Wedding websites—sometimes called “wed-sites”—are very popular, and will likely continue to be an integral part of how couples communicate with their guests. These sites can include photos, information on travel and lodging, wedding plan updates, electronic RSVP options, and links to store gift registries. Here are some tips for a polite wedding website:
Your webpage should represent you as a couple
Take the time to develop a design and content that you are both comfortable with—one that reflects your personal aesthetic style.
If you plan to let people RSVP on your site, simply add a printed sentence at the bottom of your reply card sent with your invitation saying, “You may also reply by way of our wedding website: www.happycouple.com.”
Don’t list your website on your invitation
This may be tempting, but refrain. There are plenty of other ways to let people know about the site, such as including the address on the response card, maps, or other enclosures.
Keep it simple
A few well-designed pages will speak volumes. Too many pages will confuse guests
Consider including helpful travel information, such as information about the local airport, hotels, rental car or public transportation, restaurants, and popular things to do during down time.
IF you like, you might include a brief description of how you met or how the proposal occurred. You might also have a select album of photos of you as a couple. Wedding websites are also a good place to include more detailed practical information about the wedding weekend, such as weather, attire guidelines or requirements, directions, any instructions particular to the venue, and any religious or cultural information guests might need to know.
Keep personal info private
Some pre-designed Web templates prompt you to type in personal details such as when you shared your first kiss, what you did on your first date, and so on. This may be good fodder for the bachelor(ette) party, but there is no need to share such intimate moments with your entire guest list—and anyone else who may stumble across your site. Keep your postings tasteful and inclusive.
Don’t put the emphasis on gift registries
It is fine to post links to various on-line gift registries on your home page; this is one of the conveniences of having a wedding website. It is important to strike a balance between discretion and a desire to make things easier for your guests. Place such links to the side of the page in modestly sized type, and make sure they are the only item of information guests will find when they visit your page. Add a message of thanks: “Here are our registries. Thank you for thinking of us!”
Don’t overlook your offline guests
Remember, not everyone uses the Internet regularly—or, believe it or not, at all (think older guests). If you know that a certain invited guest is not online, be sure to send hard copies of any pertinent information.
After the wedding
You can use your site after the wedding to post wedding and honeymoon pictures, wedding weekend anecdotes, and a heartfelt “thank you” to all. Important: This thank you does not replace the individual thank-you notes that must be handwritten.
Think you might like to give it a try? Wedding Channel (www.weddingchannel.com) and The Knot (www.theknot.com) provide step-by-step instructions for designing your own free webpage, reachable through their sites. Other websites show you how to create a website at your own web address for a fee.