One of the rising trends in wedding planning is creating a wedding website. Couples today decide to embark in this endeavor for many reasons including the efficiency it provides for putting all of the wedding details in one place for the guests and providing a faster way for them to RSVP. Creating a wedding website, however, can be a bit challenging if you’re not familiar with the techy side of it all. Below is then a step-by-step guide to help you get acquainted with the ins and outs of handling your own website for the upcoming special day.
1. Choose a website builder.
There are many options out there for you to choose from. But the most common ones that usually come up when you search for a wedding website builder are Wix, Squarespace, WordPress, The Knot, Appy Couple, and Joy. Now, some of these sites are free like The Knot and Joy and some of them come with a price like Appy Couple and Squarespace. If you want to know the specifics of the sites’ prices, you can check out WeddingLovely’s blog post where they list the Top Five Wedding Website Builders.
2. Pick a design that matches your wedding theme.
Once you pick a website builder, the next step is designing your website. You would want to be consistent with your theme because your website will also speak for your event. So if it says one thing in the invite and another in your website design, guests might get confused if it’s really a garden wedding or a bohemian chic one. Thus, you need to be clear about that, even in your website design.
3. Place wedding details that are concise but enough.
Don’t make the mistake of putting too much words in your website. The foremost goal of this website is to make your life easier by presenting to the guests what they need to know in the most precise and straightforward manner. Posting long paragraphs that guests won’t have the patience to read would most likely just backfire on your primary goal of efficient dissemination of wedding details. However, if you’re planning for a wedding venue that requires guests to travel, it would be helpful to include detailed travel information (along with the wedding date, time, location, and dress code details of course). Another thing you would like to add is also the program for the wedding which can basically be just a simple timeline with the time slots and the titles for the activities. No need to include the long descriptions!
4. Take advantage of the features available.
Aside from removing the burden of having to include a lot of information on your invitations, wedding websites have some more other superpowers you might want to use. One of these is setting up an online guestbook. Websites allow your guests to leave you private messages if they want to. If this too complicated for you to set up, you might want to stick with just encouraging your guests to leave comments on your page for you! Another feature you can do with wedding websites is creating a wedding registry. This will allow you to present a list of gifts you have already pre-selected and will prevent your guests from giving you the same present. Basically, it’s done by partnering up with a store(s) which coordinates with you and helps you update the list whenever an item is purchased. Of course, making use of this list is optional for the guests and it’s designed to help them not demand from them.
5. Add a personal touch.
To offer a break from the technicalities of it all, a wedding website can also have a page where you add some of the photos from your prenup photoshoot. You can include a short anecdote of how you met and take your guests on a stroll down memory lane. Definitely, your guests, who are your family and friends, will appreciate this and get a picture of how the to-be-wedded lovely couple found their way to each other. It will also be a way for you to add some personality to your wedding website and make it more you.
6. Secure the website.
Of course, in order to make the website useful you would need to share the URL to your guests through email or through your save-the-dates. Since the website contains sensitive information like your mailing address and even the location and time of your wedding, you need to secure the website. You can do this by making use of wedding websites’ feature of adding a password to ensure that only guests will get to access your personal details.
7. Get the website to do what you want.
Some couples actually don’t like the idea of doing the RSVP through the wedding website. This is because their guest list might include their old uncles who don’t know how to use a computer to be able to say going. So, they think that the formal printed RSVPs are the more reliable ones. Thus, it’s up to you to take a look at your guest list and decide if it’s feasible to do the online RSVP because if it is, why not, right? Websites like WIX also offer this feature where you can instruct your guests to post your pictures with the hashtag of your wedding and the website will take care of gathering all those posts for you on one page. Cool, right?
Definitely, there are a lot of perks that come with creating a wedding website. The challenge is being able to make the most out of those features especially if you choose to go with a website builder that is not free. Some couples ask the help of an expert while some figure it out on their own by consulting tutorials and articles like this. Then again, it goes back to your budget, your time, and your willingness to go through with creating a website if it’s really what you want.