A wedding website can be an effective outlet for communicating with your guests. When creating your site, you will want to include all the pertinent information regarding your wedding. But, you will also want to make it whimsical and interesting so your friends and family feel included in the planning of your festivities.
If you are not that savvy in the art of web design, or just wish to save some time, there are plenty of sites that offer the use of templates to create free wedding websites without much effort involved. Follow these tips to make your site informative, captivating and personable:
1. Make your website match your wedding’s personality.
If you are creating your wedding site on your own from scratch, design it with colors that match the tone and theme of your wedding. You could also make it replicate your invitations. When choosing to use an online template site, try selecting one that incorporates your selected wedding colors or those of the invitations as closely as possible.
2. Utilize an online RSVP tool.
It is a time-saving convenience for you and your guests to RSVP online. Keeping track of your guest list online will save money by eliminating the need for response cards and stamps to be sent with your wedding invitations. There is also the added bonus of it being earth-friendly. Add your website URL on the bottom of your invitations, and let them know they can RSVP through your site. For those not adept at using a computer, add your phone number as an alternative way for them to RSVP.
3. Include directions and a map.
You will of course be listing all the basic information any wedding announcement would contain, such as your names, what the special occasion is all about, where it will be held, and when it will take place. You should also include directions to your venue and reception locations. Adding in a map is helpful, especially to those from out of town. You can display a hand-drawn map, or opt for embedding a map through the use of sites like Google Maps and MapQuest. You should also consider providing local hotel options and listing interesting places they can visit while in town for your event.
4. Encompass links to your registries.
Including links to your registries on your personal wedding website is a great way to inform your guests about where you are registered, and what gifts you may need. Be sure and integrate the links into your site in a subdued fashion. You don’t want anyone to get the feeling they are obligated to buy you a gift.
5. Insert some personal zest into the mix.
Chances are some of the guests have never met, or even seen, one of you. Include some lovable photographs of the two of you together as a way for guests to see you looking happy and amorous. You might want to add at least one picture on each page of your wedding website to keep visitors interested in reading through all the information your site has to offer. Express your romance and passion for one another by telling the stories of how you met and became engaged. Provide a guestbook or others ways for guests to leave comments in order to interact with you.
6. Save your entire website.
After spending the time building and creating it, be sure and save your complete site. Your wedding website can become a cherished keepsake along with all your other treasured wedding mementos.