- Virginia Wedding Blog
It’s all but a norm for engaged couples these days to have their very own wedding website, and for good reason.
Having your own wedding website makes it easy for you to share vital, up-to-date information with your guests that you’d rather exclude from your fancy invitations.
Not only that, but your wedding website is a great way to engage your guests and get them excited as the day nears.
At first glance, it may seem like your website is easy enough to create; but when you actually sit down to make your site, you may find yourself struggling to determine what details to include, and which ones to leave out.
Here at Planet DJ Productions, we specialize in helping engaged couples do all that they can to plan the perfect wedding, and that includes steering you toward best practices for your website.
As the ultimate resource for your big day, it’s vital that you include certain information that all of your guests will find useful. Here’s what you should include in your wedding website:
You want to obviously include where the wedding and reception will be held. You want to make it easy for guests to know how long it’ll take them to get from Point A to Point B, so we recommend you include directions and points of interest, as well as an integrated Google Map.
If you’re booking a hotel block for your guests, include that relevant information on your site. You should also include details for all the major airports near the hotels, as well as available transportation services/contact information, including Uber, public transportation, car rentals, etc.
Your guests will also appreciate if you include a list of local restaurants, shopping districts, parks and other things they can do while on this trip.
If your wedding is a full-weekend event, then make sure to include a rough itinerary of all the major events taking place.
This includes ceremony and reception times, after party events, and even the morning-after brunch.
You can almost guarantee that at least a few of your guests will reach out to you with questions, concerns, or ideas. How do you want them to contact you? With your direct cellphone? Your personal email address?
We find that many couples create a new email address (often the combination of their names) to use just for this event. Encourage your guests all to use this one form of contact so that you have an easier time keeping communication organized.
The web is an extremely visual place; make sure your guests like coming to your site by feeding into their visual hunger. Include some great photos to personalize your site – your engagement photos are a great resource.
Just don’t go overboard. Include just a handful of photos so as not to overwhelm your guests.
Again, you want to personalize your website, so make sure you include the story of how you and your fiancé met. You can skip this part if everyone in attendance knows you intimately; however, it’s a nice touch, particularly if you or your fiancé are crafty with words.
Most wedding experts we work with throughout the Greater Washington DC area agree that your website is the only place where you should share your registry information (in other words, leave it off your invitations). Just include the names or logos of the stores where you are registered.
We recommend you also include a list of your wedding DJ/musicians, photographers and vendors. We recommend this for a few reasons:
1) It gives guests the chance to research these vendors, in case they have personal concerns (RE: food or music choices).2) It gives the guests the ability to reach out to these vendors directly. For example, one of your guests might want to set up a surprise photo-moment at the wedding, and can plan ahead with the photographer. 3) It helps make the vendors more accountable. Now your guests know who’s supplying the , food, and more.
Since your guests are the number one reason why you’re creating a website, be sure to focus on their needs. Choose a website template (we recommend a free WordPress.com site) that’s minimalistic and easy to navigate and is mobile friendly.
Don’t forgo functionality for fancy. If your website looks amazing, but is confusing for the average user, then it’s time to go back to the drawing board.
Your website is just one step of the wedding planning process. Have you found the perfect DJ, musician, or live entertainment yet?
Learn more about why more folks in the Virginia/Maryland/DC area choose Planet DJ Productions to help bring the party to their big event. Contact us today!