"wouldn't it be great" I said "if everyone could RSVP online, like on our personal website or something?"
And so I googled (because my first response to any problem is to go to google) and found that actually, it was really easy to get your own wedding website. There are literally hundreds of different sites that allow you to build your own pages - ranging from the very simple, just some info about the wedding type sites, to the full blown everything you will ever need in order to attend the wedding types.
I had a look around and in the end I decided to go with Getting Married.co.uk because they are completely free, really user friendly, and I liked the website address you got: www.yournames.gettingmarried.co.uk
When you start making a Getting Married website, there are lots of page templates already there, you just need to fill in the details. For example, without changing anything on the site you already have pages called:
- About us
- Wedding Party Profiles
- Ceremony Info
- Reception Info
- Table Plan
- Have Your say
- Gift Registry
- Where to Stay
- Transport and Travel
- Lift Sharing
- Wedding Blog
- Photo Gallery
When I started making the website, I wasn't in work, so I had hours to spend fiddling about with it and changing it around over and over again. I also discovered widgets and how to put them on the site! Very exciting for me, that was. And after about amonth of trying to figure out how to do it, I finally found a way to get music on the website! (This is the only feature I really wanted that Getting Married can't provide on a free site).
Here are a few screen shots of our website:
|Password enter page|
|Home Page top half|
|Home page bottom half|
I'm really happy we went with the RSVP option as I think it's alot easier and will hopefully mean that everyone will remember to do it.
We are hoping to stay in a group of cottages for the weekend with the wedding party and some of our guests. We are calling these events "Wedfest" and I made a quick poster to jazz up the information page.
|request a song page|
We used the "Have your say" page - which allows you to put votes and polls onto the website, as a song request page. Hopefully all of the guests will request at least one song and we will pass the list on to the DJ
I will probably end up changing the websitre around about 10 more times before the invitations go out, but it probably wont change too much from what it is now.
If anyone is thinking about having a wedding wesbite, I would definitely reccommend www.gettingmarried.co.uk because of how simple it is to use, and the creators are coming up with new features to add daily.
I think we will save alot of time and money by having a website, because if we didn't we would have had pocketfold invitations to hold all the necessary information, plus reply cards, and then there's postage to think about too!
I find it alot easier to have everything on a website, but it's not the most traditional way to do it. I suppose if you had alot of of older guests who were not particular computer savvy, then a RSVP online system might not be the best idea. But for us, I think it will work really well. I hope so anyway!