We are just under six months out from the wedding, and our wedding website is live! Check us out at caitlinandjason.com!
Themeforest WordPress Wedding Themes
Our wedding website runs on Wordpress using the Marriage Theme responsive theme from Themeforest. This theme has a built in homepage slider, color customization options, customizable homepage with easy to update widgets, and a built in photo gallery.
Here is the screenshot of the default view of the theme:
If you’re interested, here are three other WordPress wedding themes I considered. They are all highly customizable responsive themes and available from Themeforest:
WordPress Wedding RSVP Plugin
I like RSVP Plugin because guests can’t RSVP anonymously (so random users or bots can’t inadvertently mess up your RSVP list by registering people who aren’t actually on your invite list). You have a few different options for how they identify themselves: you can set up a special code, or have people identify themselves by first and last name to register (this is what I chose). In this scenario, you import or manually add guests to your database. You also associate guests with each other (i.e. Mr. and Mrs. Smith), which allows guests to RSVP for their whole party/family.
There are tons of customization options – you can customize the response form to add additional questions, and even customized messages to individual guests. We added a song request field for the reception.
So when a guest RSVPs, they see this screen:
And then when they click “Complete your RSVP!” they see more options and the ability to RSVP for every other guest associated with them. All of this text is customizable.
Note that if someone types in a nickname or other variation of their name instead of the exact name you entered in the plugin, the plugin is still able to recognize them. For instance, if Barack types in “Barry Obama,” he sees this prompt:
P.S. I will be adding the Obamas to my invitation list. Apparently, if you send the President and First Lady a wedding invitation, they will send you a congratulatory letter! Here is a list of famous people who will send you a congratulatory letter if you send them a wedding invitation to consider adding to your invitation list!
All in all I’ve been really happy with the WordPress theme and plugins I’m using for the site. Feel free to share your wedding website tips in the comments below!