Wedding Websites 101

by | Jun 4, 2019

Tips for making your wedding website #wow

Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it! If you are getting married this side of 2019, it’s almost unthinkable not to have a wedding website.

In a previous Blog, it became very clear that the modern bride is moving online.
Not only does it mean huge savings in printing, but also easy access to wedding info.

The good news is that if you have a bit of computer savvy, you can actually do it yourself (more about this later, with some beautiful examples). If you are absolutely rubbish with computers, a wedding website can cost you as little as from R2 950.

IN THIS BLOG WE LOOK AT WHAT GOES INTO A WEDDING WEBSITE, WHERE TO FIND FREE TEMPLATES AND SOME EXAMPLES THAT WILL JUST TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY.

Sharing your love story

If you had an engagement photo shoot or just have fabulous couple photos to share, a wedding website is a perfect place to share your love story. Chances are that the family on both sides may not have met the other half and this serves as a nice little intro.

Hate repeating yourself? We get it

There is nothing worse than repeating the directions to the wedding venue to all 120 guests. Even with the help of future hubby, it gets a bit much. A foolproof way around this is to have a wedding website – and one with loads of detail. The beauty of a wedding website is that it’s a one-stop wedding info shop.

A well-thought-out Q & A will save you hours on the phone explaining important questions. We’ve compiled a list below (you may copy and paste, we don’t mind), and would love to know what you think we should add to the list.

Essentials:

• Who is marrying who
• Date
• Venue (Google Maps)
• Time
• Dress code
• Format of event
• RSVP

It gets a bit more interesting when adding:
• About the couple
• Who is in the bridal party
• Bridal register(gifts)
• Can I bring kids to the wedding?
• Can I bring a plus 1?
• Recommended accommodation in the rea
• Weather
• Catering/ Dietary restrictions – vegetarian, vegan, halaal, nut allergies, gluten-free, etc.
• May I post wedding pics on social media?
• Recommendations for touristy things to do in the area
• Restaurant recommendations

The beauty of Bridal Party Bios

Since your bridal party will be up front and visible to guests most of the time during the ceremony, it is very handy to have an introduction to all on your wedding website. Not a Linkedin Bio, just something short and sweet about your friendship, perhaps how you met and maybe something quirky about them which people would not know.

Bridal Party Bios also serves as a little ice breaker. So that handsome guy in the groom’s party plays rugby, loves hiking and has a cute French bulldog. Imagine the conversation starter when you suggest a walk in the park to give both your Frenchies some much-needed exercise. You see where we are going with this.

Wedsite.com suggest the following for top-notch Bridal Party Bios:

• 1st sentence: How you met and how your relationship developed
• 2nd – 3rd sentence: Favourite memories and experiences shared together, funny anecdotes or quirky facts
• 4th sentence: Personality traits you love about them, what to expect from them at the wedding

According to the experts at Wedding.com “You can write your bridal party bios in first or third person – choose whatever feels the most natural for you. When it comes to tone and wording, it’s best to keep things upbeat, appreciative and personable. Incorporating some humour is also a great way to make these descriptions entertaining and engaging for guests!”

A real-life example may look like this:
“Jenny and Sally first met in London during a University exchange program and quickly became inseparable – bonding over their shared love of lychee martinis and old school R’n’B! After backpacking through India together and a 5-year stint as roommates, it’s safe to say Jenny knows Sally better than anyone. We love Jenny for her huge heart, cheeky sense of humour and ability to find the funny side of every situation!”

As with all things in life, there is Etiquette involved in writing a wedding party Bio.
While the aim is to keep the Bio entertaining and light, embarrassing or offending anyone is a big no-no. That time where everyone had an all-fall-down party is really not for public consumption – really, anything too personal is just not a good idea. An insider joke remains just that – no one else will understand it anyway.

It’s always a good idea to get the approval from all in the bridal party before publishing it online – same goes with the photos. You may think it’s cute, but they may have something else in mind.

Create your Wedding Website

The beauty of a wedding website is that should any details change (a venue burns down, the groom breaks a leg, mom gets hospitalised – yes, these things happen), it’s is easy-peasy to just update the website and alert everyone on Whatsapp that they need to consult the website for new arrangements. Sadly, printed invites can’t be revoked or deleted. The only recourse is to reprint at a cost.

Gifting made easy
Wedding websites allow you to list your preferred shops where you have bridal registers or even add some detail of your favourite charities where you may want donations to go to. Very often, new Mr & Mrs leave the reception and head off to either the honeymoon night or the honeymoon destination. In both cases, loads of wedding gifts are a bit of a drag, at least the transporting thereof. A wedding gift register simplifies the process – not only does the couple get what they really need, but it’s also an easier process when transporting the goodies to its new home.

RVSP made easy

RSVP is not walk in the park. It’s a bit like walking on nails. Fortunately, the RSVP system on a wedding website helps tremendously in collating all the info. Trust me, if Aunty Merle changes her mind the 3rd time, you want to have it in writing. Once again, having it online saves moolah – the printed version would have seen you printing special RSVP inserts which had to be posted back to you. Nowadays, I can imagine that a photo returned on Whatsapp would suffice.

Sharing is caring
What I love most about a wedding website is that it’s forever – OK, as long as you pay the annual hosting fee, which really is minimal. Make sure you add a photo gallery tab to your website and load all your favourite wedding photos on the website. Guests love to look back to the day with you. It serves as a virtual wedding album for days and years to come.

Wedding websites nowadays are all not only desktop and laptop friendly, but the design is also customised to display beautifully on your mobile device or Ipad. If the wedding website template you are working with does not offer this, please steer clear. Half of the fun is to colour co-ordinate your wedding website with your wedding décor and theme – your guests will love you for it.

For the purpose of the blog, we have used a lot of examples from Wix, although WordPress and several other websites provide similar lovely website templates. If you have a creative bone in your body, this will be huge fun. If not, there is no shame in calling in the professionals!

But before you do, feast your eyes on our gorgeous collection of 37 wedding websites examples on Pinterest!

Image credit: BalikuCreative

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

CHRISTA BADENHORST

She knows her Merlot from her Mojito, her hotel from her motel. From craft food to caviar, her innate curiosity about life and wanderlust provide inspiration for her blogs, articles and press releases about the travel, wedding and Spa industry. Over twenty years in the hotel marketing & PR arena with impressive hotel groups, from Dubai to Durbanville, has evolved into the pure enjoyment of freelance projects under the banner of About Branding.

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