Welcome to the New Once Wed!

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There were moments during this redesign where I thought I would never get to write this post, but I’m thrilled to finally introduce you to the new Once Wed! Everything of course looks very different, but hopefully after clicking around for  bit you’ll be able to find your way around. Not only did we decide to redesign the whole site, but we’ve also relaunched Once Wed as a more of a online resource for helping you plan your wedding rather than just a solely a blog and listing service.

I really can’t thank everyone enough for their readership and support over the last year. I hope you like the new site and all it has to offer!

There are a few groups of people I have to thank for making everything you see a reality…

Also Design is the team behind the new site redesign. I’ve been a huge fan of their work every since they redesigned Design Sponge a year or so back, and was so happy when a space opened up in their schedule. They were very patient with me as we went through a few revisions because I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted, but I am thrilled with the final design. If your looking for a design team that thinks outside of the box and creates incredible websites, look no further than Also Design.

My wonderful programmer, Jonathan. Words cannot express how grateful I am that my friend, Matt Altmix, passed on his name to me. I had such a hard time finding someone who would even return my emails, and Jonathan was responsive and then some. Not only  did he take all my ideas and make them a reality, but he walked me through every step of the way to make sure I understood what was going on. Hands down the best customer service experience I’ve ever had with a programmer.

My incredible husband, Brett, who was so loving and supportive of me throughout this whole process. I haven’t been a very attentive wife these last couple of months, and I am really looking forward to getting back into our normal way of life. I love you, babe! I couldn’t have done this without you.

Ashley of Dolci Odille and Joy Thigpen – these ladies acted as my sounding board and were always there to lend a listening ear when I had a question or concern. I feel very blessed to call these two friends!

Last, but certainly least – a HUGE thank you to all the amazing vendors who graciously filled our galleries and blog with hundreds of gorgeous images. Everyone I contacted was so kind about letting me feature their work on the new site, and I was incredibly humbled by their generosity.  We actually have a lot more images to upload over the coming weeks, so definitely keep checking back for more as we continue to update our galleries.

Some information about the site…

I’m putting together a little guide to the new site to post later, but honestly the best way to see how it works is to try it out. We’ve done our best to streamline everything and make it super easy for you to get around(note the new search boxes in all the top right corners), but it is brand new so if you find any kinks along the way feel free to email me at emily(at)oncewed(dot)com.

The vendor guide is the only part of the site not quite ready. We’re launching this part in the next couple of weeks and I am so excited to have the opportunity to showcase so many wonderful vendors on Once Wed.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the lovely, wedding shoot below photographed by, Tec Petaja. I’ve separated the feature into 5 different posts because the shoot was too gorgeous to only restrict it to 2. I’ve got another amazing real wedding coming up next, so stay tuned!

Please excuse the annoying, loud, and blinking ads everyone including us loathes. We’re still working with our network on which ads are ok and not ok to show. Hopefully, these will be gone by the end of the day. Thanks for your patience!

Also, if your reading in Internet Explorer the navigation bar is hanging to the far right. We’re working on fixing this problem asap.

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48 Responses to “Welcome to the New Once Wed!”

  1. Claudia

    Congratulations on your new website!
    I absolutely love oncewed, the photos are simply amazing, and the new design is nice, but… it is very, very, very VERY annoying to have “do you want to live in the usa”/”find your classmates”/etc adds on the top and on the right side of the site. I hope these adds won’t last, because they are ugly. (sorry)

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  2. Emily

    Hey Claudia. I agree and we’re trying to work with our ad network as I type this to block the annoying ads because we don’t like them either:). Thanks

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  3. Tec Petaja

    Girl this site is amazing and I’m so excited for you. I can’t wait to dig deeper and look through all of the goodies. Congrats! You deserve the best!

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  4. simone

    this is fantastic, emily! i absolutely adore it! congratulations on the launch and it is fantastic!

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  5. Katie Murphy

    The site looks amazing! I can’t wait to see what great things you have to share. I am off to look around some more at the wonderfulness of it all. Congrats!

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  6. Ava

    It looks fabulous darling I am so proud and thrilled to browse around more. Makes me excited to get married and spend hours finding the perfect dress for less!

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  7. lynn

    Stunning! The design is so fresh and really stands out from the other wedding blogs!!

    One issue: I tend to check blogs via Google Reader, and since the redesign, I can’t see your posts anymore. I get the title, but then I have to click through to the actual site to see anything. Can this be fixed??

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    • Emily

      Hey Lynn. Yes, starting tomorrow images will start appearing in google reader as they have in the past. Thanks!

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  8. Alison

    Congrats on the new face of oncewed Emily! The site looks fantastic and the ease of finding information is perfect.

    Well done!

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  9. Darci

    Huge congrats, Emily! The site looks beautiful and is so easy to navigate. I can’t wait to see where you go from here!

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  10. Katie

    Love it!

    I too am having an issue with Google Reader – it’s not showing full posts. Is there anyway this can be fixed?

    Still so pretty though!!

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    • Emily

      Hey Katie. Yes, tomorrow once wed will be showing full posts in google reader like it has in the past. Thanks!

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  11. Rachael

    Congrats Emily! One question about the redesign: For those of us who subscribe to Once Wed with an rss feed, can you please fix it so we can see at least part of the post and images in the feed? I understand if you’ve decided to stop including the entire post in order to drive more traffic, but it’s so annoying to only see a sentence or two without pictures. If I had a better idea of what the post was about or what the wedding looked like, I would be much more inclined to click through to see the rest!

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    • Emily

      Hey Rachel. The posts in the RSS feed should be back to normal tomorrow. Thanks!

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  12. chris :: c is for charmed

    I love it! It looks amazing and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us. your blog has been such a source of inspiration to me while planning my own wedding. congrats on all you’re hard work! ; )

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  13. Christina

    Congrats — it’s a beauuutiful site!! I love the photo grid links especially. I’m seconding Rachael’s comment though. I also read OnceWed through a feed reader, and now all I can see is a headline and brief blurb — no pretty pictures, which makes it so much less enticing for me to click through! =(

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    • Emily

      Unfortunately, our site was hacked yesterday, so instead of being able to focus our time on smaller details like making sure the RSS feed was working properly we were stuck working out a virus. Sorry for the delay in getting this fixed, but everything should be back to normal tomorrow with full posts in the reader.

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  14. Amber

    Love the new site! How can we tell when used gowns per posted and if they have sold?

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  15. Accidental Housewife

    Wow! I knew you were doing a redesign for this was a total, happy surprise! Yay!!! It looks so great and is such a great backdrop for the style and feel of your posts! And yes, it is SUPER easy to navigate, I wouldn’t worry about it. I only wish that you still had a central place to post general comments, that aren’t necessarily specific to any particular post ie. Dude, the site is looking fantastic!

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  16. Jen

    The website looks great. Yesterday I could not access your page, I got a message that said my IP address was being blocked or restricted and I did not have permission to view the page. But hooray today it appears this problem is fixed.

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  17. Jessica

    The new site is beautiful! I especially like the layout for the different sections – the lightbox set up is so easy to navigate. Congrats!

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  18. milla

    Looks great! Question: what dress is the bride wearing in this photo? It has sparkly holders on each shoulder…gorgeous!

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  19. dv

    have been a fan/visitor of the site for quite some time. i’m LOVING the redesign. kudos to everyone involved =)

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