Nowadays you shop online, you make friends online, you share photos online and even find love online! So if most people you know are online and are checking their computers, smartphones or tablets as often as it seems, it kind of makes sense to create your own wedding website.
Why make a Website
The primary purpose of the wedding website is to give guests a central hub where they may find information about your big day. Queries about the location, dress code, registry, travel plans, even your social media hashtag can all be found on the average wedding website. Some couples also allow guests to RSVP and share their well-wishes. So before you decide, here’s what to include in a wedding website to make it actually useful:
- Keep it Simple.
Understand that you already have a huge list of things to do for the wedding and writing witty pages about yourself and bridal party is not that important to the overall day. When it comes to a website, most people just want to know the basics. The when, where and registry details. The most looked at page on any wedding website is the registry page. If you want a creative outlet and a cool project that combines your funny writing style and mad design skills, go for it.
- Be Informative
A website is a great way for people to get the details of your wedding while on the go or perhaps when they’ve lost the invitation. Let your guests know the important details about your wedding, like where it is, and when, so that they don’t come and bug you about little details they have forgotten or need info on. Just having a site will make planning your event much easier, especially if you can set up alerts to notify people of any changes or news on the site.
You can easily set expectations for the wedding and add in all those little details that either don’t fit on your invite or seem odd to list. “Where should I Park” or “Can I bring Kids?” Anticipate the questions your guests will ask, make sure they’re aware of the things that matter to you, and build up the anticipation for how fun/formal/hot/cold/long/short/crazy/relaxed/whatever your wedding is going to be.
Have you ever been to a wedding and you really only know the bride or just the groom. I have and it feels weird because you don’t really know who they are marrying, where they’re from and how they met. So providing just the basic details on the site might seem mundane or redundant, keep in mind, it’s a huge plus for a large portion of the guests like the friends of the family or the distance cousins. So feel free to get everyone up to speed and if the idea of writing about yourselves feels particularly torturous have someone else write your bio for you.
Engagement photos allow you to really make a nice wedding website. A picture really does say a thousand words. Take advantage of the great photos you plan on getting and share them with family and friends. They really help tell the story and provide an amazing backdrop to the simple wedding info. With nice pictures, you don’t need to provide a ton of text.
Having a separate tab for your registry info is also helpful, as guests can easily find where you’re registered and can click directly to those sites. Your guests will thank you if you just embed a link to your registry right in the page. So whether you’ve opted against a wedding registry or are hoping for cash, it’s okay to say it on the site, less may be more when it comes to telling people.
Tracking down RSVPs is a pain, so help your guests help you by giving them multiple points of entry to the RSVP. You can still do traditional paper RSVPs and use the online RSVP as a backup for your slacker friends who can’t ever seem to get to a mailbox. So not only can you manage your RSVPs through your wedding website, but you can create your own unique RSVP forms that reflect your personality. Instead of a simple, yes-no form. Come up with some quirky answers like, “Yes! I’ve been looking for an excuse to ditch the kids!” or “No, it’s too close to harvest time.” It’s a good idea to asked for guests’ email addresses when they RSVP. In case you need to follow up with any last minute wedding details.
Remember what I said above about making sure that you’re creating your wedding website because it’s something you want to do? You can waste time on a site but just keep it simple, for the most part, people are really just going to use your wedding website to figure out:
- When is it?
- To RSVP
- How to get to the ceremony?
- What time it starts?
- Where to find a hotel room?
- What gift to get you?
- A rough idea of what to wear
- If it’s a cash bar
So make sure to include the above information in a clear, easy-to-identify place so that you don’t end up fielding phone calls from guests with boundary issues the day before the wedding, asking where and when the ceremony is going to be and what they should wear.
The Best Wedsite Building Solution: What Is It?
Now that you realize the importance of having a wedding website, you just have to decide on the best web creation option. Building such a website from scratch is a real challenge for those who have never done that before, so, if you really want the process to be time-saving and successful, using the DIY website builder is the best solution.
Using a Website builder is the best choice, it’s simple and only comes with a small monthly fee. There are no large upfront build fee’s to get a site made, just your time. But with just a few hours and a few clicks, it’s easy to get a site running. So the entry to getting started with a site for your wedding is cheap and easy to manage.
It’s a do it yourself website builder, with no technical knowledge needed. Weebly is one of the easiest website builders in the market. They allow you to drag and drop content into a website, so it’s very intuitive to use – so it’s not very restrictive on where and how you place your website content.
Weebly’s elements include pictures, paragraphs, videos, buttons, maps, contact forms – basically all the basics for wedding website.
Now that you’re sold on this whole wedding website idea, where do you start? Here are a few options that we have both free and paid versions depending on how fancy you want to get:
Free Weebly website builder: Highly customizable with a lot of bells and whistles for free. You can make a 5 page website using any of our themes. I like this because you’re not stuck with one template – you can find one you like and move things around to make it your own.
Pro Weebly website builder: Highly customizable with a lot of bells and whistles. You get a free domain, can create multiple pages, RSVP forms, Google maps for important locations, and photo galleries. The premium version that allows you to use your own domain (pretty standard to have to pay for this) is just $12/month.
Having your own wedding website is just another chance for you to celebrate your love. Even before the big day, you’re busy getting excited about your wedding. By setting up a wedding website, you’re bringing your guests in on the fun even before they get to the ceremony!