I love modern technology. Seriously. I think it is just wonderful that you can create a website, with all your wedding information, for guests to preen the information they need, RSVP, and oogle at pictures of you and your hunny.
When done right, they can help stave the multitudes of queries you are about to receive, and help you to enjoy your engagement with one less 'what's for dinner' question. There are a few essentials every bride and every groom should include on their wedding website, in order to properly utilize that url!
On the main page you'll want to include 1 large engagement photo. Opt for something that shouts out your love like Eloise and Marvin's home page - courtesy of Aaron Thomas Photography. What else can you use engagement photos for if not to show your friends and family?
Include the details you'd put on a Save the Date:
X weds Y on DATE at TIME
THIS LOCATION ceremony
THIS LOCATION reception
Hotel room block at X use code Y when calling PHONE NUMBER
We are registered HERE HERE and HERE
Phew! That way you are covered if
- your dearest friends didn't get their save the date in a timely manner
- you decided to not send save the dates
- said piece of paper was recycled at an untimely date... like before the invitations are sent
Bonus points if you include the dinner menu and the attire requests, a million points if you reiterate whether this is a kid friendly wedding or not. Check out Carolyn and Max's wedding website to see how it's done.
Somewhere you should write about you and your love. Perhaps how you met in 450 words or less. Be sure to edit and proofread and have both sides of your story. Maybe even how you proposed... Feel like your story isn't worth telling? You're wrong. No matter how you met, it's brought you to this point and that's romance enough for me.
It's nice to highlight those people in your life you are about to stand by your side and support you throughout your love story. Add a small blurb about how you know them or include a photo of the pair of you like Hannah and Jason did.
Include details for the groom's dinner on your website, password protect the page so that all of your guests don't think they are invited... that would be like having two weddings and one ceremony... not the worst idea ever...
Save money on RSVP cards and opt for online RSVPs. For those in your life who are not technologically savvy, have a mom or an aunt RSVP for them, otherwise direct guests to RSVP online like Megan and Corey did.
SPREAD THE NEWS
Include the link to your wedding website on your paper Save the Dates and invites, but don't stop there. If you want people to really read what's on your web page why not use social media as a tool? Post pictures that you've used on your website, in your Save the Date, or from your engagement session and use captions to explain where you are at in the planning process.
Use a bit.ly link (they are free) to make your wedding website easier to remember. I suggest using your hashtag, something like bit.ly/meekernomore (Meeker is my maiden name). That way people get used to using it.
Or use linktr.ee for multiple links and include a link to your wedding website, the hotel website, rehearsal dinner google map directions from the hotel, your registries etc.
Need a little inspiration to spark your creativity? Here are a few caption examples to help engage wedding guests before you get married (and hopefully get all of those RSVPS in sooner!):
Just finished our wedding website and our love story - it gets sappy there towards the end #mnbride #106daystogo
Really excited all of my groomsmen can attend the wedding, being that they are all still back in Washington it makes it super tricky, read all about them bit.ly/hashtag
Can't believe RSVPs are starting to com in! Be sure to book your hotel before there's no rooms left, link in the bio
The Knot is a great source for wedding websites, Minted also has sophisticated intuitive options. If you've got a wedding planner working with AislePlanner then you can just push your wedding information to a website on their platform, that means LESS WORK!
Overall keep it clean, wording should be succinct. White backdrops are great, so guests stay engaged and read all of what you have to say. Leave your wedding website in the comment section below and I will wish you PLH in your virtual guest book!
Prosperity, Love & Happiness,