9 wedding website tips to inform, reassure, and give warm fuzzies to your guests #Advice#Wedding 101#web tools#wedding websites August 7 2015 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Theme by MyWedding.com 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 We work with MyWedding.com which offers FREE offbeat and unique templates for wedding websites, so that's your first stop. Snag yourself a template with steampunk, chalkboards, goth, tattoos, science, and nature themes right here. This has to be our favorite part of the process. Include an FAQ Related Post What should you put on your wedsite's FAQ? How can you stop the constant barrage of wedding questions from wonderfully well-meaning guests? With an all-encompassing FAQ page of course! If you're sitting at... Read more 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 MyWedding.com, you can easily have guests RSVP online, at home, in their undies. Oh hell yes. And it's a free service, too, along with 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. Ready to make your wedding website? Get started here with MyWedding.com templates for Offbeat Bride readers. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS My wedding video means more post-divorce than I could ever have anticipated NEXT 11 pairs of Halloween wedding shoes Show/Hide comments [ 4 ] I've been toying with whether or not we REALLY need a wedding site, but it seems like something that guests expect now. I guess it's a good way to spread the word about your registry, but I really don't know if I want online or paper rsvps! What do people think? 1 agrees Reply I'm one of those technology loving introverts. Don't call me, and don't plan to see me face-to-face because we can text or email or facebook! For this reason, I love not just wedding websites, but websites for anything. That way I don't have to actually call anyone, and I get all the information I need. We are doing online RSVP's because to have RSVP's printed and then include a return envelope with a stamp was just too much additional cost for us to be okay with. I was worried that our older guests would struggle to wrap their heads around the online system, so I created a directions card that gave them step-by-step how to RSVP. We're only waiting on a few responses yet, and only one of them is an elderly guest. 3 agree Reply I was just over there having a look at MyWedding and wasn't impressed so far because: – couldn't play around with features and looks without creating an account – apparent;y one cannot customize the templates with colors and fonts – after registering, still had to fill in all fields (address, phone, etc) before looking at features & functions – choose template (to change the default i got after finally creating an account) was a pull-down menu with template names rather than the searchable by keyword thumbnail page one can look at from MW home page Maybe I'm missing something? Otherwise I'm going to look for other wed site options, I guess. 1 agrees Reply I guess it's a good way to spread the word about your registry, 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.