You got something good going. I say you’re 80% there.
On the home page, there’s lots of nice spacing between primary elements toward the top, but as you scroll down the items are more clumped together.
I also see many variants of font styles. Uppercase headers, then camel case headers. Odd sub-headers (latest projects).
I found the text for the 4-column “featured” section (with the big yellow circles) hard to read.
But you’re really close. I can feel it. You have something good going.
Maybe it was also rejected because they appear to be more strict in accepting HTML templates… just a suspicion, but I’ve always wondered
Good luck, revise the typography and I think you’ll get approved no time.
I suggest for the footer, make the footer container with the background color (#313131) span 100%. I think the footer looks ‘weird’ because it’s center, isolated… when you span that black background 100% it looks better and less condensed.
I would say this theme does have a lot of quality shown in the released themes on TF.
Other than that, remove the 10px left and right margin for your header navigation bar. I think that makes it appear too “boxed in”.
I can tell you’ve put a lot of solid work into this theme. I’m pretty sure you’re close to acceptance. Good luck!
Background texture: make more subtle.
Music: Only have music in your themes when it’s for a musician showing off his/her work. If you must have music, do not have it on by default.
Menues: Remove the roundedness. Remove the italic text.
Images: Remove those borders! They are too clunky and beveled.
Text: Why is everything italicized? Use italics for emphasis only.
Your “About” page needs lots of work. While changing the font will help a lot, your sidebar list needs work to. The list items are links but they do not direct anywhere. Either make them inactive or make use of the links.
I am going to try to be polite when I say this … but I don’t believe this is considered a ‘soft reject’ style design. There is a lot of work that needs done. Your functionality is great how you display various albums and galleries. However your presentation needs some work.
Other than the Header title (Couple Names) remove the curly font entirely.
Make paragraph spacing more consistent. (ie, remove the indent for new paragraph)
Too many different fonts. Stick with 2 at most.
The white text shadow is too distracting, thus reducing readability.
Under ‘Blog’, I am seeing the lists, and they are terrible. Remove the italics. Remove the underline. Give it a margin-left of 50px so that it stands out as a list. I’m iffy about the bullet image, but it’s not necessarily bad.
Get rid of the top and bottom border on links.
Why are your “This is a H# tag” all the same!?
Blog posts have no dates? Nor author name?
You can’t click on individual blog pages!? What if the guests want to comment on the couple’s posts?
To be honest, everything that could make this a wedding thing isn’t happening. I don’t mean to be harsh, but I feel you need to hear this straightforward critique to advance your art. You chose a wedding theme style because there are fewer out there and you’d think they’d sell… but there’s nothing that makes this theme stand out as a wedding theme! What about photo gallery? What about wedding location information?
Please look at other wedding themes and see what they accomplish…
I wish you the best of luck
I don’t necessarily agree that it looks too Bootstrap … while there are common elements, this theme has a distinct style.
Navigation: The menus are way too orange. Change that orange background color.
Content: When you scroll half-way down you get to the span3 colums. Those need better spacings. They look squished together. The “Learn More” buttons are too large and distracting. Mute that color a little bit.
Footer: Tag cloud looks out of place. Make the tags smaller, make them uniform and clean. Pages list – get rid of that bullet list. Style that a bit more to match the rest of your site. Email subscription. The input field is way too small, and you need to style it to make it similar to the rest of the page.
Pages: You focused so much styling on the home page. You seemed to neglect the sub-pages. Margins and spacings are all over the place. Very messy.
Your overall theme structure is very well done.
Your Recent Posts section and Featured Posts section seems redundant. They are also very hard to read, which leads me to my next point:
My eye has NO focal point when I go to your website. There are lots of graphics… and the text is small, and with all the visual stimulation, hard to focus on or read.
Experiment with reducing the amount of images on your home page and increasing the Font Size of significant elements.
The Featured Posts section seems out of place. In addition, users WILL NOT hover over images to read the text. This is a huge blunder in my opinion. Even when they do hover, there is no clickable element other than the “Quick View” button. I love the Quick View concept, but how it’s incorporated right now is not working.
Ask yourself this: Why would people want to go to a website like this? What would be their primary purpose? You need to answer this question and make THAT piece of information your primary purpose. You have a lot of flashy elements and very little focus. Remember, people don’t go to websites to admire their beauty (Unless of course it’s a Web Design Review blog!), so place that information up top. My last advice—Have only ONE featured post on the front page. Make the picture prominent, and show its title up front. Get rid of the Featured Posts image bar and replace it with a featured posts block. Make it light to match the rest of the page.
This is my advice… it’s only my opinion, and others may have different ones, so experiment around, resubmit, and I wish you the best of luck. You have something great going, so don’t give up!
EDIT : I just realized the top navigation bar has no visual hierarchy. I can’t tell which sections are important… it seems like a pile of links. Mess with that, too Might need a simple re-structuring of links to direct visual flow to the important sections. Think of your users