There's oh so much guest information to hand out before a wedding. With family asking you where they can park, friends requesting dress code details and aunties asking about gifts, you can feel like a one-woman concierge service during the lead up to your event. Enter the trusty wedding website! From venue vibes to dress code deets and even your wildest registry wishes, pack your wedding website full of information and let it take care of everything. In this article, we dive into all things wedding websites. We'll look at when to create yours, where to find them, how to word your website and much much more. 

What is a wedding website?

A wedding website is an online platform dedicated to providing information and facilitating communication between the couple getting married and their guests. It's a handy virtual hub, where you can share all the important details about your special day. For any kind of wedding, big or small, a wedding website can really save the day.

In fact, if you've seen a wedding website before (especially a beautifully considered and well written one), you'll know just how useful they can be. Sharing information such as the date, location, dress code, registry, travel plans, and even the couple's social media hashtag, they're a go-to source for guests. Plus, they save a whole lot of time for the busy couple who likely to be hectically tying together the final ingredients of their event.

But it doesn't stop there. Wedding websites do more than inform these days. Pick a great one, and you'll also be able to provide easy access to gift registries, share your love story, track RSVPs, and in some cases even create a matching paper invitation.

Then, once the wedding is over, couples can choose to include a photo gallery to share moments from the wedding. Plus, the website itself can later be repurposed as a space to say thank you to guests for attending.

Convenient, efficient and incredibly time saving, a wedding website is the way to go. Not convinced yet?

The advantages of using a wedding website 

We've shared a few of the best features of a wedding website above. But there are some real advantages that may not have even crossed your mind yet. Here are some key benefits:

Organisation

A wedding website helps couples stay organised. And that's because it's basically a centralised spot where all the important details can be conveyed. When changes occur, add it to the site. If you think of something helpful to mention, add it to the site. It's also worth noting that some wedding websites allow for you to create highly detailed and live guests lists and track RSVPs. No hand-made spreadsheets required!

Convenience

Since your wedding website is on the internet, guests can access the website from any internet-connected device, such as desktops or mobile phones, making it convenient for them to find all the information they need in one place. They can take a look at your website on the way to work, at home or even on the way to your wedding. 

Cost-effectiveness

Some people have begun sending website ecards in place of traditional invitations. Creating traditional wedding invitations can be expensive, especially when inviting a large number of guests. So it's true that wedding websites offer a cost-effective alternative. It's worth noting here however, that although a wedding website is very handy, it doesn't have the same impact as a wedding invitation. What's more, your guests won't be able to hold onto them for years to come, or enjoy them as a keepsake. 

Additional information

Whereas wedding invitations only allow for limited text, wedding websites make room for couples to provide additional information. You can include details about your love story, wedding party, travel information for out-of-town guests, recommended accommodations, local attractions, and more.

Personalisation

When paired seamlessly with timeless stationery, wedding websites can be another way to reflect your unique style. Couples can choose from various templates and design options to create a website that matches their wedding theme. And with some heartfelt personal touches such as photos, videos, and stories, you'll tie together your wedding experience just perfectly!

Considerations when using a wedding website

There aren't may downsides to using a wedding website, but you may want to consider a few things:

Technical skills

If you opt for a DIY wedding website, you may need some time to figure out how it all works. Creating and maintaining a wedding website may require some technical skills or familiarity with website building platforms. Not all couples may have the time or inclination to invest in this aspect of wedding planning. However, you could also consider approaching a company which can make the website for you!

Privacy concerns

Wedding websites are typically public-facing, which means that anyone with the website URL can access the information shared on the site. While some platforms offer password protection or privacy settings, there is still a level of exposure to consider. Consider this before sharing information publicly about guests!

Accessibility

You'll probably have a few grandparents, aunts and uncles at your wedding who are less technologically advanced than others. So it's important to consider that not all guests may have easy access to the internet or be comfortable navigating online platforms. You might like to provide some printed invitations for some guests in place of an e-invitation.

Overwhelming information

You're excited about your wedding, and so you should be! While wedding websites can provide a wealth of information, there is a risk of overwhelming guests with too much content. Try your best to strike that balance between helpful and 'too helpful'. Provide the necessary details without being too wordy!

Free website limitations 

While there are free options available out there for creating wedding websites, some  have limitations in terms of design options, customisation, or storage. Additionally, certain advanced features, such as RSVP management or integration with other wedding planning tools, may require paid subscriptions or additional costs. Take some time to look into what works best for you before you put too much time into creating something that doesn't match your expectations.

Choosing the right wedding website

 

Design

Let's face it, we care about what our wedding website looks like. In fact, most people like to give their wedding a strong brand these days. As a result, you'll want to work with a company that offers a design you love. Customisation is the key here. Consider the visual appeal, layout options, colour schemes, and font choices available. Your wedding website should reflect your theme and personal style; settle for nothing less!

Cost

Not all wedding websites are made equal, and not all are free. However, those paid versions might offer things you require. Evaluate the cost and pricing structure of different wedding website providers. You might choose a free option, but with a premium plan, or perhaps a more personalised service with an expert designer. Depending on your budget you'll be able to find the right option for you.

Reviews

We trust other people in similar situations to us. And so we should. Reviews written by other newly married couples are a great way to confirm that you're making the right choice. Read reviews and seek recommendations from other couples who have used wedding website providers. Their experiences can provide insights into the pros and cons, which is super helpful at a time like this. 

Functions 

Do you want your wedding website to simply tell a story, enhance your wedding 'brand' and offer some helpful information? Or are you using your wedding website for the logistics? Choose a site that offers what you need.

When should you start a wedding website?

While there isn't a fixed timeline for creating your wedding website, it's never too early to start!

We suggest creating your wedding website at least 6-9 months prior to your wedding day or when you send out your save the dates. Even if you leave pages blank with a note which says "More information to come", it's better to start sooner rather than later. 

Don't forget to include your website URL on your save the dates or invites and inform your loved ones about your website.

Wedding website wording 

So you're presented with the blank canvas of your wedding website, but words suddenly fail you. This is totally understandable. With save the dates, wedding invites and a website to write, it's understandable that you're a little lost for words. Whilst some pages of your wedding website will be more explanatory, the welcome page deserves a little thought. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired. 

Welcome message 

Short and sweet

"Let's party! Adrian and Sue invite you to join them in celebrating their marriage."

Casual and chatty

"Welcome to our wedding website! We are thrilled to have you here as we embark on our new chapter. On this website, you'll find all the details you need to join us in celebrating our special day. From venue information to accommodation suggestions, we've got you covered. So, grab a virtual glass of champagne and explore the site to discover our story, meet the bridal party, and get excited about the festivities to come. Thank you for being a part of our love story!"

Traditional 

"Together with their parents, Paul and Jennifer request the honour of your presence at their wedding on the fifth of May 2024."

Unique wedding websites by Peppermint Press 

Peppermint Press wedding websites are ideal for effortlessly sharing all the important information and updates about your event with your guests. Designed to perfectly complement your stationery suite or as a standalone feature, they offer helpful features to enhance the planning process.

Enjoy seamless integration with Google Sheets so that collecting RSVPs becomes a breeze. Additionally, our websites can be easily shared with your vendors and suppliers to ensure everyone is on the same page. If you'd also like to incorporate Google Maps directions, we can also help you with this.

Peppermint Press wedding websites can be made truly personalised, with your own imagery or royalty-free stock images.

Create a unique and visually appealing digital space that reflects your wedding style and captures the essence of your special day.

Browse our wedding websites here. 

November 27, 2023

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