You've snagged your wedding website name, maybe a custom URL, maybe a fun theme, and now you've got to fill it with information. Guests can end up relying pretty heavily on your wedding website, especially if you're having a destination wedding, multi-day wedding, or have some cultural traditions that may be new to some guests. Let's get the most bang out of your buck by including the information your guests will need. Here are our favorite wedding website tips for offbeat weddings.
Find a theme that matches your style
Include an FAQ
If you're getting lots of questions from guests, here's where to direct them. Need ideas?
- The date of the wedding (sounds obvious, but it's the detail everyone needs most)
- How do I get to the venue(s)?
- What should I wear?
- Is there a dress code?
- What kind of shoes should/shouldn't I wear?
- Are there any colors that guests should avoid wearing?
- If it's a wedding weekend or destination wedding, will there be any extra costs?
- Are kids welcome?
- Can I bring a date?
- Does your wedding have a theme?
- Who do we contact with questions on the wedding day?
- We have LOTS more suggestions here
Let guests RSVP online
If you're using a site like Wedsites, guests can easily RSVP online, at home, in their undies. Oh hell yes. And the service includes photo galleries, guestbooks, music, a blog, and group emails. Online RSVPs (with meal preferences and everything) will ease some headaches.
Include a schedule and map of the area with key points of interest
Here's where we're overlapping with a welcome bag (if you're opting to provide that). Let your guests know what will be happening and when by including a day or weekend schedule with points of interest. If there will be any downtime during the wedding day, toss in a map of the area and include some of your favorite haunts that they can check out.
Include accommodations information
If you've booked a block of hotel rooms, your wedding website is a great place to house that information. Include rate information and any special discounts for wedding guests.
Link a downloadable document for printing
Include a link to download a document with location information, contact details for the venue and your chosen go-to person, and any other important information in case your guests get stuck or lost without the information.
Include your registry information
If you are planning to register for gifts or experiences, it is pretty efficient to find that information on your wedding website. This is especially true if you're going to use an online registry where guests can browse and buy. Feel free to include any non-registry gift ideas like your Amazon wishlist, too.
Tell your story
Want to give some love to your wedding party and maybe show off some of those fancy engagement photos you may have? Here's also where you can share your background and any romance that will get your guests in the mood to get weepy. Don't worry about sounding all me-me-me — this is where you're allowed to gush a little.
Shout-out any awesome vendors
Give some love to your vendors if you are enjoying their services, especially if they are a small business. It could get them a little extra business and some goodwill, which is never a bad thing.
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