Please note: This article was published June 19, 2017.
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If you’re on this page, it’s either because you really love my blog (aw, shucks!) or you’re engaged (or soon to be)! If the latter is true, congrats! Me too! You might have noticed that once you get engaged, everybody starts asking about wedding plans. An easy way to keep all your friends and family in-the-loop about your pending party is to create a wedding website! And if you don’t know where to start—that’s where I come in.
In my career in communications, I’ve designed dozens of websites, including wedding sites, so I know a thing or two about them. As I work on creating mine, here are a few things you’ll want to make sure to include on yours:
1. A beautiful homepage
The first thing people will see when they visit your website is your homepage, and it will set the tone for not only the site, but your whole wedding! You want this to match your wedding theme and your invitations as much as possible. I also love when couples include a large, high quality photo of themselves on the homepage. (This is where your engagement photos can be useful!)
Other nice things to include on the homepage are the date of the wedding and the general location (think save-the-date). That way, it’s all there and easily accessible.
2. Your love story
If some of your guests from the opposite side of the family don’t know you or your fiancé(e) very well, this can be a great spot for them to visit to get to know you as a couple. Just be yourself and write something that your guests would enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be long or fancy—just make it you!
3. A page (or two) for all the details
Reiterate exactly what you put on the invitation. People lose those little cards, and they’ll come to your wedding website for all the things they need to know once that happens. It is important to make all of this info easy to find in case your guests are checking the website last-minute on their phones on the way to your venue. If you opt to password-protect your website — a good idea when you’re sharing this kind of information — make sure that password is easy to remember.
Some of the things you may want to include are a schedule of the whole weekend, the date and time of the ceremony, the address of the ceremony venue, the address of the reception venue (if they are different), directions to either or both of these venues (particularly if your reception is in a different place from your ceremony, simple directions from the ceremony site to the reception site are a great touch!), and other logistical information like where to park and what to wear (Note: People know how to dress for a wedding, and it can be considered rude to assign a dress code, unless the wedding is black tie or themed!)
You can do this all on one page, or you can separate it out, but whichever you choose, make sure that it’s all easy to access and find both on the computer and on a mobile device.
4. Things to do in town
If you have any guests coming from out of town, they may need some entertainment for the time they’re spending not at your wedding. While not necessarily required, it can be nice to include a list some of your favorite local hotspots on a page of your site for your guests to browse at their leisure. This is also a good place to let your guests know where you’ll be the night(s) before the wedding, in case they want to come by and see you!
For instance, you could make an entry that looks like this:
Name of Local Bar, 123 Main Street, City, State. (P.S. We’ll be here the night before the wedding if you want to stop by!)
5. Your registry information
This might be the one place where you can actually share your registry without looking gift-grabby! It’s easy to just include a link straight to your registry, but if you have several, you may want to dedicate a full page of links to this purpose. Either way, don’t be tacky and make it the highlight of the site, but don’t be ashamed to include this info on your wedding website.
6. Your contact information
Yes, I know that these people should be your nearest and dearest (so they should probably already have your phone number) but it can’t hurt to include a number or email as a point of contact to either you, your day-of coordinator, or your wedding planner. Make sure to include who they should contact for last-minute issues, too—you won’t have time to answer parking questions on your big day!
And that’s it! You now have all the inspiration you need to start your wedding website. Have you created one already? Share the link with us in the comments below and show it off!