If you’ve attended (or planned) a wedding in the past few years you’ve likely interacted with a couple’s wedding website. Going beyond traditional invitations, wedding websites are the ultimate combination of social media, gift registries, and the reception info card most guests end up sticking on their refrigerator. WeddingWire’s 2019 Newlywed Report found that 74% of married couples created a wedding site prior to their 2018 nuptials.
The New York Times explored the phenomenon in a recent feature that we found quite enlightening. Read on as we share some of the best insights from the article, that’ll help you create a beautiful and functional wedding site.
Choose your platform
A wide variety of resources that allow couples to create free, templated wedding sites, these include the Knot, WeddingWire, and Zola. Those who want a little bit more control over the look and feel of their site can explore hosting platforms like Squarespace and WordPress. Though, these options normally have fees involved.
Customize Your URL
Creating a custom web address is typically an extra fee when building your site, however its worth every penny. A custom address is easier for your guests to remember or find via a Google search. Don’t forget to include the URL on your save-the-dates and wedding invites.
Your guest are going to have a lot of questions, no matter how detailed your invitations may be. Avoid endless texts and calls by dedicating a portion of your wedding site to FAQs.
The NYT’s article recommends including the following questions:
- When is the R.S.V.P. deadline?
- Are children welcome?
- What should I wear?
- Is there parking at the venue?
- Is the wedding indoors or outdoors?
- Can I take photos during the ceremony?
- Is the venue wheelchair accessible?
- Is there a block of hotel rooms reserved for guests?
- Where are you registered for gifts?
Most importantly…Have fun!
Use your wedding site to tell your love story and don’t forget to introduce your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Include some fun facts and maybe an embarrassing photo or two, your wedding day is going to be a party, get guests prepared!