Wedding websites: Five reasons why you should have one
01 Dec 2020
Personal wedding websites are hugely popular abroad and in other parts of the UK, but the concept is still relatively new to Norfolk and Suffolk
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Web designer Mark Beresford, owner of Spectra Web Designs, first came across the idea two years ago and quickly realised it had much to offer couples organising a wedding.
Now, with more than 20 years’ experience in building websites, he has launched Spectra Wedding Websites.
Here he outlines the benefits of having your very own digital wedding planner and organiser:
1. It is personal to you
Your wedding website is about you and your special day – it can designed be in any colour or theme you choose.
My package offers four pages, which can focus on anything you like: I normally suggest About Us, Wedding, Reception and Gift List. This example wedding website features a floral design and gives you a flavour for what’s on offer.
The About Us page talks about the bride and groom, how they met and the proposal – it can be as tongue-in-cheek or as serious as you like. There can be photo galleries of images – and you might even want to talk about the best man… After all, what greater opportunity could there be to rib him a little before he slaughters you in his speech!
2. It offers stress-free organisation
So much of what we do these days is online – so what better way of organising and planning a wedding?
A wedding website is almost like a wedding planner checklist. It organises and keeps everything in one neat place; is simple for you to update and gives everyone easy access to everything they need to know. For example, on your Wedding page, you can have an online invitation and RSVP form so people can tell you if they are attending. This can be set up for whoever you like to receive the replies; the website comes with a whole set of new email addresses to keep everything separate from existing addresses.
Of course, some happy couples might like to have traditional stationery too, but others may choose to do it all online and keep it simple.
On the Reception page you can have a menu for the wedding breakfast. Your guests can peruse this in advance, make their selections and offer information about any food allergies. They just fill in a form and the responses can go straight to the caterer if you wish.
Your final page could be a Gift List, almost like a shop, where your guests can actually order their presents. Once a gift is bought, it will no longer be available for others to buy and an email can be sent to whoever needs to know which guest has bought each present.
3. It provides useful information for guests
The websites, which are mobile phone friendly, are all secure and guests will be sent a password with their invitation. They can then log in whenever they choose to access a wealth of useful information. On the Wedding page, for example, there will be a schedule of events, so everyone knows what is happening, and when. There will be information about the church or other place of ceremony, complete with a location map, parking details and whether it is wheelchair accessible.
Likewise, similar information about the venue for the festivities afterwards can be outlined on the Reception page. There can also be suggestions of places to stay, complete with direct links through to guest houses, hotels and other accommodation.
4. It is great fun
A bespoke wedding website is a wonderful way to enhance the whole experience and share photos and stories. The bride and groom can choose to update it whenever they wish - perhaps uploading pictures from the hen night or stag do, for example or we can take care of any updates for you. The wedding and honeymoon pictures can also be added.
5. It can be a unique souvenir of your special day
My package is from £395 and includes a domain name of your choice (if available) and web hosting for a year, but this can be extended for as long as you like for just £50 a year. This means your website can become a unique memento of your wedding, as well as the events leading up to it and afterwards.