Do you HAVE to have one? No.
Is it helpful and adds to the experience? Yes.
Here is something I don’t think you would expect to hear:
Weddings can be stressful for guests, as well as for you (bride and groom). Boom, I said it!
That is where the wedding website comes in.
A wedding website is the best place to include all of your weddings program, events, additional activities, and recommendations for your guests. It is crucial to help your guests get organized and prepared for what is to come on the big day.
As a bonus: It’s also the best place to include your wedding registry (since I suggest not including the URL to your wedding registry on your wedding invitation suite, in a separate card, and if guests have any questions they can use the platform to clear them up.
When creating your website make sure:
- That the website aesthetic matches the wedding’s vibe.
- That you add music for when guests enter (this gives an extra touch to the experience and keeps your guests excited) – is optional.
- Add a Q&A option so guests can ask any questions they might have and receive answers to those questions.
- Add a page where guests can send/write personalized messages about how they are feeling and what they are expecting from the big day.
- That the website is clear and user-friendly.
- Detailed attire guidelines for each event.
- Weather guidelines.
- Links to your registry.
- Registration for an email informing them when the site is uploaded.
- Your love story, your proposal story, or the story you met. Knowing about your story will get guests more excited about your wedding.
- A detailed itinerary.
- A photo of the happy couple. This photo will be the first thing people will see when they visit your site, and it leaves a big impression.
- Travel information: including flight and hotel details.
- Local transportation details, such as directions from the airport to the hotel, contact info for car rental agencies, etc. If you’ll have shuttles all weekend to transport guests, let them know.
- An RSVP list, giving guests the option to RSVP to the wedding or to specific activities. If you’re offering meal choices, some sites are set up to let your guests enter their choice.
- Directions to the wedding, reception, and any other events, along with maps.
- Your wedding hashtag, if you have one.
I would always recommend that you have a wedding website (it just removes that additional stress that might come up) and especially if you are planning on having a destination wedding.
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