Modern Mobile to Desktop Wedding Website
If you’re planning a wedding today, a wedding website is just as important as finding a venue you love—in fact, without a wedding website, your guests might not even be able to find your venue. Thankfully, Joy is here to make it simple to build a wedding website that works on desktop and mobile, is easy to create and update, and actually makes wedding planning easier.
Wedding planning is no easy task. But what if you could sync your RSVP info and guest list in the same place, making it super simple to keep track of attendance? What if you could notify your guests before the ceremony to tell them that it’s time to turn off their phones for your unplugged ceremony? What if you could collect your guests’ candid photos from the reception all in one place and use those photos to relive your wedding for years to come? And what if the wedding website and app that did all of this was free?
Luckily, there’s Joy, the freshest wedding website and app on the scene. With Joy, you get all of these features and more for FREE. Here are nine reasons why Joy is the smartest, most helpful, and most beautifully designed wedding website and app on the market.
1. Joy offers modern, customizable designs that fit your style. Choose your favorite backdrop, then customize it with the colors and fonts of your choice. The team at Joy is always adding new fonts and designs to choose from—no cheesy or dated designs to be found.
2. Joy automatically builds you a desktop- and mobile-friendly wedding website as well as an iPhone and Android app. Guests will love the smooth, easy-to-use app, and you’ll love that it’s customizable for your wedding. With Joy, guests can book hotels, get driving directions, add things to the calendar, and more from a desktop computer or their smartphone.
3. Joy makes communicating with guests easier. With Joy, you can make customized announcements before and during your wedding about important information such as traffic and weather updates or food options. Avoid the hassle of group texting or emailing and give your guests all the info they need with Joy. You can even assign certain people authority, like your wedding coordinator or the best man, to send notifications as needed while you’re busy getting married.
4. Joy makes electronic RSVPs easy. Collecting traditional RSVPs is a pain, but Joy makes it easier for guests and couples planning a wedding. Guests can RSVP on your website or through the app. You can add as many questions as you want to go with the RSVP, such as meal options, dietary restrictions, preferred names, etc.
5. Joy captures all of your guests’ photos. Don’t just rely on a hashtag. With Joy, guests share photos and messages in the app before and during the wedding. You can use these photos to create a live slideshow at your reception and enjoy the memories for years to come.
6. You can send useful notifications to your guests when they need them. Joy is like a virtual bridesmaid—you or your wedding planner can set up built-in reminders for your guests about key events, like your rehearsal dinner, shuttle service timing, and after-party time & location. And you always have the option to turn off notifications if you like.
7. Joy can tell your guests to put their phones down. Notify your guests when it’s time to turn off devices for your unplugged ceremony. No need to worry about cameras in the aisle blocking the professional photographer during your first kiss!
8. Joy lets you pick and choose what features work for you and your wedding. Use all the features you want, and none of the ones you don’t. No two weddings are alike, so no two Joy wedding apps are alike either.
9. Joy keeps your privacy settings personalized. Some couples want everybody to see every section of their wedding website, some want everything password protected, and others want to make some things private while letting other sections remain public. Joy lets you decide which sections of your wedding website are public and which are private, so you can fully control your website and app.
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This post was sponsored by Joy.
I don’t know about you, but having a great coffee maker in my kitchen is one of my top home priorities. I love great coffee, I need a caffeine boost to get going in the morning, and I do NOT like shelling out $$ for coffee shop coffee on the daily. Having a functional and stylish coffee maker that brews excellent coffee is definitely good for my marriage, too, as coffee has been shown to provide mood boosting properties, which in turn make me a better spouse.
Take advantage of this time to register for a grownup coffee maker to start your marriage off on the right, caffeinated foot. You can shop around and get one that you and your soon-to-be-spouse both love, or even choose “yours & mine” machines. We’ve found the nine most popular coffee makers under $200 on the market, with a variety of coffee preferences in mind, and we’d love to hear from you, hive—which coffee maker is the best?
- Capresso ® 5 Cup Mini Drip Coffee Maker, $40 at Crate & Barrel
- Cuisinart ® Plus 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker plus Hot Water System, $129 at Crate & Barrel
- KitchenAid ® Pour Over Coffee Brewer, $180 at Crate & Barrel
- Chemex Classic Wood Collar and Tie Glass 8-Cup Coffee Maker, $80 at Amazon
- Mr. Coffee Single Serve Coffee Brewer BVMC-KG5-001, 24-Ounce, Black K-Kup Ready, $49 at Amazon
- OXO On 9 Cup Coffee Maker (with 4oz Silver Canyon Coffee), $200 at Amazon
- Keurig K55 Classic Brewing System, $120 at Macy’s
- Keurig K15 Classic Brewing System, $100 at Macy’s
- Cuisinart DCC-3200 PerfecTemp 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
If your favorite coffee maker isn’t featured but you love it (or loathe it), let us know what it is and why you love/hate it in the comments.
Girls Spa Day in Franklin
Two days until our wedding day launch found me back under my parents’ roof for the last time as a single lady. I had just spent the previous week in Alabama running a debate camp for high school kids, so describing myself as “wiped out” has to be the understatement of the year. MOH K could probably tell how exhausted I was in the days leading up to our wedding, and so she put together an amazing girls spa day for me and Bridesmaid E on Thursday. My other two bridesmaids were not set to arrive from Georgia until Friday morning and late Friday night respectively, so I didn’t really want a big bachelorette party that they would get left out of.
But Mr. Blue Moon did bowling and drinks with his boys the weekend before, and I really wanted one last day of singlehood, hanging out with MOH K, who I have been best friends with for 18 years, and E, Mr. Blue Moon’s little sister who I’ve basically watched grow up. A spa day was a great way to spend time with my hometown ladies and knock out some of our pre-wedding to-dos.
Geared up for a perfect day / Personal Photo
We started the morning at a salt cave, which I had actually never heard of until MOH K raved about going to her first one. We have two near our hometown, and MOH K booked an appointment at Serenity Salt Cave at 10:00 AM.
One Year Anniversary
Oh how I’ve missed you! I cannot believe we’re celebrating our first anniversary today. On one hand it feels like yesterday, and in another like a lifetime ago.
Photo courtesy of Isos Photography
For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Mrs. Narwhal and blogged about our wedding last summer. We celebrated our marriage with 130 of our closest friends and family in our little backyard forest. We were married in front of an old log cabin on our property in the evening, and then nibbled on fun food all night, listened to live music, and danced the night away under the full moon amongst hundreds of candles and twinkling lights. A year later, I still think of the night as pure magic.
- W-Eel You Marry Me? by Mrs. Eel
- Navigating the Week Before Your Wedding by Mrs. Horseshoe
- Compromises with Tradition & Two Wedding Showers by Mrs. Blue Moon
- Real Weddings from the Hive: BeautyofDreams
- Real E-Rings: Morganite Engagement Rings
- Doves in Love: Waking Up and Getting Ready by Mrs. Dove
- Make Your Own Wine-themed Centerpieces for Under $5!
- 3 Unconventional Registry Ideas in Lieu of Traditional Wedding Gifts
- 12 Unexpected Wedding Costs That Can Bust Your Budget
- Sweet Dessert Stations: A Wedding Reception Alternative
You heard it right. You can make your own ring pillow for your big day. I’m so excited about this project because I really feel it’s something that takes minimal effort but produces grand results. I kept mine pretty simple, and it still turned out neat! You could add so much to it, and you can also use a different fabric. I know felt might not be everyone’s cup o’ tea. I like it, but there’s nothing wrong with using a different fabric.
Even if you do use slightly different materials, the basic format will be the same. The process is pretty dang simple if I do say so myself. Well, you’ll see anyway!
- Large felt sheet (or other fabric if you wish)
- Thick ribbon
- Skinny ribbon
- Pillow stuffing
- Glue gun
- Paper clip
Step 1: Cut Fabric
Take your large felt piece and cut it in half. If you’re using other fabric, cut two equal pieces, measuring whatever size seems good to you. Just be sure to measure slightly larger than you want in the end; some fabric will be used up in the attachment process.
