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Create Your Own Wedding Website!

Wedding season has just kicked off on the Sugar Network, and since you've already shared the good news (and being the geek that I am), first things first — showing you how to get your very own wedding website up and running! Years ago, having your own wedding website meant paying a hefty fee to a computer nerd to build it for you. Nowadays, you can create your own beautiful site with user-friendly software — usually for free!

To see all my tips and tricks to help you get started in your website designing adventures,

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Decide what you want to share and where you will share it.
The first thing you have to do is decide how much information you want to share and put up on the website. If you want to announce your engagement to all your friends and family at the same time consider putting up a simple page with the picture of the two of you and a cute note about your engagement. I love when couples purchase a domain name that combines both their names, ie, GiseleandTom.com or AngelinaandBrad.com (note, yes, I made those up). You can purchase a domain name from Go Daddy for less than $10. Go Daddy will actually host a very simple site for you that can be configured like setting up a blog. Or you can purchase a domain name from Yahoo!, and use their Site Builder to create your own site — they have stylin' templates and it's super easy to use. And if you want to host the site somewhere else, you can just have the domain name forwarded. Keep in mind you may want to have your site password protected, to keep it safe from prying eyes.

How detailed do you want it to be?
When you begin creating the site, take some time to consider how much detail you want. There are some couples that start with a wedding website and later extend it to include photos of their children, vacations, funny videos, and life accomplishments. Others create a website just for their wedding, but make it incredibly detailed, detailing not only the engagement, but an online invitation and RSVP form, links to online registries, the story of how the couple met.

Design it yourself or get help?
If you're not a computer programmer or HTML savvy, I suggest going the easier route (after all, you have enough to worry about, don't you!) and picking an easy package from ewedding.com (this one is my favorite) or MyWedding. If you have money in your budget you can also consider hiring a designer to make the website look exactly like your invitation or wedding theme.

Make sure you tell everyone about your site!
Once you have put the site together, make sure to send out an email or handmade snail-mail announcement to let your friends and family know about the site.

For those of you who have already created your own site, please let us know what you used!

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happybride happybride 3 years
We used WeddingDonkey (www.weddingdonkey.com) to build our wedding website. We really liked the illustrative style of their templates and it was easy to use. We also used RSVP and gift registry features...
Krauthammera12 Krauthammera12 6 years
I would Marry Rorri Allen Peaton
cheekycheeky cheekycheeky 7 years
Another good site is http://www.wedsimple.com They have great planning tools and loads of wedding website designs to choose from.
FallBride08 FallBride08 7 years
I also found http://www.weddingwebsites.com helpful, because it helped me see what other brides were doing. We ended up choosing http://www.weddingwindow.com because there were so many awesome reviews by other brides. Customer service and tons of features are really important to us and http://www.weddingwindow.com was rated really high for both of those. We weren't sure if a free service would deliver on great customer service the way a paid one would, so we chose to go with a site that has a great reputation.
PinkShoes21 PinkShoes21 7 years
I've also read about My Wedding here: http://freeitis.blogspot.com/2008/05/free-wedding-website.html
PinkShoes21 PinkShoes21 7 years
I've also read about My Wedding here:http://freeitis.blogspot.com/2008/05/free-wedding-website.html
gevason gevason 7 years
MomentVille (http://www.momentville.com) is VERY easy to use and is free! To be upfront, I work them. We built it because we couldn't find anything else that had what we wanted in a wedding website: easy, stylish, and free. The websites never expires (I still don't know of any others that offer this). It also allows guests to subscribe to updates by email or RSS so its very useful as a communication tool as well!
sldc sldc 7 years
I used to think this sort of thing was a good idea. Now, when I see a link for every baby and every wedding, I just think it is cheesy. I am beginning to believe (after attending countless weddings) that most people just do not care about this frivolous nonsense. I mean, a snail mail invite and a link to flickr after the wedding would suffice. The worst is when they have music on the sites. Argh.
tiffanyfuchsia tiffanyfuchsia 7 years
I don't see the point in paying for a wedding website. I made mine at WeddingWire.com, and its lovely. They don't have a lot of design choices right now, but the content of your page is 100% customizable. They have templates to use if you'd like some help, or you can start out with a totally blank slate.
lahaina lahaina 7 years
My sister got married in last month and she used http://www.mywedding.com. I helped her build her wedding site and it was super easy. Some of their designs offer matching invitations from a company called Wedding Paper Divas - very cool!
rnb_davis rnb_davis 7 years
There are numerous wedding websites out there. Some are free, and some just say they are free until they have you trapped. I like perfectweddingguide.com and their tools and FREE website.
Hendrix Hendrix 7 years
You can go to http://www.weddingwebsites.com/compare.php to compare all the big wedding website providers.
insidesusan insidesusan 7 years
I used eoccasions.com and I loved it!
shannonkay shannonkay 7 years
I'm a web designer so of course I'm doing my own. Right now I'm just running wordpress, but we're going to redo it to manage invitations and RSVPs and all that.
girlie871 girlie871 7 years
what a great idea. Someday this will be very useful :)
vanora826 vanora826 7 years
you can make a wedding website free here http://www.theknot.com it is located under planning tools
maryanny maryanny 7 years
iWeb is a great option for people who aren't HTML savvy. Heck, I am HTML savvy and I still used iWeb for mine!
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