Technology is taking over our lives. No longer is your wedding just about you and your partner, it is about becoming “insta famous” or “pinterest popular”. Couples are creating their own unique #hashtags and defining how they’d like guests to communicate their well wishes for the day or share their photos. It is also really popular for couples to build their own wedding website to share with their guests all the information about the wedding. This is particularly great for couples that are planning destination weddings. Paper invitations are still important and a website is an added extra for guests. A place to put all the extra information in without cluttering your gorgeous stationery.
What is the benefit?
This keeps everyone organised in a time that is usually quite chaotic! Your guests are given a one stop shop to find out all the wedding details. It is great for guests as they can have access to maps, links to the accommodation and timelines which help them sketch out their day.
What should you include?
For a couple planning their own website, we suggest that you map out as much information on the site as possible.
- Location with maps
- Date of celebration
- Contact numbers
- RSVP details (or email address)
- Dress code
- Travel recommendations
- Gift registry / wishing well details
- Last minute news
You may want to teach a good friend how to use the site in case there are some last minute changes needed leading up to or on the day of the wedding due to unforeseen circumstances. They can easily alert guests on the website of any changes.
How can you make one?
There are terrific tools available either for free or for a small fee for people that are really not that wizz bang on computers. Here are just a few options:
How to announce your site?
Most couples will pop the URL written on the physical invites they send out to guests or on their save-the-dates. You could also use a digital invitation and email out to your guests if you prefer, just ask them to respond so you know they received it!
What should you avoid?
The sky’s the limit really with your own wedding website. We’d just suggest that you have it in keeping with your theme and vision of the day. It will give your guests a first taste of what they might expect when coming to your wedding.
Whilst you’ll also want lots of cool information, try to keep it neat and not over complicated. You want it to be easy for your guests to use. We suggest only listing three hotels: a expensive option, a middle range and something budget. Point out if you are able to get them discounts or group rates and neatly link them to the actual hotel’s website.
Your Wedding Pics
If you set up a link on your site you can ask your friends to share a drop box link with all the photos they’ve taken at your wedding.
How long to keep it up?
Put your site up at least 9 months before your wedding and do not take it down for at least 3 - 6 months after the wedding. This gives guests enough time to load the photos and see some of your honeymoon shots (if you load them as guests love to know how the happy couple are going!), or for you to post a thank you to your guests.
It also gives last-minute shoppers enough time to grab your registry details. Traditionally, it’s considered acceptable for guests to take up to a year to send their wedding gift (however we don’t recommend you be one of those tardy guests!)