The wedding website can be as elaborate or as simple as you want it to be. I don't know why, maybe it's because I'm a writer, but I've always been fixated on having a very elaborate and thorough website. There's nothing more frustrating than going to a couple's wedding website to get details and have one of the line items say, "Tell your guests details about the reception here." I mean, come on, people! If you're going to put a website out there, at least add one or two lines to give your guests some information. Or disable that particular tab on your page.
Admittedly, our website is probably a little too thorough. There are details about how we met, each representative of wedding party, local attractions in Green Bay, music and more . . . I don't expect our guests to take the time to read it all, but if they're like me and choose to read it all, then they'll head into our big day with a few more fun facts than most.
The wedding website was the first thing that I got started on after we were engaged. I wanted it to be up and available to our friends and family as soon as possible. I looked into templates from theknot.com, but I wanted something with a little cleaner lines and the option for music, additional tabs, pictures, etc. A good friend recently used weddingjojo.com, which I think are really fun (and free), but the templates are all really similar and since I had just seen hers, I wanted something a little different.
In the past, whenever I visited a website by weddingwindow.com, I was impressed. The templates have a lot of variety, but they're also very clean and organized. You can choose your color palette and upload your own pictures to the framework of the site. And you can upload your own music, too. Since this is the primary source of information for our guests, the fee seemed worth it to me in the long run. I purchased my package and got to work.
Truth be told, the website helped me settle on my color palette for the wedding. I originally thought I wanted navy and pink, but every time I tried to add a pink element to the page, it just felt loud and I knew The Fiance would be against an overwhelming influx of fuscia. So as I played with the color scheme, I realized that I really liked using silver/ grey tones as a neutral accent; it worked as an excellent secondary color with pops of pink mixed in.
Writing about us and how we met was easy; I've told the story often enough that the first two elements that I added to the page were our individual backgrounds and our background as a couple. Once we secured the date and the hotel accommodations, I added those immediately. Oddly enough because we couldn't decide on the venue (tent at the house or tent at the club), we had quite a bit of information up there before we actually had the reception venue. (Thankfully it's up and decided now, and I never pushed it live . . . so as to avoid the dummy copy.)
I've always been torn on whether or not to add the connection to each bridesmaid. I've seen it both ways, and both seem nice, but the wordsmith in me just couldn't help to write out my tale with each of my gals. Getting The Fiance to collect images and write his half of the descriptions took a bit of coaxing, but with a little editing he was up and ready in no time. The most time intensive portion was getting him to write his perspective of the proposal and choosing pictures to coordinate with each page.
In the end, we decided to have tabs for the following: a welcome, about the couple, our story, the proposal, the maids, the men, ceremony details, reception details, accommodation details, local attractions (it is Green Bay, after all), photo album, gift registry, guestbook, and (my favorite aspect) the engagement video.
If you have any questions about what to or what NOT to put on your website, as always, I'm happy to help. Otherwise, for you perusing enjoyment, here's a link to our site: