You’ve created your wedding website: congratulations! Now, it’s time to start adding content. While it’s super easy to get distracted with pretty themes, colors, fonts, and pictures, your wedding website is supposed to be more practical than pretty. Essentially, it’s a go-to guide for every Frequently Asked Question from your guests that you don’t want to answer for the millionth time. But there are always a ton of questions when it comes to wedding planning (as you know), so it’s easy to get confused about which details you should cover on the website, and which ones you should skip. Don’t worry—that’s where we come in with the eight things you need to include on your wedding website.
1. Your Wedding’s Location
Obviously, people need to know where to go to see you and your partner make it official! But you should include more than the exact name and address of your ceremony and reception venues. Include any tips and/or tricks for accessing the location, such as entering through a back or side door. And link to Google Maps or an equivalent so everyone knows how much time and distance they have in order to go from one place to the other.
2. What Time the Ceremony and Reception Start
Yes, the time of your ceremony and reception will be included on your wedding invitation, but everyone would prefer to quickly glance at their phone or tablet than dig out your beautiful wedding invite (sorry). Be clear about the time for each event, and don’t forget to use the time zone to remind out-of-town guests.
3. Where to Stay and Transportation Info
Most couples block off a set rooms at local hotels for their guests. If you’re doing so, be sure to include that information on your website, including a map of the hotel in relation to wedding event locations. If you’re not setting aside rooms for gusts, then you should include a list of hotels near the reception and/or ceremony that the guests can look into themselves. It’s also a good idea to list the closest airports, as well as any public transportation information including subways, buses, taxis, and rideshares.
4. The Wedding Attire
This is the ideal place to let guests know whether your celebration is “cocktail attire” or “formal wear.” You might also want to include any information about the city’s weather for the season in which you’re getting married. For example, if you’re getting hitched in Texas in December, it’s a good idea to let guests know that big sweaters aren’t totally necessary. On the other hand, if you’re getting married in Seattle in the spring, then you might want to advise they bring the chunky sweater.
5. What to Do Around Town
Some guests won’t be privy to all of the pre-wedding celebrations, so if they’re visiting from out-of-town, it’s a good idea to present them with options on how they can stay busy and entertained when they’re not actually at your wedding. List local shopping centers, boutiques, movie theaters, sports stadiums, and other points of interests. Include a list of your favorite restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops for a personal touch.
6. A Link to Your Registry
It’s usually considered bad from to include information about your gift registry on your actual wedding invitation, so putting it on your website is the perfect way to get the word out. You can make it super easy for your guests with direct links to your gift pages, too! They will automatically know where to go to buy that new high-tech mixer you’ve been dying to have.
7. Are You Going Digital Free or #HashTagging It?
While this is usually reserved for an announcement on the day of the wedding, it’s a good idea to let guests know beforehand whether you would prefer they leave their smartphones at the hotel room (or more realistically, in their purse or pocket). You might want to briefly explain your desire for going phone-free, or what type of hashtag and phone etiquette you deem acceptable.
8. Your Love Story
This doesn’t have to be a long drawn-out story of how you met, broke up, got back together, and then became engaged. But adding a few details about what makes your love story unique is always a nice touch—and don’t forget to include some of your engagement photos!
Creating a wedding website can be overwhelming, especially when you consider all the other tasks you have to do pre-wedding. But by following the above list, you’ll have a website that’s easy to follow and perfectly detailed.