A wedding website should be simple and sweet. You don't have to re-invent the wheel when you design yours. Guests should be able to find exactly what they are looking for quickly and easily.
Think of it as a tool to make information sharing much easier, but style it in a way that ties in with the rest of your wedding. These are also really wonderful for sharing any last minute information, like venue changes due to bad weather or any other last minute surprises. Here are a few things that we think are important to include in a wedding website of your own.
Wedding Details - Think of this wedding website as an expanded version of your wedding invitation. Start by making sure that the front page clearly states the date, time, and place for the ceremony and reception. Adding pictures of the areas that you will be using will help your guests find them easier, and don't forget to give detailed directions.
RSVP - Some guests may prefer to mail back the RSVP from the wedding invitation, but many will appreciate being able to do it in one quick click at the computer. Also, this makes tracking all of those RSVP's a lot easier for you.
Photos - Guests love seeing the happy couple in love! Add at least one or two pictures of the two of you. Any guests that have not yet met your significant other will especially enjoy seeing these. If you are up for it, include an album of pictures from throughout your courtship, and maybe even a few of the two of you as children.
Registry Information - Every etiquette book tells you that it is rude to include your gift registries on the paper invitation, yet this is one piece of information that all guests want to know. A wedding website is the perfect place to offer this without feeling like you are asking for presents.
Nice touches to add:
If you feel like putting in a little more work, here are a few things that your guests will enjoy.
Local Information - If you are getting married in your home town with only local guests attending, this may not be necessary. If any wedding guests will be coming from out of town, or especially if this is a destination wedding, information about the town will be extremely helpful. Include hotels to stay at and a few ideas for fun things to do while they are in the area.
Love Stories - You know the ones everyone wants to hear: How did you meet? How did he propose? Work together to write a small blurb about each, or you can both write your own for a "He said, she said" version. Another good topic to cover is what the two of you have planned for after the wedding.
Timeline - In addition to the basics, giving your guests a wedding day timeline is nice so they know what to expect, especially if there will be any breaks between activities. An entire wedding weekend timeline can be added if many events are planned that everyone is invited to.
Wedding Attire - This is an easy place to let everyone know what you expect them to wear to your wedding: casual, semi-formal, formal, or black tie. Also let them know if any activities will be taking place outside and the expected weather for the day.
Guest Book - This is a nice spot for guests to share stories about you and share their excitement about your upcoming wedding. It's also a perfect place for guests that are unable to attend to send their well wishes.
Music Requests - Some couples choose to ask everyone to request their favorite songs to play at the reception. It's totally up to you whether you pass their choices on to your DJ or not.
Wedding Party Bios - The day is all about the two of you, so these don't need to be long and detailed. People may be interested in hearing how everyone in your wedding party came into your lives.
Do not include:
Exclusive Events - The website is for all of your wedding guests. If there are other events that only include a certain section of your guest list, this isn't the place to include those details.
Don't spend a lot of time worrying over this. It is not something that you have to do to get married. If it adds to your stress rather than relieving it, skip it. We just want you to be aware of the ways that it can help you in the planning of your big day at our rustic Knoxville wedding venue.
There are lots of free wedding website templates out there. Look around to find one that is easy to fill out and has a look that you like. Some offer ways for your guests to upload their own photos on the wedding day, allowing you to see all of the pictures that they captured too. Best of luck designing your wedding website, and we hope to see you soon at Country Jewell.
A delightfully quaint Knoxville wedding
& event venue.
6550 Hickory Valley Road
Heiskell, TN 37754
Visit our website: www.CountryJewell.com
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