I’ve been a bit absent of late and this is because I’ve been preoccupied with another website – our wedding website.
I am feeling a great sense of relief now though, as it’s all complete and the wedding invitations have found their merry way to the hands of our guests. It’s lovely when you get a phone call or a message to say they’ve arrived and that others think they are beautiful 🙂 A snapshot is below.
There’s soooo many wedding website options out there, it gets a bit eckkk, confusing.
I signed up to a few of the free wedding websites available and after sifting through a number of them, I eventually tried out ewedding and onewed. I abandoned the ewedding site quite quickly as I found the design to be too bland and really lacking vibrance and modern fonts. Onewed was much better in terms of website design options, and what I found to be quite cool was the collaboration with invitiation designers. So if you purchased an invite from say Wedding Paper Divas, you could create a website that matched it visually. Cool.
I created a few pages, but before too long, I became frustrated in not being able to have full control over the content management system. If you’re not as anal as me, then you’d probably quite enjoy onewed as it’s a great site for overall wedding planning too with a swag of useful tools, including an online rsvp system.
In the pursuit of my perfect wedding website, I decided to take the idea of matching our invitations and website and use WordPress as the platform. I’m fairly comfortable with html and graphic design and it’s something that I actually really enjoy so this task was more pleasure than pain – albeit very time consuming though! I also liked the idea of using a blog so that people could leave comments to ask questions, or just say hi 🙂
The final result was a custom domain name and our own unique website for just $20. It took a bit of time to find a blog theme that could look more like a static website though, as the emphasis was going to be on pages rather than posts. In the end, I decided on the ‘Coraline’ theme and created one post to feature as the ‘homepage’ if you will. Just an image and some left and right text widgets, very simple. The pages (which are in the top navigation) do the rest of the talking.
In my web travels, I’ve come across some cool invite and save the date ideas.
For our wedding save the dates, I created a design and printed it to printable magnet sheets (I should upload a pic shouldn’t I). I found the magnet sheets at Dick Smith Electronics, but you should be able to pick it up elsewhere.
I liked the idea of a magnet because you can just slap it on your fridge and know exactly where it is (and be reminded every time you open the darn thing :P)
Some other cool ideas that I’ve seen…
A bit of Save the Date fun
Save the Date balloon (Don't pop it!)
I love interactive invites. You could even use this as a Save the Date.
Relieve the headache of RSVP tracking with an invisible ink pen!
How does this work, you ask?
Number your guest list and write the corresponding number on each guest’s RSVP card with the invisible ink pen.
Now you can easily identify those nameless RSVP cards! (let’s face it there’s always someone who forgets).
A great idea, especially for a large wedding. Can’t go wrong for a bargain price of $1.33! Available from DealExtreme.
Eeeeeep! I’m so excited that our wedding invitations are about to be printed!
They have been designed by the very talented (and super helpful + lovely) lady named Bree at Sanskripts. Her designs are very funky and unique!
Despite having my little heart set on letterpress invites, I decided that I couldn’t justify spending $600+ for a 1 colour job and $1000+ for 2 colours *sniff sniff*. The package I have through Bree is half the price and includes everything – invite, rsvp and wedding details card all packaged in a pocketfold – complete with matching thank you card and fantastic service! Her beautiful designs and paper made the decision to forgo letterpress fairly painless:)
This is the basic design that we have gone with.
I tell you what, I searched and searched and searched for the ideal beach wedding invite. I really liked the motif on this one because to me, it represents a pretty bunch of ocean spray. We’ve changed the colour of the motif to turquoise and made some tweaks to the font style and colour to suit our wedding. The pocketfold will be lavender to match the wedding palette.
I’d like to add my own personal touch to the invites by sealing the pocketfold with some pretty ribbon, adorned with a starfish charm perhaps. I actually handmade all of our engagement invitations and it me f.o.r.e.v.e.r! (but hey, I was determined and they turned out looking pretty professional so I’m told!) but this time I’m after something with much more impact.
In my hunt for some invitation specialists that are affordable (without compromising on real artistic flair), I found Love at First Invite to be pretty slick and you can also find some fabulous work showcased on Etsy – just search for wedding invitations.
Though not appropriate for our wedding, I love, love the vintage carnival style…
And the quirky ticket style…