10 Things To Include On Your Wedding Website
One of the first things to do when you get engaged is set up a wedding website. Companies like myweding.com offer free wedding websites with matching eco-friendly invitations and stationary you can order. The nice thing about a wedding website is it gives guests a centralized place to get information, and allows you to provide details that would be hard (and not very environmentally-conscious) to put on paper. A wedding website is virtually limitless in terms of the information you can provide for guests, and is a great way to share information about both your event and your relationship.
Because there are so many pages you can create on free wedding websites it is easy to get overwhelmed and leave out key details. Here is a quick check list of things every wedding website should have.
1. Date, Time and Location.
Make sure to include all the basic information about the wedding, including the date, time, and exact location (e.g. The Garrison Resort, the Wingate Room). Include information for all pre- and post-wedding events, as well.
2. Transportation options.
Your website should contain information about the closest airports, train stations, and car rental companies. If you have set up a carpool website or contact person, also include this information.
3. Driving Directions.
Always include comprehensive driving directions along with a link to an interactive map service like Mapquest. Make sure to test the directions before you post them.
4. Contact Information.
Make sure your website has contact information for the two of you (a.k.a., where to send gifts) and for any hotels, restaurants, or other locations that you will be using for the wedding.
5. Lodging Options.
It is polite to do the legwork for your guests and include a number of different lodging options in the area. Try to find a good range, from ultra-reasonable to high-end. Many hotels will hold blocks of rooms at a discount for your party if you make arrangements ahead of time. Include a note (e.g., ‘Be sure to mention you are with the Harrison-Muchnick party’) along with a contact person for each hotel, and make sure to release any unreserved rooms before you are charged. The cut-off date will be different for every place but is usually several weeks before your wedding.
6. Schedule of Events.
Especially if your wedding is a multi-day affair, be sure to include a comprehensive schedule of events with their location and start times. It is nice to include a brief note about appropriate attire, so your guests can plan accordingly.
7. Packing List.
Along the same lines as the dress code, consider including a packing list – especially if you are having a destination wedding or a multi-activity event.
8. Registry Information.
Include a link to any registry sites you have established, so guests know what to get you (and don’t have to bother your mother or father).
9. Engagement Story.
A thoughtful touch is to add either your awesome engagement story or the story of how you two met. This will give guests who do not know you or your fiancé all that well a chance to learn more about you and provide them something to talk about at the wedding.
Pictures of the two of you, pictures of your families, pictures of the bridal party members with bios, pictures of the wedding site – really, any and all pictures you want to include will make the website more interesting and fun.
By including these simple items on your wedding website you can make sure your guests have everything they need to navigate through the day or weekend. Don’t be afraid to include more than the basics too. For example, if you are including green elements in your wedding it is nice to add a tab that outlines what they are and why you made those choices.
Your wedding website is a portal to your wedding, but also represents who you are as a couple and what the day means to you. Your guests will love learning more about your soon-to-be spouse and the life you are building together.