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!
No password needed today.
Welcome to our site!
Our first stop is the “Our Story” page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Wedding Party” page
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.
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.
The “Registry” page
Just went with the pre-set links on this one.
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.
Yep. Totally do.
And it comes in handy when I need a bunch of a decent couple photos in instances such as these.
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.