These days, many couples create a wedding website to let their friends and family know all of the details about their upcoming event. You can let everyone know how you met, when and where the wedding is, and where they may want to stay if they travel from out of time. This is one of the few places it’s considered okay to mention where you’re registered, so creating a wedding website may help fend off at least some questions and give you more time for planning your big day. You can even allow people to RSVP on the website.
Wait Until You Set the Basic Wedding Details
Don’t launch your wedding website until you’ve determined the basics of the wedding, such as the date, time, venue, the wedding theme. You don’t want people visiting and finding that all the information still needs “to be announced.”
Get An Easy-To-Remember URL
If you can, get an URL that’s easy to remember, such as one that includes both of your names. Depending on the website you use to create your wedding website, this may require registering for a special domain name.
Don’t Let the Website Replace Paper Invitations
Some people still aren’t comfortable with using the internet and RSVPing online. Most people also consider it inappropriate and bad etiquette to send out online only invitations to such an important and formal event. Give guests the option to RSVP in other ways.
Stick To Your Theme
When designing a wedding website, it’s important to stick with the wedding theme you’ve decided on. Using the wedding colors and wedding theme will help set the tone for your upcoming event and let people know what to expect.
Include a Photo
Make sure to include at least one photo of the two of you. An engagement photo is perfect, but any photo you like that shows the two of you as a couple is fine.
Keep It Simple
You don’t have to go overboard and spend a lot of time on the wedding website. You can keep it simple. Choose one of the templetes that is most suitable and just make sure to include all of the pertinent information.
Include All Helpful Wedding Information
Think about everything you need to know if you’re attending a wedding, and include that information on your wedding website. Have a page with information on you as a couple, but also include a page with registry information, a page with a wedding timeline including all the events that everyone is invited to along with details like the dress code and whether to expect a cash bar. It’s helpful to give people information on the local area, such as fun things to do and restaurants and hotels located nearby. Directions, RSVP information, and information on whether the wedding is unplugged or has a hastag are also important to include.
Avoid Mentioning Exclusive Events
If you’re having some wedding-related events that all guests aren’t invited to, these shouldn’t be included on the wedding website. Issue separate invitations to those invited to avoid making others feel left out or confused.
Avoid all but the most common invitations. Some abbreviations may seem obvious to you but not to your guests. Think about whether the abbreviation is only used locally or on wedding planning websites.
Make sure all information mentioned on the invitations is also mentioned on the wedding website. This way if a guest loses their invitation, they can still find the pertinent info easily.
Password Protect Your Wedding Website
Your website will include a lot of information that’s personal. You don’t want just anyone to have access to it. Make the password something easy to remember for guests and include it when you give people the wedding website. If you don’t want to include a password, at least create a special wedding email address or have a “contact us” link rather than giving out your personal contact information.
Consider Showing Some Love For Your Wedding Party
It’s nice to show your appreciation for your wedding party by including a page on your wedding website that highlights these special people. At the very least, list them by name. Even better, give an idea of why they were chosen and post a photo (as long as the person is okay with this.)