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All about the wedding website

November 1, 2011

You, over there, with your hand raised. Yeah, you. What’s your question? Why do you need a wedding website? Oh, well, uh. Cause it’s 2011? It’s how we do things in this here millennium. No, but seriously, it’s a great place, a one-stop-shop if you will, to share ALL your wedding information with your guests. No longer do you have to rely on word of mouth. Which, according to etiquette, is how you’re supposed to let people know about your gift registry. Never, never include it on the invitation, they say. Have your mom, mom-in-law, maid of honor, random strangers spread the word. If you’re like me, and think that sounds do-able if you live in a town of, say 200, never fear! I’m here to introduce you to… technology!

There are plenty of good, and FREE, wedding websites out there. There’s My Wedding, The Wedding Channel (through The Knot), Wedding Wire. You get to choose your background and personalize the pages you want to include and, trust me, it’s easy-peasy. And actually a lot of fun!

So now that you’ve raced on over and registered for your website, what in the world do you include on it? Remember that you’re using this to communicate with your guests–what do your guests want to know? Specifically, what do your out-of-town guests want to know? Here’s a list to get you started.

  1. When & Where of the Wedding: Most sites have you put the date front and center but I think it’s nice to include an additional page describing your venue. Where is it, how do you get there, why’d you pick it, and any other significant details that would be fun to share.
  2. Additional Wedding Events: Holding a brunch the day after? Hosting an after-party? List these events with all their details so guests can plan accordingly. A note of caution: I wouldn’t include events that are exclusive {for example, only for the wedding party}. This site is for ALL wedding guests. Send separate invites for exclusive events.
  3. Gift Registry: Let people know where you’re registered! Most hosting sites let you link your registries directly to the wedding website so guests can click on the link and be sent directly to your list. Easy-peasy, just like I said.
  4. Accommodations: This is where you let out-of-town guests know about nearby hotels and provide any information on hotel room blocks.
  5. Activities in the Area: A nice touch for out-of-towners since most people travel for the whole weekend and would love recommendations for things to do and see. Make it more personal and include your favorite spots in the city!
  6. Contact page: Allow your guests to email you with any questions they may have. Usually email is a lot easier to handle–especially if you create an email address specifically for your wedding.
Other fun ideas to include
  • A list {with photos?} of your wedding party
  • A photo gallery of you and your honey {cause guests looove photos}
  • Your story: how you met, your engagement, any funny anecdotes from your relationship
  • Music suggestions/requests
  • Your new address

Did you, or are you planning to, use a wedding website? My husband and I had one and we really enjoyed putting it together. And our guests raved about it! They thought it was so cool. What would you include on yours? Any fun/creative/unique suggestions?

xo-Kristine

I’m still collecting responses for the survey. Click here to be included!

Photo via bubbelsoda

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2011 4:14 pm

    While I’m a sucker for handwritten notes, I have to admit that the wedding website is a pretty genius way of making everyone’s life easier. And really, who doesn’t want that?

  2. November 1, 2011 9:27 pm

    Oh no Kristine! What have you done!!

    I was in love with the new vintage theme over at weddingwindow.com and was planning to pay for it. I even set up our own flash site over on wix.com (it was hard. and not entirely functional). But NOW!?

    I love these:

    http://www.mywedding.com/mw_style_532/
    http://www.mywedding.com/mw_style_510/ <– a mustache!! ahh!!
    http://www.mywedding.com/mw_style_523/ <– owls! our unofficial theme is owls!
    http://www.mywedding.com/mw_style_368/
    http://www.mywedding.com/mw_style_497/ so cuuuuute!

    Can we have five wedding websites?!

  3. November 3, 2011 6:27 am

    Oh yay! What perfect timing. We started working on our wedding website yesterday. Thanks for the tips, Kristine! And you want to know what we’re including on ours? A video of us singing a little wedding song my bf wrote! 🙂

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