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Creating a Website for Your Wedding Day

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Bride accompanied by six bridesmaids wearing royal blue gowns and carrying lime green hydrangeas.

Having a place to plan your wedding and stay in touch with your guests (without having to constantly send out updates through traditional means – telephone, snail mail, etc.) can be a huge time-saver, for both you AND your guests.

Wedding websites are so popular now that there are now a number of web design companies specializing in wedding sites – or “wed sites” – offering an impressive array of useful wedding-related tools and features.

There are even a number of large wedding sites such as The Knot, Wedding Channel and MyWedding that offer free wedding web sites to couples. While normally not as robust as their paid alternatives in terms of features available, they are definitely worth consideration. Some of the larger paid services include Nearlyweds, Wed Share and Wedding Window, with prices ranging from about $10/month to $80 for 12 months.

Most website services are template-based, meaning that you will be able to choose from a variety of different templates for the design of the site, then customize the template theme further by applying a color palette to match your wedding colors, choosing exactly which pages and how many pages to include on your site, or both.

First and foremost, spend some time looking at sample wedding websites when looking at wedding website packages. The best personal wedding websites, whether free or paid, ultimately come down to what is appealing to you and which features are important to your wedding. See what designs jump out at you and what could work with the style and feel you envision for your event. You might even come up with some additional wedding ideas or details you’d like to incorporate that you hadn’t yet thought of for the big day; for example, providing a page of local area information and things to do for your out-of-town guests on your website.

No template will be perfect, however the advantage of using a website service that specializes in wedding website templates is that they’ve already done most of the leg work for you in terms of laying out the various pages that will go into your site, in addition to the overall layout of the site. All you need to do to start now (after selecting a color palette) is fill in the blanks with your own wedding information!