Creating Your Wedding Website

Lots of amazing listener questions inspired today’s episode all about creating your wedding website.  Listen now!

Creating Your Wedding Website episode dated 12.7.16

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 NEED one?  No, definitely not!

What sorts of things should we include on our wedding website?

YOUR ENGAGEMENT

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. 

It’s a really sweet way for you & your fiancé to tell your family & friends and all the wedding guests all about your engagement story.  I KNOW you put it up on Facebook in a couple sentences, but I’m talking a narrated, detailed story of exactly when, where, and how the question was popped, what you were wearing, what exactly was said, how it all went down.

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 photos from your engagement photo shoot. 

You can also add pictures of other big events that take place during your engagement, like the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party well maybe you don’t want pictures of that, but all these important things that happen during your engagement –

A little side note, but a very important one –

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, that too, but really to have as a fun memory of these very special months or years leading up to the actual wedding.

Take pictures as you visit the store to build your wedding registry, at your cake tastings, of your DIY projects with your girlfriends, take pictures while you’re trying on dresses (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 really take it in, and take pictures of it.  All of it, everything!

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 ANNOUNCEMENTS

In addition to documenting your engagement with stories and photos, you can use a website to communicate lots of other wedding announcements.

Some examples:

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.  Specific to 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 is huge right now, maybe you could filter a search for places within a certain radius of the wedding reception, and post that link to your website. 

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.  Perfect thing 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, 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.

Now that we’ve talked about all the cool things a wedding website can do, let me give you a reassurance that if you’re like whoa, this is all way over my head and I could never build a 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 make 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. So before you rely totally on a website to communicate the important details, think about people who are going to need a more personal touch – 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.

MY FAVORITE WEDDING WEBSITE BUILDERS 

All tools below are totally free!

www.minted.com/wedding-websites

  • Matching invitation suites available
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  • Basic website designs are free, with Premium services for just $35 (Premium includes a custom URL & unlimited photos)

www.mywedding.com

  • 600 free designs to choose from
  • Unlimited photo uploads
  • Really cute template designs

www.weddingwire.com

www.theknot.com

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