How to Make Your Facebook Wedding Page a Showstopper
Designing your Facebook Wedding Page so it is easy to use and a special place to share your wedding news is simple.
The Set Up
Your first step is setting up a unique Facebook Page for your wedding. Some of it should be familiar; it's similar to how you set up your personal Facebook profile.
Click on "Create a Page" located under the Facebook Sign Up form.
Click on "Artist, Band or Public Figure" and submit your page name. You can find our Wedding Page Example on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/wedding.page.example
Why Not a Facebook Group?
Facebook Groups are great for promoting interests and hobbies, but they do not have the same resources and customizable options offered with a Facebook Page.
Add the FBML Application. Facebook Markup Language uses many of the same rules as HTML, allowing you to upload your own content like pictures, maps and widgets to tabs and boxes on your Facebook Page. Type FBML into the Facebook search bar and select "Add to my Page."
Note: You will probably want to create more than one customized box or tab. For each piece of content you create after your first project in FBML, select "Edit" from the previous FBML project, then select "Add another FBML box" at the bottom right-hand corner of the page.
The Big Picture
Facebook allows profile pictures to be 200 pixels by 600 pixels (a vertical rectangle). Say goodbye to cropping. The bigger the better, right?
If your thumbnail picture highlights your less-than-elegant bride side, you can edit the profile picture by hovering over the profile image, clicking "Change Picture" and then clicking "Edit Thumbnail."
Some of the Facebook features you already know, love, and use all the time are also great tools to take your Facebook Wedding Page to the next level.
Picture and Video Galleries
If a picture is worth a thousand words, your Facebook Wedding Photos probably contain the equivalent of War and Peace twice over (with a happier ending of course). Create albums and galleries documenting each step of the wedding planning process, all the pre-wedding events, and the ceremony itself. Late additions from your honeymoon are the perfect "epilogue" to your Facebook Wedding story.
Upload images and video to your Facebook Wedding Page is the same as uploading images and video to your personal profile. While Facebook will allow you and other administrators to tag friends from a personal account, non-administrator fans are unable to upload pictures or videos to the photo gallery.
Note: You can also upload your pictures from your Flickr account using the Flickr application, but since Flickr is an external application, the image quality doesn't look as polished compared to the standard Facebook photo album.
Create Events with RSVP
Want to get that final head count? Let Facebook do it for you. Now, there are probably 1,000 wedding etiquette books that say you should by no means whatsoever rely on the internet to get an accurate ceremony guest list. And they have a point: some people don't have Facebook. But for the smaller events, like the bachelorette party, where you know everyone has access to Facebook, go ahead and do the inviting, planning and RSVP coordination on your Facebook Wedding Page.
How to Create an Event
Using the Facebook Edit Page menu (the first option under your profile picture), find the Event box and select "Edit." Similar to setting up an event with a personal profile, you will input an event title, location, date and time. Upload your event image and give a brief description.
You can choose to make the event public on your Facebook Wedding Page Wall, or make it a secret gathering for all your closest friends.
Hear ye, all web-savvy bride-to-be bloggers! Give your brilliant blog posts a wider audience by feeding your blog into your Wedding Facebook Page.
Note: Every blog update will automatically appear on your friends', fans', and likes' Facebook News Feed. A guaranteed increase in readership.
How to Import a Blog Feed
Go back to the Edit Page menu and click "Edit" in the Notes Box. Under the Note's Settings, click "Import a Blog" and copy and paste the blog URL into the web URL Box. After you click "Start Importing" you will see a preview page of your blog, where you need to click "Confirm Import" to finish the process. Now your imported blog will automatically update on the Wall of your Facebook Page.
Note: One of our favorite wedding bloggers, Bridezilla, is a great addition to this Facebook Wedding Page.
Think Inside the Box
Boxes are great. You can create boxes for anything. Signature drink? Publish the recipe. The finalized menu (including vegetarian option!) can be on display, along with links to your wedding registry websites.
All of your boxes will show up in the Boxes tab in the Facebook Wedding Page's top navigation bar, as well as to the left of your Wall if you choose to display it there as well.
Note: If you plan on creating a custom box for your Wall page, we recommend only using images 180 pixels wide and under. Any image wider than this will be cut off by the Facebook Wall.
We made a box for Invite Right: The Complete Guide to Wedding Stationary Wording and Etiquette located to the left of the wall.
How to Create a Box
Under the Facebook Edit Page menu, find the FBML Box and click "Edit." Next, add a title to your FBML Box and insert the code you developed for the content in the box.
A Tab for Each Occasion
Unlike a personal Facebook profile page, where the tabs are limited to Wall, Info, Photos, and some applications, your Facebook Wedding Page can have customized tabs. Create one tab for the bridesmaids and one for the groomsmen so they know exactly where to go to get the info on fitting dates and bachelor(ette) party details. Have a picture collage you made? With FBML, you can upload your custom project as a tab or a box and show it off to your friends.
