Apparently no one can do anything these day without a website. And that includes getting married.
Your humble blogger is no exception.
Around the beginning of the year, The Partner created an account at http://www.theknot.com (as in ‘tying the’), one of those wedding planning websites, and it has been quite handy in the planning of our October nuptials.
First of all, knot.com allows us to create our own wedding website for our family and friends (and the invitees) to view photos of the happy couple, get directions to the wedding, see where we are registered etc. I’ve been told that The Knot is a magazine as well (and the wedding site is an offshoot of that), but since my own magazinial tastes run more toward the TLS, Atlantic, The New Yorker and Harpers, I really wouldn’t know.
The knot dot com also allows The Partner and I to perform practical wedding planning: the guest list, hold the date emails, to do lists, notes, bulletin board where we can commiserate with others, and of course the know dot com has a wedding budget calculator.
Ah yes, the budget!
It’s a shame the knot dot com cannot actually keep one (or their Partner) to the budget (but more about our incredible ever-expanding wedding budget in a later blog).
The guest list includes addresses and emails for each invitee. Each time one of our RSVP cards is returned, I update the guest list on knot dot com to keep track of who accepted who hasn’t. That’s much better than the back of an old envelope (white I had been using to keep track of guests).
One of the most useful sections is the “Checklist”, this warns us of things that must be done that week/month. It also lets us know where things are overdue (with a red ominous looking graphic clock).
Right now we are behind on a few thing:
- Finalize menu and service details with caterer.
- Book hotel room for your wedding night.
- Grooms: If you are renting a tux, visit the formal wear shop to get measured.
- Pick out or design a ketubah or other marriage contract required by your religion.
You know, I never noticed what a nag this website could be before. And I have no clue what a ketubah is, but there is a little red clock beside it so I had better find out.
The knot dot com is also gay friendly (I certainly wouldn’t be using if they weren’t)… there are a number of gay and lesbian couples with websites in there. The Gay Groom has looked over their websites too… as I am always on the lookout for unique wedding ideas that I can appropriate (steal and pretend are my own) from the more creative gays among us.
65 days to go.
Jeffrey, The Gay Groom