ProBride: Wedding Website
Yes, yes, yes it is! As a bride and a planner I think it is one of the best things to have as a source to communicate to your guests.
As a bride:
I went through TheKnot to put my wedding website together . I have to say that it was a little rocky and overwhelming at first. Why? Their template offers the chance to include every little piece of information about the two. Is it needed? NO! Yes, people will like to read how you and your fiancé met, but I really don’t think they need to know how you met every single one of your bridesmaids…its just not necessary. Once you begin to take an overall look at the layout and figure out exactly what you want to provide to your guests it will come together pretty easy. A few tips to prepare:
1. Gather pics of you, your fiancé, the two of you, and your friends (individually if possible).
2. Have the hotel info on hand including address, phone number, hotel block info, directions from different areas, and room rates.
3. Include ceremony and reception times.
4. Offer tips and advice as “its an outside wedding, weather may be unpredictable”. Or like mine, “Its New Year Eve, wear something sparkly!”
5. You can share with them what’s in the area and some activities to do.
As a planner:
I highly suggest clients to do this. It makes it easy for the guests to have all the information at hand. It will always be there and there’s no chance of them losing it, like a direction card in an invite. Also, by having a wedding website it can cut down the cost of stationary because you can keep the information on your invitation basic. There will be those guests who aren’t Internet savvy and won’t get the chance to check it out, but the basic info on an invite will get them what they need such as reception and hotel address. Those non-tech guests just wont get to see the frills of the wedding website – no big deal.
One other thing I’d caution against is paying to have a wedding website. Mine on The Knot is more than I would ever want and it’s free! Its okay if you don’t have a direct domain such as suzyandjack.com. Trust me, you can find a different way to spend the money in the planning process.
Lastly, let the website be a representation of the wedding and you two as a couple. It doesn’t need to be fancy and can be as casual as you like. There are no rules on how to present it – have fun with it!
Farrah is a Certified Professional Wedding and Event Planner (CPWEP).
Her company Simply Azure Events helps brides create stress free breath taking weddings.