10/1

Save Yourself a Headache and Make a Wedding Website

I have a friend who just got engaged this summer (yayyyy!!!!) and is getting married this December (UM.) so I’ve been helping her as much as I possibly can from a distance (I’m in Texas, she’s in Wyoming). They found a venue, figured out a date, nailed down some other pertinents and she got to designing their e-vites, since she’s a graphic design artist and all.

Upon asking my opinion on her invites, which were gorgeous, I let her know that I felt they looked a little cluttered — they had info regarding kids, dress code, etc. on the invites themselves. Normally, that information would go on an accompanying card or said card would simply have the couple’s “wedsite” URL on there. And, under circumstances where they have more than a couple of months to plan and are also sending out Save the Dates, the wedding website address would be included on those.

But, for this couple, time is short and expediency is of the utmost importance.

I asked where her wedding website was. *Cue crickets* To which I responded:

Save Yourself a Headache and Make a Damn Wedding Website.

Here’s the thing, you guys, it’s true. You will be saving yourself a headache. You WILL be asked ALL OF THE QUESTIONS. And you’re already pouring a lot of time, energy and effort into planning the damn thing, so don’t become your wedding’s PR person, too. Let the Internetz do that for you. Because you don’t want to be the one trying to tell cousin Joe how to get to the venue while you’re trying to get your hair and makeup done, even though he has a smart phone and Google and an Internet browser ON HIS PHONE. (Also: If you’re answering your phone on the day of your wedding, you’re totally breaking one of my cardinal rules.)

There are a holy boatload of options, from pick-a-template-and-fill-in-the-blanks to build-the-whole-thing-from-scratch, and any of them will do juuuuuust fine, regardless of your coding or design skillz. It’s really easy, and I’m going help.

BAB partner Wedding Paper Divas offers free wedding websites — with templates matching their stationery!!! — so I picked one.

And then it asked for the names. For the sake of the Internetz and … well, because I can, I built a wedding website for my cats.

Save Yourself a Headache and Make a Wedding Website

Guys, it’s really super simple to do. The particular platform Wedding Paper Divas uses pretty much walks you through the whole thing, Here are the basics of what is a good idea to include on your wedding website:

1. Intro Page / Greeting

This is the first page you’re prompted to edit. Pretty self-explanatory, but it’s where you’ll want to assure people they’re in the right spot and give them an idea of why they’re there. And give them a Call to Action: Tell them what they’ll get when they click on the buttons. “Have a look at our photo album!”, “Check out our engagement story!” and the like will help the least tech-savvy among your crew figure out how to get the information they’re looking for.

2. Couple Information

For guests who may only know one side of the nearlywed clan, or those distant family friends your mother insisted you invite, this page (or pages) will provide a little back story. Many couples write an “about her,” “about him” and then a blurb about their relationship and how it all began. Another page entirely can be dedicated to the engagement story, or it can live on this page with the rest of y’alls history.

3. The Wedding Party

Give a shoutout to your crew. Show your guests who your main homies are. This serves multiple purposes: It introduces those peeps who will be standing beside you on your wedding day — a position of honor, so it’s nice to let everyone know who they are; and it’s a great way to familiarize the two sides with one another before any big events. Your favorite cousin probably doesn’t know your fiance’s best friend from sleep-away camp, so this is a good chance for them to size up the person they may be walking down the aisle with and break the ice for the initial meeting. Also, throw moms and dads in there. It’s a big day for them, too.

4. Accommodations/Area Information

This may be one of the very most important pages. Hell, you could probably skip the vast majority of the website and just put this information on it and you’ll still save yourself a headache. Left to their own devices, people WILL ASK YOU. So have all of the information they could possibly need about the hotel at the very least available on this page. If you have booked a room block (recommended), put that information here. If there is a special discount for staying at a certain hotel, put that information here. If this hotel has free continental breakfast, put that information here. Include directions, restaurants in the vicinity, shops, attractions, whatever you find awesome about the area so that they can experience it, too. People are people and will do what they want, but if you give them a way to figure out what it is they want, they’ll do it without asking you.

5. Ceremony and Reception Information

This page isn’t included in the template, but it should be. Regardless of the fact that time/place/date were included on your invitation, put it on the website as well. Include both the start time of the ceremony and the reception — the actual start time (please, do not ask your guests to show up early, because they will and it’s not as awesome as it seems). Include the locations for both. If there is a significant time gap between the two, suggest a good bar or activity for the interim.

Include:

  • Kids/no kids/babysitter
  • Dress Code
  • Parking or other transit-related information
  • Odd policies the venue may have
  • If a full meal will be served or if it’s an hors d’oeuvres situation where they may need to eat before or after

This is also a really good place to reinforce whether you’re having an unplugged wedding or to pimp your hashtag.

6. Registry Information

This, right here. This is where you put it. Not on your save the dates. Not on your invitations. Sure, you can include it on a little card with your bridal shower invites or accompanying your save the date, but this is the ideal space for the information regarding your registry. People are super weird about gifts and the couth/uncouthness of them, and it is generally agreed upon that the wedding website is where such information should live.

Anything else is kind of bells and whistles. I mean, really, aside from the marriage license, the officiant and the two of you, it’s all kind of bells and whistles, but we all know that.

If you want a better idea of what it looks like IRL, I really did make a wedding website just for the kittehs, so go check it out! And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments below!!!

christen
  • 10/1

    I’ve been a busy Peach since my last ohmygodthisisgettingreal post! It really is true that no matter HOW long your engagement, the last month is straight up bonkers. Here’s what we have been up to:

    We got our marriage license!

