Guarantee all of your guests are on the same page with your big day plans by creating a stunning wedding website, that's why!
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A wedding websites is an easy way to keep your guests up to date with the plans for your big day. There are a few different ways you can go about building your own wedding website, so we’ve rounded up our favourites for you to make it easier.
Right now, a wedding website is more useful than ever as plans change due to the coronavirus. Keeping your loved ones informed on the latest safety measures and possible venue changes becomes a breeze with a site than can easily updated and shared.
When it comes to wedding planning in normal circumstances, your guest will have A LOT of questions. Traditionally couples included the key information in their invites (when, where, dress code) but nowadays there’s so much that guests need to know, you’d end up sending a full booklet out with your invites – not very environmentally friendly!
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A wedding site can house everything your guests need to know, including accommodation suggestions local to your venue, taxi numbers, how to get to your venue, and gift list information. Trust us, having a wedding website to direct your guests to rather than answering never ending WhatsApp group messages and phone calls will be a god send when your big day is just weeks away.
A wedding website also saves you money on postage – there’s no need to send out paper save the dates, nor is a physical RSVP necessary if it’s available online. People are much more likely to reply to an online RSVP than popping one in the post, saving you the stress of chasing people for menus choices and plus one information. At the moment, it's also a much safer way for your guests to respond as they won't have to pick up any stamps! Of course, any elderly guests might not be comfortable RSVPing online, but they probably don't feel too comfortable going out either right, so certainly the lesser of two evils.
The beauty of a wedding site is that you can constantly update and change the information – if any of the plans change you can easily update your site rather than having to contact every guest individually.
Free Wedding Websites
If you’d rather save your pennies for other things, aside from a site, at your wedding then a free wedding website is the perfect option. Just because they’re free doesn’t mean they offer a sub-standard service – all the below wedding websites give great results and include everything you’ll need to communicate with your guests.
Out of all the free wedding websites out there, With Joy is probably our favourite. For absolutely no investment on your part they provide a really premium service, with a fully customisable template.
Highlights for us include:
Beautiful design, with a choice of using your own colours, fonts and photos
Digital RSVPs, so you can track your guest list online
Wedding party introductions, so you can highlight who is who
An app for all of your guests to access
An area for your guests to upload pictures, so you can keep everyone’s phone snaps
Wix are known more generally for the website building functionalities, but they do also have some really lovely wedding templates. With the freedom to choose just about any combination of elements, this is ideal for creative couples who want to make their website their own.
Here are some of our favourite elements of Wix wedding websites:
An area to upload 'your story' – letting guests have a little insight into how you met
Ability to include galleries of images, perfect if you have an engagement shoot you want to show off
A contact page
Sections for you to link out to your gift list
Order of the day details
With modern design options, and a looks-lead service Zankyou provides really beautiful wedding websites that function easily too. If that sounds appealing to you and your other half then these are other things we love about Zankyou too:
Maps and running order of the day to keep every up-to-date
Video upload function
Playlist co-ordination which guests can add to for the big day
Personalised domain name
Like Wix, Squarespace aren’t first and foremost a wedding website organisation, but they do have a handful of lovely templates you can use to build your own. If you’re up for a slightly more DIY deal then its perfect for you, and here are some of our favourite elements from their sites:
Visual timeline of your own love story, with scrollable pictures and information
RSVP functionality, to allow guests to respond directly to your email
Ability to buy your own domain name
Responsive design so your website looks just as good on mobile, tablet and desktop
If you’re looking for a package with elements above and beyond the essentials then you might want to consider paying a little bit for a wedding website. Websites with fees often include more elements and sometimes have a wider variety of design options – which is perfect if you’ve gone for a strong theme. The below are our favourite wedding websites with fees.
What to Include on Your Wedding Website
As we mentioned, a wedding website is the perfect place to store absolutely everything your guests need to know. People generally ask for directions or facilities-related questions. Therefore, consider including directions and a map, as well as linking venue phone numbers, thereby eliminating the couple as an intermediary.
Here’s what to include on your wedding website, from the blindingly obvious to the things you might not have thought of.
Wedding date and time
Wedding venue and a link to the website
Facilities at the church/venue (baby changing, bathrooms)
Directions to the venue and a map
The nearest public transport, including taxi numbers
Gift list information
Menu section – including dietary requirements
Info on the local area (things to see if people are staying around)
Timelines of the day
Bar information – i.e. Is it an open bar, or a cash only bar
Finally, any safety measures they need to know - coronavirus related.
If you want to get really creative, there’s a whole host of other information you can include on your site, from a music request section, to biographies of the bridal party (just for the giggles!) to photos from throughout your relationship. We recommend creating your website as soon as the date and your venue are confirmed. Unlike traditional wedding invites, you can update the website as you go along, so there’s no need to worry if details change.
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