How to Create Custom Tabs
Just like creating a box, you can create a new tab by selecting "Edit" inside the FBML Box from the Facebook Edit Page menu. You can change the location of the FBML content from a box to a tab using the Applications Setting button inside the FBML Box.
Remember: If you've already create a tab or a box, you will need to select "Edit" from your previous FBML project, then select "Add another FBML Box" at the bottom right-hand corner of the page.
Note: Keep your box and tab titles short and sweet. Facebook only allows 11 characters in tab titles before it cuts the rest of the title off. Facebook Pages also allow the option of creating a default landing tab for all of your friends who are new to your Facebook Wedding Page. Don't want them to land on the Wall on their first visit? Using the edit menu, click on "Wall Settings" and change the default landing tab to the tab of your choice.
Oh, the Poss-app-bilities
Discover the possibilities of a Facebook Wedding Page with Facebook Applications that allow you and your friends to interact with you page.
Want to set up your wedding registry on Facebook? Wishpot is a great application to create wedding registries (or other wish lists of thing you like to share with your friends) and find fantastic deals. Similar to uploading the FBML app, use the Facebook search bar to locate the Wishpot application and click "Add to Page."
To use the Wishpot app, add Wishpot to your Facebook Wedding Page, find the Wishpot box in your Edit menu and click "Edit." Wishpot will send you to a registration page where you will create a profile or link to your existing Wishpot account.
Wondering if your guests would prefer beef or chicken on the menu? Should you choose "At Last" by Etta James or "It's a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong for your first dance? Have your friends, family and wedding guests weigh in.
How to Create a Poll
You can create your own poll with the fully customizable Poll application: just search for Poll in the Facebook search bar. Choose your question, answers and even the vote button. You can elect to post the poll results on your wall, and even display the pictures your friends who participated.
Note: You can also make your poll a box by finding the Poll application inside the Facebook Edit Page menu and selecting "Application Settings."
Calendar Sharing App
Rule #1 of wedding planning: Don't rely on your guests to do things right. That means everything from RSVPing on time to writing down the correct date for bridesmaid dress fittings on a calendar. Keep one master schedule available to everyone with a calendar app, which pulls your personal calendar into your Facebook Wedding Page.
We're using the Google Calendar application, which pulls from a personal Google Calendar into the calendar tab of the Facebook Wedding Page.
How to Import Your Google Calendar
In the Google Calendar tab, select "Add a Calendar." You will need to copy and paste your Google Calendar code link into the Facebook application. To find your Google Calendar code, log into your Google account, click on the drop down arrow by your name and select "Calendar Settings."
Then copy and paste the embedded code into the Google Calendar Facebook Application.
If only there was a place on Facebook where you could find wedding vendors, view the latest wedding trends and chat it up with tech savvy brides like yourself. Oh wait… there is! The Wedding app has all the bases covered, allowing you to publish your latest wedding planning masterpiece to your Facebook Wedding Page or your personal profile.
How are you going to ask your friends for music advice if they've never heard the song before? With the Facebook Music Player app, you can create a whole playlist of your favorite tunes and play them whenever you want. Upload music from your mp3 collection and let the good times roll. We moved our song player to the Facebook Wall for everyone to see (it's in a box on the left-hand side).
Page Maps App
Direction Cards are so 1995. These days, if you can't plug in a starting point and destination and click "Go" it's probably a waste of time, energy, money and paper. Using Page Maps, you can add a mini map in a box that links to a larger map with Google Map directions.
Note: We actually had issues with Page Maps. If you want a map on your Facebook Wedding Page, you can create your own Facebook map tab with the following:
1. Take a screen shot from Google Maps of the location you want to highlight.
2. Crop and save the image to an image-hosting site (e.g. Flickr or Facebook.)
3. Using the image source code from your image-hosting site, create the HTML code for your image and link to the search query for your destination.
4. Add your HTML into a new FBML Box and label it.
Link your personal Twitter handle or a special wedding Twitter account to your Facebook Wedding Page by clicking on the top information bar. Start updating your wedding plans, 140 characters at a time.
A Facebook Wedding Page Sounds Too Good to be True!
It's not. But there are a couple of pitfalls.
- Facebook is a public space to host your wedding plans. Very public. As in anyone can see it, friend or foe. This includes, but is not limited to, the ex, the former best friend who is not invited, the members of your church, people in New Zealand. Think before you post!
- Wedding etiquette guides recommend avoiding total wedding preparations on the web for a reason. It can take away the special touch of a mailed invitation or card with pictures of the bride and groom, and not everyone has access to the internet.
Remember those gorgeous bridal shower invitations you fell in love with? Send them out and create an event on your Facebook Wedding page. The double-whammy ensures no one will forget to RSVP, and you get convenience coupled with sentimental value. It's a win-win situation. For invitation inspiration, check out the totally customizable selections of bridal shower invitations, wedding invitations and more at Storkie.
Facebook is always changing. If you have any questions or updates to add to this tutorial, please add them to the comments here. Feel free to visit the Wedding Example Page on Facebook for more tips and tricks on how to Facebook your wedding.