Meredith and Derek, on the Web

The Associated PressApril 28, 2009 

— Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd should consider a really big wedding cake. A Web site with details about their nuptials and an invitation to RSVP for the event drew about 1,400 replies in the first 24 hours.

Not bad for a fictional couple.

The on-again, off-again "Grey's Anatomy" duo known as "Mer-Der" are on for a May 14 wedding, and series creator Shonda Rhimes enlisted the TV show's staff and ABC's marketing department to make the most of the occasion.

The Web site, mirroring those set up by real-life couples, celebrates the pair played by Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey. Pal Izzie Stevens (co-star Katherine Heigl) is credited with creating and maintaining it.

The idea popped into Rhimes' head when scenes were being filmed of Izzie shooting photos of Meredith in her wedding dress.

"I said, 'It should feel like a real wedding Web site,'" said Rhimes.

The faux couple's site, built within theknot.com, includes categories labeled "The Couple" and "The Dresses," with photos and Izzie's comments.

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