Your wedding website serves as a convenient and fun way to communicate with your guests during the planning process. They’ll use this as their go-to place to get the information they’re looking for and to settle questions they may have about your exciting day. While you probably have a good handle on what you should include on the site, ensure that you avoid making some mistakes couples commonly fall victim to when designing their wedding website.
1. Not Sharing the URL with Every Guest
If you don’t advertise your wedding website, no one will know to visit it and use it as the resource that it is! Use your save the dates and invitations to make your site known. Include the exact URL so that it’s easily accessible for guests. A benefit of doing this, too, is that it negates the need for an “additional information” card with your invitation suite, which can save you money. (Be sure to double-check the URL on your invitation to ensure it’s spelled correctly!)
2. Including the Info for Pre-Wedding Events
You may be tempted to include information surrounding all of your wedding festivities on your website. This may include the bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner information, or bridal shower details. However, this is something to avoid unless every wedding guest is invited to each of these events. Including information about the fun celebrations leading up to your wedding can be an awkward situation and may make people who are left out feel bad or upset that they weren’t invited. On the other hand, if you’re having a welcome party or post-wedding brunch that includes everyone, feel free to include that information on your website for everyone to see.
3. Not Making Updates
You should definitely make updates to your wedding website as time goes on and as you work through the planning process. Remember that your guests are using this site as a resource and to answer any questions they have surrounding their event. If you create your site and then forget to populate it with relevant information, it won’t be helpful to anyone trying to use it for.
4. Sharing Wedding Party Info Without Their Permission
You may want to include photos or information about each wedding party member on your website. While this is a great touch and it’s definitely encouraged, you’ll want to get permission for the photos and information you choose to share for each person. Because your website is likely public, people besides your guests can access it freely. You want to respect your wedding party’s privacy on the internet, as well as with the other wedding guests.
5. Being too Vague
You don’t need to go into every detail on your wedding website, but you also don’t want to be too vague and leave guests confused. Include direct links where you can—for instance, to the venue or to the hotel where you blocked rooms. If you’re stating on your site that transportation will be provided, be sure to list from where, the relevant times, and what the transportation method is so that guests are clear on this part of the day. Being as detailed as possible with certain aspects will save you from an abundance of follow-up questions.
6. Not Including the Dress Code
One of the most common questions guests will have about your wedding is what they should wear. Ensure that you include this information on your site. Besides just putting a name to the genre of attire you’re requesting they wear, you may want to include some examples on the site so there’s no question in anyone’s mind as they’re picking out their outfits.
7. Sharing Personal Contact Information
You don’t want to publish your home address, phone number, or even personal email address on your wedding website. Again, remember that your site is likely open to the public, so displaying that information can open you up to unwanted solicitations. Consider having a “contact form” on your website for guests to fill out instead of listing your contact information directly on the site for all to access. Another option is to create a separate email account (that has no connection to your personal email) for wedding guest inquiries.
8. Spoiling Potential Surprises for Your Guests
Another common wedding website mistake is delving too deeply into the details of your event. Of course, it goes without saying that you’re so excited about everything you’re planning for your big day. However, you don’t want to put too much information about the day out there. Your guests will enjoy being surprised by what your bridesmaid dresses look like, what your first dance song will be, or what cake flavor you choose. Keep that information off your wedding website.
9. Asking for Money
While you should definitely include registry information on your wedding website, whether it’s a honeymoon fund or more traditional gift registry, you shouldn’t use your site to blatantly ask guests for money. This happens on some sites, and it usually leaves guests with a bad taste in their mouth. Just avoid it!
Your wedding website should be a reliable resource for guests and an easy way for you to communicate with them. Keep your site concise and in line with what guests want to see, and it’ll be put to good use.