A wedding website is a current, practical way of providing information to your friends and family, but also a fantastic way to preserve your photographs and stories. In addition, you can use your website as a platform from which to receive RSVPs and share important documents.
So, how can you make your wedding website work for both you and your guests?
Here are 10 handy tips for your wedding website
1. Use an easy-to-remember and easy-to-spell URL.
Consider including your names, as guests are most likely to remember these for your wedding website. Something like amyanddavid.com or jonesandmaraiswedding.co.za is going to stick more than something obtuse or a private joke (such as vanillamarmite624.com).
2. Information is king.
Although it is tempting to load your site with plenty of “couple” pictures, your guests are using your website to gather information. Answer the “when, where, what, and how” on your home page, where it is clear and easy to understand.
Remember to include USEFUL information – is there grass or sand that may make walking in heels difficult? Should guests bring warm clothes or comfy dancing shoes? Is there bad mobile phone reception?
3.Include Maps to the Venues
Use the electronic platform to include maps for the ceremony and wedding reception venues. Because printing costs are not an issue, use your website to benefit you and those you’re inviting.
Have Google maps that are downloadable or interactive so that everyone can find the venues easily and without stress.
4. Link to nearby hotels and guesthouses.
5. A gift registry
A link to your gift registry on your website will help those wanting to get you something special to plan ahead and to know what has been taken and what is still available.
6. Include a romantic couple story and bio
on each of you. This will help family and partners that may not know both of you very well to get insights into what sort of things you enjoy, what’s important to you, and what you love about one another.
Keep it relatively brief, though, so that they do not have to wade through reams of details to get the full picture. Only have biographies for you, as the couple, not for any other members of the wedding party.
7. Allow guests to RSVP straight from the site.
This makes your job a lot easier, saves costs on printed RSVP’s, and is quicker for guests to get done than having to remember to call or text you their reply.
8. Link to your vendors.
Share the love. Your guests may need some décor for a corporate function or some gifts for their anniversary party. Linking to the vendors you’ve enjoyed working with will be appreciated by guests and vendors alike.
9. Categorise your photographs.
Having a wedding website means having one place to store loads of pictures. However, to make it easier to navigate for the friends and family that want to see them, categorise your photos; possibly under 1) couple, 2) engagement, 3) wedding, and 4) honeymoon tabs.
10. Include special requests on your wedding website.
Your website is a great way to convey specific requests. These may be things like not including children under a certain age, letting caterers know of special dietary requirements, where to leave gifts, and so on.
By making the best use of your wedding website, you ensure that your day is about having more fun with less stress, and making the best memories.
Happy Wedding Planning!