Post # 1
I’m just wondering how many people actually made use of your wedding website? I’m having a great time making ours and adding things to do and making it personal. I just don’t know if anyone will see it! The address was on our STD’s, so far the counter is saying no visitors. What was your experience?
Post # 3
I haven’t even sent out STDS yet and it has 183 views! I’m hoping people will actually use it but I guess I won’t really know until we send them! Hopefully others can be more helpful.
Post # 4
We sent the address with our invitations and it hasn’t gotten much traffic. I’m hoping that will change in these next couple weeks leading up to the wedding. I’m sure if we had gotten our act together in time to include the URL on our STDs, we would have seen more action!
Post # 5
@MsGinkgo: We had so many views on our site, but we also did an email save-the-date with a link to it. Do you have a lot of people’s email addresses? Maybe you can just send out a simple link to some of your guests. We actually had a really hard time figuring out a system to send all of those email’s out without them being flagged as spam. Eventually we just did a few at a time directly from my email, but I’m pretty sure sending that link really helped. One of my older guests said that the website was messed up and didn’t send him directly to our paged based on trying to re-type the link from the paper invite. I’m pretty sure he just messed up a letter in the URL or something. For whatever reason, I think people are more likely to click on a link then to take an extra 10 seconds & type it in. Personally, I have no problem with that & they times I’ve gotten an invite with a website, I go immediately to the site & check out the website. I love seeing people’s wedding websites :).
Post # 6
@MsGinkgo: I think wedding websites are more for the couple and that very few guests ever look at them.
The only exception I have know of is if it is a destination wedding where everyone would need to travel. Even then I don’t think it’s a great use of time.
I’ve not looked at one since 2001 when I first heard about the idea.
Post # 7
Yes our website had directions and a link to RSVP. we really didn’t feel the need to make it a bio about our relationship with pictures of us and the engagement. It was strictly for necessary information and to collect our rsvps.
Post # 8
I’ve heard from several people that it’s been super helpful. I kept it minimal on the personal stuff and maximized the helpful information.
I had a bride and groom page that I made short and sweet just giving information on us as individuals. People love this because there are lots of people on both sides of the family who don’t know one of us well.
I put a TON of information about places to eat and things to do in the area. I didn’t just list the name, website, phone number of these places – I practically wrote reviews for it all! This has been much appreciated. A lot of people said they will be checking out the places I listed.
Make it concise, clear, and helpful. Take a look at a lot of examples and make notes of what you like and don’t like.
ETA: My FI’s side is all coming from England, so there is more traffic from them since they need a lot of the travel information.
Post # 9
@MsGinkgo: We sent out our invites 2 weeks ago or so and we’ve got tons of hits to our website! I’m using google analytics to track traffic- I’m sort of obsessed. Even without the analytics, I know people are going to it because its the only place we have registry info, and we’ve already gotten 7 gifts! Our invites were really bare-bones and referred people to our site, which I think is another reason we have a decent amount of traffic.
I made the website almost completely on my own- FI bought the domain (6 months before he proposed, in fact!) and set up the original tumblr template and I did all the content and formatting. I’m very proud of it 🙂