Our wedding is coming up soon, real soon and I’ve been hit by the procrastination bug!!! In any case, we’ve given our family and friends a heads up via informal calls (opposed to the traditional “save the date” postcards) as we’ve only recently settled on an actual date and finalized the deposit on the site.
The question I am posing to the wonderful and supportive folks of PriceScope is: can someone recommend a free/affordable custom website that is Harry Potter and Star Wars-themed and incorporates animations/video clips, wedding details, a registry (or link), and rsvp collection? None of the wedding websites via a preliminary google search (Weddingwire, Zola, or Wix) offer options for geeky affairs. We’d also be willing to hire a website designer as a reasonable and affordable alternative to using a pre-built site. If what I’m about to present is beyond sanely possible, I may take a stab at it myself (limited programming background but quick learner).
Design and animation elements I’m envisioning to incorporating:
Main homepage would provide date and time, location of wedding venue, and binary attendance question. Split screen allows guest to select if they are with bride (Harry Potter themed) or groom (Star Wars) themed. If select bride, a wand flashes a blue light across the screen. New screen asks guest if they wish to travel by train to Hogwarts to complete their RSVP registration, by broom to Hogsmeade, by floo powder to Diagon Alley, by portkey to the Quidditch World Cup, flying car to The Burrow, or if they wish to apparate back to the homepage. If by train, an owl drops a Hogwarts express ticket onto the screen. The guest would complete the rsvp via additional questions on the ticket (names of partners and children as well as childrens’ ages - for age appropriate themed activities). Upon completion, appear to run through brick wall at platform 9 3/4, followed by Hogwarts Express at Kings Cross Station. train departs station followed by short clip of train on bridge and finally clip of Hogwarts school. Then an abridged version of the Mauraders Map appears with Astronomy tower hyperlink to local weather, Great Hall hyperlink is to dinner reception page. Forbidden Forest will include clip of Harry’s Loved ones before he confronts Lord Voldemort. Headmaster’s Office links back to home page (via apparation).
A trip to Hogsmeade would include short clip, followed by a map with a couple of hyperlinks. The three broomsticks would link to directions, the Hogs Head to permitted alcoholic beverages, Owl Post for sending well wishes (written with a quill), and Hogsmeade station return trip to intro page
A trip to Diagon Alley will include following links: Gringotts to registry, Leaky Cauldron links to lodging accommodations, Madame Malkins to recommended attire.
A trip to the Quidditch World Cup will feature venue amenities as well as activities for extended stays since a destination wedding.
A trip to the Burrow will feature clip of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s wedding. Then car will fly back to homepage.
If a guest cannot attend, can still visit all links, but trip to Hogwarts will include grateful message instead of RSVP.
Now onto the Star Wars theme:
If guest is on the groom’s side and plans to attend, lightsaber will strike across the screen and new page will ask if they wish to travel to Mos Eisley on Tatooine via speeder, Dagobah via X-Wing, Forest Moon of Endor via speeder bike, AT-AT to Hoth, Naboo via Darth Vader’s Tie Interceptor, Cloud City of Bespin via the Millennium Falcon, and Jabba the Hutt’s palace via Jabba’s Sail Barge.
The Mos Eisley Cantina will have clips of Luke, Obi Wan, C3PO, and R2D2 entering on the speeder, Luke ordering at the bar. This page will provide details on permitted alcoholic beverages at the venue. To return to the Star Wars home page, clip of millennium falcon departing Mos Eisley.
Dagobah will have clips of Luke telling C3PO to set course to Dagobah and Yoda telling Luke “Do or Do Not, there is no try”. This page will include the Star Wars RSVPs (one for RebelAlliance/Jedi and one for Empire/Sith). To return to the Star Wars homepage, clip of Yoda raising the sunken x-wing.
The Forest Moon of Endor page will have clips of Its a trap, followed by the Death Star exploding, the Ewoks celebrating and finally Han and Leia kissing. This page will provide info on lodging accommodations. To return to the Star Wars home page, hop on a speeder bike (clip of Ewok on a speeder).
The Cloud City of Bespin will include clips of entering the Cloud City. This page will include directions to the venue. The Carbon freezing scene where Leia and Han finally profess their love for one another. To return to the home page, clip of Boba Fett escaping Bespin (we know where he’s taking my beloved Han Solo).
A trip to Hoth will include clip of of dialogue between Han and Leia in tunnel. This page will include link to warm wishes to melt the ice in the cold planet. All comments will be collected and select well-wishes will be displayed at the wedding. To return to home page clip of Han riding Tauntaun.
A trip on the Sail Barge will include clips of Luke to gifting the droids to Jabba and Leia unfreezing Han. Since you g kids may be viewing, we’re keeping it kosher here. No sexy Leia scenes, though I love the outfit, sorry. This page will link to the gift registry (no droids, or maybe).
A trip to Naboo will include a clip of Anakin’s and Padme’s wedding scene and the clip of Endor celebration with Luke looking at ghosts of Anakin, Obi Wan, and Yoda with Leia and Han in background. This page will be in memory of my fiance’s parents and his best man, who are no longer with us, but will always be in our hearts (similar commemoration will be included in the Forbidden Forest page of Harry Potter)
I think this pretty much sums it up. Think will give my creative juices a short respite. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!