If you know a couple who’s about to tie the knot, chances are they have a wedding website somewhere in cyberspace. Wedding websites are a common fixture these days, and with good reason: they’re an easy way to tell all your guests everything they need to know about your big day. Directions to the venue, registry info, even the story of how the lovebirds met—it’s all there, on one simple platform for anyone to see.
When wedding websites first entered public knowledge, they were mostly for big weddings. After all, when the guest list is a mile long, there’s no time to tell everyone the dress code individually; posting the info online saves everyone precious time. However, these days nearly everyone makes a wedding website, from the massive soirées to the most intimate ceremonies. As it turns out, websites can be useful for weddings of any size or type—and this is especially true for destination weddings.
If you are having a destination wedding, your guests probably have a lot (and I mean A LOT) of questions. Where can they get accommodations? Will they need a passport to get to your destination? What’s the weather going to be like? Your wedding website can answer all these questions and a lot more…if you put the right info on the page.
Share Logistical Details for Traveling Guests
The primary reason to have a wedding website is to give your guests clear instructions for getting to your venue. This is the same whether you’re getting married in your childhood home or on a beach in Bora Bora—getting there is simply more involved with the latter! Your wedding website should include:
- Your venue’s address (with the street name, city, zip code, and country)
- The address and phone number for any accommodations you’re booking
- Detailed instructions on getting to both the hotel and venue from the airport
- Tips for getting tickets and passports (if necessary) in time for the big day
Your guests are going to ask about these things time and time again; if you post the information online, you’re providing them with a guide they can reference throughout the process! This makes everything easier for your guests AND takes some of the stress off of you so you can get back to planning the most beautiful destination wedding ever.
Share Local Information for Guests
If you’re getting married in a foreign country, your guests might be a little stymied by the local customs. What kind of currency do they need? How are they going to get around the destination: is there public transportation, or should they rent a car? Are they supposed to tip after a meal?
Luckily, you can help them blend into a new culture more easily by answering all these questions on your wedding website. Make sure you write down any details that might not be intuitive to your guests, from “strange” local customs to suggestions for hotspots they need to see! Not only will this make your guests feel more at ease in this new location, but it will also help them make the most of your beautiful wedding destination!
Share Wedding Photos and Video for Loved Ones Back Home
While you may want to invite everyone you’ve ever met to an island soirée with your new spouse, the reality is that some guests simply won’t be able to make it. Destination weddings are usually small by design, but there are still many friends who won’t be able to come for one reason or another.
However, this does NOT mean that your loved ones have to be excluded from all the fun. Your wedding website can be a great way to make distant guests feel like they’re right there with you! Ask your photographer to post photos from the day onto your wedding website for friends and family to see. If you’re having the big day recorded, ask your videographer to do the same—or even have them livestream the event on your site! This way, all your loved ones can witness the moment you marry the love of your life, no matter where they happen to be.
Even after the big day, your wedding website can serve as a kind of digital wedding album. Your friends and family can peruse the photos, watch video clips, and relive the magic of that special day forever, just like you! This is a great way to share your wedding with all the people you care about, whether or not they were able to attend. Your loved ones will feel like they were a part of your special day, and you get to share the love even more—what could be better than that?