How to Make a Wedding Website
According to 2011 survey conducted by the Wedding Channel and the Knot, 69% of couples now have personal wedding websites!
If you're looking for a cheap, easy way to let people know about your wedding, consider making your own website. Couples have plenty of options these days, so look into several options to help you decide what kind of site you want.
Do You Want a Free or Pay Site?
A service like Go Daddy will sell you a web address about $10. That's super cheap, but you might also need to find a web hosting service.
You can get as fancy as you want when making your wedding website. If you have some experience with Web design, this is a great route that will let you customize every aspect affordably. Once you start thinking about hiring a designer, though, prepare to spend hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars.
If you're not especially tech-savvy or you want to save money (who doesn't?), consider using The Knot, Wedding Wire, or one of the other free sites. They're pretty good as far as freebies go. Sure, it's not the coolest site in the world, but it's simple, effective, and free.
What Should You Share on Your Site?
Some couples make the mistake of sharing too much on their wedding sites. Remember, the website is intended to make things easier for everyone, so don't overburden visitors with pages and pages of unnecessary information.
Things that you should definitely include:
Your wedding's time, date, and location
Directions to the wedding and reception
A few pictures of the couple
Info about any dinner or drinks you plan to serve at the reception
Where you're registered
A countdown clock to the big day
Things that you should think twice about including:
A detailed story about how you met (keep it short and sweet. No one needs 1000 words on your first date.)
Questionable pictures from showers, parties, etc (Keep it G-rated. Plus, people attending bachelor and bachelorette parties will respect your discretion.)
Anything about past relationships (keep it about this wedding, not the one you had ten years ago.)
Stick to these guidelines and you can make a useful site that keeps guests informed, shares your love with the world, and keeps you focused on the big day.
Posted by Matt T.