Create a Website for Your Wedding in 5 Steps with SquareSpace
A website dedicated to providing your guests with all of the information they need can seriously cut down on the number of text messages you need to respond to on the days leading up to the big one. You've got much more important things to do.
With a website dedicated to your wedding, you can:
•Inform guests of the date, time, and location.
•Link to nearby accommodations.
•Invite guests to browse your registry.
& much more!
For the record: I am not sponsored or employed by SquareSpace. I use their services to build awesome websites and feel comfortable imploring others to do so.
Now let's get to it.
1. Pick a template & name your site.
First things first: head over to squarespace.com/templates. SquareSpace has done us all a favor and categorized their templates depending on what the template is best suited for, including weddings. Take each one out for a spin by previewing the example sites provided. Once you've found a look that feels right for you, hit START WITH THIS DESIGN to create your account.
After answering a few basic questions, you'll be prompted to name your website. Nothing fancy needed here and you can always change it. Here are a few ideas:
"Gregory & Madison"
"Paul + Mark are Getting Married!"
"The Rodriguez + Walker Wedding "
2. Create your pages.
This is the meat and potatoes of the work you'll need to do in order to get your website up and running. Not to worry - SquareSpace makes everything super easy with the ability to simply drag, drop, and edit.
Be sure to explore all of the existing pages. For the most part, the pages you'll need will be set up for you - all you'll have to do is plug in your personal information and images!
Add and Subtract
If you find a page that you feel like you don't need - delete it by pressing the trashcan to the left of the page name. For the pages that you do want to keep - press the spoked wheel to the right of the page name. Hit "CREATE" on the incoming pop-up. This will keep the demo content in place while also allowing you to freely edit the page's information.
Pressing the + symbol allows you to add a new page and provides a number of options. If you're going to include a photo gallery, choosing the "GALLERY" page option will allow you to easily showcase your pictures.
3. Plug in the details.
You've got the pages laid out. Now it's time to change the existing text and images to reflect you, your significant other, and the day you plan to tie the knot. Simply click "EDIT" in the top left corner of any page to get started.
Delete any elements that you may not need by hovering over them and hitting the trash can symbol. Add new content by hovering over where you'd like to place your text or image and press the black indentation symbol - you'll be presented with a number of options.
Elements to include
The Form block allows you to easily collect RSVP's. This is huge. Edit the form to collect any information you might need (name, email, attending guest names, food options, etc). Turn it into a simple pop-up button by choosing "enable lightbox mode" in the advanced tab. The form can automatically log all of the responses in a Google Drive spreadsheet as well as forward all responses to your inbox.
Choosing the Zola content block allows you to include a wedding registry that your guests can shop from without leaving your website. Also huge. Save your changes with a quick click on the lefthand side.
You've edited all of the details and the content is laid out the way you want it. Now it's time to customize the style.
4. Switch the style up.
Change the preset fonts and color of anything and everything by opening up the Style Editor. In the menu, navigate Home. Then head to Design → Style Editor. This is where the magic happens.
At first glance, there are a ton of options. But fear not! Once you're in the Style Editor, simply click on any of the existing elements on the page to view the style options for that element alone. From there, it's all up to you.
Here are two resources that I use when I'm feeling stuck within a certain style:
•colorhunt.co: color combo inspiration. copy/paste the 6-digit HEX code to get the exact colors you find on the site.
•font inspo: a collection of fonts that look great when paired together. All fonts included here are available on SquareSpace.
Pro tip: Stick to 2-3 colors and 2 different fonts for an improved sense of consistency.
Be sure to preview what your site looks like on desktop, mobile, and tablet. At the very top of the page, there is a small drop-down menu that allows you to switch devices.
Now that all of your elements are in place and the fonts and colors have been customized to your liking, it's time to publish your site and share it with the world!
5. Publish your site.
Get Yourself a custom domain
If you decide to purchase an entire year of SquareSpace, a custom domain is included in the price & you may skip this step. Navigate to Settings → Domains and hit GET A DOMAIN. Follow the steps to search for, select, and purchase a domain.
Upgrade your site
Navigate over to Settings → Billing and Account → Billing and press UPGRADE. Choose either a monthly or annual payment schedule. Once you're done here, you are ready to roll!
Share the site with your invited guests, make tweaks, upload the food menu, add more pictures, and have some fun with it!
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to shoot me a quick message.