Saying ‘I do’: Building a wedding website

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Yesterday I popped our wedding invitations into the mail, so I made sure to put the finishing touches on our wedding website. On our wedding invitation, we’re asking people to RSVP via our wedding website. Everyone seemed to like our e-Save-the-Dates, so I’m hoping that our e-RSVP approach goes over well, too.

We built our wedding website with theknot.com, and they make it really simple to create a personalized wedding website that communicates whatever you want to your guests and complements your wedding theme. After selecting your site URL and choosing from among more than 80 ready-made templates, you can add and remove pages and sections, edit headings, and images like photos and maps.

You might have privacy concerns about putting your wedding details on the internet, but theknot.com allows you to make your website viewable only to people who enter a specified password. Along with the website URL, we included this PIN on the wedding invitations, so only our guests will be able to visit our wedding website. No risk of wedding crashers!

I searched the templates to find one that matched our wedding theme. The ‘Pop, Fizz, Clink’ header, blush background and gold accents suited our New Year’s Eve wedding theme perfectly.

For our wedding website, the sections I created included rsvp, parking and accommodation, about the couple, photos, and contact.

wedding website rsvp

Not only can guests RSVP via the website, they’re also asked to select their dinner option. When I need to pass this info on to the caterer, theknot.com allows me to easily generate a list of my guests and their dinner selections.

While our main purpose of setting up a wedding website is to collect RSVP’s, we also took the opportunity to share other useful information with our guests. On our wedding website, we are able to provide details that we wouldn’t have been able to fit on the invitation.proposal story for wedding website

In the about the couple section, I included a little bit of info about each of us for guests on either side that might not know one of us very well, and our proposal story including a picture from the moment Mike popped the question.

I also used the website to share a few albums that include our engagement photos, pictures from trips we took together and some pictures with our friends and families.

Some sections to include on a wedding website might include:

  • detailed directions and maps
  • a program outlining the day’s events
  • introduce the bridal party with photos and details about the relationship with the couple
  • how the couple met
  • (fun) facts about the bride and groom
  • the proposal story
  • engagement photos
  • fun things to do in the area for out-of-town guests
  • contact information/mailing address
  • your wedding #hashtag
  • other helpful details that can help make your wedding more comfortable for your guests:
    • is the ceremony or reception outside? let your guests know so they can bring sunglasses, or a jacket
    • will guests be walking on sand or grass? if you let them know, ladies can consider their footwear options
  • sensitive information your guests might wonder about but won’t want to ask:
    • gift or honeymoon registry information and links
    • is it an open bar or cash?
    • dress code – although a dress code should never be mandatory, giving your guests an indication of the formality can help avoid the awkwardness of being very over or under dressed

What do you think would be helpful to find on a wedding website? 

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