Creating a wedding website is a great (and easy!) way to share information about your wedding with your guests. It’ll help them stay informed on the when, where, and other important details of the wedding. It’ll also help you save time because you won’t have to answer dozens of phone calls from confused guests.
Wedding websites are also helpful to inform your guests of any last minute changes, like a venue or date change. Many wedding websites also offer helpful tools to plan your wedding, such as keeping track of your guest list and seating arrangements. Websites with these features are especially handy because all of your information will be kept in one place.
There are so many useful and beautiful wedding websites that are free. Don’t feel obligated to pay for a website or a domain name – it’s just another thing to add to your wedding budget. The Knot, WeddingWire, Joy, Zola, and Wix all offer free wedding websites that can be set up in minutes. It’s okay to build your website piece by piece – it doesn’t need to be completed in one day. After all, you’re probably busy planning other parts of your wedding! Your website doesn’t need to be a novel full of content – but here are a few things you’ll want to consider including to make it a website you’ll both be proud of.
Include your registry information.
You’re not supposed to include your registry information on invitations, but including it on your wedding website is an acceptable practice. Include direct links to your personal registry so your guests can access it easily.
Not all couples have a registry. Some couples already have everything they need for their homes. If you and your partner are not looking to receive gifts, you can specify this on your website. You can write something on your website like, “Your presence at our wedding is a gift for us, so we kindly request no gifts. We have all of the things we need for our home.”
If you’re offering transportation for your guests to get to your wedding and/or reception, make sure to list where and when they can access it. Is the shuttle bringing guests to the venue every 15 minutes, or only once that evening?
You also may want to consider including specific details about your venue. If you know that it’s going to get cold at night, recommend your guests bring a sweater. If you are getting married outdoors, you may want to let your guests know so they plan accordingly. Heels sometimes get stuck in the grass and women may want to opt for different footwear instead.
Other things to include for your wedding website are a rough idea of what to wear, if you have a hotel block reservation, and if you’ll have a cash bar. A prepared guest is a happy guest!It’s also wise to include travel information. While you may be familiar with the area, many of your guests may be traveling in from out of town. Try to make their traveling efforts easier by listing local hotels and anything they may need to know about the area.
This may be obvious, but make sure to include the time, date, and location of your wedding in case guests lose their invitations or forget to bring them when they travel. Sometimes, little details like this get overlooked while planning your wedding.
Recommend local activities and restaurants.
Your guests likely won’t spend nearly as much time as you getting ready for your wedding. You may want to include your favorite restaurants and fun things to do in the area for your guests during the day. Your list of recommended places is a great way for guests out of town to get to know your hometown. It’s especially helpful for guests bringing energetic children that need to stay occupied.
To add a personal touch to your activities list, you can include places that are significant for you and your partner, like where you had your first date or where they proposed.
Include an “About Us” page.
Another way to personalize your wedding website is to include a brief story of how you and your partner met. If you’ve been dating your significant other for a while, some of your guests might not know how you actually met. An “About Us” page can also be helpful for guests who are coming as a plus one that might not know you that well.
Some couples even include a brief story of how they met their bridesmaids and groomsmen and a little bit of information about them. Your other friends and family members at the wedding might not know anything about them. It’s a great way for your guests to get to know each other and gives them something to talk about if they both have something in common. If this feels like a lot of work, you could even ask your wedding party to write their own bios for your site.
Use a password.
Try to find a wedding website that requires guests to enter a password to access the website. You can include the password on your Save the Date or invitations. Locking your website with a password will prevent wedding crashers. It’ll also help keep your personal information safe – you may have your mailing address on your website for non-registry gifts, and you don’t want that kind of information out there.
Stick to your wedding theme.
Wedding websites often come with hundreds of beautiful themes, meaning the layout, colors and graphics that you see on the website. Your guests can figure out what to expect of your wedding and how to dress based on the theme of your website. Try to choose a theme that matches the theme and formality of your wedding to keep everything cohesive.