February 20, 2012
One of the projects I knew I couldnâ€™t wait to tackle was the wedding website. I knew I wanted one for a long time but it was one of those projects I couldnâ€™t start early. I had experience with creating free websites using
She had a wonderfully, sweet parents page with messages from each of them
Amazing hand drawn mapsâ€¦
And even a page dedicated to helping guests select their wedding wardrobe
It was so detailed and the best part was the way it made you excited for this event. I showed my mother and she too wanted to go to this wedding. Side note: Iâ€™ve also jacked another wedding project I found on she posted on Weddingbee, which youâ€™ll see soon. I worked for almost two weeks building this site, bit by bit with the goal of finishing it so I could send the save the dates out. (I had printed the site on the postcards and I didnâ€™t want family and friends seeing my half done project!) It took some time to figure out how get the header the right size and to add the background. I got a free one from
Anyway, I used it to create buttons for links to my various pages.
Getting the format down took quite a bit of time and I almost quit a few times. Once I had the pages and links setup I began adding the details to the pages. For the wedding in the Bahamas I offered guest the option of flying there or cruising there for their convenience. This way they could take off as much time as they wanted from work and they also did not need a passport if they were cruising. Once I got all the information I needed from the travel agent I added the travel details.
Screen Shot of the â€œCruise Thereâ€ page
Then I worked on adding â€œOur Storyâ€. This took quite a bit of time to type it all and add the pictures, I really wish I had started this sooner. Ra started to read it and decided it was way too long and lost interest. I thought about editing it but some female opinions I got were that they liked the details, so I left it be. I wanted to add Raâ€™s version but he was too busy (or lazy) to type it so that has yet to happen. I also started the â€œOur Parentsâ€ page and I felt bad thereâ€™s only pictures of my side because heâ€™s too busy (or lazy) to take pictures of them. I asked my mother for the message like the other website but decided against it since it would be half done.
You might be wondering if my website is blah blah blah.weebly.com like all the free sites. Actually I have a .info just like the bride I admired. I contacted her because I was curious how she could do this using a weddingwire template and she was so kind to respond and help me out. She told me to go to godaddy.com and purchase a .info domain because it was much cheaper than a .com. I think I paid a whopping $2.11 for the year. It took an afternoon of frustration and me humbling myself and calling customer service to ask for help for me to learn a little bit about masking. I say little bit because all I know is thatâ€™s what itâ€™s called. The customer service was amazing, the gentleman was so helpful and chatted with me about my wedding and in no time we were done. It took a few hours for it to work and by that evening we had a wedding website!
Screen shot of the homepage (one day I will figure out how to make the linen background go all the way to the bottom)
Reason number #27 of how I impressed Ra while wedding planning was when he saw the site. I have continued to bug him to help me out by writing his version of the proposal or how we met, or even give me pictures of his parents so mine donâ€™t look lonely but thatâ€™s asking a lot from such a busy man. Maybe one day. It does make me proud when people tell me they visited my site and I plan to continue to add more information (you know, when I have time). I watched a YouTube tutorial about adding music but I havenâ€™t figured that out yet. I also canâ€™t figure out how to get a visitors counter on there so today I added a guestbook so they will hopefully leave a message they stopped by.
Do you think wedding websites are tacky and overdone? Does your groom help you with medial wedding tasks?