IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN IN the age of digital networking. If men and women can meet and become romantically involved via the Internet, why not give them a place where they can plan that happy wedding day?
The Wedding Channel (www.weddingchannel.com) will offer couples a place where they can get information and tips as well as do their shopping for the big event. Engaged couples will be able to get advice from Beverly Clark, a wedding consultant and author of A Wedding to Remember, and chat with other couples about wedding-day jitters or the hassles of selecting caterers and wedding music. Through a partnership with CitySearch, the site also helps brides and grooms locate local merchants--caterers, reception halls, jewelry stores, and bridal shops. The couples can even plan for their honeymoon, booking travel arrangements through a link with World View, an online travel agency.
The site, expected to go live on July 16, was developed by Tim Gray, who knows firsthand the difficulty in planning for a wedding: He got married last year. Gray plans to keep the site free to marriage-minded Web surfers by relying on ads and sponsors.