A wedding website is an easy way to keep all guests informed about the big day. While you may not need to publish information like the fact that you ordered a online plus size wedding dress, you can share other important information, like the venue address and where you’re registered. You can even include some fun information like the Instagram hashtag you’ll be using and photos of you and your fiancé. While there’s nothing that says you have to create a wedding website, there are a lot of reasons that you should.
Your save the date cards and invitations should always include the necessary information guests need, but those types of things can easily get lost, causing guests to come to you, (maybe more than once), to get that information again. Additionally, plans sometimes change. Whether due to weather, illness, or something else, if the date has to be changed, the venue has to be moved, or something else comes up, it’s much easier to update a wedding website and let everyone know that they can find updates there than it is to try and contact each guest individually.
Whether you’ve been planning on it the whole time or are only considering it now, here are some tips to help you create the perfect wedding website:
Don’t Overcomplicate Your Domain Name
The domain name for your wedding website should be one that is obvious and simple. You don’t want to make it too complicated to remember. Whether you use a combination of your first names, your last names, or the wedding hashtag you’ll be using, make sure that it’s consistent, simple, and easy to remember.
While a domain name like www.johndoeandjanedoewedding.com may seem obvious enough to you, it may be too long and include too much info for guests to remember well. Something like www.johnandjane.com or www.doewedding.com would be a much better alternative.
Include a Lot of Info (but Don’t Overshare)
Your wedding website will need to have enough information to answer most, if not all, of your guests’ questions which means it’s going to need a lot of details. For example, you’ll need to make sure that you provide guests with the location of the wedding, the time, the dress code, and the registry info. You’ll also need to include contact information, but it should be something like a general email address instead of a personal one or a personal phone number—you’re planning a wedding, you probably don’t have time to answer all of your relatives’ questions personally. You may also want to include a schedule for the weekend, information about the area for out of towners, and info about other events that guests can attend when they’re not at wedding-related functions.
You can also include some fun and personal information on your wedding website, such as a few photos of you and your intended, the backstory on each of you as well as you as a couple and how you met, and perhaps even the backstory on members of the bridal party so that guests can get to know them a little bit better. What you share is ultimately up to you, but when it comes to sharing photos and stories, it can be easy to overdo it and get too detailed and too personal, so try to keep things short, sweet, and to the point.
Don’t Include Info About Exclusive Aspects of the Event
Not everyone is invited to every aspect of the wedding, so you want to avoid including information about exclusive events since your website will be accessible to all guests. If you’re having a dinner for family only, that’s not something you’ll want to publish online. If you’re only having a select few family and friends attend the ceremony and have invited everyone else to the reception, keep that in mind when publishing info. You wouldn’t want to confuse your guests or have anyone show up uninvited.
Try to Keep Things Simple
As mentioned, it’s easy to overshare on your wedding website and let things get complicated, but in addition to keeping the domain simple, your website design should stay simple too. Use as few pages as possible, don’t overcrowd the space, and include only relevant information. Following basic web design rules can help you get ideas, and if you’re not sure where the line is, you can always get feedback from friends on whether or not the site is easy to navigate, read, and understand.
Your website should be simple, but it doesn’t mean it has to be bland and boring. You can customize and personalize it so that it uses a color palette that matches your wedding colors, the font you’re using on your invitations, and some fun elements. You should also absolutely make it something that perfectly matches you and your fiancé. For example, if you love superheroes, incorporate them somehow. If you love collecting plates together, use those in the design if you can—no matter how quirky you are, your website should reflect you and your soon-to-be.
Whether you’ve been considering creating a wedding website already or hadn’t thought of it until now, there are a lot of benefits to having one available. Instead of having to answer guests’ questions individually or update them one-on-one with any changes that have been made, you can use your website as a way to communicate those types of things to them directly, and you can use it to help guests get to know you a little bit better too. Will you be creating a wedding website?