Your wedding website is an amazing opportunity to communicate with your guests about the wedding, and keep things organized throughout your engagement. Listen now!
Hey there! Today we have an overview discussion about creating your wedding website. While creating an entire website may sound a little intimidating at first, I promise – this is a really fun way to communicate with your guests and stay organized. Let’s dive in!
For starters, my favorite FREE wedding website builder can be found right here, at www.zola.com
So, why do we need a wedding website?
Well, the basic answer is that this is a really easy and fun way to communicate to family & friends all about your engagement, and the wedding itself. Do you really NEED one? No, definitely not!
What sorts of things should we include on our wedding website?
Most wedding websites will be very flexible in allowing you to post photos, and blog or journal style entries. For those of you in the early stages of planning, consider setting aside some time to document your engagement story in a written post that you can publish on your wedding website.
This is a really sweet way for you to tell your family & friends the details of your engagement story. I KNOW you put it up on Facebook in a couple sentences – but I mean a narrated, detailed story of exactly when, where, and how the question was popped. What you were wearing, what exactly was said, where you were … how it all went down.
Now, if you’re not a writer, and this feels a little too time consuming or just not fun, that’s fine! A wedding website is a perfect place to show off a gallery of photos, especially candid photos from the engagement moments, or your finished engagement photos.
And lastly here, you can also add pictures of other big events that take place during your engagement, like the engagement party, bridal shower, and other wedding parties.
A little side note, but a very important one!
Be sure to take the time to document these moments during your engagement! Don’t get too busy and distracted by the wedding itself. Remember to have someone taking pictures of all the fun steps along the way. Not JUST to share on a wedding website, but really to have as a fun memory of these very special months or years leading up to the actual wedding.
Some moments to capture and display on your wedding website:
- Your cake & catering tastings,
- Venue shopping,
- DIY projects with your girlfriends,
- Dress shopping (you may not want to share those before the wedding day, but trust me, all of these moments will be treasured in years to come!).
My point is just don’t let the “busy-ness” of it all distract you from slowing down to enjoy it, and document the special moments with lots of pictures!
(Side note – Visit our friends at www.tacboard.com/wedding for a wonderful online tool that collects and saves your candid wedding photos from throughout your engagement journey!)
OK, so a wedding website is a wonderful place to document your engagement, either with a blog, a gallery of pictures, so like an photo blog, or both. Trust me, your family & friends will enjoy seeing a detailed recap of everything that goes a little deeper than a Facebook post can!
OTHER WEDDING WEBSITE ANNOUNCEMENTS
In addition to documenting your engagement with stories and photos, you can use a website to communicate lots of other wedding announcements.
Introduce your wedding party.
Introduce the crew with fun candid photos and a few sentences about each bridesmaid & groomsman.
Post a calendar / timeline of events.
This is particularly useful if you’re having parties leading up to the wedding – maybe a welcome party for out of town guests, rehearsal, day-after brunch, etc.
Specifically for the wedding day, you can list out the time of the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner seating, etc so that everyone has an idea of exactly when things are happening.
Link to a few hotels or accommodations for out-of-town guests.
Someone who doesn’t live in your area may or may not be familiar with the best hotel to choose for price and location. Airbnb.com and local hotel suggestions are really helpful to have posted for your out-of-town guests.
Share miscellaneous “special announcements”.
You’re having a luau-themed rehearsal dinner and want to encourage your guests to wear their favorite casual Hawaiian shirt. This is perfect info to communicate via your wedding website!
Share your wedding gift registry.
Your wedding website is the PERFECT place to post where you are registered for gifts. List the stores + websites, and include direct links for guests to click and shop, all from your website.
Directions, meal options, etc.
List things that may or may not have been included on your paper invitation, like directions to your ceremony spot, directions to the reception venue, or meal options.
If you’re looking to keep your invitations really simple and affordable, and not include all the different enclosures like directions, meal cards, registry information, etc. then your website is a perfect spot to communicate these details.
THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS of a wedding website.
If you’re not tech savvy, don’t worry! There are tons of wedding website builders out there that make it SO easy. You fill in the blanks, drag & drop – it’s seriously dummy proof. If you can book an airline flight online, or buy something on Amazon, I promise – you can create a wedding website.
Websites can range from totally free & basic, to paid custom features like choosing your own URL, auto scheduling email updates, etc.
Is every guest at your wedding going to be receptive to / and or USE a wedding website for updates? No, they definitely are not.
With that said … before you rely 100% on a website to communicate the most important details, think about people who are going to need a more personal touch. Who are the people who don’t necessarily use the internet in the same ways that you do?
These guests will require either a phone call or maybe a note in the mail. You could make a calling tree and have your mom or aunts call elderly family members, or anyone who you know won’t actually go on your website to get the information.
I hope today’s show has been helpful! Please reach out to me with any questions at www.weddingplanningpodcast.co/contact
Cheers until next time!
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