Wedding Website Ideas: 10 Ways to Stand Out
By Wedding Spot
Creating a wedding website is one of the most important steps when it comes to learning how to plan a wedding. A wedding website is the central hub for any and all things that need to be communicated to your guests. It’s also a great place to show off those engagement photos, share all of your wedding registry gift ideas, and much more. Being so, we recommend putting some thought into the overall design and vibe of your site. That’s where these wedding website ideas come in.
With this guide, you’ll be well on your way to building a wedding website that caters to your needs and tells your invitees everything they need to know about your special day. In this post, we give you 10 simple but unique wedding website ideas that will help your guests book accommodations, gift you honeymoon adventures, or purchase you the Le Creuset bakeware set you’ve always wanted!
Create the wedding website of your dreams with these 10 wedding website ideas:
1. Pick a theme and stick to it.
Do you have a theme or style in mind for your wedding? Are you going for a rustic, burlap, and mason jar-inspired energy, or are you more of the classic minimalist type? Either way, the key is cohesion, so keep your wedding website in line with the theme or style of the wedding itself.
Use colors and fonts that are consistent with invitations, decorations, etc.
Don’t choose colors that would be harsh to view online or so overwhelming that it could distract from the available information.
The “energy” of your event should be clear to your guests when viewing your website.
There are many free wedding website builders to choose from. Whether you’re using The Knot, Wix, Zola, or any other wedding website builder, just remember one thing: Keep it cohesive. Of all the wedding website ideas out there, this is arguable the most important.
2. Choose an easily accessible URL.
Think of your site as the information hub for your wedding. You want guests to be able to access it easily on a desktop or mobile device and quickly remember where to go in case they need a refresher. Come up with a fun, creative, easy-to-remember URL name for your site that’s easy to type.
The URL for your wedding website can double as a fun hashtag for your wedding. When you use funny or memorable hashtags, you can search for wedding-related posts and pictures from your wedding guests easily online.
Here are some creative examples to draw inspiration from:
Include the hashtag in various places on your site, your invitations, and throughout the event as well. This will help remind your guests to use it — and have fun with it.
3. Tell your story, but don’t write a book.
Writing too much on your site is an easy trap to fall into, but excess information may keep guests from capturing important information. You don’t want your guests to get so caught up reading about the proposal that they fail to realize the ceremony is in the morning, but the reception is in the evening, for example. This could create a lot of unwanted chaos for you and your family.
Consider telling your “love story,” or the full version, on handouts at the ceremony instead. Use your wedding website to showcase a gallery of photos celebrating the journey through your relationship. Include a funny anecdote or brief story about how you met instead.
4. Create a unique password for your wedding website.
A lot of private information can be stored on your site, from mailing addresses to venue location information and gift registries. Protect your wedding website, and any sensitive information, by requiring a unique password for accessing your site. The password could be theme or hashtag-related if you like, but be sure it won’t be too easy to guess or obvious to those not invited.
By keeping information secure, you can also help avoid wedding crashers or other unwanted guests.
5. Only include “open-to-all” event scheduling and information.
Don’t include location or event details for private or exclusive events on your wedding website. Bridesmaid or wedding party plans, rehearsal dinner information, or details about other exclusive events should only be shared with attendees.
Weddings are supposed to be happy, fun occasions. Make all of your guests feel included by limiting exclusive invite information that could hurt someone’s feelings or cause undesirable wedding day drama.
6. Outline the timeline of events on your page.
As the one-stop information shop for your wedding, your wedding website should include detailed information about the time, location, and dress code for various wedding events.
Lay out an easy-to-read timeline for your major wedding events. From the ceremony to cocktail hour to the reception, include as much detail as possible:
Dress code details
Weather considerations, if applicable
7. Include travel and accommodation information on your wedding website.
Part of your responsibility as the bride or groom is securing overnight accommodation options for your guests. Call various area hotels, ask for Group Sales, and get quotes on room blocks based on:
Room type availability and needs
Room block size
Included meals, amenities, etc.
