What’s up, beautiful people? Let’s just jump right into the meat of this topic: your wedding website and what you want to know about building one!
Wedding websites are a relatively new phenomenon hitting the wedding scene. In a nutshell, you can create a website that is dedicated to your wedding. Imagine, a website dedicated to you and your partner, helping all your guests share in the days leading up to your wedding. There are a tonne of different things you can include on your wedding website. Everything from pictures of your pets in costume, to password protected pages with your hen’s and buck’s night details. It’s worth remembering that a lot of the extra details are superfluous and while they can really round out your site, you should always make sure you achieve the goal of the site which is (usually) to keep your guests informed.
Below are my top 5 picks that I believe every wedding website, from DIY sites to custom built, should include.
1) Digital RSVP – The way of the… now.
It’s hard enough organising a few sisters to meet to try on bridesmaid dresses (believe me, I watched my fiancé try) let alone trying to collect and collate 50 – 200 RSVP forms. These days people find it difficult to go through the process of posting an RSVP slip back to you and depending on your numbers, you may find yourself doing the ring-around to get those elusive ‘yes’s’.
There are other benefits to the online RSVP too. Depending on whether you are making your website yourself or having a wedding website designer do it for you, your RSVP form can include many different things. Song requests, dietary requirements and any special travel arrangements that you might need on file can be handy additions. A lot of the time this is made easier again by being able to export to an Excel spreadsheet.
2) How You Met, the Pre-Wedding Story!
A small yet, dare I say, adorable feature on your wedding website is the story of how you met. While you don’t want to drown your family and guests in the minutia of your entire relationship history, there may be some people coming who don’t know the full story and would like to.
Your work colleagues for example, or some more distance relatives will probably enjoy reading about how you met. If they come to your wedding without knowing this, they may feel a bit left out of the ‘in’ crowd when the Celebrant or Priest start talking about you in the ceremony. A few paragraphs on your website will likely do the trick, but feel free to mention any little funny anecdotes from your relationship. It will help add life to your website, and will make browsing it all that much more entertaining. Plus, it’s good practise for your celebrant as they will probably ask for some of those stories too, in order to get a feel for who you are as a couple.
3) Simple Logistics
Your wedding website really is going to have a few specific functions, placed smartly between your memorable photos and paragraphs about your best man and maid of honour. Your guests are going to come back to the site to confirm the logistics.
- Where is the ceremony and reception?
- When is the ceremony and reception?
- Is there much distance and if so, how much, between venues?
- What to wear?
- Is there a cash bar?
Don’t forget to mention to your guests if the alcohol is on you, if your only paying for beer and wine, or some other mix. There would be nothing worse than showing up without your wallet and feeling like you missed out on knowing a key part of the event information.
4) Kids or No Kids?
Not every wedding is accommodating to children. It’s nothing personal and it’s not meant to be offensive, but sooner or later you’ll have to let your guests know. The best place to write it is on the invite itself. The second best place is on the RSVP form. That way every single person will know what the situation is with their kids.
Some additional tips:
- You can be nice about it. Saying “We want everyone, parents included, to have a fun and relaxing evening so our wedding will be child-free” goes down a treat.
- Be firm. There’s always one parent who will think their child is the exception. They aren’t, unless you want them to be.
5) Match Your Theme
As a designer, nothing brings me more joy when designing a website than tying it in with other materials. If I’m working on a business website it’s business cards and marketing materials. For your wedding it’s invites, save the dates and the wedding venue. It’s very likely you have a theme that goes across your entire wedding from traditional, to funky, to gothic, to rustic, to prestige. Whatever your colours, styling options and personal taste include, be sure to have your website make sense to your guests. When they reach your website you want them to know right away that they have come to the right place.
That About Wraps it Up!
There we have it! Hopefully this list has given you a few ideas for your wedding website. You should try to remember the site is meant to be representative of you and your wedding. One of the most important thing to ensure that your website and the process is bringing you joy. If you find the process is tiresome or creating stress, take a different tact. Have your partner write a little bit of the content. Ask friends and family for photo suggestions or even check out “top 10” lists on Google for design ideas.
Here at Chess Web Design we do offer wedding websites as a speciality. If you want to sit back, relax and have a pro do the heavy lifting you can get in touch with us on our contact page. Happy websit-ing and feel free to comment below or share, and if you like this article please like us on Facebook!