Nowadays, almost every engaged couple has a wedding website and for good reason. It’s the easiest way to share info with your guests that’s too long or too complicated to add to your invitations.
Sounds easy enough? Well, once you sit down to actually create your wedding website, you might find yourself staring at a blank screen and a blinking cursor. What info needs to be on the site? What should we skip? You may find yourself unsure of which details to include but no worries friend. I’ve got your covered. Check out the easy ways to help you design and best wedding website.
Date, Time, Place
To start off you need to let the guests know where and when to show up. Seems obvious but this is for those people who really didn’t pay attention to the venue name and need to look it up on their phone on the day of the wedding. Hey! Don’t judge. Even yours truly sometimes can’t always keep track of which wedding is where.
Out-of-town guests will be worried about things like parking and how long it will take them to drive from the ceremony to the reception, so make sure the details are there and easy for guests coming from out of town are able to easily understand. Having this on your website is a must.
Where to stay and what else to do in town
If you’re booking a hotel block for your guests, put the relevant info (including important dates and deadlines) on your website. You should also mention the major airport nearest to the hotels, and transportation services you recommend. And guests always appreciate a list of the best restaurants, shopping, parks, and other things to do during their trip.
Have a space for your guests to leave their RSVP replies. This is one of the easiest ways to keep guests organized and makes it easier for your guests to RSVP. Especially for those who go into slacker mode and never mail the RSVP card back.
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What’s Going On
People don’t need a detailed itinerary but they do need to know what to expect. Is your wedding a formal affair? Will there be an open bar? Or fancy champagne reception? Don’t be the person who doesn’t tell their guests what’s going on and let them leave their cash at home when you don’t have an open bar. Show them some love and let them in on anything that’s going down for your day that isn’t a surprise.
According to most wedding etiquette experts, the website is the only place where it’s appropriate to share your registry. (So leave it off your invitations!) All you need to include is the names or logos of the stores where you registered; your guests can figure it out from there.
A Few Photos
If you had engagement photos taken, this is a great place to display them but word a word of caution-don’t go overboard. No one but you and your mom want to scroll through a gallery of 500 photos. Choose your favorite photos and then move on.
Your love story
Most of us love a good love story and to get to know the bride and groom more before their big day so don’t be shy and add how you met and how you got engaged. Your guests will love it!
Photo Credit: Nicole Lapierre Photography
Your bridal party
Even if your guests know you well, it’s possible they don’t know anything about your bridal party. And because they are likely to interact with some of these people separately (like when they receive a wedding shower invite from your maid of honor), it’s nice to provide your friends’ names, photos, and a line or two about how you know each other on the website.
All that other stuff
- Include anything that you haven’t implied like if it’s kid friendly or adults only.
- Info about wedding apps you’re using is a great idea.
- Hashtag information for social media tags
In the end, remember what your wedding website is there as a way to make life easier for your guests. Focus on their needs. Choose a template that is easy to navigate and that has all of the necessary details. Happy designing!
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