Include room block booking information for guests in the “travel and accommodations” portion of your wedding website. Do your best to provide a variety of price points for your guests. Note any booking code or group rate information that they may need when contacting the hotel. Additionally, be sure to include handicap accessible room information to assist those with hearing or mobility needs.
To get quotes from multiple locations at once, use Wedding Spot’s wedding room blocks tool. This will help cut out a lot of the leg work traditionally required in this part of the process. Requests can include rates for rooms, meals, and even event space for guests to congregate. Then, you can compare various hotel proposals and book the best options for your friends and family.
Many hotels will create a booking link that’s specific to your group that you can include directly on your wedding website. This will help ensure that guests are able to book in the room block and get the discounted block rate.
Don’t forget about transportation, either! Work with local transportation services and hotels with shuttles to ensure safe, easy transportation to and from the venue for your guests.
8. Give guidance on area attractions.
Many people prefer to travel for an entire weekend or multiple nights for weddings to ease travel pains. Depending on which events they will be attending, like the rehearsal dinner, some guests may need to arrive earlier or stay later than others.
Your guests will likely have downtime, so help guide them towards fun things to do around town. Consider including area attractions like wineries, historical locations, nature trails, and “kid-friendly” activities for guests who need to occupy their children (or tucker them out). You can also include restaurant recommendations here.
If you’re struggling to find affordable attractions, contact local tourism offices or welcome centers to get their advice. You can also reach out to amusement parks, mini-golf courses, or restaurants to inquire about group rates, coupon codes, or other available discounts.
Ensure your guests have a great trip, even outside of your wedding events. Happy guests are much more likely to participate in the Chicken Dance!
9. Give guests gift options to choose from.
Some wedding guests feel uncomfortable purchasing expensive home goods or ordering from a registry. Many friends and family would rather provide you with experiences. Moreover, many newlyweds may be combining two households and likely don’t need more stuff.
Depending on your personal preferences, you can include a wide range of wedding registry gift ideas for your attendees to choose from that include a variety of price points. Your college-age cousin may not have the same gift budget as your mother-in-law.
For couples who love to experience new things together, include a honeymoon fund that your guests can purchase for you on your wedding website. Include options like:
A romantic candlelit dinner for two: $150
Afternoon jungle zip-lining excursion: $250
Boat tour for two: $175
Excursion registry options also give you a super fun way to thank your guests! You could send Thank You cards with photos of the unique experience they gave you, or share videos of adventures on your website post-nuptials.
10. Create a virtual guest book on your wedding website.
Wedding guests love to feel like they are a part of your experience, and adding a virtual guest book to your wedding website is a great way to help guests feel included. Whether they’re wishing you a happy future or posting pictures they took at the reception, your wedding guests will appreciate an easily accessible place to leave you a personalized message.
You can also use your virtual guest book to invite family and friends to leave you a piece of “marriage advice” or funny anecdote that’s memorialized on your site. Think of it as a virtual marriage advice column. You’re sure to get some wise, endearing, and even hilarious responses!
Frequently asked questions about wedding websites:
How do I share my wedding website with guests?
There are many ways to share your wedding website with your guests, but one of the most common is including the website’s URL on your save-the-date invitations. Wedding etiquette typically states that you shouldn’t include the URL on your formal invitations, too, but you can always add an additional wedding website enclosure card when sending out the invitations or provide all invitees with the link via email.
What should be included on my wedding website?
At a minimum, every wedding website should include the names of the couple getting married, the wedding location, the wedding schedule and order of events, travel and lodging information, registry details, contact information, dress codes, the wedding party lineup, RSVP information (if applicable), and an FAQ section.
What is the best wedding website?
Some of the most popular wedding website builders are The Knot, Minted, Zola, and Joy.
Put these wedding website ideas to use today!
Don’t get too lost trying to make your relationship look like a fairytale; remember that your wedding website is for your guests. Incorporating these wedding website ideas will ensure that your guests understand the expectations, timeline, and travel details for your wedding. It takes a lot of the stress off of you and allows your wedding guests to get a better understanding of what to expect without bogging them down with too much text.
Up next, take your technical wedding expertise even further with our guide on how to make a wedding slideshow.
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