What to include on your wedding website
29 Nov 2017
Have you considered a wedding website? Take a look at the benefits and discover where to get started
A wedding website is a crucial consideration for couples who want to have one central point of information to which they can direct their guests. Gone are the days of guests losing invitations and couples having to send last-minute reminders of the date, times and/or venue. In the digital age, a wedding website is welcomed with open arms because of its prime functional purpose - to communicate all the main details of your big day. And to make matters easier, your personalised wedding website can be quickly put together using Bride's free online wedding website platform.
Once you have set up your account and before you start customising your website with templates, graphics and images, you should think about the key things to include. Put yourself in the position of your wedding guests and consider the information they will use your website for. Here are seven elements of information to help you get started.
When and where
Present the date, time of the ceremony and venue/s in a prominent position on the homepage. These are the most important details - and, surprisingly (or not so surprisingly for some), can be the first things guests forget. In smaller text or as a subsidiary webpage, include an order of the day and times for the evening guests to arrive.
Give the full addresses of your ceremony and reception venues and present clear directions on how to get there on a dedicated webpage. Check the exact Sat Nav postcode with your wedding venue and embed a Google Map into the webpage for extra ease. Consider giving contact details for the venue incase guests struggle to find it.
If your venue can't accommodate all guests, compile a list of alternative hotels and B&Bs with contact details and websites. You can include this under 'directions' or as a separate webpage.
While not essential, a summary of your love story to date will put a personal stamp on your website and will give guests who don't know you as well as immediate family and friends an insight prior to the wedding. This can be presented on the homepage of your wedding website, underneath the date, time and venue. Keep it short - a paragraph or two - and maintain a light and informal tone, as if you were recounting your story in person to your guests.
A weather widget will allow guests to formulate an idea of what to wear in advance of the big day and will also help them to prepare for travel conditions.
Your gift list
Link your online gift list to your wedding website and allow guests to efficiently search and make their gift selections. If you don't have a gift list, simply detail on the homepage what you would like to receive from your guests.
Social media pages
State your rules for social media; do you want an unplugged ceremony or do you not want pictures shared throughout the whole wedding day? Conversely, if you're embracing social media on your big day, list any dedicated accounts and/or wedding hashtags for guests to use.
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