We live in a time where nearly all the information you could ever need is accessible with the click of a button or two—the same goes for weddings. With so many details wedding guests need to know, a personalized wedding website is the perfect way to ensure quick and accessible information on the fly. But where do you start? Consider this your wedding website checklist! Here's everything you must include on your wedding website.
Remember back to grade school book reports and begin with the "5Ws," meaning who, what, when, where, why, and add the how.
Obviously the "who" is you; the "what" is that you're getting married (le duh); and the "when" is the date and time of both the ceremony and the reception, and the location(s). As for the "how," have fun with it. Just be sure to include the setting, theme, dress code, and any other information that will set the tone for your party. A good rule of thumb is to have all the information that appears on the invitation on the front page of your wedding website. That is, if you have invitations, as more and more couples are opting for the more green and less expensive option of simply creating and sharing their wedding website with a built-in RSVP feature.
Some couples choose to still include printable driving directions on their wedding website. While this is a thoughtful touch, it's not always necessary thanks to easy access to GPS systems such as Google Maps and Waze. However, suggestions for hotel and lodging accommodations are über important to include. Be sure to indicate whether you arranged for a hotel room block and include the hotel's contact information and if there is a name or code to refer to while booking. Feel to free also suggest some fun local activities that the area has to offer, in case guests have time to kill during the weekend.
To further make prepping for your wedding an easy experience for your guests, include your registry information on your wedding website. No, it won't look like you're fishing for gifts—you're just giving everyone easy access to information they'll want to know. Indicate where you're registered and add links that lead straight to your registry pages.
Adding a few personal details will take your wedding website from strictly business to engaging and fun. Why not share a bit of your love story, or how you met or got engaged. (Save a bit for the vows, though!) Not all your guests or extended family will know these details and giving a little context to your relationship is a great way to personalize your page.
In addition to all the romantic details, you can give a nod to your bridal party on your wedding website, too. List the names of your bridesmaids and groomsmen, how you know them, and maybe a sweet or funny story about each of them. It's a fun way to make them feel special and let your guests in just a little bit more.
If privacy is a concern, you have options. Consider password-protecting your wedding website and including the password on your paper invitations or save-the-dates. This way, you won't have any real-time data floating around out there that you wouldn't want to get into the wrong hands.