Designing Your Wedding Website
Give your wedding an online presence and keep guests informed
By Gwen Wark
A wedding website is a useful tool for sharing information about your wedding day with guests, friends and family. You can design it yourself using an online template or from scratch using web-design software. Your wedding website can be as simple as a brochure or offer complex functions such as a guest list and reservations.
- What You Need to Know
- Several online companies offer customizable wedding websites with many templates and designs to choose from.
- Write down a list of all the details that you want your wedding website to relay and consider the best way to categorize and present them online.
- Decide on your ideal URL address and check to make sure it's not already taken.
Determine the URL of your website. If you are using a template site, you will need to create an account, which should allow you to search for a unique URL. If you are not using this type of site, you will need to purchase a domain name and hosting space for the site.
Plan the website by making a list of the pages you want. If you are a novice web designer, stick to simple pages; if you have some experience in design, you may choose to create password-protected areas or reservation systems. If you are using a template, you may be asked to choose pages and features from a list -- or you may have to use the ones provided. Common pages include "photos," "gift registry," "where to stay," "things to do," and "event schedule." You might also want to include a "virtual response card," in addition to (or instead of) paper response cards included with your invitation.
Choose a color scheme for the website. A color scheme should consist of a primary color, a secondary color, and one or two accent colors. These colors will be used to color the background and design elements.
Choose a font, or typeface. It should be large enough to read easily and in a color that contrasts well with the background.
Create the pages. In a template system this is as simple as adding text and images using the prompts. If you're an intermediate or advanced designer, create your pages in a web-design program or by using the system provided by the web hosting company.
Submit the pages or upload them to the web host. Check all links and images, and you're ready to begin sharing your site.
About the Author
Gwen Wark is a freelance writer and a contributor to DexKnows.
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