WeddingWoo: Custom Wedding Websites by the People, OF the People
My first mind in looking for a wedding website was………..you guessed it, FREE. I went to all the typical service providers looking for templates that fit the mood we wanted to create and I came up short. The available templates were static and I found the color choices suffocating at best. Free is nice, but it isn’t always good or what you like. And that’s where WeddingWoo comes in.
WeddingWoo allows couples to build custom sites that are all about you AND you don’t need to be a tech guru to do it. The options are endless, all you need is vision.
While there are a ton of free websites out there, I was completely blown away with what couples were able to do with WeddingWoo for such a small fee. On top of its fantastic design elements, the price works out to about $4 a month for the one year plan and $2.88 per month for the two year plan. After deliberating whether or not I could justify paying for a website, I reached a few conclusions:
- WeddingWoo hands-down beats all of the free wedding websites
- WeddingWoo has the best absolute best value when looking at quality and price. Sure, it wouldn’t be free, but it wouldn’t a significant expense either (in terms of our budget).
- When it comes to WeddingWoo’s competitors, they just don’t measure up in terms of the offerings
- And lastly, I had to have it.
Now that my site is off and running, I’m so proud of it that I almost want to wear a t-shirt with our web address on it (LOL). If you like pictures as much as I do, then you’ll definitely love WeddingWoo. Beyond WeddingWoo’s affordable pricing, here are a few more highlights of the service it provides:
Highly Customizable Layouts/Unlimited File Storage
I mentioned earlier that I hated the limited color options available on most other websites. That isn’t even an issue with WeddingWoo because you’ll build your site based on your own photos and you have the option of picking your choice of color from the entire color spectrum for fonts and everything else. WeddingWoo offers a fabulous way to show off the engagement pictures (that most guests never get to see). It’s also an opportunity to visually create an overall picture of what your guests can expect.
You can make pages for whatever your heart pleases. WeddingWoo can be used as an information center, a blog, a picture sharing resource, an online RSVP service…the works.
Control over Who Can Access Your Webpage
Most websites will index your wedding website and make them publicly available for all to see, but not so with WeddingWoo. You have the option of keeping your website out of reach of search engines and also requiring a password before visitors are able to see your website. Keep prowlers off your page or make it open to all, the choice is yours.
I am impressed by the customizable features made available by WeddingWoo for RSVPs. Ask required questions about meal choices, full names, contact information, etc. It's a great tool for building out information for table charts and your own address book. And if you don’t want to deal with unwanted RSVPs, you can password protect your page. You still may get a few, but it’ll be easier to manage than for those who may have just happened upon your page.
Hashtag Photo Sync w/ Instagram
Do you and your guests love Instagram? Well, WeddingWoo makes it possible for you to create your own custom hashtag that loads directly to your webpage. It’s a great feature to have fun with before and after your wedding.
Prompt Customer Support
Upon signing up, the owner sends you a personal message to check in to see if you need anything. It’s definitely not the automated variety, and the responsiveness I’ve gotten on questions is above anything I ever expected. If you think I’m getting special treatment because I’m a BSB Blogger, think again. There’s a page of Q&A from users of the site on a wide range of topics, and you’ll receive an answer to your question even if it's been asked a million times.
Custom Domain Name
Next to WeddingWoo being so awesome all around, I found the feature of being able to create your own site name to be an added bonus. To do this, you will have to buy a domain name from a domain registrar (i.e. Namecheap, GoDaddy). I’ll admit, when I started I felt like a deer in headlights. I have absolutely ZERO understanding of tech jargon. Once I purchased the domain name, I had a hard time understanding what to do next. I flubbed around looking for my intuitive nature to lead me to the next step, but after I clicked on some things I couldn’t undo, I figured it was time to throw in the towel and begin an online chat session.
The online representative was great. He offered to do the set-up on the site for me or walk me through it. I chose the latter (because I’m a nerd). It was really easy. And if I had done it right from the beginning, the whole set-up (including the domain account registration) would’ve only taken 10 minutes tops. If you choose to go this route, let my experience be a lesson for you. Don’t waste your time if you don’t have to. Help is just an ASK away.
I love my site and the process was easy, but it wasn’t built without problems. I hit a few snags building it while using Internet Explorer (IE). However, those problems were easily remedied by switching to a different browser. I found Firefox to be the best; although, Google Chrome worked pretty well also.
All in all, I have nothing but good things to say about WeddingWoo. It’s BSB-approved and based on what I’ve read, Martha Stewart and a host of others will agree. If you use decide to go with WeddingWoo, here are a few tips:
- Use Firefox or Google Chrome
- Build your site using professional-grade pictures
- Be creative with your website name should you opt for a custom domain name. Just keep in mind who your audience is and gauge the potential level of difficulty guests might have in remembering or typing it.
- And most of all, have FUN!
If you're still on the fence, don't fret! WeddingWoo offers a 7-day trial period and a money-back guarantee. Take a spin around some of the user examples and decide for yourself. Let me know what you think.
**Disclaimer: I was on my way to buying a one-year subscription. However, as fate would have it, WeddingWoo is a trusted Budget Savvy Bride vendor and they offered me a complimentary subscription for my honest opinions. I’ve got plenty of opinions and every one you read was in no way influenced by their offer.**