- What Is a Wedding Website?
- Why Do Brides Make Websites?
- 1. They Don’t Cost a Dime
- 2. They’re a Permanent Resource
- 3. They’re as Private as Brides Need
- 4. They Provide a List of Vendors
- 5. They Showcase Your Photos
- 6. They Often Replace Invitations
- 7. They Allow Guests to RSVP
- 8. They Open Doors to Digital Donations
- 9. They Provide Last-Minute Information
- 10. They Include Links to Registry Gifts
- Enjoy Making Your Wedding Website
There’s so much to do while planning a wedding, but don’t forget about your wedding website. Establishing an online presence will make a difference in your experience and your guests’ happiness. This guide explains what a wedding website is and why every bride needs one right after getting engaged.
Setting up a website may sound intimidating to people. The good news is that you don’t need to be tech-savvy or have a computer science background to create one. Most brides make their sites in just a few minutes to give guests everything they need in one location.
Instead of fielding phone calls every day, juggling emails, and answering last-minute texts, everyone can visit your website to get the answers to their questions. You’ll have much less stress and get to enjoy every moment before your ceremony. Say goodbye to file folders and messy notebooks.
There are many reasons why brides need wedding websites. You may find that many or most of those factors apply to your situation. Check out why they’re so great to decide if a site would help you and your guests during the coming weeks or months.
Sometimes people pay to keep their website active if they buy a domain or host the site. Brides don’t have to worry about any of that. Popular websites like Minted, The Knot, and Appy Couple provide free online spaces for custom URLs and page features. It only takes a few minutes to set everything up using walkthrough steps designed for people who don’t have programming experience.
You may dream about sending wedding invitations to your guests with your signature motifs and color scheme. It’s fun to design everything, but guests almost always lose their invitations. Instead of hoping they keep the card with your wedding date, time and venue, create a website as a backup resource.
All of the information your guests need will remain permanently accessible whether or not their invitations get lost in the mail or tossed out in the trash. Include the URL on your invitations and they’ll know where to find everything. There’s no need for last-minute calls or apologies from guests who can’t remember where they put your invitation.
It’s great when wedding guests can check your venue’s address or ceremony start time on a website, but sometimes brides worry that the wrong people will find that information and crash the party. Although wedding websites are easy to visit, only your guests will know how to find yours if you don’t post the URL on social media.
Include the URL in your invitations or texts to loved ones. If no one posts it on their social media accounts, your intended guests will be the only people who know it exists.
Couples often list who they’re working with for their wedding day. Guests don’t need to know the specifics regarding costs and setup, but they may need to know things like what kind of food will be served to navigate allergies, or if the location is handicap accessible.
These details are especially helpful if you’re planning a destination wedding. Guests will need some background information on the venue – like what the weather will be like and if there will be a language barrier. You can include the venue’s website, as well as links to tourist guides or FAQs on your country of choice.
Your website doesn’t have to be just an information hub. It can also have a few photo galleries. Create part of the site to showcase pictures from your relationship, surprise engagement, or professionally shot engagement photos.
Extended family members who don’t keep in touch very often or have social media will appreciate getting to know you better through your favorite pictures.
Invitations aren’t always the most romantic part of planning a wedding. They can come with significant sticker shock for brides on a budget and they’re archaic for tech-savvy couples. Depending on how you print them, invitations can cost $5,000 to $8,000 for 100 cards, which gets even more costly for large weddings.
A wedding website could easily replace those invitations for free. Consider sending the URL to your guests in a group email or text. They’ll still be able to save the website and visit it as needed later on. You could even add a line to your homepage that shows guests how to bookmark your site for instant access.
You might worry about replacing invitations with a website because invitations always have an RSVP card. Brides often add that feature to their website to make their lives much more manageable. You won’t have to worry about RSVPs getting lost in the mail or cataloging all of them in the weeks leading up to your ceremony.
Digitally RSVPing is easier for everyone. Guests can complete their reservation in seconds and your website will keep track of everyone who has or hasn’t responded. No need for stamps or complicated spreadsheets. You’ll thank yourself later while finalizing guest counts for your caterers and venue coordinators.
Brides also use their invitations to indicate where guests can find their registry lists. Although you can create those lists with your favorite stores, your website could also include links to donation funds. It may seem strange at first, but many couples are now opting for digital monetary gifts because wedding websites are so easy to set up.
You might want monetary gifts over traditional gifts because you and your partner want to go on a honeymoon or buy a house. It’s awkward to ask for money directly, but your wedding website could have links labeled with your financial goals. Add a header that requests donations rather than gift-wrapped presents and your guests will follow your lead.
Sometimes unexpected things happen at the last minute. You may need to change venues due to an emergency or switch caterers. Your guests will need to know that information right away, especially if it’s as sudden as a change in the weather.
You can access your wedding website from your computer or phone to send updates to your guests as needed. You won’t have to place endless calls while getting ready for your rehearsal dinner or ceremony just because something has changed.
Instead of giving the specific model number of your dream bread machine or requiring that your guests go to stores for your registry gifts, you can add links to what you want. Everyone will know they’re buying what you need, and no one has to leave home. It’s an especially great way to utilize a wedding website if your guests live in rural areas without name-brand stores nearby.
Now that you know what a wedding website is, it’s time to decide whether you need one. You may decide you prefer traditional aspects of wedding planning, like physical invitations. However, a wedding website can make it easier to communicate with guests on an ongoing basis. All you need is a few free minutes to sit down with your computer and follow the easy steps designed for brides who have never set up a website before. You’ll get the hang of it in no time and create the perfect hub for all of your wedding details.
Author Bio: Cora Gold has been writing about weddings for over five years. As Editor-in-Chief of women’s lifestyle magazine Revivalist and a freelance writer, she loves sharing her inspiration with brides to help make their special day perfect. Follow Cora on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.