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,
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!