Creating your wedding website doesn’t have to be complicated! Here is a step by step guide, featuring examples from one of our very own A+ brides, to creating a wedding website that answers all of your guests questions- let's get started.
STEP 1: CHOOSE A WEBSITE OPTION
There are quite a few options to choose from, but here are the most popular choices:
Take a look at each option to see if you like the template options and features, or you could also create your own on a different platform, like Wix or Squarespace, if you are really tech-savvy!
STEP 2: CHOOSE A TEMPLATE
Many couples choose a template based on what their invitations will look like, but you don't need them to match. Choose a template that has your wedding colors, a cool design, or just one that you think looks pretty- remember you can always change it!
STEP 3: CREATE YOUR HOMEPAGE
Your homepage should include the following tabs:
Option tabs can include:
Things to Do
Include your wedding date and location directly on the homepage so guests see it!
STEP 4: THE SCHEDULE
Include a cute picture of you two from your engagement session!
Include any transportation information and the address to the venue. This is also a great place to put your dress code!
STEP 5: Travel
Before you send out Save the Dates, make sure you have a hotel block booked. If you don't have a rewards points program set up through a hotel chain, consider doing this for your wedding block so you can earn points towards your honeymoon!
Many "courtesy blocks" will require you to add more rooms once you meet the quota- but you will need to actively check in with them, usually it doesn't happen automatically.
STEP 6: RSVP
Make it easy for guests to RSVP online- don't forget to follow up with guests who might not be as tech-savvy!
STEP 7: FAQs
This is one of the MOST IMPORTANT sections on your website, especially if you want to reduce the number of questions you can from guests.
Here are the top 5 questions you should answer on your FAQ part of you wedding site:
WHAT SHOULD GUESTS WEAR?
Include information about your dress code (give some examples!) and if there is anything specific about the type of footwear you recommend. If you are getting married on a beach or on uneven ground- let your guests know!
ARE KIDS INVITED?
This is a personal preference, but if you don't want the little ones there you can use this wording: "We love your kids—we really do. While we will have a few select family children included in our wedding festivities, we really want our wedding to be your night off!"
IS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED?
If your guests are going to be drinking heavily, or your venue is far from your hotel, consider transportation for your guests.
IS PARKING AVAILABLE?
This can be the difference between guests arriving on time or not. Let them know if you have a valet, if there is a parking garage nearby, or if parking is readily available.
WHO DO I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS?
Whether this is your wedding planner, family member, or your wedding party, make sure guests know who to contact with questions about transportation, food allergies/restrictions, or RSVP questions.
STEP 8: THE EXTRAS
As a planner it is SO helpful when you include photos of your wedding MVPs. It also makes your wedding party feel really special! You can include a cute story about how you met or what you love about them!
Show off your cute engagement photos, a picture you took on vacation, you with your pets, or the first photo you have together.
Remember that your registry information can go directly on your wedding shower invite- but do not put it on your wedding invitation-just put your wedding website! Include items that you will actually use, replacements for old items, or you can ask for $$ towards your honeymoon!
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Include your favorite sushi bar, the best place to grab a local brew, or a cool brunch spot- give recommendations for families if you are inviting children!
Here's your cheat sheet to make sure you have everything listed...
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