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10 Top Tips to Create a Wedding Website

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In this digital age, it’s perfectly normal to create a website dedicated to your wedding. You can post details about the arrangements, some fun pictures of before and after the event, tell funny stories and more.

If you are creating a website for the occasion, here are 10 top tips so that you can be as helpful as possible when designing your site:

1.     Keep the website simple

Less is more when it comes to wedding websites and there’s nothing wrong with a straightforward white background and a clean font. Unless you work in web design and can design websites in your sleep, you don’t need to — and shouldn’t — overload your website with fancy graphics. Keep it simple.

2.     Avoid electronic RSVPs

Using electronic RSVPs is a recipe for disaster. Some may not answer the electronic RSVP but still turn up. Others may answer both and confuse the arrangements. Avoid electronic RSVPs and send out physical ones only.

3.     List food and accommodation recommendations

Not all your guests will be local, so list any nearby hotels and restaurants, to help guests who will be travelling in from out of town. List any local transport links and any arrangements you’ve made for transport to and from the wedding reception.

4.     Include a timeline

If you’re holding other events around the time of the wedding, such as wedding drinks in the evening, and if you’re inviting all the guests to these, publish a timeline on your website. Include the time, location and dress code. Don’t publish any events that you’re only inviting members of the family or close friends to attend.

5.     Stay brief

It’s okay to publish content, but don’t go overboard. The site is a mere enjoyable insight into you, your story and who else will be part of the celebration. Outline how you met and got engaged, but keep things brief.

6.     Keep to your theme

If you have a certain theme for your wedding, you should bring this over to your website, too, so that you achieve consistency. You don’t want all that hard work you’ve put into planning to go to waste, so make the most of your theme.

7.     Be clear about social media usage

Some couples love social media and create their own hashtags for the event. Others prefer to maintain a certain level of privacy and ask their guests not to post anything on social media about it. Decide what your rules are and state these clearly on your website.

8.     Make sure the website represents you both

Your website should reflect your own style. Create your content together and only publish content that you both like. If one of you isn’t happy with it, don’t publish it.

9.     Don’t rely solely on your website

Send out hard copies of all relevant information to your guests. Don’t just rely on your website to do all the work. Not all your guests may use the internet regularly or understand how to use it. Don’t make them miss out.

10.  Remember to send out ‘thank you’ notes

After the wedding and the honeymoon, you can post some of the best pictures and tell some of the best stories of the wedding and holiday or post messages; however, you should always remember to send out individual ‘thank you’ notes to show your gratitude to your guests.

Your wedding website is another one of those opportunities to have some fun in the build-up to the wedding, but be sure to send out hard copies of all the information regarding your wedding. No guest likes to be left out.

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