By Rebecca Padgett
It’s convenient to live in a day and age when the wedding website is a popular and effective tool to communicate with your guests.
Have a question? Go to the wedding website.
Want to know what to get the couple? Website.
Forgot the name of the venue? Website, of course.
Need to tag your photos with the couple’s hashtag?
You guessed it, a wedding website. If utilized properly, the wedding website is a wealth of knowledge that will eliminate constant questions from guests, provide a central source for all things wedding related and is an enjoyable way to document your love story.
We’ve compiled the musts to be included on your own site.
Popular and free wedding website options are The Knot, Minted, Joy and Zola. Other website builders that might include a fee are Appy Couple, Riley & Grey, WeddingWood and Wedding Window. The previously mentioned are all wedding-centric sites, but if you truly want to create your own wedding website, Squarespace, WordPress and Wix are popular platforms. Pro tip: Design your site with your wedding theme in mind. That way guests can already get a feel for your wedding style — whether it’s rustic chic or city glam.
Back to the Basics
It’s important on the main page to list the 4 W’s — who, what, when and where. While hopefully, the guests know your names, it’s important to list you and your future spouse’s full names. The what is whether it will be a ceremony, reception or both. Include the date and the time — as well as the date you expect RSVPs. Most importantly, you will need to include the location of the ceremony and the reception.
Location, Location, Location
Speaking of location, this is a subject that likely should be most expanded upon on your website. It is important to include the address of both the ceremony and reception if they differ. Provide detailed directions from the airport or major highways along with a link to Google Map directions. For traveling guests, location details are especially important. If you have a hotel block, include the hotel information. If not, provide plenty of hotel or Airbnb options within the area. For those not bringing their own cars, provide transportation options, including the times that shuttles or other transportation options will be arriving. For guests arriving early or staying after, it’s nice to include a list of dining and other activities nearby.
First, it is important that the website only includes the times of events that are open to all. For example, the rehearsal dinner is not something you should include. The ceremony, reception, after party and next-day brunch are options that could be included on the website. This will let guests know where to be and when.
Details, Details, Details
This is where you include the particularities that are not included on the invitation. These details may seem small but are actually very important to the atmosphere of your wedding. What you should include in the details section is the dress code, if the wedding will be child-free, if the ceremony will be unplugged, if there’s a wedding hashtag, if it’s a cash bar, food options and more.
This is the fun part. There should be a section where you share how you met, how the proposal went down and other moments that are important to your love story. In this section, you should also include bios and fun facts about your wedding party. Include photos of each so they are easily identifiable and all the more personable. Even cuter, share a gallery of photos — including all stages of your relationship leading up to your engagement photos.
Include links to all of the stores and businesses where you’re registered. For the tech-savvy guests, this is preferred as it will directly link them to your registry list, showing what has been bought and what’s still available.
If you prefer or as a way to save paper, guests can opt to RSVP online.