Ever since the moment we first logged on, mankind has been irreparably changed by the internet. It’s changed the way we learn, the way we do business, and even the way we interact with one another (and with our pets—my friend’s dog has his own Instagram). So, it’s only natural that the web would also change the way we get married. The wedding industry is chock-full of online tools, from apps that keep you organized to websites that help your friends get ordained. Most couples adopt these tools without a second thought, except for one: the wedding website.
What’s a Wedding Website?
A wedding website is a simple site (usually no more than two or three pages) designed to tell people about your big day. Here, you can share your love story with friends and family, as well as provide easy access to details about your ceremony, reception, registry, and much more.
Sounds great, right? Well, not every couple would agree. In fact, wedding websites are quickly becoming one of those sore spots for soon-to-be spouses. Let’s look at the benefits and drawbacks of announcing your wedding from the digital rooftops.
The Pros of Using a Personal Wedding Website
Wedding websites have become tremendously popular in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why. Thanks to user-friendly website builders, it’s become very easy to throw together your own simple site at very little cost. And once that site is finally up and running, it can be incredibly beneficial. Here’s a few reasons why they may be beneficial to you.
It Serves As a Backup Invitation
We all have that one friend who loses every scrap of paper you give them. And when a party is coming up, they’re guaranteed to lose the invite—leaving them clueless about where it is, what time it starts, and when they need to RSVP. A wedding website keeps all that info in one place they cannot lose.
It Allows Guests Easy Access to RSVPs (and Registries)
People these days like to have everything at their fingertips. We’re all busy and remembering to send an RSVP card or go to Bed Bath and Beyond and search for a registry can be a real hassle. With a wedding website, everything is (literally) one click away! Your guests can RSVP right on the website, making an accurate head count easier for you, and you can provide links to your registries that they can access easily. Everyone wins!
It Keeps All Your Photos in One Place
If there’s one thing that everybody loves, it’s looking at friends’ and family members’ wedding photos. They’re so beautiful and such a great depiction of love—and there may even be a shot of you at the reception! With your wedding website, you can upload all your photos in one easy-to-access place, so your loved ones can view them whenever they like (without the distractions of other photo-sharing sites).
The Cons of Using a Personal Wedding Website
Although wedding websites are popular, they’re not as ubiquitous as you might think. Some couples avoid them like the plague—and they have their own reasons to do so. If you’re on the fence about creating a wedding website, you may want to consider the potential downsides of putting one together.
It Takes Time to Set Up
When you’re planning a wedding, your to-do list is already sky-high. There are vendors to book, dresses and suits to get fitted for, invitations to send out, and so, so much more. Why would you want to add to your workload by tossing a website into the mix!? After all, most of the info on your site will also be on your invitations. If you feel overwhelmed by all the wedding planning madness, skipping the website is totally fair.
It Can Potentially Come with Extra Cost
Weddings are undeniably expensive, and many couples have very strict budgets they must adhere to. And while there are many free website builders available online, some sites do offer premium features or layouts for an additional price. If you’re the type that can’t pass up an exceptionally beautiful font, but you don’t have the budget for it, you may want to avoid the temptation of a wedding website.
It Can Be a Lack of Privacy
This is probably one of the least common concerns, especially for younger couples, who have lived in a web-based world for as long as they can remember. However, it is a concern that could deter couples from wedding websites, and so it bears mentioning here. When you create a wedding website, every detail you post becomes available to the great expanse of the internet. Your photos, your love story, the time, date, and place of your ceremony all become available for any average Joe to see! If you and your future spouse are particularly private people, that may be more than you bargained for. Keep in mind that some sites offer a password-required entry, but it may come at an extra cost.
Do I NEED a Wedding Website?
The short answer is this is your wedding, so you can do whatever you want! However, there are many reasons to create a wedding website (or plenty of reasons not to, depending on your viewpoint). Whatever you decide, do it with confidence, knowing that you’re making the right choice for your wedding and your relationship.