We live in a time where nearly all of the information you could ever need is accessible with the click of a button or two—and the same goes for weddings. With so many details wedding guests need to know before the big day, a personalized wedding website is the perfect way to ensure quick and accessible information on the fly. But what exactly goes on a wedding website? And where do you start?
If you're sending guests to a custom URL, you'll want to make sure it offers as much important information as possible. Of course, there's the basics like the where and the when for your ceremony, but there are a few more intricate details you may want to include like specific location instructions, parking information, or even personal details about you and your partner. Bookmark this link and consider it your checklist as you begin to work on your wedding website.
Start With the Basics
Remember back to grade school book reports and begin with the "5Ws," meaning who, what, where, when, why, and then add the how.
Of course, the "who" is you and your partner; the "what" is that you're getting married (hooray!); the "when" is the date and time of both the ceremony and the reception; don't forget the "where" with details on your location(s). As for the "how," have fun with it. 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 your invitation on the front page of your wedding website.
Fill in the Details
Transportation and Lodging
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. Either way, be sure guests know how to get to your ceremony location.
Be sure to also include suggestions for hotel and lodging accommodations. Don't forget to indicate whether you arranged for a hotel room block, and if so, remember to include the hotel's contact information and if there is a name or code to refer to while booking. Feel free to 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.
Wedding Day Photos and Social Media
Your wedding website is a great place to explain your wishes when it comes to photos and Instagram stories on your big day. The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is run around explaining your desire for an unplugged wedding. Clearly express whether your ceremony and/or reception will be cell phone free. Or, if you're encouraging all of your friends and family to take their own shots, let them know about any wedding hashtags or photo-sharing plans you've set up ahead of time.
Feel Free to Add a Few Extras
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, a few cute photos, or even details about 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.
Don't Forget the RSVP
If you've chosen to opt for paperless invites, and you're only directing your guests to your wedding website, or, if you sent printed save the dates with the URL, be sure to include the ability to RSVP on your site. Allow guests to confirm their attendance and include details on their plus-one or children. Some wedding website options even allow you to add your guests to an email list, giving you the option to send out helpful updates before the big day.
Beware of These Concerns
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.