4 Inspiring Wedding Websites Made By Loving Couples

You’ve just gotten engaged to the love of your life (YAY!), and you’re excited to start planning your dream wedding (not that you haven’t already been planning it for years..we know about your secret Pinterest board)! You know the best place to start is by building your wedding website- so you can announce to the world (and Facebook) that you’ve set the date, and you’re ready to share the news. Over the years you’ve seen dozens of friends get married and you’ve been to their cookie cutter wedding websites, but you’re looking for something different. You want to set up a website that reflects who you are as a couple, and really stands out among all of the others floating around the internet, but where do you start?

Well the good news is you don’t have to hire a professional! There are website builders, like IM Creator, that makes it easy for you and your fiance to work together, either from a predesigned template or from scratch, to design a truly inspired website to tell the world your wonderful news! Upload your own pictures, backgrounds, and lay it out however you want. They make it easy to create a website for your wedding that is a real reflection of you as a couple, and lets your creativity run wild. Look what real couples did with IM Creator, and what we love most about their websites:

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Taylor and Peter did a great job using IM Creator to set up their wedding website, and did a beautiful job including all the information their guests needed while keeping a beautiful, and clean home page. Their website is easy to navigate, and we adore that their engagement pictures get to take center stage on the front page!

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Kristen and Alex kept their design simple and monotone, which gives it a really timeless feeling. We also adore that after looking through their website, they provide their guests information, not only about hotels and accommodations, but entertainment while they’re in town fort he wedding. With a list of restaurants, museums, tours, their guests will know exactly how to spend heir down time while in Chicago for Kristen and Alex’s wedding.

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Don’t you just love how Eliot and Sheena designed their website? It’s classic, elegant, yet modern and fun! We also love how the couple included a link to their registries on their page so their guests can easily find where to buy gifts!

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Kristin and Mark set up the “travel details” portion of their wedding website perfectly! They included photos of each location and a map to direct guests along with a timeline! Take a cue from Kristen and mark and set up a portion of your website like this so none of your guests will be scrambling to find their way between the ceremony and reception.

Do you feel more confident now about creating your custom wedding website? Take some cues from these sweet couples and set up your website with IM Creator today!

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08.20.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Ballerina Bun Tutorial

diy-ballerina-bun-tutorialYesterday we shared graceful wedding ideas featuring Alexandra Grecco’s Helena gown, and today we’re excited to show you how to recreate that beautiful topknot! An elegant ballerina bun is the perfect accessory for a flowly, ethereal gown, and this one from Mimi & Taylor is easy to create on your own. Keep reading for the full tutorial.

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ballerina-bun-diy-tutorialRope-Braid Topknot

1. Take all the hair up and tie in a ponytail at the crown of the head.

2. Loosely rope-braid the ponytail.

3. Secure the rope braid with a small elastic band.

4. Wrap ponytail around in a bun tucking the end underneath.

5. Bobby pin securely in place.

6. Lightly pull out loose strands to create an effortless finish. Ballerina Bun would be best.

Photography: Erich McVey | Creative Direction and Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Hair and Makeup: Mimi and Taylor 

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08.19.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Alexandra Grecco Helena Gown

We have always loved Alexandra Grecco’s designs, and we were thrilled when she launched a full bridal line a few weeks ago. She was kind enough to let us photograph some of her new designs at the Erich McVey Workshop, and we’re thrilled to share more images with you today!

The Helena Gown from Alexandra Grecco reminded us of graceful ballerinas so we paired this ethereal dress with a ballerina bun. Come back tomorrow to learn how to recreate this braided topknot!

Photography Erich McVey: Erich McVey | Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Hair & Makeup: Mimi and Taylor  | Photo lab: PhotoVision | Gown: Alexandra Grecco

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08.18.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Top 20 Wedding Updos

top-20-wedding-updos-from-oncewedYou can stop searching the internet high and low for the perfect wedding updo to show your stylist for your wedding day- we’ve collected 20 of our favorite updos from our DIYs and Real Weddings all in one place!

1. The updo above, sent to us from Irrelephant Blog is a interpretation on a traditional French twist. See the entire tutorial and DIY instructions here.

knotted-bun-diy-tutorial2. This knotted bun that we worked on with Heidi Marie Garrett is a classic and would look great on any bride searching for an elegant updo! Visit the original post for the entire tutorial.

crown-braid-chignon3. This romantic crown braid tutorial from Amanda Gros is still one of our all time favs! Check out how to recreate this look here.

wedding-hair-updos-natural-casual-wedding-hairstyles4. If you’re looking for a loose and messy updo for your big day, check out this Once Wed classic from Jordan Byers. See how to create this undone bun herefrench-braid-bun-diy5. We still absolutely adore this clean, elegant french braid bun tutorial we shared a while back. Check out how achieve this updo here.

diy-rope-braid-updo6. Want to rock an awesome hairstyle on your wedding day? Try out this rope braid updo!

wedding-hair-updo-ideas-formal-elegant-diy-tutorial7. This classic updo that we featured in our Once Wed magazine is still one of our favorites!! See the original post here.

rock-n-roll-wedding-hair-updo-formal-elegant-modern-wedding-hair-diy-tutorial-600x4068. We also created this rock and roll updo for our magazine! Would you be daring enough to try something like this for your wedding?

diy-twisted-bun-tutorial9. And this classic bun from Irrelephant is perfect for any bride-to-be! See the DIY here.

rustic-wedding-hairstyles-for-long-hair310. This lovely low bun has been a huge hit on Pinterest after we posted the original inspiration shoot a while back!

wedding-hairstyles-for-updos11. And let’s not forget those brides who want to style their hair with a veil.

diy-fishtail-bun-tutorial12. If you’re looking for a put together, classic wedding updo, check out this fishtail bun!

bright-elegant-bride-wedding-hairstyles-jewelry13. This lovely updo has also been a favorite on Pinterest! See the full feature on this bride here.

braided-french-twist-updo14. This awesome updo from Irrelephant knocks it out of the park! Check out how to get this ‘do here.

2-bobby-pin-updo15. Updos are a little more difficult for girls with short hair, but this simple 2 bobby pin DIY is great for shoulder-length hair. Get the instructions and try it out!

braid-halo-with-ribbon-600x39816. We love this crown braid so much we included it in last week’s round-up too!

diy-tucked-braided-bun-wedding-hairstyles-for-long-hair17. Learn how to recreate this tucked braid updo right here!

diy-crown-braid-hair-tutorial118. Check out this crown braid updo if you’re searching for a show-stopping look on your wedding day!

chignon-wedding-hair-tutorial219. Chignons are a classic wedding hairstyle, and we simply adore this clean and simple version. See the tutorial here to get the look!

faux-bob220. And for brides looking for a non-traditional twist on the wedding updo, see how to achieve a faux bob here.

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08.15.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas