While I am planning a destination wedding I am also planning an elaborate vacation for around 40 people. This includes flights, accommodations, activities, sightseeing, meals, transportation, and everything else you might get from a full blown tour guide. Except I am a bride, in a pretty white dress with a whole bunch else going on at the same time.
A wedding website is possibly the easiest way to keep guests up to date with your wedding events. The hard part is getting guests to keep up with the website.
I think I’ve visited our wedding website over 100 times. In a previous post I expressed the extensive research I did before I made a decision on which provider to use. Wedding Wire is it! I am very pleased with the product and proud to show a couple of images.
This is the main page and I think it’s lovely. I found a template that is not exactly the tiffany blue color, but so delicate that I fell in love with it. The main page is just as important as any other part of your wedding website. You’re introducing your guests to so much information, that setting the stage with joy and excitement will encourage them to go through the whole site.
You can also be creative and not necessarily have to follow the cookie cutter wedding website template. Towie Bear and I decided to design a Q & A about us. Since our theme is the blending of two cultures, we thought that this part would be a fantastic way to depict our personalities.
I really want to be able to see the guests’ photographs from the wedding. I am sure that our professional photographs will be gorgeous, but the guest photographs I’ve seen from other weddings really help to tell a fuller story. I mean, our friends and family can be a bunch of goof balls, and I don’t want to miss seeing that! These days, it seems like everyone has their digital cameras with them at weddings.
So Lotus Dude and I have decided that we’re going to create an account at a website like Flickr or Snapfish where everyone can upload the photographs from our wedding. I’m again turning to Vistaprint for printing the cards.
I am a fan of educating your Dude, but I’ve discovered a website for grooms that I find totally heinous and offensive, yet incredibly funny and I even think it offers some accurate insights… And that gem of a website is Doomed Grooms.
This website is not for the faint of heart or hopeless romantics, according to their mission statement, Doomed Grooms is meant to paint a bleak picture of married life in order to help men develop a more realistic expectation instead of the overly romanticized version many folks might cling to.
I am very upset with Google right now, so I am vigorously shaking my fist at them in frustration and burning anger!
Why am I so mad? Because I am in the process of manually moving all of the content from our wedding website–some 80+ pages–from Goggle Page Creator to Google Sites. I decided to go with Google to create our wedding website because I had more control and technical ability than other web-based wedding websites, and it has been great… until now…
And, I love my Google Page Creator-based wedding website! Here is a screen capture:
Before: made using Google Page Creator
I love the idea of having a green wedding. The goal of a green wedding is essentially to reduce your carbon footprint. It seems complicated and cumbersome, but it’s actually very simple. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Plan a ZeroCarbon wedding
Use CarbonFund‘s carbon calculator to determine the level of carbon dioxide your wedding events will emit into the air and give your guests the opportunity to contribute to your ZeroCarbon Wedding.
If Plumeria Dude and I didn’t already have a wedding website (which I will post about at some point), we’d definitely consider this new service from Offbeat Bride. When we were looking the wedding website templates out there, they all seemed pretty generic if not completely cheesy. Which is why we did our own thing. (Yes, there are benefits to marrying a geek!)
Gerber Daisy Dude and I made a decision that turned us into an eco-friendly couple without us even realizing it…until now! This decision was creating our website through WeddingWire. I checked out many different websites and even though I’m sure it’s impossible to check out every single option, I found their features to be the best and reasonably priced – FREE! Other websites would offer basic things like posting your story, wedding info and a limited about of pictures, but if you wanted more (RSVP capabilities, guest book, links, more pictures and videos) you needed to pay more.
I nearly killed my brain thinking of how to let people know that we preferred money over presents…. I did not want to put it on my invitations because I thought that would be tacky! But I also didn’t want to tell them “oh, we just want cash” when they asked
Photo from ouroneheart.com
We already have a house, full of stuff that you’d usually put on a bridal registry…. and besides that, our wedding will be held in Cartagena, Colombia…. most of our guests would be bringing presents to the wedding which would then be very hard to carry back to the US. I created a registry through MyWishList. that allows you to add items from different websites, instead of being locked into a single store registry…. and although we’ve added a few things there we really cannot come up with much we need, besides money.
I’m so excited to be a part of this wonderful blog!
First I’ll tell you a little about myself… I’m originally from Bogota, Colombia. I lived there until 1992 when I moved to Miami, FL and have been here since then. My friends say that I’m a very loving and caring person but I also tend to be a little bit “controlling”! Which is usually the case because I love to plan things ahead of time and make sure everything turns out perfect, and on schedule!
I’m known as the “planner” of our group… from planning surprise parties, dinner parties, get togethers, movie nights, to group travel.
So as you can imagine, I’ve had nothing but fun planning my wedding… although I keep trying not to control my bridesmaids too much and I’m doing my best not to become a bridezilla!
My fiancé and I met through very weird circumstances… well, weird to some Our entire story is on our website which I created through www.weddingwire.com.
He has been great trying to keep up with my change of moods… we all know how this process can be and how much our fiancés love to plan weddings
Our wedding will be in Cartagena, Colombia this coming May 24, 2009….at an old colonial Theater called Teatro Heredia.
I hope to be able to contribute great information to all the brides-to-be. I have been planning my wedding for over 5 months and have another 5 or so to go… I look forward to sharing my journey with you.