Step 2: Line up Your Fabric and Glue
Lay the two pieces on top of each other, and glue together three of the sides. Don’t worry about it looking like a flat sheet of paper and not like a pillow at all. We will fix this in the next step.
Step 3: Turn It Inside Out and Stuff
After your glue dries, carefully reach inside the two pieces of fabric and pull to turn the piece inside out. Stuff the inside with lots of the pillow stuffing.
Step 4: Close up the Pillow
Begin closing up the last open side by gently folding one corner in on itself and gluing it together. This is a little tricky because, unlike the other sides, you have to manually glue the seam on the inside of the pillow. Like I said— tricky. Just be patient, glue in sections, and make sure your glue has dried completely before you try to move on.
Step 5: Cut Slits and Thread Thick Ribbon
Now that you have something pillow-like, cut two small slits about an inch apart in the top/middle of your pillow. Cut a length of your thick ribbon and thread it through the slits you just made.
Step 6: Poke Holes and Thread Skinny Ribbon
Cut a hole in each side of a corner. Use your paper clip if you need it.
String your skinny ribbon through the two holes you made in your corner. Again, use your paper clip to help guide the ribbon through if you need to.
Step 7: Add a Tassel
Next, thread both ends of your skinny ribbon through the top of your tassel and pull through. Tie your skinny ribbon in a nice little bow, allowing the tassel to hang down below it.
Step 8: Repeat Steps for Remaining Corners and Finish
Repeat steps 9 through 12 for the remaining three corners. Then, (when you’re ready to walk down the isle) thread your rings through the thick ribbon on the top of the pillow and tie a bow.
I hope your ring pillow turned out as cute as mine did.
Also, just a little tip, if your ring bearer is young, you might want to add a ribbon underneath in order to tie it to his or her arm. That way your pillow doesn’t accidentally get launched across your venue and into a pond or a guest’s face or something. Other than that, add your own embellishments—maybe some bling or embroidered initials—and enjoy enjoy enjoy!
Unique Diamond Cuts
We’ve shared the round diamonds and the cushion cuts, the pears and the squares…but there are some diamond cuts that don’t quite fit into any of our categories. Check out the beautiful unique diamond cuts we’ve got for you today, from real brides in the hive, as always.
For those playing catch-up, we launched a set of ring surveys, starting with 15 different styles of engagement rings (you can find them here and at the bottom of this post, as well as on the Boards as a stickied post). All you do is fill out the survey corresponding to your ring style (round diamond, Moissanite, sapphire, etc.), Mrs. Mouse will email you to ask for a photo of your ring, and then once at least 10 people with that style of ring have filled out the survey, it will become a post here on the blog!
The posts will continuously be updated to reflect new ring submissions, and eventually we hope they will be an amazing repository of REAL engagement rings to inspire bees for years to come.
Note: If you’ve filled out the survey but haven’t yet submitted a photo, it’s not too late to be included in this post! Simply email your photo along with your Weddingbee username and ring style category to mouse (at) weddingbee (dot) com, and we’ll add it to the post!
Submit your ring deets here:
- Cubic Zirconia (or other lab grown; all cuts)
- Diamond Asscher
- Diamond Cushion
- Diamond Emerald
- Diamond Other Cuts
- Diamond Oval
- Diamond Pear or Marquise
- Diamond Princess or Square
- Diamond Radiant
- Diamond Round
- Moissanite (all cuts)
- Morganite (all cuts)
- Non Stone (e.g., claddagh, knot, milgrain, etc.)
- Sapphire (all cuts)
- Other Gemstone (all cuts)
OK bees, get ready for some unique diamond other cuts from Weddingbee members.
FutureMrsFraser‘s diamond multi-stone halo ring, triple split shank with diamond band in the middle
Why did you or your FI choose this ring? FI knew I wanted a halo ring and diamonds in the band. He chose the ring completely by himself, and I love it. I never would have chosen a multi-stone center ring myself, but this one is perfect.
Where did you purchase your ring? Mappins
Carat size: 0.5 tcw
Metal: white gold
Price: $1,001 – $3,000