talked about her discovery of Wedding Mapper
yesterday, and I think it is so flippin BRILLIANT, I have to rave about it too.
The site is free, but you can choose to upgrade for $9.95 if you would like. (The picture is an example of a free map that a couple created.)
Here are some features:
- In addition to the key wedding locations, you can add restaurants, hotels, your favorite local attractions, and even hospitals to your wedding map. [Knowing my family, somebody will need to hit up the Urgent Care unit at some point during their stay! Um, yeah. Can you say accident prone?!]
- You can add photos and custom descriptions to make your wedding map more personalized. (LOVE THIS!)
- You can easily share your wedding map with guests and your wedding vendors to ensure no one gets lost on the big day. Just link the map to your wedding website and/or print a simplified version on your invitations. (The geniuses behind the site make it very easy to do both of these.)
- Guests and wedding vendors can print custom driving directions to and from any location on the wedding map. (My advice: Verify the directions are accurate. You can delete this option with each individual site if it is not...grr google maps for not always getting it right!)
- A search tool makes it easy for guests to find accommodations, stores, etc. that may not be included on the wedding map.
- A list view of the wedding map gives guests an overview of where they need to be and when they need to be there, and they can quickly scan different categories of things you outlined on the map, like hotels, restaurants, etc.
I think this is such a great way to truly make your out-of-town guests feel welcome. I chose to list each hotel's pricing information and a little overview of their amenities (along with pictures) so our guests can quickly figure out where they want to book. And I gave our map personality by showcasing things like my favorite place to grab an ice cream cone, an AWESOME tiki bar that's literally in the middle of nowhere, where to find the best Friday Night Fish Fry (a local tradition), and by directing our friends and family to touristy things that make the area unique. It was a lot of fun putting this together, and made me appreciate my roots!
Go check this out. NOW!