The greatest thing that the Internet Age might have given us is convenience. In the modern world, everything and anything can be put up online at the click of a button and thousands of people can access it instantly. With that in mind, wedding websites have become an essential tool for announcements and updates for brides and grooms everywhere.
Right after booking the venue for the ceremony and reception, the next item on the couple’s to-do list should be the wedding website. Ideal for weddings with 70 or more guests and out of town venues, wedding websites allow guests to stay abreast of all of the wedding information and venue details without having to tackle an invitation as thick as a dictionary. At the same time, the couple can modify details and provide supplementary information on anything that is wedding-related.
The bride and groom get to save on paper, postage, and further stress from constantly answering the same questions over and over again. Want to know how you can put your wedding website to better use beyond the traditional ‘info stop’? Here’s a quick list of the different elements that can be used to make your site more appealing and versatile:
Emulating corporate websites, the About Us page can include a little story on how the bride and groom met. Also, this is when the bride-to-be gets to recount how the big question was asked as well. Keep it short and sweet and don’t forget to include a couple of snapshots from different trips, vacations, and even from moments throughout the years.
Venues and Directions.
Highlight the venues chosen for the wedding ceremony and the reception. Provide accurate maps for those who might be driving to the venue and also for those who will be using public transportation. Anticipate the guests’ needs – indicate the number of parking spaces available and where they are located, mention any nearby establishments or landmarks that can be used when asking around for directions, and add in other important details like valet service and PWD accessibility.
Link to the Registry.
On actual printed invites, it would be a bit weird to see your wish list attached, on the wedding website however it is completely okay. Slide in a link to the gift registry at the website and allow the guests to instantly view your wish list.
Introduce the members of the wedding party and describe how they are related to either the bride or the groom. It gives the wedding guests a more comfortable and familiar feeling on the day itself.
Get instant acknowledgement from the invited guests through the website itself. Add in extra features like the option to choose preferred meals and dishes, the ability to share the full name and details of plus ones and obviously dietary restrictions pertaining to allergies. This way you can work with your planner to create an event that is not only glittering and suave but also mindful of guest conveniences.
Since the wedding website is the couple’s own space on the web, they can practically do anything and everything that fancy. Add in a simple game for guests to pass the time or embed the Save the Date video for Grandma and Grandpa to see. For the after party, the wedding website can turn into a little pool of memories where guests can upload their own personal snapshots and smartphone clips from the wedding day. Stretch goals? Use your wedding website as a honeymoon gallery as well. Just make sure that you keep it less naughty and more nice!