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Adding one more thing to your wedding to-do list may seem like simply too much, but a wedding website, used to communicate crucial information to your guests, is a must, our experts agree. So what do you have to add to each page? Here's what must be included.
1. The information guests need to decide whether they can attend.
That means, says Viva Max Kaley, owner of New York City-based Viva Max Weddings, the venue and its address, the date and time of your wedding, and transportation information, including the nearest airports, available shuttles, public transit, and how they can expect to get to and from your wedding. Also address sleeping accommodations, including whether you've reserved a room block or if guests will need to find their own hotel. "These are the key elements that help them figure out if they can attend," explains Kaley.
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2. Your registry details.
Use your wedding website as a direct link to your registries, each with a hyperlink that will take guests directly to your desired items, suggests Kaley. If you've opted for an alternative registry — think one that asks guests to donate money to charity, or a honeymoon registry that offers guests the chance to purchase everything from airfare to experiences — this is the spot to explain your reasoning and their options.
3. The other wedding-related events your guests must know about.
Are you hosting a Friday-night party or a post-wedding brunch? Your wedding website is the place to dish all the details about the extra events your guests may want to attend. However, cautions Kaley, list only the events to which all guests are invited in order to avoid confusion and hurt feelings.
4. The nitty-gritty details.
"Your website should be up to date with all detailed information by the time your wedding invitations are mailed," says Kaley. "At that point, you should include shuttle timing, exact locations of other weekend events, local taxi numbers, parking details, dress code, and any other helpful tips to make your wedding an easy experience for your guests. "