Wedding websites are a wealth of information for your guests and they act as a great resource leading up to your wedding. With that being said, there are some things that you’ll definitely want to keep off of your wedding website.
Too Many Details
While your wedding site is definitely a great resource for guests to go to for information surrounding your event, you don’t want to include too much information. This can make your site cumbersome to use and confusing for guests, which is the opposite effect than what you want to have. Most guests are likely visiting your site to locate your gift registry, so make sure to put that somewhere prominent. Also clearly lay out key information such as the location, travel information, accommodations, and dress code in a list form rather than paragraphs so that guests can easily find the answers they’re looking for. An overly wordy wedding website will result in guests glazing over the information and not getting out of it what you want them to know, which is frustrating for everyone involved.
Your wedding website is a great place to include general information about you and your future spouse as a couple. It’s a perfect place to state how you met and a little bit about your love story. However, you don’t want to get too personal or inappropriate on your site. And, you definitely don’t want to include private jokes that will go over the heads of your guests. Keep this part of your site more general and be mindful of your audience when writing it.
Details on Private Events
If you’re having events that do not include all invited wedding guests, they shouldn’t be listed on your wedding website as available to the public. This includes showers, bachelor or bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, or post-wedding brunches. If everyone is invited to these, they’re a great addition to have on your site—you just don’t want to cause confusion or make anyone feel left out.
Confusing Language and Abbreviations
While the abbreviation “MOH” may be obvious to you, not all of your guests will know that those letters stand for “Maid of Honor.” Keep this in mind when you’re writing text for your website so that there’s no confusion. You also want to use language that everyone will understand without many slang words or modern terms.
Don’t include too much personal information on your site, particularly when it comes to listing information about your wedding party. Always get permission from those individuals about the information posted on your site about them, or ask them to write the information themselves so you can ensure they’re comfortable with it.
Avoid putting your personal contact information or the contact information of others on your wedding website, especially if it’s not password-protected. This could lead to unwanted solicitations or spam to your email or phone. If possible, use a guestbook feature to allow guests to leave messages or a “contact us” form that guests can fill out through the site instead.
You don’t want to come off as bossy on your wedding website, so be careful not to make any demands on there. For instance, be careful in the language you use surrounding the health and safety measures you’re taking in regards to COVID-19 with your guests. You don’t want to demand that no guests attend your wedding if they’ve experienced any symptoms of COVID, but instead suggest it in a polite way. Additionally, you don’t want to demand that guests not buy physical gifts and, instead, contribute to a honeymoon fund or gift you money. Again, there are tactful ways to suggest these things to come across politely to guests.
Keep your website concise but filled with information that your wedding guests can use to make the most of your big day! These items above are all things to avoid putting on the internet to make your site the best it can be.