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Wedding: A Tour of Our Wedding Website

by Meghann on May 11, 2012

The other month I shared with you the process of building our wedding website, today I thought it would be fun to give you a tour of the final product!

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No password needed today. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Welcome to our site!

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Our first stop is the “Our Story” page.

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This is honestly one of the first pages I go to when browsing other couples’ wedding websites (followed closely by the photo section), so I knew I wanted to include a story for those who are as curious about our “how we met” story as I am about others. My original plan was to do a cute “he said, she said” version of the story, but Derek wasn’t as excited about that approach as I was (ha!). So instead, I took the first person route.

Here’s what I came up with:

How we met:

Derek and I were first introduced in April of 2005 by our mutual friend, Emily. I thought Derek was interested in Emily at the time, so I ignored him. The following November Emily randomly invited Derek on one of our weekly outings to AJ’s for Flippin’ Tuesdays. This time around I actually got to know him. Emily had left the two of us on our own on the dance floor and we spent the entire night dancing to cheesy 80s music. We had so much fun, that we decided we had to do it again. Thus Flippin’ Tuesdays became a weekly tradition.

Derek and I continued to date through the remainder of the school year and through the summer, but neither of us were ready to fully commit to a long distance relationship. (He graduated and moved to Tampa) Eventually we lost touch and there was a two year gap where we didn’t see or hear from each other besides the occasional Facebook message.

In November of 2008, I was on the way up to Tallahassee for a FSU homecoming game when I got a text message from Derek telling me he was heading to the game too. We made plans to meet at a bar that night (Bullwinkles) and continued to hang out through the weekend. We exchanged emails and were able to keep in touch after the weekend.

It wasn’t until February 2009 (after a couple of back and forth trips between Tampa and Orlando) that Derek confessed he still had feelings for me. That was the moment we decided we were both ready to commit to each other and we’ve been together ever since. ๐Ÿ™‚

For the first two years of our relationship, I lived in Orlando and Derek lived in Tampa. We made the long distance relationship work by traveling back and forth every weekend. In March of 2011, I moved to Tampa to be with him.

The Proposal:

Derek proposed on January 7, 2012 at the finish line of the Miami to Key West Ragnar Relay Race.

You can read the full story on my blog:

Next up is the “Bride & Groom” bio section.

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Umm… yeah. This is where i learned just how not-into the whole wedding website Derek was. I had begged him for weeks to write his bio before making the mistake of saying “if you don’t write it soon, I’m going to do it for you.” His eyes literally lit up at that statement. Darn it. Rookie mistake. I’ll admit that I cheated with my side by copying and pasting my normal blog bio (what? a bio’s a bio, right? ). I was hoping to encourage Derek to “fatten” his side up after writing something quick, but he quickly glanced it over, gave me a kiss on the forehead, and said “Thanks, Babe!” Le sigh. It works. ๐Ÿ™‚

“Wedding Party” page

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I tried to write little bios or tidbits for all the members of the bridal party, but completely failed at coming up with anything cute or fun. When it got to the point where I was pulling my hair out over it, I gave up and just posted photos and names. Works for me!

I LOVED Anne’s idea of posting photos of her and her groom with members of their wedding party on their wedding site, so I “complimented her idea” by, well, totally copying her. It was fun to track down photos of us with all the bridesmaids and groomsmen. I also tried to keep it interesting by focusing on photos of us being silly and showing off our true personalities in each photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The “Accommodations”

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I cheated here by googling “wording for accommodations page on a wedding website.” I reviewed a few options and went with the following for our hotel block:

We’ve set aside a block of rooms at a discounted rate at the XXXX for both Friday and Saturday nights.

The hotel is located off of XXX and XXX, a quick XXX drive from the ceremony & reception site. Please click on the link below to make a reservation or mention Birdsong Barn and Anderson/Russell wedding when calling to reserve a room.

Short and sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚

The “Registry” page

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Just went with the pre-set links on this one.


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After the “Our Story” page, this one is one of my favorites. I may or may not have an iPhoto album labeled “Meghann and Derek” that’s filled with my favorite photos of us through the years.

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Yep. Totally do.

And it comes in handy when I need a bunch of a decent couple photos in instances such as these. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I tried to select an array of photo of us through the years, but I’ll admit I’m not huge of a fan of the college photos, so left those out.

And that’s it. That’s our site… for now. I’m sure we’ll add more information to it as the wedding draws closer, but there’s really no need to have much more than what’s already there. ๐Ÿ™‚

1 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm

What a cute site!!! Definitely more involved than my brother and sister in law’s, my sister in law had a really stressful job during planning and my brother wasn’t super into the site… Haha
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2 Amy May 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I recently had a friend tell me that ‘standard etiquette’ dictates that couples that live together should not have a wedding registry. I guess it’s assumed that if you are living together you have the things you need to make it a home. I *guess* I see that point but without a registry would people just gift cash? Just wondering what other people think about that?!?

3 Meghann May 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm

That’s a good question. Though, I’ve never heard of that standard etiquette before. I can say that I’ve bought plenty of wedding presents in my lifetime for couples that already live together – lol! I have seen a recent trend where couples register for their honeymoon as a polite way to ask for cash, but not in a direct sorta way.

4 Krystina May 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I can see that point. I moved in with my boyfriend when I left college. I didn’t have much, and he had a TON of stuff. All of the furnishings, kitchen appliances/gadgets, electronics, etc are his. While I like a lot of what is here and I’m grateful to have a guy who has so many nice things, it definitely feels more like his place than ours. So when we get married I would want a registry so that we both get things to make our home together. A lot of people just give money anyway in lieu of something from the registry.
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5 Amanda May 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

For only 2 out of the last 10 weddings I have attended- did the couple not live together before getting married, and they all had registries. If you include my own wedding, make that 11. Even with a registry, people buy you stuff you don’t want or need and you end up with duplicates of things on your registry. While I have mixed feelings on a registry (how awkward was it to act surprised while opening things I asked for at my shower…), it at least gives more distant relatives some guidelines as to the kind of things you want/need and your taste. I have a few friends who had a traditional registry + a honeymoon registry. The honeymoon registry is usually set up so that you are buying the couple some kind of experience on their trip (i.e. snorkeling or a dinner out or a couples massage) which some guests may prefer to just sending cash.

6 Krystina May 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Is Derek being proactive in the wedding planning? I know men are usually more easy going than women in regard to wedding planning or consider it “her day” but I hope that Derek is really excited over the whole thing!
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7 Meghann May 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm

He’s excited about some parts. He’s all over the registry stuff and honeymoon planning!!! He’s also very interested in food and what he’ll be wearing. Most other details he doesn’t have an interest. ๐Ÿ˜‰

8 Elisabeth May 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Looks cute! I have to say I laughed about Derek’s short bio before I even read your comment about trying to get him to write one!

I wonder why the letter B never shows up when it’s used in titles on your blog? I always have that problem for some reason…weird ๐Ÿ˜‰

9 Margo May 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Derek sounds about as into the wedding website as my husband was. I had everything ready to go, but wanted groomsmen bios. I finally ended up writing them, my fiance approved, and then about 6 months later, one of his groomsmen pointed out that we had listed the wrong information about how the two guys met. Guess my hubby didn’t pay very close attention before giving the thumbs up! Ooops!
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10 Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete May 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I love that your photo folder is right about “Baby Patrick”. ๐Ÿ™‚
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11 Liz May 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Still continuing to pretend like the whole “guest list” post debacle didn’t happen? Okay then.

12 BroccoliHut May 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Your site is fantastic! I like the idea of having a picture of each member of the bridal party–so cute!
I was the same way about choosing which photos to post of Seth and me. I had a lot of unattractive ones that I decided nobody needs to see ever again!
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