(Closed) Wedding Websites. Do You Have One?

posted 8 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We do! Fiance is a mac developer and owns several domains, one being http://www.HISLASTNAME.com. He made our wedding website to be http://www.wedding.HISLASTNAME.com. I much prefer this to the generic websites most couples use. I tried those sites and it just wasnt for me. Having our own domain really gave me the freedom to make it look exactly how I wanted. I dont have any restrictions as far as what can be posted or how everything can look. 

The major draw for us was security. We absolutely did NOT want a site that just anyone could look at. I’ve heard horror stories!! I found a few generic sites that were password protected but they were really inconvenient for the guests who would be viewing it (the guests had to create an account in order to login – that just won’t work). Our website is set up so that our guests need a login and password to get access to our site (this info is printed on our STD’s). I also have my own blog through our wedding website. The blog page is set up with an additional password so that only the guests who I give the password to can see that section. I didnt want everyone to have access to it since theres all sorts of stuff about the wedding that I would prefer be kept a surprise for most guests (so far only our moms and my bridesmaids have access to it). 

For anyone who has the option, I totally suggest using your own domain if you can. Besides, I love only having to put http://www.wedding.HISLASTNAME.com as our address instead of some address thats like 100 characters long (like our original generic website URL). 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

How do we do that because that is something that I would like to do.  I don’t want to use the same generic websites.  And I don’t want to pay an arm in leg (or anything for that matter) for a website.  I want mine to have a cool picture page come up then they have to click that before entering then I want there to be a way for people to update w/pictures, and me to post info. use a blog and other things. 

As far as looks goes.  You could try using the colors of the wedding, that’s something that I think I would do.

 

I look forward to seeing what you decide to do!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We actually had three wedding websites.  The planning one is here, but it was just a Google sites thing.  The other two were sites for our guests.  One was for our ceremony and luncheon in Massachusetts, and the other for our at-home reception in DC.  Both of the sites for guests were designed using WordPress.  NotFroofy found an RSVP plug-in for WordPress that allowed our guests to RSVP online, prevented them from trying to RSVP for more people than we invited, and wrote their responses to a Google docs spreadsheet.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We used mywedding.com, it was simple and FREE!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Why use multiple sites??

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We have one… I had my own domain hosting already, so I registered a new domain with our names under my account. I designed/coded it myself to match our STD/invite stationary set. My fiance’s not really into sentimental stuff so it’s very minimalistic, with only the basic information that our guests need.

I’m hoping to put our RSVPs on there once the invites go out.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

What are the horror stories from people being able to look at a couple’s wedding website? I love looking at friends’ wedding pages.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@MissBuffalo:  I can’t speak for anyone else.  However, I have a large professional website, and most of my potential clients get to me via my site,  I therefore want to make sure that when someone searches for my name, they find my professional pages and not my wedding stuff.

To this end, my planning site is open to all, but is under a pseudonym.  Since the sites for guests would be of little use to anyone other than a guest, we used first names only on them and still blocked them from being listed on Google.  And the RSVP function was set up so that each guest had to use a code (which we put on that guest’s invitation) to access it.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We have one that our venue created for us.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

no wedding website for me, i just feel no impulse whatsoever to set one up and no offense to anyone to has one but 90% of the ones I’ve seen are self congratulatory and just make me cringe a little. I have seen a few that are very classy but those are pricey!!..

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@bells:  Having a Web designer as a fiancée definitely helped with keeping the cost down.  And ours was strictly devoted to things like a wedding schedule; directions to the ceremony, reception, and accommodations; menu selections; a weather forecast for the area of the wedding; an RSVP page; and similar items.  There were no “how we met” or “why we are perfectly suited for each other” stories.  😉

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MissBuffalo: I knew a family who had their house burglarized while they were at their daughters wedding. The thief knew where the couple lived and found their daughters wedding website online (since it was through one of the sites that dont have any kind of security). They knew exactly when they would be gone so they took their sweet time cleaning them out. Not worth it to me or my family to have my site public.

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