A Look at Wedding Sites on WordPress.com

We’ve launched themes especially for people planning and documenting their weddings, like the elegant themes Forever and Ever After, and the charming, playful Lovebirds and Blissful Blog themes.

Here, we’ll take a quick look at how brides-to-be gather inspiration, how couples can share event details with their guests, and how folks in the industry — like wedding planners and photographers — showcase their work and exchange ideas within the community.

Snapshots & My Thoughts Snapshots & My Thoughts

Snapshots & My Thoughts

At Snapshots & My Thoughts, Ailee explores a number of interests — decor, travel, photography, and lifestyle — but also dedicates a section to planning her wedding. Browse the wedding category to read about her big day, from her wine country venue in Northern California to details that have inspired her along the way, from crafty invitations and maps to floral and cake ideas. The subtle, elegant, and feminine look of her blog complements the overall aesthetic of her special day.

A WordPress.com site can offer a sneak peek into the ceremony and reception you’re planning in a fun, engaging way. You can see the Ever After theme in action on another blog of wedding inspiration, The Undomestic Bride. The blogger compiles design and style ideas and words of wisdom, mixed with her own musings on planning and the event itself.

Cody + Kelly Cody + Kelly

Cody + Kelly

Cody and Kelly, who are getting married in August, have set up a site where their guests can read about their story and the proposal (click on the “I Said Yes” link under “Cody + Kelly” in the menu) and other details, from the event to the wedding party. We dig the cute, clever use of the Twitter widget in the footer area — “His” and “Her” Twitter feeds.

Couples can also opt to keep their sites private and give access to invited guests only. To adjust a site’s privacy settings, go to Settings » Reading in the dashboard and select the option next to “I would like my site to be private, visible only to users I choose.” Then, you can invite people to view the site.

Shine Studios Shine Studios

Shine Studios

Lauretta and Blair, the award-winning wedding photographers behind Shine Studios, live on Waiheke Island, a gorgeous wedding destination on New Zealand. The featured post slider on their home page highlights notable content, from sneak peeks to shoots on the beach to wedding day images in picturesque places like Hawkes Bay.

Another photographer, Laura Fisher, takes advantage of the delicate yet polished design of the Ever After theme. Her photographs of a forest wedding in Hamilton, Ohio, and engagement shoot among fall leaves in Burnet Woods, Cincinnati, look stunning in Ever After’s wide one-column layout.

Jessie Thomson: Weddings and Events Jessie Thomson

Jessie Thomson

Brides-to-be and couples on WordPress.com? Check. Wedding photographers? Check. How about wedding planners? You bet.

A blog with an event planner’s point of view reveals a different, behind-the-scenes angle. Jessie Thomson, a wedding planner and stylist in the Cotswolds of England, blogs about regional industry news — think boutique openings and new vendors and artists — and shares DIY tutorials and write-ups on events she’s planned and styled. Her site illustrates how planners can share their style and portfolio with potential clients and colleagues, all in one place.

Wedding-specific features

In case you didn’t know, you can enable the milestone widget in our themes, which provides a simple way to create a countdown to a given date. Here’s how the widget appears in the Forever theme:

Milestone Widget

You can also create a contact form to gather RSVPs, and in some of our wedding themes — Ever After, Lovebirds, and Forever — you can use the Guestbook Page Template to create a guestbook page for visitors to leave notes and share stories and memories.

To do this, go to Pages » Add New in the dashboard and under “Page Attributes” on the right, set the “Template” to “Guestbook.”

Guestbook Page

A comment form at the bottom of the page allows guests to post new entries.

Happy planning!

Have you discovered a wedding site or blog on WordPress.com you’d like to share with the community? Let us know.