McAdory wound up with the ownership rights to dotWED almost by chance. A government IT consultant for more than a decade, she stumbled upon an article in the Washington Post announcing the sale of 1,000 new top level domains (TLDs). Seeing this a great business opportunity, McAdory cashed in a large portion of her savings, formed a company (Atgron Inc.) and purchased the rights to dotWED.
Her timing is great. A third of proposals each year occur between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and another six million are predicted to occur on Valentine’s Day, reports Mashable.
McAdory plans to take dotWED global. “The Mississippi native who has lived in Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Beijing, has an international outlook on the reach of dotWED and refuses to settle for only domestic,” says the press release.
Besides the services of dotWED there are other online sites that can also help make your wedding unique. A few examples — courtesy of Mashable — are Wedding Window, which offers custom URLs and online RSVPs; Glo Site, which costs $19.99 per month or $75 per year to use services that include digital and paper wedding invitations and organizational tools for wedding-related activities; and, the old standby, WordPress, which is free but costs money for a domain name and hosting service. Beware, however. “Wordpress is probably the service that can be customized the most, but it’s also the most difficult to use,” Mashable points out. You need to be familiar with web coding and because it’s open source, features are at times unreliable.