The wedding world is constantly evolving. And wedding websites are a new-to-the-scene tool that can make your planning process a breeze. Imagine having an online platform that stores all your event information in one place that your guests can revisit, even if they’ve lost the physical invitations (we’ve all been there!). Creating a wedding website makes that possible.
You can use it as a space to share your wedding day itinerary, link to your registry, or even just show off your epic engagement photos taken by your top-notch photographer. No matter what your reasoning for creating it might be, it’s a Junebug-approved tool you’ll want to consider. But where do you even begin? From what host to use to what information you should include, here’s everything you need to know about creating a wedding website.
Benefits Of Having A Wedding Website
Although physical wedding invitations will always hold a special place in our hearts, some couples might find wedding websites an easier and cheaper alternative. Instead of investing money in sending out physical save-the-dates, your wedding website can act as your invitation—and then some. But that’s not the only benefit.
After the pandemic, we quickly realized that big changes can happen overnight. This is true when it comes to your wedding day plans as well. And when planning your big day, it’s important to expect the unexpected. That’s where having a wedding website becomes a helpful wedding planning tool. It allows you to quickly communicate any changes or important information to all your guests.
What To Include On Your Wedding Websites
1. Your Love Story
Your wedding day is all about celebrating your love. That’s why the first thing you should add to your wedding website is your love story. Where did you meet? When did you meet? Your guests will undoubtedly enjoy reading all the monumental moments that led to this big moment. Remember, there is no limit to what you can include, so divulge as much as you’d like about your love story. Extra points if you add pictures.
2. Event Itinerary
After sharing your love story, it’s time to get to business—your wedding day itinerary. You’ll want to be as detailed as possible, leaving no room for confusion or follow-up questions. Include addresses for each location and start times for your ceremony, reception, and any other events (like a cocktail hour) that you’ve fit into your timeline.
The best part? Your guests can revisit this information electronically on your wedding day. This will make for smoother transitions and leave no room for confusion.
3. An Online RSVP Option
Gone are the days guests have to formally mail in their RSVP cards. It’s now as easy as hitting a button. Sure, this process is easier for your guests, but for you as well. It’s just another thing you can cross off your “to-do” list. Plus, spending less time worrying about keeping track of RSVPs means more time spent on fun details like planning your wedding decor.
4. Include Your Registry Details
The beauty of creating a wedding planning website is that all of your information is in one place—your wedding registry included. It allows your guests choosing to bring a gift to shop on their own time, without having to ask for the link.
Need help creating a unique registry to include on your wedding website? Check out these top registry ideas that you probably haven’t heard of yet.
5. Introduce Wedding Party
Your website is the perfect spot to give your guests a little introduction to the wedding party. That is if you’ve chosen to include a wedding party. Include pictures and a little biography for the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and any others that’ll play a vital role on your big day. In their bio, include fun facts about them, how you met, and of course, some photos so guests can place a name to the face.
6. Dress Code Details
Whether you’re hosting a black-tie affair or a casual backyard celebration, it’s important to prep your guests. While there is a small space to include dress code information on paper wedding invitations, wedding websites allow you to go more in-depth. Finding the perfect wedding guest outfit can be difficult. So trust us when we say, the more information you can give your guests, the better.
7. Transportation and Lodging
This section is especially critical if you’re planning a destination wedding or have guests coming in from out of town. If your guests are unfamiliar with the area, consider including travel recommendations like which airports are closest, as well as transportation options. It’s also helpful to include hotel recommendations near your wedding venue.
If you’ve arranged a hotel block for your wedding party and guests, this is a great place to include the booking information and pricing logistics.
The Top Wedding Websites To Use
With endless wedding website options, it can be difficult to differentiate them all. Here are a few of our favorites to kickstart your search:
Need some more ideas? Check out the best wedding websites to give your guests the deets.
How To Share Your Wedding Website
Your wedding website is officially complete—congrats! Now it’s time to send it out to your loved ones. If you’ve chosen to send out physical invitations, add your link to your paper invite. But the easiest and cheapest (aka free) way to share your website is to share the link on social media.
If you and your significant other will be sharing this link on your social platforms, consider adding a password to your website. This will make it accessible to only those invited to your celebration.
For couples wanting both formal invitations and a wedding website, you can have the best of both worlds. After you complete your registry and website, it’s time to start crafting your save the dates. Get started by checking out these unique save the dates worthy of announcing your upcoming celebration.