So you’re getting married, congratulations! Having a wedding website is something couples do to build anticipation for the big day as well as share information and connect with guests.
Making a wedding website might seem like a complicated task, but fear not! GoDaddy has made building a website easy (seriously you can do it in less than an hour without any previous experience) using GoCentral.
If you’re DIY-ing your website, here are seven things to make sure you include:
1. Detailed information about the big day’s order of events.
Your wedding website is the perfect place to share detailed information of the day’s events.It’s also the perfect time to prepare guests for any down time they may have during the events. For example, do you plan to serve hors d’oeuvres and drinks at an open bar while the wedding party takes photos? Let them know!
With GoCentral, you can provide guests with the information they need to you about your wedding day. For example, if your ceremony and reception are in different locations, you can provide directions for getting in between the venues. If there are a few hours in-between your ceremony and reception, you can give guests some ideas for what to do in the meantime.
Additionally, a physical invitation gives you limited space to provide details such as directions, hotel suggestions, and even food recommendations in the area for your out of town attendees. Include that on your website as well!
2. Share your Instagram hashtag, Spotify playlist, and/or Snapchat filter.
We’re a tech-savvy generation and love to connect through various digital platforms. As many couples notice, the day of your wedding will fly by. You’ll want photos and videos to help you keep those special memories alive.
While most couples will have a wedding photographer to professionally capture the moments, seeing photos that guests have taken will connect you to your family and friends who are attending your wedding and allow you to celebrate your day from their perspective.
Let your friends and family know about the hashtag they can use to share photos on social media. Share with them how to use the custom Snapchat filter you’ve had designed for the big day. With GoCentral, you can even share a Spotify playlist of your music selection for the ceremony!
3. Etiquette reminders.
Some weddings are more casual affairs while others are formal events that require a dress code. Your wedding website is the perfect centralized place to explain to guests what is and what isn’t appropriate.
My best friend got married last year and didn’t want any children at her wedding. It might sound extreme to some, but it was her day and that is what she wanted. If you have a similar request, don’t be afraid to gently remind guests of things like a dress code.
4. Gather information from guests.
On the traditional invitation you mailed out, direct guests to your wedding website for additional information.
You can then have them RSVP directly on the website, ask for their meal preferences (important if you’re not having a buffet-style reception), ask for their song recommendations or anything else you want to customize your wedding day.
5. Links to your registries.
This one probably goes without saying but you’ll want to include links to your registries on your wedding website. Make it as easy as possible for your guests to find the information they are looking for.
6. Match your website with your wedding colors.
Creating a wedding website is a special touch that can coordinate beautifully with the actual events of your bridal shower, bachelorette party, and wedding day.
Make sure to match your design, colors, and fonts to your physical invitations and details for your wedding.
7. A customized domain.
A custom domain makes it easy for your guests to find your website, connect with you, and gives your DIY website a professional vibe. Seriously, with all the easily customizable components, no one will even know you didn’t pay thousands of dollars for your unique design.
With GoCentral, you can collect RSVPs with a contact form, provide directions, share a photo gallery, or even collect guests email addresses so you can connect with them more easily. It also comes optimized for mobile so anyone can easily view and navigate your custom site from their phone. That’s a huge bonus as most people browse online from their phones nowadays!
And there we have it — seven things to make sure you include on your wedding website. Congrats on your engagement! I hope your wedding day is everything you ever imagined it would be.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.