Are you thinking of having a website for your wedding? This can be a great tool for your guests, if you use it right.
To make it worthwhile you really need to add meaningful content to your website. You can also save money and the environment but cutting back on paper use.
But why even have a wedding website? The site can save your guests a lot of time and energy by providing them with information about accommodations, things to do, along with maps and driving directions. Don’t make them do the research. A few clicks and they’re there!
Make your site a true hub for all things about your wedding by providing lots of information. You can give your guests a very good idea about the kind of ceremony and reception you are having so they know how to dress. Bring a coat? High heels won’t work on the grass? Let them know.
Be sure to post lots of photos of yourselves and your bridal party and families. Why not give a little ‘shout out’ to your pet, while you’re at it? Think of it as a digital program, and skip having a program at your ceremony. Give it some emotional content. Tell your story and express yourselves in whatever way is right for you. Songs, poems, something beautiful you once wrote to your partner, post it here to share with those who love you.
And finally, the obvious bridal registry. If you are having one, this is the place to put it. But please don’t ask guests to give money for specific items, unless they are actually paying directly for those items. For example, a boat excursion or horseback riding adventure, with the payment going directly to the provider (usually through a travel agency). Then you know you actually bought them that gift, otherwise, it’s just a gift of money. And money is a great gift, but to ask for a certain amount towards your plane fare, or a night at a hotel is not a good idea. You are free to use financial gifts however you choose, don’t ask your guests to specifically finance your honeymoon, or anything else.
On the other hand, if you have neither the time, nor the inclination, just skip the wedding website!