A wedding website presents an opportunity to communicate the information that simply doesn’t fit on a wedding invitation! Not sure what should go on yours? Take a listen to this episode where I break down everything you should put on your wedding website.
So we’re doing a three part series all about wedding websites:
- Everything you should put on your wedding website
- How to lay out your wedding website FAQs and what to include
- How to write the ‘about us’ part of your wedding website
- Your names (this will help guests to know they’re in the right place)
- The wedding date
We recommend having these basics near the top of the website because they’ll be the first bits of information that guests will be searching for.
Everybody will have questions and your FAQ section is the perfect space to answer them all.
Next week we’ll lay out all the FAQs you could include and how to politely word your answers. We cover things like “Are children invited to the wedding?” and if your answer is no, then you’ll want to say it in a very straightforward but kind way.
Virtual wedding details
If you plan to have any type of virtual wedding, such as a live stream ceremony, keep this information visible on the website. This will include a link for guests to watch, a password if required, and any important instructions (things like “please mute yourself”).
Guests will want to know where they can find a wedding gifts list, and we highly recommend not putting this information on your printed invitations. This is what your wedding website is for! Put a link to your wedding registry so guests know where to go.
Or a creative way to ask for cash instead.
How to get there
The more detailed, the better. Include the full address, a map and any other key information required. Consider guests who are unfamiliar with your wedding location, and think about the information they’ll need. These might be the names of nearby airports, places to rent cars, links to public transport websites and information about how long the journey is. Include details about where to park, for guests who are driving.
If you have lots of guests coming from out of town, provide a list of nearby hotels and spots to rent. Include the names of hotels, addresses, website links and a discount code if you’ve got one.
Remember, this is YOUR wedding website and you want your guests to know it. Include photos, how you met, your proposal story and funny tidbits about you as a couple. Make it as personal as you can!
Coming up: how to write this part, what to include and where to start!
One of the key functions of a wedding website is to direct people towards where they can RSVP. This may be a button that links to a Google Form, an automated RSVP spot on a wedding website, or simply an email address (we recommend using a free Gmail account). Don’t forget to include the RSVP date!
The dress code
Guests will be wondering what to wear, so state the dress code and be as clear as you can.
Things to do
This information is only required if you’ve got lots of out of town guests or a big gap of time between your ceremony and reception. You could include nearby cinemas, museums, places to eat and salons!
Do you intend to create a wedding hashtag that you’d like guests to use? Put this on your wedding website, along with a note of what guests should do with it. Don’t assume everybody knows what a hashtag is or how to use it. Additionally, if you’re having an unplugged ceremony, your wedding website is the place to announce it first.
People will be wondering what food will be served, so you can decide how much of this information you’d like to share. At the very least, give guests an option to let you know if they have dietary requirements.
Of course, your wedding date will be highly visible near the top of your website. We also recommend including a countdown too! This will add to the excitement of how many days are left before the Big Day.
To avoid having anybody contact you on the morning of your wedding, provide contact information for who will be the point of contact on the day. This could be a wedding planner, venue coordinator or the Best Man. It’s got to be someone who will know how to help guests who are lost or have any pressing questions on the day.