Creating Your Wedding Website


Royal Wedding Website

Creating a DIY website is simple – but I’m pretty sure this couple hired pros.

If you’re planning your wedding, you know it’s a lot of work. And a lot of that work can be tedious (I’m looking at you seating plans). One of the fun tasks you’ll undertake is creating your wedding website. The good news is you don’t have to be an MIT grad to put together a beautiful, informative and easy-to-use website. There are many on-line tools that will help you do the job with minimal stress and – here’s the best part – many are free! But, first, why have a wedding website at all? Here are a few great reasons:

  • to share your sweet love story with family and friends – don’t forget the photos
  • to keep your guests up-to-date with your wedding details as they unfold
  • to provide travel and accommodation information for your guests
  • to introduce your bridal party to your guests
  • to provide a link to your gift registry
  • to provide an online RSVP option for your guests

Let’s also keep in mind what your wedding website is NOT:

  • a substitute for sending proper invitations
  • a substitute for Save The Date cards
  • an opportunity to ask for gifts (this is very different from providing a link to your registry information)
  • a substitute for personal, handwritten thank you notes
  • the place to share racy details or photos (always keep in mind WWGT – What Would Grandma Think)

Create your website once news of your engagement has been announced officially; regularly update it as your details unfold. If you are Super Organized Couple you can include the link to your site on your Save-The-Date (but never, ever on your invitation).

So, where to start? There are a number of easy-to-use online resources.  Most provide templates, design themes, and simple instructions for creating and updating your site. Here are three good ones to get you started.

Wedding Paper Divas

One of my favourite online resources for stationery and accessories. Their website design tool lets you coordinate your website with your wedding stationery.

My Wedding

This online planning site offers a variety of tools for couples, including a wedding website function.

The Knot

If you’re newly engaged and not yet familiar with The Knot, you soon will be. It is arguably the go-to wedding planning site. Amongst its many useful features is a fun and easy wedding website design tool. The Knot offers many theme design options, and promises to get you up and running in three simple steps.

It’s another chilly winter weekend here in Toronto – the perfect opportunity to cozy up with your beloved, mugs of hot chocolate, and your computer, and get to work creating your wedding website. Don’t forget to check out Emily Post Weddings for excellent advice on proper wedding website etiquette.

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