How to Start a Wedding Blog
There are so many reasons to start a wedding blog. One and perhaps the most obvious is to start a wedding blog where you will be giving advice to couples and other stakeholders in the wedding business. Another less obvious reason is if you are planning your own wedding and you don’t want to keep calling or emailing family and friends to update them.
Regardless of the reason you want to start a wedding, you must have a passion for it and have fun while blogging. Wedding blogs are meant to be colourful and inspiring. I want you to have a wedding blog that you will be proud of, years after reading this guide.
I will make this guide as simple as possible. I don’t want to lock out those people who don’t know anything about web design and web development. This guide doesn’t require any prior knowledge of coding or web development.
I have divided this guide into two parts, a text guide and a video tutorial. The text guide contains only three easy to follow steps that will help you have a blog up and running in no time. The video tutorial is a step by step practical guide to everything mentioned in the text guide. So brace yourself, the wedding bells are ringing…
How to start your own Wedding Blog in 3 Easy Steps
Regardless of whether you are a tech savvy guy, you can set up your own wedding blog and have it running within half an hour. I promised you a three-step guide to setting up your own wedding blog. After the three-step guide is a comprehensive video tutorial on the same for people who find it difficult to understand the text.
1. Choose and Buy Your Domain
A domain (also referred to as a URL) is the address to your website. A domain name should be unique, easy to remember and short. The domain name will be your brand and thus must reflect what you signed up for.
Additionally, your domain name should have a .com or .net suffix since they are easy for visitors to remember. While you can buy a .com domain name, you can get a free domain just by purchasing a hosting package on Bluehost. I will tell you about hosting next… Once you have the desired domain name in mind, you are ready for step two.
2. Sign Up for Hosting
A web host is a remote server where all the contents of your site reside. When someone clicks your url, they send a request to the web host requesting to download your website to their browser. The web host will then send the website to their browser. For faster retrieval, you need a web host that is fast and reliable. I always recommend Bluehost for hosting because:
1. It is so easy to use
2. Signing up takes just moments
3. You get a free domain once you purchase a hosting package
4. They offer excellent 24/7 customer support if needed
5. Their service is also very affordable so you don’t need to invest much at all to get your Wedding blog up and running.
[Disclosure] BlueHost gives me a small commission for my referral and it doesn’t add anything to your cost. This helps me continue to provide lots of free information for bloggers.
3. Install WordPress
Now your wedding website is almost ready for sharing. The final step is installing WordPress on your BlueHost control panel. This process may be a few clicks away, but it is very important. WordPress is the web software that runs your wedding blog site. The appearance of your website and the content you can run on this website will depend on WordPress.
I’ve found that it is easier to follow these steps if you can actually see them being done. With this in mind, I’ve created a simple video that will walk you through each of these steps so you can see how it is done yourself. Watch this video, and then follow the link, which will bring you to BlueHost where you can purchase your domain and hosting.
Tips for the Beginner wedding Blogger
- Befriend photos
What’s a wedding blog without photos? If you want to really capture your visitors, then give them something to look forward to. Accompany your blog posts with exciting photos and videos. Make your blog colourful
- Be consistent
Strive to write two-three blogs a week. Most bloggers will blog consistently for the first few months, and then they will get bored with blogging. If you want to continue blogging, then prepare some nice content and you will have site visitors that will motivate you to write more and more.
- Know your readers
How can you please someone you don’t know? Check the comments left on your site to know the type of people who visit your blog. Know their geographical location, their gender, approximate age bracket and any other detail you may require to prepare tailor made content.
- Fake it until you Make it
Cheating really works? No. by faking it, I mean be overly confident. Put your best foot forward. Your website may be as small as a pea, but you must write as if you were talking to the world. Small blog-big content. That should be your motto.
- Engage others
Hey, remember you have not made it- psst, you are just faking it. Reply to comments and suggestion from your readers. Read other blogs and comment on them. Engage other blogs both on your site and on other sites. Join a blogging community and participate actively.
Best Free & Paid WordPress Themes for your wedding blog
A WordPress theme is the magic behind your whole wedding blog. It determines the appearance, the content and the services you can offer on your website. This in mind, it is prudent that you choose your theme wisely. Take your time to sift through the numerous available theme and settle for the one you feel represents your agenda wholly.
My Wedding is a simple theme for wedding bloggers who are keen to blog their own weddings or their friends’ wedding. It doesn’t come with the premium features that we would like to have in a money making blog but it surely comes with the basics of a wedding blog.
Weddings is an elegant, responsive WordPress theme designed for wedding websites. The theme includes multiple pages, homepage slider and gallery support.
June is a modern and photo-centric WordPress theme optimized to take advantages of the latest features in WordPresss such as galleries, custom widgets, custom post types and much more. June theme is designed and developed by FabThemes which is behind many successful WordPress plugins, themes and projects in general.
Ever after is a clean wedding blog style theme decorated with beautiful texture and design elements. This theme is designed and developed by Automattic, the compan behind WordPress itself. Ever After theme is optimized to showcase photos, videos and other content type. Additionally, this theme has RTL language support and is translation ready.
Wedding style is a responsive theme designed for the organization and maintenance of wedding websites and blogs. Customization possibilities, enchanting color scheme and detailed design elements make it a great option among responsive themes. Multi-part homepage, typography options and image slider allow showcasing the images, guest wishes and other relevant content.
Recommended WordPress Plugins for Wedding Blogs
A WordPress plugin is a simple line of code, more like web software, that adds special features to your WordPress powered blog site. I have compiled a list of WordPress plugins that will enhance user experience in your WordPress blog.
- RSVP Plugin – makes rsvp’ing easy as possible for guests
- Akismet – This plugin eliminates both captcha images and spam comments.
- Yoast Seo Plugin -This plugin provides all the tools you need to polish up your meta tags and title
- AddThis – share your content on all the major social media platforms
Great Wedding Blogs to Network With and Be Inspired By
Inspiration doesn’t come easy. I have compiled a list of five wedding blogs that you can go to check out anytime you feel your inspiration levels are getting low. By inspiration, I don’t mean copying. In any case, if you want to retain your visitors, then strive to be unique. Check out the following established blogs;
- A Practical Wedding – A Practical Wedding is your ultimate destination for tips and tricks if you want to run a wedding information blog while retaining your sanity. With over 2,000 archived posts, you will never run out of inspiration.
- At First Blush & Co – At First Blush & Co. is a simple blog that spells elegance and simplicity. It is the epitome of refined glamour and the perfect example of how a wedding theme should be.
- B.Loved Weddings – B.loved, is run by profound blogger, wedding designer & stylist Louise Beukes. Its stylish inspiration and creative details will be insightful, especially when you start struggling with content and visitors.
- Boho-Weddings – BohoWeddings gives advice to couples trying to do things differently on their wedding day. The site has an archive of well researched articles and I find it very unique as compared to other wedding blogs.
- Borrowed & Bleu – Borrowed & Bleu is a well-designed wedding blog and with amazing layouts and graphics. It will be helpful when you decide to change the theme of your blog.
As much as I want to keep giving you tips and ideas, I must give you time to go and add content to your newly created website. I just want to re-iterate what I have been saying, but don’t take all the advice too seriously and just have fun with blogging. It is supposed to be fun. You don’t need to be an award-winning writer or an expert web-designer. You just need to be yourself.
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