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Overview of Wedding Website Services:

Wedding Website Overview
If you’re lucky enough to have a friend who can create a wedding website for you, then that is a great option. For the rest of us, here’s an overview of the commercial wedding website providers.

Free Websites — Some of the larger corporate wedding planning sites offer couples a free wedding website or webpage. Generally, the couple will complete an on-line form with information that is then posted to your site. Note, however, that in most cases your free site is paid for by advertisements, generally in the form of banner ads and/or pop-ups. In this case, you will not have a say in the ads that are published on your site. However, if you are on a tight budget, this is still a nice way to share your day on-line.

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Template Websites — Another option is the template-based website service. You can select from a number of pre-designed template styles and colors. You input your information onto an on-line form, and your information is posted immediately to your website. Generally you can only select from pre-made page choices, but some services do allow you to create your own page options. You also often have the option to upload your digital photos to your site. The cost for this type of wedding website service usually starts around $75.00-$99.00 per year including hosting, and many sites offer a free 10-14 day trial.

Custom-designed Websites — The third option is a custom-designed site. With a custom design, your website template is unique to you. You can have the designer create exactly the pages and content you want, and you can even have your own domain name, i.e., www.yourname.com (or .net, .info, etc.) for an additional fee. Some custom sites even offer enhanced communication features such as private chat rooms, bulletin boards, photo galleries, and even personal e-mail (you@yourname.com). A few designers will create custom wedding invitations and matching wedding websites, carrying the theme of your wedding throughout. The cost for custom-designed sites is slightly higher than the template-based service, but not as much as you might think. Single-page, all-in-one sites often start around $50.00, with larger, more complex sites increasing in price, averaging between $350.00-$650.00. A full-featured, custom-designed site with 15-20 pages can be found for under $1,000.00.

After the Wedding — Couples usually have 12-18 months of hosting included free with any of the site options listed above. A few of the template-based sites and most custom designers also offer extended hosting after the initial period for a monthly fee. Depending on the company you choose to design your site, you may also be able to purchase a CD of your completed site when the free hosting period is over. Another option you might consider is turning your wedding website into a family site after your wedding. What a wonderful way to preserve your wedding memories for years to come!

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