One of the first things to tackle once your wedding day details are set is to create your wedding Web site. In a digital age, this is an important step in being able to share your love story and important wedding details all in one place that's easily accessible for all your guests. Sounds daunting, right? No worries, we're here to help! Here, everything you need to know about creating the perfect wedding Web site.
Pick a (Web) Venue
There are tons of options out there for creating and hosting your wedding Web site. Before selecting which one is right for you, it's important to consider your needs. Do you want something standard, or truly unique? Many couples opt for sites that have premade layouts to choose from, simplifying the process to make it quick and easy. Other couples opt to hire a web or graphic designer to make a custom page just for them. Determine what you're looking for with your partner to ensure you are happy with your selection, and then get to building your special page!
Tell Your Story
While most people on your guest list already know a little (or a lot) of your love story, a wedding Web site is the perfect outlet to share how it all began. Whether you choose to tell your story from a shared perspective, each tell your own version of events in separate narratives, only talk about the proposal, or take your guests on a (highlights only) journey of your meeting to you saying, "yes!" is entirely up to you. Just be sure you keep it fairly short and sweet. Not only do online readers have a tendency to tune out if there's paragraphs and paragraphs of text, you may also want to keep some details to yourselves.
Select Carefully Curated Photos
Of course you'll want to support your tale with some photos that illustrate your love story. This is the perfect place to showcase your engagement photos, candid shots of your engagement, and throwbacks to the beginning. While it's tempting to post all your favorites, ask yourself beforehand how many you actually need to include to weave together your desired narrative and webpage aesthetic. If you think you're adding too many, perhaps you are. Placement of photos is important, too. When you talk about the engagement, place engagement photos. When you talk about when you first met, throw in a throwback. Just be sure to save some images for your save-the-dates, décor, and more. Remember, the best ones—your wedding photos—are yet to come!
Leave Something to the Imagination
While you want to be thorough and not leave out any key details, it's also important to keep some of your event a mystery. Your guests will want to know the basics, and of course some extra info, but try to leave some things to the imagination. You'd like your family and friends to have a taste of your style or color scheme based on the design of the site, but allow enough room for surprise and excitement for them to experience on your big day, too.
Keep in mind that most wedding Web sites are easily accessible to all. Should you have any privacy concerns, you may want to look into a password-protected site, or perhaps consider not creating a site at all. Whatever your decision, just be certain that all of the information you put up is information that you're comfortable sharing with all who can see it.