I’m a bit of techie so naturally I love the idea of wedding websites! They’re a great way to provide your guests with all of the key information they need right at their fingertips! It’s also a great tool for you as the bride since it saves you from having to answer the same questions over and over when you can just refer guests to look at your wedding website for all of the details they need!
Design & Layout
There are lots of different options when it comes to what company/designer to use to create your website, but one place I suggest to start is www.weddingwire.ca. Your website is all about making life easier for you as well as your guests. This means your website needs to be more than just pretty….it needs to be functional as well! So make sure your wedding website is easy to navigate and easy to find key information. Bonus points it it’s mobile-friendly too!
What to Include
So now you have a design and template, what kind of info do you put on your site? Well let’s start with the basics. Make sure your venue name and address are clearly listed for your guests to find. Other important info is the date and time of your wedding, directions to your venue, and parking details. If you have out-of-town guests coming be sure to have a spot where they can find details about overnight accommodations such as hotel room blocks you may have reserved or even just nearby hotels.
Registery details with direct links to the stores/websites you’ve registered at are good to have as well. A contact page or form is great for those who have questions to easily get a hold of you. This leads to also having a FAQ page for those questions you repeatedly get asked…saves answering them multiple times. You can also consider adding a RSVP section on your website so that your guests can send their RSVP online. Make life easier for you and your guests!
Another piece you can include is the dress code for your wedding. Now this doesn’t mean you dictate what your guests wear but you can say things like dressy casual or formal to help them to decide. You can also give useful tips for dressing for your wedding venue or the weather. For example you can tell your guests that the ceremony is outdoors so they should maybe consider wearing wedges or other shoes for grass instead of traditional heels.
Your wedding website is something your guests can constantly check in to see the latest updates, so be sure to keep it up to date with the most recent information. Also remember that your wedding website should be a reflection of you and your fiancé so keep it personal. Feel free to share photos of the two of you (maybe from your engagement session) or even a gallery of images from various points in your relationship. Another fun thing to do is to share some background info about your and your fiancé. If you have a large extended family where everyone may not know everything about you and your fiancé, this is a great way to get everyone on the same page. If everyone invited to your wedding knows both of you well you can skip this though. Also a great way to skip awkward introductions of your bridal party is to list who’s in your bridal party, how you know each other, and maybe even photos of everyone too.
There’s no right or wrong way to have a wedding website, just ask yourself, “What would I want to know if I was going to a wedding?” and put that information somewhere on your website! It’s that simple!