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We've said it before and we'll say it again, a wedding website is one of the best ways to keep your guests informed and put all of your wedding information in one place. Whether you're tech-savvy and are designing the whole thing yourself, or are using a template and simply filling in the blanks, the options are nearly endless when it comes to how it looks and what information you include. Of course, there are a few do's and don'ts to help you get the very best wedding website possible! We asked one of San Diego's top wedding planners, Krystel Tien of Couture Events, to break down what you can't forget, what you should skip, and insider tips she's picked up helping her clients plan their big day.
What Should Definitely Be Included
Every great wedding website starts with the basics: Who, what, when, where, and why. "Add personal stories, including how you met and fell in love, a little information about each of you for those guests who haven't met one of you yet, and tidbits about your wedding party," says Tien. It's also the perfect spot for logistical information.
"Include details about accommodations, the weekend's events, local activities, the specifics of your dress code (including what guests should wear to each event and advice like wearing thick heels or bringing a sweater), and links to your registry." Yup, your registry! While you shouldn't list where you're registered on your invitation, your website is the perfect place to do so — along with links straight to your registry pages.
What Should Be Skipped
Trick question! "I wouldn't leave anything out of a wedding website," Tien advises. "This is a place where you can tell guests as much or as little as you want — it's up to them how much they read." Unlike an invitation suite, where an additional card will cost $$$, adding a paragraph doesn't come with a fee, so give guests everything they'll need to know. "
If there is something you want your guests to know, put it on your website. But remember, not everyone will visit your website or read it thoroughly, so you still need to include the key details on your invitations," says Tien.
Tien is a big supporter of custom URLs. "Pick something that's cute and easy for guests to remember, so they can quickly refer to your site if they have any questions." She also loves when couples include links to maps with their wedding's location. "This enables your guests to pull up the map on their phones and use GPS to get to your wedding on-time." When you're looking at site designs, opt for a wedding website that is mobile-friendly so it can be easily navigated on any screen.
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