because of the dogs.
Feel free to play around with our site. We did an online RSVP, that has so far gone over well. An FAQ, since our wedding is.. different? We’re getting married at a baseball field before a game. Pictures because well.. I love pictures of us and our dog. Day of schedule. Pictures of our wedding party and how we met. And our registry. Because we really aren’t doing much of a shower type deal, the registry info won’t get passed very well.
Post # 12
I like useing my blogger…you can do so much more with it and you can add rsvp’s, maps, polls on things you need help with and all kind of other good stuff. YOu are more than welcome to go and check mine out. The link is on my Weddingbee profile. Good luck!!!
Post # 14
I used the knot, and it was perfect for our purposes. (Easy to use, already had a template, etc.)
Post # 15
@lilchicana: Date twin…yey!!!!