Your wedding day is about celebrating love, and your wedding website is your digital window into that love story. It’s where you can share all the details about your special day – the who, what, when, and where – with your cherished guests, keeping everything organized and in one easy-to-access place. But what specifically should you include on your website? And how should it look? Whether you’re a tech-savvy duo or just dipping your toes into the world of wedding websites, we’ve whipped up this handy guide to help start you on the right foot.
Start with the basics that every guest needs to know. To avoid confusion, clearly indicate your names, the date, time and location of your wedding near the top of your website. Think of this section as your digital invitation suite. From the ceremony location, date and time to the reception venue, menu and schedule, you should present this information clearly and concisely.
Your website’s “Love Story” page is the enchanting prologue to your journey as a couple. In addition to the primary location details, date and time, sharing details about your love story on your wedding website is a great way for guests to learn more about your history as a couple. From how you met, to milestone moments and all the way up to the proposal, your guests will love learning more about your journey to “I do.”Feel free to also share personal notes about why you chose your venue or your inspiration for your menu or wedding theme. These little details will help to keep your guests excited about your big day.
Your wedding website is the perfect platform to establish the style and vibe. You should designate a place on the site to specify the dress code, letting them know whether it’s black-tie elegance, semi-formal, or anything-goes. Don’t leave them guessing; help them shine in attire that complements your wedding vision.
Your wedding day wouldn’t be complete without your bridal party by your side, so give the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other important individuals (ushers, flower girls, ring bearers, etc.) a spotlight on your website. Share fun facts, epic photos, how you met and funny stories.
Gone are the days of snail mail RSVPs. Simplify the process with an online RSVP form. It’s a swift and eco-friendly way for guests to confirm their attendance. Additionally, gather meal preferences and special requests through the same platform, ensuring that every guest’s dining experience is tailored to their liking.
Your wedding website can be the gateway to a thoughtful and convenient gifting experience. Provide direct links to your preferred gift registries, ensuring your guests can effortlessly find and select the perfect present.
Ensuring your out-of-town guests have a comfortable place to stay is crucial. On your wedding website, suggest nearby hotels and accommodations that align with your venue. Many hotel accommodations offer group rates so be sure to ask ahead of time, or work with a travel agent to secure a block of rooms. Remember to provide essential details, such as booking codes and per-night prices, making it a breeze for guests to book their stay.
A countdown timer is the digital heartbeat of your wedding website, steadily ticking away as the big day approaches. It’s more than just numbers; it’s a virtual drumroll that builds excitement and anticipation. Keeping guests informed ensures no one forgets the date, making your wedding the talk of the town well before it even happens.
One of the best parts about having a wedding website is that you can curate and share a selection of photos. These photos allow your family and friends to take a sneak peek into your love story. From images in the early stages of dating, to vacation snaps and official engagement photos, the photo gallery will be one of the best – and most visited – parts of your website.
Give your guests a voice and let them leave heartfelt well wishes with a virtual guestbook on your wedding website. With just a few clicks, family and friends from all corners of the globe can send you personal greetings and marriage advice online. This is also a great way for those who are unable to attend the wedding to participate and engage with you from afar.
Ensure your guests can easily reach out by including a ‘Contact Us’ page, complete with ‘To’, ‘From’ and ‘Message’ fields. Try to avoid posting your personal phone number and email address as your wedding website may be viewable to the public. But if you have a couple’s Instagram account or other social media links that you’d like to share, feel free to share with your guests so that they can follow along on your journey to wedded bliss.
If you plan to have an unplugged ceremony where no cell phones are allowed, get the word out early and post the rule on your wedding website and wedding invitations. Alternatively, if you’ve created a wedding hashtag and are encouraging guests to use it to share their photos of the wedding, be sure to list it on your website as well as on site, at each table, the day of the wedding,
Minimize pre-wedding inquiries and keep your guests well-informed with a dedicated FAQ section. In this section, you can include answers to popular questions, such as whether you can mail RSVPs or respond via digital communications, directions, dress code, room blocks, accommodations, plus-one etiquette, and more...and here's to your AMAZING wedding day! ~Dave~