A Presence on the Interwebs

As part of my job, I am updating websites on a daily basis. It was only natural for me to create a wedding website. I don’t know complex HTML or any other fancy coding language, and I wasn’t interested in paying money for a website, so that left the plethora of free wedding website options that are out there. There’s WeddingWire, The Knot, MyWedding, eWedding”¦the list goes on and on. I perused the options out there and chose based on what templates the sites had to offer. The winner: WeddingWire.

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They have over 100 options, and a lot of their options have different color schemes as well. Keeping our brand in mind, I wanted something with the jewel tone/gray color scheme, so that narrowed down the options. A great thing about this site is that you can pick one design, put all of your content in, and then decide that you want another design instead. You simply change your design and the whole site changes, no need to rework the site.

Another great thing about WeddingWire is you can customize your URL so it is weddingwire.com/somethingpertinenttoyourwedding. To keep consistent with the football feel of the save the dates, I wanted to have our clean URL be teamlastname (like teamphonebooth) and, luckily, that wasn’t taken. It’s so much nicer to share a clean URL than something funky like

Friends and family, please visit our wedding website at:  http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding/UserViewWebsite?wid=b94f2a26po808574&themeCode=&is_demo.

After picking the design (I chose Sweet Hearts—Lipstick), I was brought into the content management system. If you are scared of making a website—don’t be! WeddingWire creates basic categories for you by default, such as Welcome, Bride & Groom, and Our Story. All you do is click on a category, and on the next page you’ll see a box very similar to Microsoft Word. Just type in there and save—voila! You are a website GENIUS!

You can stick with the main categories, remove some, add some”¦whatever floats your boat. The categories that I boiled everything down to were:

  • Welcome
  • Bride & Groom
  • Our Story
  • Wedding Party
  • Ceremony & Reception
  •  Guest Accommodations
  • Honeymoon
  • Registries
  • Leave Us Some Love!

I used the same information I used in our intro post for the Bride & Groom section, a condensed version of the two-part how we met story for Our Story, and the same bios I shared here for our Wedding Party page. Killing two birds with one stone—love it! Ceremony & Reception and Guest Accommodations were easy to fill out with location details, and the Leave Us Some Love section is a guestbook, so I didn’t need to do anything there.

The only downside I have found to WeddingWire is that the mobile view doesn’t include all of the categories, nor does it include pictures you insert into the pages. This meant the Wedding Party and Honeymoon pages are not available on the mobile site, and I wanted to make sure people read those pages, especially the write ups about some of our favorite people. It does have an option to view the main site, so I decided to add a blurb to the bottom of our Welcome page saying “Note: Those viewing the mobile version of the website will not have access to all of the content. For optimal viewing and additional content, please choose View Full Wedding Website from the bottom of the main menu.”

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A screenshot from my phone of our wedding website / Personal photo

With only Honeymoon and Registries left to be filled out, it put the pressure on Mr. PB and me to figure out our honeymoon plans and start registering for some items.

Did you use WeddingWire for your wedding website? Or did you use another site that has a cool feature that would be good for other brides to consider?

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Miss Phone Booth

Location:
Rochester, NY
Wedding Date:
March 2014
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    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:27 am

    We used wix.com and I really like it. Shamrock bought a personal url boyandgirlswedding (we have impossibly generic names) because he likes that kind of thing. I did most of the content but then Shamrock made it do some fancy things because he’s an IT person and wanted to. :)

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    bribaby119 203 posts, Helper bee @ 7:35 am

    I went as simple as possible by using The Knot. I haven’t given as much love to our website as I should though. I think it’s time to update that bad boy!

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    parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 10:30 am

    I love how you’re using your tagline and it even shows on the mobile site! How cute. :)

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    Mrs. Milk Cow 207 posts, Helper bee @ 12:22 pm

    I love the mobile site option. We’re using The Knot, because I’m lazy and it was the easiest option. (And by lazy I mean really lazy – I asked Moo to fill most of it out!) I love yours – I think the colors/pattern work so well with your wedding.

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    CT, Guest @ 12:35 pm

    I really love the entire suite of planning tools on WeddingWire – our website is there too (redirected from a custom url) and the online RSVP system has worked great for us! Cute website MsPB!

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 12:54 pm

    We did weddingwire as well but I don’t think many of our guests used it. Still, at least we had it for those that did!

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    msfilly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 3:32 pm

    We did mywedding – we were just looking for something easy. I love how your website turned out! And I didn’t even think to check the mobile format. Smart thinking!

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    pyramid 97 posts, Worker bee @ 6:45 pm

    I love that layout! It turned out so nice!

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:20 am

    I love your site design! I think it was a great idea to add a blurb about accessing all content.

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