Hey, loves, Emma here and today we’re tackling the wedding websites: do you need a wedding website? If you’re newly engaged, you’re probably excited to go ahead and get a wedding website, tell everyone on your Facebook feed the good news, and maybe even lock down the date right away. (Congrats, by the way!) In this post, you’ll find out everything you ever needed or wanted to know about the wedding website: do you need a wedding website? What’s the big deal? Should you get a wedding website, or can you make due without one? Is a wedding website free? I’m also tossing in a healthy list of pros vs. cons to get the discussion started. Let’s get down to business, shall we?
Do you really need a wedding website?
First things first, what is a wedding website?
A wedding website is an online page (a single page, or even a series of pages) your guests can access to find out more about your wedding.
A wedding website will include…
– your names
– the date of your wedding
– the location of your wedding
– time and date of ceremony and reception
Some wedding websites may also include…
– a photo gallery
– a list of your bridesmaids and groomsmen, how they are related or known to the couple, and photos
– additional information on wedding related events (i.e. engagement party or bridal shower)
– a link to your wedding registry
– TRAVEL information (i.e. lodging, restaurants, rental cars, etc.) — this one’s a big deal for out-of-town guests and a must for destination weddings
It’s almost too easy! (Check out a sample wedding website here.)
With Instagrams and Tweets and Apps flying at your face all day, every day, it’s no wonder wedding websites are increasingly popular. Sure, you still need to send save the dates and invitations, but a wedding website serves its own unique purpose, too.
– PROS OF HAVING A WEDDING WEBSITE –
Here’s why you might need a wedding website for your big day.
1. People lose stuff.
I have dozens of papers crammed into my desk drawer, old receipts flying out of my wallet, and an unkempt file cabinet that hasn’t been updated (read: cleaned) in wayyyy too long. Papers, in today’s increasing paperless society (which totally reminds me of this Dunder Mifflin commercial spot), get lost. They just do. Life happens.
People lose stuff — yes, even your beloved wedding invitation and the thousand inserts it came with — so a wedding website like this makes it easy for guests to access the wedding reception ceremony, location, date, and time.
2. People need immediate details.
Myself included, at times. It’s not a negative thing; it’s more of a fact. We’ve become so accustomed to information at our fingertips, in an instant, from anywhere. People don’t want to bother with addresses anymore, or memorize phone numbers, or plan travel with actual maps. Most people are within an arm’s length of a mobile phone or GPS device that gets them where they need to be, with traffic alerts and weather updates and even Yelp reviews for food along the way. People want to plug and go.
People also LOVE having your registry at their fingertips. With so many unique registry options out there today (many of them online, like here!), it’s never been easier to point, click, and buy wedding gifts for a couple’s registry and have it shipped to their door.
You might need a wedding website if it will make it easy for guests to grab the GPS / location of your wedding and plug it in. Ta-da! Turn-by-turn directions in seconds.
3. People crave details. And photos.
Some of your family and friends might be wondering some (fun!) details about your big day. You may need a wedding website with your details all in one place if you know it will be a fun place for guests to visit. And it’s so much easier than Aunt Sophie snooping through months of Facebook timeline posts to get to the good stuff. For instance, how did you get engaged? Where? When? People love to see photos, perhaps of you and your soon-to-be spouse, fun snapshots of your wedding party, and maybe even some glimpses of the wedding ceremony or reception venue. Other questions: Is there a wedding shower? Is the reception on a beach? Should guests expect formal or semi-formal attire? Who is the Maid of Honor? You might need a wedding website to answer these questions.
4. You finally get to use more of those engagement photos.
You might need a wedding website if you’d like to display some of your engagement pics. You spent good money on those engagement photos, and honestly, how many other places can you use them? And you can only change your cover photo and profile pic so many times, am I right?! ;)
In conclusion, you might need a wedding website if, for you, these are all pros: wedding websites are fun for couples to fill out, can utilize those gorgeous engagement photos, and are enjoyable for guests (and informative) to read. Win-win-win.
Now, let’s go to the flip side and talk about CONS.
– CONS OF HAVING A WEDDING WEBSITE –
You might not need a wedding website if these things bug you.
1. Some wedding websites can add to your wedding costs.
Hey, weddings are expensive! Totally hear ya. Some wedding websites cost money (or require upgrades for better features), so adding yet another cost to your list can be total deal breakers for some couples.
P.S. The good news? If you need a wedding website, you really don’t need any “extras” — a basic (yet beautifully-designed) FREE wedding website is really all you need. So don’t let cost get you down. I think a lot of those “premium” wedding websites aren’t really worth the extra cost. I say, if it’s free and looks great (and serves the needs you have), go for it!
2. “But I’m already paying for invitations!”
This is another good point. Why should you have to buy wedding invitations with all the details, and also have a wedding website with the very same details just because some people can’t stay organized? This is one reason why couples say no to a wedding website; they figure, I already did the invite thing, guests can figure it out. Fair enough.
And that’s it for cons. I tried, you guys, but I think wedding websites (free ones, at least) are more helpful than anything!
In the grand scheme of things, you don’t have to get a wedding website if you really hate the idea (hey, weddings are supposed to be fun, not stressful). The wedding police aren’t going to issue a citation or ask you why you didn’t make a wedding website. Some people do, some people don’t. I didn’t get married that long ago but wedding websites were just slightly becoming a thing at the time. I didn’t make one. But if we were getting married this year, I would definitely need a wedding website. I love having the information readily available for guests.
So, if you think a wedding website will help you out, will make your guests less cranky when they need directions stat, and will make the wedding planning process a little more fun by keeping everyone informed, then you might need a wedding website. And if you need one, you can get one here for FREE.
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Discuss: Do you need a wedding website, or are you passing on one?
And there you have it! What do you think about wedding websites? Do you need a wedding website, or will you skip it? Tell me in the comment box below!