How to build a wedding website that stands out
From online registries and invitations and the proliferation of wedding websites to the rise of wedding hashtags and concerns about how to navigate social media – technology’s role in our wedding celebrations has never been more relevant or, for many, more confusing.
Luckily, like all aspects of a wedding, couples can choose how they want to utilize social media and technology on their big day. There’s no right or wrong answer, but clear communication, expectation setting, and a little bit of foresight can ease the stress.
We reached out to our wedding pros to get their insight on some of the options couples face in today’s digital landscape and what to keep in mind when navigating this modern aspect of wedding planning.
Wedding Registries, Invitations, and More
There are many benefits to going digital when it comes to wedding registries, invitations, and more. It’s more environmentally friendly and helps both the couple and their guests stay more organized and save time.
A digital wedding registry can help guests see the list of items and quickly note what others have purchased and what’s available without even leaving the house. Online wedding invitations allow automatic tracking, eliminating the legwork in managing RSVPs.
For those concerned that digital invitations lose some of their appeal? Don’t worry! Digital invitations can be so much more than your standard e-card. Many digital wedding invitation services allow for a memorable guest experience that can be just as exciting as opening a paper card. This might entail clicking a link to see a virtual envelope addressed individually, allowing guests to watch their invitation unfold from the envelope. Digital invitations can also be made to match a wedding website’s aesthetic design and style, contributing to a consistent look and feel for the wedding.
Many couples have turned to wedding websites as a one-stop shop for all the information guests need to know leading up to the wedding. You can post details about the time, location, and dress code for each part of the wedding, offer travel and lodging guidance, and more. invested time and resources to travel.
Other pieces of information that might be helpful?
- A list of the wedding party. Add some quirky fun facts to keep it light! But sometimes some members of a friend group are part of the wedding party and others are not. Explicitly listing the wedding party can help ease any potential social faux pas around possible lodging plans or pre-wedding activities.
- A page with local activities and things to know about the area. For weddings with many out-of-town guests, this can be an easy way to give back and show some appreciation to guests who have invested time and resources to travel.
- A section for photos. For those who prefer to keep their wedding photos off social media, a dedicated page on the wedding website can provide a great way to share the memories with guests after the fact.
- Fun anecdotes and cute stories. A wedding website can be more than just practical and focused on logistics. A cute anecdote about the couple getting married, highlights of your relationship, a shout-out to any four-legged family members who may not be able to attend the wedding, or other insight into the couple can serve as conversation starters for guests who may not be as familiar with the history of the couple going into the event.
What info should couples include on their wedding website?
Dress code + terrain that guests will encounter at your ceremony/reception, any weird weather notes for your locale (IE windy, cold at night, etc.)
The obvious stuff, day, time, location, RSVP. But also a great place to list a few expectations like “I know our wedding is outside but please leave your dogs at home” or “If your drinking bring a tent to stay the night