Congratulations! Perhaps you’re newly engaged or you’re getting around to fine-tuning the details of your upcoming wedding! Either way, this is an exciting time for you and your special someone! While you are beginning to get comfortable with your plans, there are probably a ton of questions you are looking to get answered by scouring the internet.
The worldwide web is a great resource for wedding planning advice and inspiration, but it can also be a bit intimidating. As you have been browsing the multitude of wedding content online, you may have come to realize that personalized wedding websites are becoming more and more commonplace for couples all over the world. But, what exactly are they and how do you know if a wedding website will work for you?
Wedding websites are a website dedicated to communicating each and every detail about your wedding journey to friends and family.
Some people like to document each milestone from the beginning of the relationship to the engagement to the wedding and honeymoon highlights. These people may want to share these memories on their websites, while others use their websites as a means to bypass paper wedding invitations and lengthy email lists. To know whether or not a wedding website would be beneficial for you, let’s go over some of the pros and cons of setting up your own wedding website!
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Imagine being able to synchronize the communication process between wedding planners and guests seamlessly and effortlessly. For a lot of people, wedding websites are an asset for planning their special day since it is a single, easily accessible place for guests to go and get every piece of intel they could ever need about your wedding. Looking for the address to the venue? Check the wedding website! Need to check the dress code and possibly color coordination for the ceremony? It’s on the wedding website! Want to make sure the happy couple loves their wedding gift? You’re in luck because their registry is right there on the wedding website!
Not only is it a creative way to express your personality and taste as a couple, but it really does help to minimize confusion during the planning process. Each website will be different, just like the couples they are dedicated to, but you have complete control over how your website functions and serves your individual needs! Wedding websites typically feature a copy of the invitation and all pertinent information such as the dress code, time, date, and location of the ceremony and reception, menu options, registry, lodging and accommodations, and any other items related to the special day.
Most couples also feature a section that highlights their relationship, their engagement story, and a way for friends and family to connect with them virtually throughout their wedding journey. A nice gallery featuring photographs from the engagement shoot, and even the ones from the wedding itself, is a great way to commemorate the occasion in a way that can be revisited by everyone over the coming years!
Wedding websites also sport some really useful features to make planning and wedding management a lot easier for the happy couple. Guests can RSVP and send in any menu restrictions or other messages virtually on the website. Plus, most website hosts also have the functionality to manage guest addresses and contact information all in one place, making it easy to keep track of who is getting an invitation, who has responded, and who needs reminding!
Wedding website hosts specialize in making wedding websites easy and accessible for everyone, so there are tons of gorgeous templates that can be customized to meet your wedding theme and be the perfect addition to your wedding planning!
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In reality, there aren’t a lot of cons to setting up a wedding website, but it still may not be for every couple. While it is a fun and engaging way for guests to interact with the couple from afar, which is greatly appreciated in a post-pandemic world, it can also be time-consuming to create. Planning a wedding is stressful and takes a lot of time and energy. Having to sit down and write out page after page of content on top of creating the invitations, RSVP cards, thank you cards, and more can be a lot of work for a lot of people. While most wedding website hosts work tirelessly to create templates and programs that suit everyone’s needs, it may be a lot to customize if your wedding features a really unique theme or vibe.
If you are someone that loves the idea of traditional wedding invitations, a wedding website may not be something to explore any further. Some people really love the keepsakes that come with weddings from invitations to favors to saving flowers and fabrics. If the idea of sending out tangible invitations and other documents is something that is very important to you for your wedding, having a virtual invitation may not be the best option.
However, you can always do both! It is great to send out paper invitations and to also have virtual invitations easily accessible in case of any unexpected events with the post or just in case someone misplaces their paper invite. Plus, being able to send out an RSVP reminder via email list with the push of a button could be significantly more appealing to some than manually flipping through contacts and reaching out to guests individually.
Another con to having a wedding website is how important your privacy is to you. While some people love the idea of friends and family having access to their wedding details, photos, and more, perhaps having a detailed description of your special day on the internet isn’t all that appealing to you.
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Now that you’ve had a chance to evaluate some of the pros and cons of setting up a personalized wedding website, you have the tools you need to make a decision! If you are interested in setting one up and think it will be a fun project to showcase your wedding and relationship for friends and family to enjoy virtually, you are in luck!
There are a number of great hosts, each with unique benefits and characteristics for making your website perfect for you! Some of the most popular hosts include:
What makes these such great options, aside from their expansive selection of templates and other useful practical features? They’re all free!
We hope you have learned a little bit more about how wedding websites can be beneficial to you for your upcoming wedding, or that you’ve been able to reach a decision as to whether you need one or not! We love sharing tips, tricks, and life hacks for a range of life events from weddings to birthdays, so if you enjoyed this type of content, be sure to follow us on social media and keep up with our blog! Not only do we share content like this wedding website guide, but we also post event highlights from the high-end events we cater (which you can also view by browsing our grazing table gallery), but we also share tasty gourmet recipes and so much more!
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