Finally a great free wedding website solution!

Sometime ago now I posted a couple of times about different wedding website options.  I have dabbled with a few of them.  Free wedding website services I have posted about before include eweddings.com (click here to see the post) and weddingwire.com, Facebook and WordPress (click here to see that post).

Personally I have always been a big fan of WordPress, even though at the time the WordPress platform didn’t really offer all the features some of the other wedding website providers did – ie wedding count-down, RSVP capability, guest-book etc).

Why did I still think WordPress was a great option despite all these limitations?  Mainly because WordPress is a hugely popular blogging/website platform and it’s open source, which means that anybody out there can design plug-ins (like apps for your iPhone) and templates.  Because of this there are squillions of plug-ins and templates for WordPress out there – and the vast majority of them are free.

(My main website – www.fallon.co.nz  – was built by me using WordPress and a paid custom template that cost about NZD$50.  It only took me 3 days to build this website completely from scratch.  WordPress is that powerful).

This means it’s very easy for you to customise your Wordrpess blog/website exactly the way  you want.  And now WordPress is even better for wedding websites – they have just announced a new, free, wedding website template.

It’s called “Forever” and it is designed specifically for wedding websites.  Here’s what WordPress have to say about this new template;
Get Married With WordPress
by Ian Stewart
One of the most important events of your life might just be your wedding. It also might be one of the craziest, disorganized, mixed-up times of your life too. We’d like to help with that a bit with a free wedding theme we call Forever. Along with a handful of cool features we’ll get to below, Forever makes it easy to wrap your wedding up in a neat little blog on WordPress.com. You can show off every one of your best photos and highlight every important detail leading up to the big day and beyond.

Forever makes it easy to welcome your family and friends to your blog with a dramatic personalized home page. The design is bold and clean with lots of room for large, colorful photos of the happy couple (that’s you!) in an optional featured post slider and home page excerpts.

You can also easily customize the color scheme and get Forever to match your wedding colors with only a few clicks. You can update the background color (or add your own pattern) from the custom background page in your blog dashboard and even change the color of the all the links from the Forever Theme Options page.

We also built in a special Guestbook Template that lets your guests take over a page of your choice with their best wishes for you … and maybe a few embarrassing stories 🙂 … as comments.

And, of course, Forever works seamlessly with all the other WordPress.com features you love; emails sent to your blog followers every time you post, contact forms (perfect for RSVPs), custom domain names (like robandlaura.com instead of robandlaura.wordpress.com), customized fonts and CSS with the Custom Design upgrade (great for changing your blog title to a handwriting font), and everything else.

And it works especially well with our new Milestone Widget.

Save The Date!

Forever also sports a custom design for a new widget we call Milestone. You can find it in your blog dashboard at Appearance → Widgets and it’s pretty easy to use. Just pick a title for your event, a date and time, and a special message for the big day, and you’re ready to go. Now you have a special save the date widget for your Wedding on every page of your blog.

The Milestone Widget in Forever

If that sounds pretty awesome and you want the Milestone widget available for your non-Wedding blog too, you’re in luck. We’re also making the milestone widget available to every theme on WordPress.com right now.

Enjoy Forever

To find out more about our new Wedding Theme, Forever, check out the demo site and visit the Forever theme showcase page. Or just go ahead and activate it on your brand new Wedding blog. 🙂

Here’s to your wedding and your wedding blog on WordPress.com. Cheers! (That means you have to kiss now.)

I will be creating a test wedding website using WordPress and this new “Forever” template in the next week and will post a link to it here so you can check it out and see exactly what is possible with WordPress.

In the mean time here are a few screen-shots of the new “Forever” template.  (This example is pretty plain and simple.  Because WordPress is so powerful and versatile it will be possible to customize it to within an inch of it’s life).

 

http://www.fallon-weddings.co.nz/wp-admin/post.php?post=849&action=edit

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Patrick Fallon

I am a wedding photographer based in beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand. I have been full-time with the photography thing since 2006 and still can’t believe I get to do what I love for a job! Here are a few words that I think sum me up: I AM…tall and bald, happy, imaginative, constantly hungry, active and friendly. I LOVE…my girl, coffee, photography, fooooooood, my family and friends, riding bikes, being outside, the simple things in life, people… I love my life! I believe that wedding photography can and should be SIMPLE, NATURAL, BEAUTIFUL.

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