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The future of marriage - wedding websites

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By Isabel Braverman

As we move into the future, it seems that everything is going online. Shopping, blogging, Facebooking… so, why not weddings? Having a wedding website will help you and your guests stay organized and up-to-date on the big event. It’s the new thing to do, but how do you do it?

First, you have to choose a web host. This could be Wordpress, Squarespace, GoDaddy—the list goes on and on. Most of them will require you to buy a domain name, and the price is usually between $9 and $30. While it may seem daunting to navigate the features of building a website, it’s relatively easy to use and easy to learn.

Once you have the website built, think of what you want it to look like. Web hosting sites have a range of templates for free or ones you can buy.

After you’ve chosen your design, it’s time to add the content, and
you’ll be ready to go. Here’s a list of things you can include:

Basic Info: When and where is the wedding? What is the dress code? Bonus points: Include photos of you and your future spouse and a playlist of your favorite love songs.
Getting There: Include the address, directions, maps, photos and phone numbers of where the ceremony and reception will be held. Bonus points: Set up a forum to allow people to car pool if they’re coming from the same direction.
Places to Stay: A list of hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts and friend’s houses, where people from out of the area can stay. Include the phone numbers and websites.
Things to Do: Restaurants, bars, shops, outdoor activities, etc.
Gifts: Let your guests know whether or not you want gifts and what you need or want.
Contact: Phone numbers and email addresses for anyone who could help answer a question that a guest might have.
Additional: Share your story of how you got engaged. Have a place for friends to share their photos and stories about you. Include the wedding dinner menu so people can contact you with any dietary restrictions. Make the RSVP online.