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Have you ever thought about starting a wedding blog? Blogging can be a great way to journal everything you’re doing for your wedding, give advice to others and look back at the planning stages later in life. You can also showcase any new skills you’ve learnt or it could even be the basis for a wedding based business. This post is going to take a look at how to start a wedding blog and the various costs and other things involved.
There are so many great reasons to start a wedding blog, especially if you’re passionate about weddings and love everything about them. You don’t even need to be engaged or planning a wedding.
I actually started this blog two years after I got married. I was really enjoying writing about the ways we saved money on our wedding over on my personal finance blog and I had lots of things I wanted to write about that weren’t a good fit there.
So I decided to start a wedding blog of my own.
Reasons To Start A Wedding Blog
There are lots of great reasons to start a wedding blog. It’s worth noting a dedicated wedding blog is different to a wedding website which details the time, date, place and other details for your wedding day.
- As part of an already established wedding business.
- To share wedding craft projects with the world (also these do VERY well on Pinterest!)
- To look back on in the future.
- As a side hustle to help pay for your wedding.
- To showcase new skills you may have learned while wedding planning such as dressmaking or flower arranging.
- To show off your writing skills.
- Just for fun!
- So family and friends can see you planing progress and feel included in the run-up to your big day.
Choosing A Wedding Blog Name
When it comes to choosing a name for your wedding there are lots of things to think about. While using your married name might be tempting it could cause limitations if you ever wanted to sell your blog at a later date. You also need to be careful not to use a name someone else is already using for there blog, business or socials.
Name Checkr is a great place to check whether the name you’d like to use is already taken. Bear in mind twitter only allow 15 characters in a name so it might show as unavailable there due to that rather than someone already using it.
I also strongly recommend checking the name isn’t trademarked in your country as this could cause major headaches.
Blog names shouldn’t be too long and should be easy to remember and spell. Try saying the name out loud a few times. If you would have to spell it out to someone over the phone because of spellings or numbers or hyphens then it might be worth trying something else.
You may find there is a website already using the .com of the name you want but other endings such as .uk or .pink are available. If the .com or .co.uk is already in use (and you can’t buy both) then I would advise against using it. It can be very difficult to rank against a name that is already being used and is well established.
Wedding Blog Name Ideas
I had a quick brainstorm and here a few wedding blog name ideas I came up with. I checked them on NameCheckr.com but you’d need to do your own due diligence and further checks if you decided to use one of them.
And of course, this was at the time of writing so some of them may have been snapped by the time you read this! Hopefully, they will still give you some ideas to get started with at least.
While all of these are very wedding focused, you may want to choose a name that would allow you to write about other things too. Picking a name is definitely a tricky part of starting a wedding blog, but it is worth taking your time over.
Free Wedding Blog Vs Self Hosted Wedding Blog
There are lots of different ways you can your start your wedding blog. Some are platforms are free to use and others there will be fees for hosting your blog and it’s content.
Paying for your blog is a good way to go if you’re sure it’s going to be a long term project and if you would eventually like to monetize it in some way. You’ll also full control over everything such as the design and layout.
There are loads of different places you can host your wedding blog, however, for the sake of keeping things simple, I am going to look at the most popular which offers both free and paid website hosting: WordPress.
WordPress.com Vs WordPress.org
With a WordPress.com blog, you won’t need to pay anything for your blog or it’s hosting. However, you will be limited in the design, customization, use of plugins and options for monetization. You can choose to switch over to self-hosted in the future if you wish to although I recommend NOT doing this through WordPress.
Your blog name will look something like this.
With a WordPress.org. blog you are free to customize, redesign and monetise your blog as much as you like.
You will need to purchase hosting (more on that in a moment) and a domain name. Your blog name will look something like this.
For a more detailed look a the difference between these two options this is an excellent article.
Blog Hosting & Buying Domain Names
When it comes to hosting your blog there are lots of options. The cheapest are often places you may well have heard of such as GoDaddy.com or Siteground.com. While they are cheap, to begin with, be warned, prices often shoot up after the first year. You may then decide to switch to another cheap host who will then do the same thing once the first year is up.
My recommendation for blog hosting is LyricalHost.com. I currently host six blogs with them and their level of customer service is outstanding. It’s a fully managed service which means they help with anything you need, including getting set up to begin with (which is perfect if you’re not very techy!) and ongoing support with any issues you may have.
Also, they don’t put their prices up. Hosting starts from £10 a month which I know does sound like a lot as a new blogger. But it’s also worth thinking about it as a hobby and weighing it up against how much you spend on other hobbies and things you enjoy doing.
You can get a discount with the code InLove10 which gives 10% off your first month or year depending on how you pay. Lyrical Host also allows monthly payments which many of the big hosts do not.
A few other reasons I love Lyrical Host:
- I’m supporting a small business designed specifically for bloggers.
- They support charities using their profits.
- They use small creatives for design and other work they need, usually chosen from their customer base.
- They plant trees on your behalf annually to offset the carbon footprint of your website.
- Excellent resource library full of advice and custom made templates you can use.
- Send free stock photographs to all customers every month.
- Free SSL, Malware scanning, Backups and Theme Installation.
- Excellent Facebook Community.
Getting Your Blog Set-Up
The steps here will vary slightly depending on which host you have decided to go with. If you’ve chosen to go with a free blog then it’s as simple as creating an account and gettting stuck in. For self hosted there are a few extra things you’ll need to do.
If you’ve decided to go with Lyrical Host here are the steps:
- Set up an account on the Lyrical Host website.
- Purchase your domain name. I advise purchasing both the .com and .co.uk versions if you can. For most domain names, this should cost around £20 for both.
- Choose your hosting package. The Tiny plan is £9.99 a moth.
- Raise a ticket and ask Lyrical to do the rest. They will set up wordpress for you and your theme and talk you through anything else you might need help with.
- Get creating. Now is the time to start writing, blogging and and customzing your brand new wedding blog.
If you’ve chosen GoDaddy here are the steps.
- Set up an account with GoDaddy.
- Purchase your domain and hosting.
- Connect the two to wordpress. The GoDaddy website should have a tutorial for this but if you get stuck contact them via live chat.
- Alternatively you could Google what you need to do. When setting up my first ever blog I used a YouTube video and followed along with the steps onscreen.
- You’re good to go! Start wedding blogging and Enjoy!
Esentially whever you choose to host your wedding blog, there should be an online tutorial to help you get started and support should be provided if you get stuck at any point.
I always find when I start a new blog it feels a little bit blank to begin with. It soon looks better once it’s filled up with posts. You can also start playing around with how the blog looks by adding a logo, menus and links to other posts on your blog.
However, the first thing I would say is just to write some posts. This should help you get a good feel for how wordpress works. It can seem like every little thing takes ages to begin with but things will get quicker the more you do them.
This might also be a good time to make social accounts for your blogs (if this is something you want to do). If you don’t have your own images you’ll need to use royalty free stock images from somewhere like Unsplash – you can just take images from Google.
Wedding Blogging Resources
I thought it might be helpful to add a few of things I use for blogging and what I use them for.
Buffer – Free social media sheduelling.
Canva – For creating graphics, images for social media and for stock images. Paid and Free versions available, free should be more than enough if you’re just getting started.
Lyrical Host Stock Photo Bundle – This is an amazing and cheap stock image bundle.
Pexels – Free stock images.
Tailwind – Paid Pinterest Schedueling.
I hope all of this information helps you get started with creating a wedding blog. I am always happy to chat or help with all thing bloggings so feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.