One of the most important tasks couples take on when coordinating their weddings is the creation of their wedding websites. On it they can feature their engagement photos, the story of how they first met, videos they’ve made together, links to all of the stores where they’re registered at, etc. The options are endless and the services are many. A quick Google search pulls up a wide variety of sites that allow users to customize a basic design to their liking and many of those sites, like mywedding.com or TheKnot.com offer their templates for free.
The trouble with these sites is the templates are limited in scope and don’t offer the uniqueness and functionality many couples are looking for. That’s why some sites, like eWedding.com or WedSimple.com will also allow you to pay for more customization options and even offer to host your site for an affordable monthly fee. Still, many couples complain that when they try to access certain portions of their website or attempt to log onto their wedding registries via the links provided, the pages won’t open or the links aren’t functioning properly.
Therefore, your safest and best bet is to go with the pros. No one beats a professional web designer when it comes to building the most visually attractive, informative, reliable and user-friendly websites. Professional web designers can save you a lot of time, be called upon on a daily basis to make up to the minute adjustments, and they’re easy to find thanks to agencies you can quickly research online.
Before hiring a professional, compile all of the photos and videos you will want to include on the site and any anecdotes you would like to share. Decide which stores you will need to link with in order for visitors to access your gift registries. Think of any themes or colors you’d like to incorporate into your design, if you want music playing in the background and if you would like any interactive elements like a page for your visitors to leave messages or post photos and videos, or even take fun multiple-choice quizzes to see how well they know you. You can also incorporate a mini crowdfunding page for friends and family to donate to your honeymoon fund. Once you’ve got a good idea of what you want, research a few agencies and interview a handful of their top web designers, getting quotes along the way. You won’t have to break the bank, because there are talented web designers in all price points and you’re sure to find one that can deliver everything you want at a rate you can afford.