Wedding websites include many little details that can get lost in the shuffle while planning your big day. On most websites, you can usually find everything from hotel information for out of town guests, to proper attire, and even engagement stories.
Below are some suggestions for designing the ideal wedding website.
The first important feature you will decide on will be the URL for your wedding website. This is not the time to be original. Do not choose something long or quirky, rather, pick something simple like yours and your fiancé’s names with the word “and” sitting between, or the word “wedding” directly after. A short, simple URL will make it easy for your guests to remember.
Include as much info about the venue(s) for the ceremony and reception as possible. The majority of your guests, especially those coming in from out of town, will need directions. An interactive Google map embedded into the webpage is always helpful. Don’t forget the phone number(s) for the venue(s), exact address(s), ceremony and reception start times, and any additional information that may be helpful or important.
Provide hotel information for friends and family coming in from out of town. Comprise a list of various hotels/lodging options in the area and any discounts that will cut costs. Include phone numbers, addresses, and links to the hotel websites.
Do not forget to include your registry information. Many guests will appreciate the easy navigation supplied by a direct link to your registry, and if you like, you can add separate links to specific items you’ve had your eye on that aren’t available where you’re registered.
Add your social media guidelines to your wedding website, as well, presuming you have them. Many couples don’t mind guests taking lots of pictures during the ceremony, but sometimes too many can distract from the moment. Let your guests know your take on this. You should also feel free to include a hashtag guests can use when posting pictures and congratulations online. Creating a personal Facebook page, or online photo album, is another way for everyone to share memories and keep the fun going long after the “I dos.”
The proposal story is something everyone is going to want to hear, so putting the details on your wedding website is a great way to tell your loved ones just how and when you and your fiancé decided to tie the knot.
Include photo albums. You can upload photos that were taken of you and your fiancé long before the wedding date was set, depicting the story of your relationship. You can also add your engagement, wedding, and honeymoon pictures later on.
Finally, one very important feature you should include is an RSVP form. Allowing guests to RSVP directly from the website will make the process go much smoother than simply relying on paper invitations. Of course you want to send those out, too, but with an online submission form you will likely receive everyone’s RSVPs a lot quicker.
The Beauty of Technology
The beauty of a wedding website is being able to showcase your excitement before the big day, as well as provide guests with all important information ahead of time. Don’t be afraid to make your wedding website your very own, and start the fun today.