When we started planning our wedding, I knew that I wanted to create a wedding website for our guests. It’s a great and easy way for guests to access wedding information. Moreover, you can start using it well before sending out your invites (we included our address on our save the dates), and you can include as much or as little information as you like.
Although I would have liked to program our homepage from scratch, I didn’t have the time as I was about to graduate from university. I chose a less time-consuming path—creating our website with iWeb on my Mac. It is an easy to handle program to create homepages with. Check our Mrs. Cupcake’s detailed tutorial if you’re interested. The only caveat is that you need a domain/server to host your self-made website.
Luckily, we didn’t have to look far to host our website. Being part of a techie family, my dad has his own domain and server. He agreed to let me use it for our wedding website and we had the simple URL of www.name.de/wedding.
I spent a long time thinking about which topics to include. I wanted the navigation to be intuitive for our guests. They should be able to find the information where they would be looking for it. I created the header in Photoshop using one of our favorite engagement photos by Legacy. We included the following categories and subcategories:
I kept our about section short and sweet. Most guests knew us (or at least about us), but for those who weren’t familiar with one of us we included a blurb about our respective backgrounds, schooling, and hobbies. We didn’t include a section on how we met, because we figured that everyone knew our story.
Guest information reiterated many things from our information leaflet—namely how and by when to book a hotel room, how to get to the hotel, and sightseeing suggestions. The “other info” page informed guests about the unreliable cell phone connection in the canyon and the average weather conditions for our wedding weekend.
Wedding details included the schedule for our wedding weekend and the names of our wedding party. I included some extra information about the schedule so that guests would know what to expect—”social hour and family photo time” and that our reception would wind down around 11:00 PM.
As wedding etiquette holds that registry information shouldn’t be part of wedding invitations, websites are a great way to spread the word. We linked to each of our four registries. At the bottom of the page I added a little caveat for our international guests to prevent frustration, as not all American e-commerce pages accept foreign credit cards.
I also included a gallery page with a few photos so that our guests could get to know us a little better. Photos from our time in Japan, snowboarding, getting engaged, and one from our official engagement photos.
Lastly, I also created a Japanese version (like our Japanese invites) of our webpage for the ease of our Japanese guests.
* All screenshots personal