Creating Custom Wedding Sites with Squarespace

When you’re in the process of hiring different vendors for your wedding, chances are that you’re reading testimonials and looking for referrals from your friends who’ve also been married. So, we thought we’d share a testimonial about Squarespace today from Tori, wedding planner at Victoria Austin Designs, who creates a custom wedding website on Squarespace for each of her clients. Why does she choose Squarespace? The attractive, customizable templates that are offered, the user-friendly system, and how simple it makes sharing information with guests! Read on for more!

From Tori, at Victoria Austin Designs:

“What do I think about Squarespace for wedding websites? It’s awesome. I choose to use Squarespace for all of my clients who need a wedding website because of the clean and user-friendly templates they offer. I love that I can easily customize the templates to fit the needs and style of each couple. Plus, they look great, with or without professional engagement photos. It can even have the same elements, colors and/or font styles as the couple’s wedding stationery, to keep the whole look cohesive! The templates are professional, modern and aesthetically pleasing, and you can add maps, links, many pages of information, a blog, gift registries, etc.

When it comes to simplicity, Squarespace is very user-friendly. All of my brides have full-time jobs, so I love to be able to take care of this “to-do” for them if they don’t have the time, or let them take the reigns without major issues. Brides can easily add their information and customize it on their own, or I can pass a finished product off to them and they can simply edit it as they feel needed. Plus, the couples are able to instantly send information regarding their wedding to their guests, without clogging up a pretty invitation suite! It is a lot easier to send tech-friendly guests a quick link when they ask a few questions regarding wedding weekend plans or registry. I think our generation looks to websites first before asking questions, which always gives the bride + groom a little “break.”

Friends and family love seeing wedding websites! They have fun sharing the couple’s wedding website on their own social media outlets so friends near-and-far can see the couple’s upcoming nuptials. They are easy to navigate and when done right, they can find every piece of information they may need…all while still looking good!”

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First Image Photography: Image Haus Weddings

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03.27.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Bold Fall Floral Inspiration (Part 2)

From the lush blooms asymmetrically braided into her hair, to a juicy berry lip shade and a bold fall bouquet, this inspiration shoot has style in spades. Fall flowers don’t always have to be the traditional reds and oranges. We love the bold punch that a hit of lemon yellow and a touch of pink adds to this bouquet, and encourage you to ask your florist to play outside the box when deciding on your florals. If you’re a traditionalist, the autumnal hues from the natural fall foliage will be the perfect finishing touch.

Photography: Ryan Ray | Hair & Make Up: Amy Clarke | Florals: Bows + Arrows | Film: Indie Film Lab | Studio Dress: Warron Barron Bridal | Outdoor Dress: Claire Pettibone

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03.26.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Romantic Spring Floral Inspiration (Part 1)

If there’s one thing that we love, it’s flowers. We’re so excited to share not one, but two, gorgeous floral inspiration posts today from the dream team of Once Wed Vendor Bows & Arrows and Ryan Ray Photography. First, this pastel bouquet is a dream come true for spring brides. The pale sorbet palette is reminiscent of a springtime sunset, and with the ruffled textures and gentle gradation of tones, this bouquet is truly perfect for a romantic fete. And isn’t this pale blue dress the perfect addition? Plus, if you’ve been looking for some new ideas for ways to wear flowers in your hair on your wedding day, then you’ve got them!

Photography: Ryan Ray | Hair & Make Up: Amy Clarke | Florals: Bows + Arrows | Film: Indie Film Lab | Studio Dress: Warron Barron Bridal | Outdoor Dress: Claire Pettibone

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03.26.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Chic Country Wedding on the Coast

When it comes to outdoor country weddings, we know that it can be tough to get out of the typical rustic-inspired decor, and at the same time, weddings on the coast can easily turn into an over-done nautical style. We love the simple, farm-to-table appeal of this inspiration shoot, and the creative team has some great ideas for your planning. Plus, they’ve shared a delicious recipe that you’re going to want to try out right away!
“The Martha’s Vineyard wedding is typically pigeon-holed as a traditional, seaside celebration with a nod to the nautical, preppy heritage of the Northeast coastline (read: lighthouses, blue & white color schemes, khaki pants & needlepoint belts.) We really wanted to highlight the side of the Vineyard that appeals to the more free-spirited couple: the magic of starry nights by a bonfire, acres of unspoiled farmland, and a laid-back, community of creative people inspired by the land and ocean. Chef & Farmer, Chris Fischer, provided the backdrop and farm-to-table inspiration for the shoot at his idyllic Chilmark farm, known for it’s impromptu “Greenhouse Dinners” where the menu is literally picked from the day’s freshest crops. The gowns from Rue de Seine and Delphine Manivet worked so nicely in this space – with the stunning laces and silks bringing a sense of richness and romance but still feeling very down to earth and relatable — perfect for a laid-back, island bride with an impeccable sense of style. Nearly everything at the shoot was island-grown, from the florals, to the salad greens, to the sheep –even the letter-pressed pieces were created just a couple miles away!”


RECIPE (for potatoes pictured above)

Late Fall Gratin
Chris Fischer & Lauren Schaefer, Beetlebung Farm

8-10 MediumYukon Gold or Red skinned potatoes
6 garlic cloves
Sea salt
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Preheat your oven to 400.

  • Prepare your baking dish with a drizzle of olive oil lightly coating the bottom of your baking dish.
  • Gently peel and thinly slice lengthwise 5 garlic cloves
  • Wash potatoes thoroughly, then slice about 1/8th inch thick, using a mandoline for consistent slices.
  • Begin to tile your potatoes by laying each slice down one by one. Take care to cover each previous slice halfway with each new potato slice.
  • As you work down the row, tuck a few garlic cloves between slices making sure they are in between slices to protect them from burning. Gently salt each row as you go.
  • Begin a new row of potato slices by covering the previous row by 1/2.  As you move across your baking dish, be sure your slices are packed tightly, pushing rows closer together if possible.
  • When your slices cover the length of your baking dish, pour 1-3 cups water over your potatoes. With the addition of each cup, stop to press your potatoes down with your hand, once the water rises above the potatoes, you have a sufficient amount.
  • Drizzle the dish with a healthy portion of olive oil and lightly salt the entire dish.
  • Bake the gratin for 25 minutes covered tightly with foil. Then uncover your baking dish and turn your oven down to 375 and bake for an additional 25 minutes uncovered to achieve browning.

Wedding Dress, Accessories & Styling: Ceremony Bridal Shop | Photography: Henry + Mac | Venue & Food/Drink: Beetlebung Farm | Invitations & Styling: Emma Young | Florals: Tea Lane Farm | Hair: Stacey Kuehn | Make-up: Blush Wedding Day/Tryst Studio

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03.25.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog