Post # 1
I am helping a wedding planner I know design her website. I really don’t know what I’m doing, so I’m looking for as much advice as possible!
What do you love on a vendor website? What do you hate?
Are there any colors, fonts, backgrounds, etc. that drive you crazy?
What kind of information do you look for first?
What makes a website look more or less professional?
Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Post # 3
I like simple designs. Not a fan of music.
Specific to a wedding planner I would want to know vendors she’s worked with. Weddings she’s worked on, what specifically on the wedding did she help with.
Rough priicng information would be great.
Post # 5
For a planner, I like those that have a blog, facebook page, pinterest with examples of weddings they have done. I like to know where they are located. If she doesn’t want to list pricing on her website, I would love to at least see what comes in each package and a starting price.
Post # 6
Thank you guys! I’d ask for feedback on what I’ve got so far, but it might be considered promotion of some kind.
What kinds of pictures are appropriate for a wedding planner’s website? Table settings she’s done? A picture of an itinerary? Happy brides?
Post # 7
– Photos of previous events/weddings (professional photos!) that are up to date and not from 2 years ago. These should be photos of things that she had a hand in planning/setting up so table settings, details etc.
– Pricing or at least starting prices or if there are different package options available
– Testimonials from past clients
– NO music, NO flash
In general I prefer a clean and easy to navigate website. If I have to spend more than 5 minutes trying to find information then I just get frustrated.
Post # 8
email addresses, phone numbers, prices, and not “vauge” statements like “want an awesome set up!? CALL US NOW”.
Post # 9
@regberadaisy: YES! I hate when websites have music and I have to scramble to figure out how to turn it off!
Post # 10
I like to see prices.
I also found it helpful to have a contact form on the website that I could fill out with my name, phone, email, date I was interested in, comments, etc. It made it a lot easier for me when I was contacting venues if they provided a way for me to send them an electronic notification that I wanted someone from the venue to reach out to me.
Post # 11
@MissBananaBread: I don’t think it should be considered promotion if you are asking for help with it. I’d love to look at it!
I agree with everything other posters have suggested. I also wanted to suggest including a small explanation of what exactly a wedding planner does and why you might want one.
Post # 12
prices and recent examples of their work. No music.
Post # 13
These should be photos of things that she had a hand in planning/setting up so table settings, details etc.
Agreed! ONLY pictures of things she specifically had a hand in.
I actually prefer the opposite so I have a email chain of whom I’ve contacted. Often when I use their contact forms I forget if and when I contacted people.
I also wanted to suggest including a small explanation of what exactly a wedding planner does and why you might want one.
YES! Everyone’s explanation is so different. There should be a clear understandng of what your friend does typically in a base package and what can be added on as extras.
Post # 14
@vmec: I completely agree. I hate it when vendors just say “Call us!” and don’t give you any examples of their work.
I don’t like light coloured writing on dark backgrounds, it’s hard on my eyes, especially if there’s a lot of text. Fonts should be easy to read. I like being able to see what’s where easily. I don’t want to dig through four different subtopics to find your contact info or pricing. I also like a bit of an “about us” is always great. It’s nice to know your vendors as people and not a corporate entity.
Post # 15
@regberadaisy: That makes sense. I used an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of which venues I contacted. It was easier for me to track than sifting through mulitple emails.
Post # 16
Thank you all so much! I’ve been updating the website to reflect your preferences as best I can. If anyone is interested/ willing to look at what I have so far, please let me know and I’ll PM you the temporary web address.