Firstly, what even is a wedding website?
To put it simply It is a website where you will have absolutely ALL the details for your day explained.
It will never be lost in the mail or thrown in the rubbish, it will be kind to the environment and also a little money saver.
With the cost of living rising we want to help you save a dollar wherever we can.
Your wedding website will showcase all important things that you need to know about the day.
I know planning a wedding is already A LOT am I right!? However you will have to get all these details generated for your guests somehow whether it be on a paper invite or website. Your invite might not have enough space to list all the important little details so guests can click the link anytime they think of a question or scenario for them to be taken right to the information that is listed and will save you have the same conversation 100 times.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO INCLUDE
LOCATION- CEREMONY & RECEPTION
Probably the most important info of all, actually knowing where to go for the Ceremony.
If both ceremony and reception are on site then that's great otherwise list info of where the reception will be.
Ensure to include full addresses so there is no confusion.
You could even throw in a few pictures and links for the guests to have a bit of a stalk to get a feel for what the wedding will be like.
TIMING FOR BOTH CEREMONY & RECEPTION
Same for the location, timing is super important. Venue's may have an allocated time of when you can arrive prior to the ceremony. We normally say for example a 3.30pm arrival for a 4pm ceremony.
It would also be a good idea to include reception start and finish time so it really spells it out to guests so they know exactly when to be there and not to be late!
GETTING THERE OR IF YOU HAVE ORGANIZED A BUS FOR GUESTS
The to and from saga. Venue access, how to get there, best routes, traffic situations. List all of the above so guests feel at ease getting to the venue.
If you are being the best hosts ever and including a bus state all the information of where it is picking guests up from and also drop off locations as well as timing.
If you are not arranging transport make a list of potential ways home for your guests so they aren't stranded in the middle of nowhere.
You might have chosen a destination for your wedding where your guests might have to travel for the weekend.
Or vice versa you might be getting married close to you but not for your guests either way it is likely that some guests will need to book accommodation. For you to do some of the research and have it on the invite is an absolute god send that your guests will appreciate you for.
You could include some links to places to stay and also what is nearby.
Nowadays there are a whole lot of different dress codes. Different times of the year call for different styles of fashion so have fun with it. Think about your venue and vision for the day. Whether you want to go super fancy with black tie formal or something a little more casual. Be sure to add this onto the website because if you don't guests will ask you or they will dress in something that you aren't really impressed with.
IF KIDS ARE INVITED
Now this one is 100% your choice. If you want it to be adults only then it is completely fine. I'm sure most parents would love to leave their kids at home for the night. Just be sure to make this abundantly clear on the website.
The more notice guests have the more time to organize a baby sitter so they can enjoy your night with you.
We know it can become a little awkward with the wording so you could word it a little like this.
As much as we love you and your tiny little humans. Our venue won't be suitable for little ones so we please ask that you organize a baby sitter so you can enjoy your night with us!
This topic can tend to get a little awkward so lets iron it out.
Are you wanting to have a wishing well, registry, gifts, charity, no gifts etc. It is a big milestone so people will normally want to shower you with gifts.
The traditional way was the couple didn't live together before getting married so guests would purchase them items to set up their new house.
Nowadays you just ask for whatever you wish to receive. Whether you state gifts welcome or a wishing well.
This one is a super important one, have listed when guests return their RSVP'S to add if they have any dietary requirements. Most venues are used to gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegans.
So it is important to get this information to pass onto the venue so they can prepare alternate dishes for the individuals dietary needs so they don't miss out on all the yummy food!!
PRE/POST WEDDING SHENANIGANS
The night before could be a rehearsal dinner or even a dinner with some close family and friends.
Even just a casual catch up before the big event. Bring the vibes and excitement. The wedding website is a brilliant place to share the itinerary of plans so every can see black and white what to do and where to be!
For wedding after parties make sure to include where, when, how, transport, what they have to bring... seriously spell it all out so everyone is organized!!
Weddings these days are a bloody 3 day festival. Figure out if you want to a recovery party after the wedding.
For example if you have a Friday wedding, Saturday you can recover at Brunch or even have a bit of an after party the next day. Couples at our venue like to head to the Phillip Island Winery the next day or even bare foot bowls for beers and bacon egg rolls. It's a great way to still ride the high from the wedding at the next day celebrations.
With your website this will be made super easy! Forget having to wait a million years for all the RSVP's to make it back in the mail. Simply get your guests to click attending or not attending.
In the attending button there may be another link to press yes or no for the following add on, for example do you want to be included in the bus pick up? Dietary requirements, recovery party etc. Easy peasy!