I might be an engineer by trade, but I am in no means a computer science engineer. I know very little about coding, website development, JAVA, HTML…? I speak four languages but computer programming is not one of them. Mr. Wallaby is a little more tech savvy than me—last year for Halloween, we made our own costumes (see photo below): Mr. W was the new iPhone and I was the original iPod, and those are pretty accurate descriptions of our levels of ability in computing.Yet with Mr. W’s help I developed a pretty cool wedding website, and I am here to show you how.
Halloween 2011 / Personal photo
We started out by creating one of the free wedding websites on The Knot. However, a couple weeks later, I encountered this gem (and this and this and definitely this!) and grew green with envy. I LOVE typography and cool buttons on websites. However, I am not exceptionally skilled at using Photoshop or any web design program, so I decided to seek a happy medium and find another free website with a wider variety of templates than The Knot. I found some beautiful templates on Wedding Window and Wedding Jojo. I ended up going another route, though—another bee recommended building a website with flash from wix.com, so I decided to give that a try.
Wix offers hundreds (or thousands?) of free templates that are very easily customized. There are tons of features and widgets, such as guestbooks, photo mosaics, mobile sites compatible with iPhones and Androids, and even a widget that allows website viewers to send you a message to your email. I signed up, chose a template, and incorporated all of these features in just a couple hours. Here’s the result:
Our wedding website homepage / Personal photo
Guest information on our wedding website / Personal photo
Our registry information / Personal photo
Aside from those pages, we also have pages with really cool photo displays, a page that lists the order of events on The Big Day, and a page with our families’ contact information. To save paper, we are not including lengthy enclosures with our invitations. Instead we tucked in a small Moo card (more on that later!) directing our guests to the website. Hopefully our website will be a one-stop shop of useful information for our guests!
Something else pretty cool that we did while we were creating our website was we bought our own domain name. For around $6, we bought the name mrandmrswallaby.com for a year. Mr. W loves to tell people about our website: “Just go to www.mrandmrswallaby.com!” We bought the domain name from GoDaddy, and we set up the domain name to be forwarded to our Wix website. So our guests type in “www.mrandmrswallaby.com” into their browsers, and it directs them to misswallaby.wix.com/mrandmrswallaby (which was our free domain name assigned to us when we signed up for a Wix account).
Did you create a wedding website for your guests? Have you ever tried building a flash site with Wix or a similar tool?