    Courthouse Kiss

    Booked our honeymoon: We are going to Costa Rica! I. CANNOT. WAIT. to get all toes-in-the-sand, coconut-drink, do-nothing-for-a-week. Remember how stressed I was about booking this late? Well, after pricing out many options with agents, we found that our best bet was to use my fiance’s hotel points for an all-inclusive resort. We managed to get 6 nights … FOR FREE. The only expense to us for our honeymoon will be our flights (booked!) and our rental car (booked!). All said? We will be honeymooning for under 2K. I’ll take it!

     

    Via

    Programs: Our final draft of our programs has been sent to the printer. I LOVE my Maid Of Honor for her serious design skillz and for using her printer hookup to get me a great rate on our tea-length, badass, peach & pewter programs. They’re going to look so great!

    Guest book: Our retouched engagement pictures came in! We did have to pay extra to retouch about 50 of them from that sweaty, sticky day, but it was worth it! With our pics in hand, I immediately ran to some photo book sites for pricing options. I went with Shutterfly for their awesome classic guest book design, plus I had a $20.00 off coupon for them from David’s Bridal (we ordered the Mother of the Groom dress from there). As phenomenal luck would have it, Shutterfly had a 50% off of hard cover photo books promo going, too! So a book that should have cost me $115.00 only cost me $54.00 … but I had to pay $15.99 for expedited shipping.  Oh, well.

    You guys, I had SO MUCH FUN designing the guest book with our pictures. Like, I forgot to eat dinner last night. *oops*  I’ve no doubt I’ll probably create our wedding album from them, too.

     

    Yay! Funnnn!!!

    Because I was so caught up, I also designed our thank you photo cards from MagnetStreet. I fell completely in love with this design, because it gives us the option to use many of our engagement pictures. Plus, MagnetStreet sends crazy-good promos via email {Eds Note: And the deals are usually in our Five for Friday columns}! So with their latest, I’ll be able to order 50 awesome thank yous for just one dollar a card. With that many pictures involved? Amazing deal!

     

    Via MagnetStreet

    And if that wasn’t enough picture goodness, I was also the lucky winner of a giveaway from PosterBlitz. YAY! I’m super happy for this, because our budget unfortunately couldn’t be stretched to include a bridal portrait session with our photographer. But I’m glad we’ll have a great big photo of the both of us to display for our guests on the day of.

    And lastly, we met for the final time with our venue and our DJ. Everything is coming together nicely and I know I’m in good hands with both of them.

    So what’s left?

    • We are awaiting the arrival of a bunch of bridal party gift purchases we made. That was definitely a chunk of our budget that we didn’t account for … at least not that much money. But thanking your people for standing up next to you as you commit your life to someone? Not to be taken lightly. It’s the least we can do for all the expenses they are taking on just to be a part of our day! So once the gifts arrive, I need to package them up in a way that is travel-AND-budget-friendly. Michaels … look out.
    • Pick up my dress when the final alterations are done
    • Final haircut/color — this weekend!
    • Welcome bags — my parents are handling, whew. I just have to print our thank you notes and our WeddingMix app instructions for them.
    • Final seating decisions and make my collage display for the day of
    • Try not to freak out as things start to go sideways
    • That, up there. ^^^ Yeah.

    Till next time,

    Peach
  • 9/30

    Black + White + Gold Mood Board

    It’s no surprise that I uber heart gold and pretty much anything black + white patterned. I mean really, it’s kind of the perfect color scheme and can translate easily to almost any wedding theme. But what about wintry weddings that are trying to go a little more cozy than …

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    9/30

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    Hi there!

    I’m Jubilance and I’m absolutely delighted to join the BAB community as a Real Bride contributor! I’ve been a reader since before I was officially engaged (shh, don’t tell!) and I love all the great tips and ideas I’ve gained. I’m very excited to get a chance …

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    9/29

    On Marriage Love begets Love

    I almost feel like this On Marriage post doesn’t even need an intro, as the title says it all. If you act out of love, you will receive love. Maybe not right away, but consistent, compassionate concentration on deliberately loving will pay its dividends, as this amazing post by Cecilie

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  • 9/29

    Real Bride Tiffany: Vegas Won, Penis Hats and All

    My bridal party, knowing my love of debauchery and penny slots, planned an incredible bachelorette party weekend in Las Vegas. I survived one day. ONE. But I am here to tell you the good, bad, and ugly of said party weekend.

    THE GOOD:

    Free flights. WHA? Yea, a BAB dream …

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    9/26

    Paper Source Custom Stamp

    Whew! Another week done and dusted. Did you all get shit done this week? I know I sure as hell did, and I can’t wait to kick back and do a whole helluva lot of nothing. Well, and do a little retail therapy, of course. So, in that vein, here …

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    9/26

    Five for Friday: Cooking Tools Perfect For Those Epic Fall Dinners

    There’s something about the changing seasons that kick me right into high cooking gear — as if I didn’t already cook a holy buttload, I get all extra creative and fancy during the cooler months. And since there are usually more sauces and sides and sweets, but my kitchen isn’t …

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  • 9/26

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    Dear Heather,

    Is it absolutely necessary to have favors aside from goodie bags you give to your traveling guests?

    Brittney

    Dear Brittney,

    No.

    I’m so incredibly tempted to just leave it at that … you have no idea. However, I’m guessing some of you

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