(Closed) Do I really need a wedding website?

posted 7 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m not. I don’t think they’re necessary!

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Will a lot of your guests be coming from out of town?

I feel like a wedding website is a good location to post information about traveling to the area, things to do in the area for out of town guests, as well as the usual weather/climate at the time of your wedding.

That way you can keep the site updated with information about places to stay/things to do, rather than have to put it all in an invitation together.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

i’m not having one either i feel they a bit too self-congratulatory.. no offense to those who have them

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You totally don’t have to do one. We decided to do one, but are not hosting it on a wedding site that has all those crappy flowery templates. We just made a Google Site for it – totally free and fairly simple to do if you are reasonably tech savvy.

Ours has a “guest book” which is really just a Google Doc for people to fill out with their address and contact info so that we can send them STDs, invites, thank yous. A lot easier than soliciting individual people for addresses, writing them by hand, and transferring to a spreadsheet.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@bells: I agree on the “self congratulatory” part. We’re doing one because the wedding is a DW and the only person local to the wedding is  FMIL.

 

We want to have a place people can go to read about hotel options, day of schedule, what to do in the area, reccomended travel plans, and “unoffical” events that may be happening prior to and after the wedding since FI and I will be up there for a week.

I am trying to work ona template for one right now, and am skiping over a lot of the “about the bride”, “about the groom”, “how we met”, “the proposal”, etc because everyone who is invited knows this stuff already.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We didn’t do one, and honestly every wedding I have ever been too, I have never once even looked at a wedding website.

I honestly don’t really understand what the point of them is.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Girl, most of our guests came from out of town, so I figured this would be an excellent resource. I slaved over it for HOURS and HOURS. I’d say about 5% of the guests actually looked at it. Don’t waste your time.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I made one at mywedding.com… it was pretty easy… I didn’t spend hours and hours on it. Since a lot of our guests are coming from out of town, I’m going to put directions and hotel info on there. From the family members that have looked at it, and haven’t met FI or seen me in a while, they said they really liked it. I put pics up from when we first started dating to present…so it was fun to see how things have changed in the last 5 years.  Also, since we’re doing a couple things non traditionally at our wedding, it gave me a chance to kind of put it out there, and explain why we were doing things a certain way.

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have to say, I really like when couples have a wedding websites.  I even like the “about the couple” and blog pages.  With so many of my dear friends living far away, I feel like a website is a nice way to stay connected and share their excitment.  Also, as a person who loses papers all the time, I like being able to print things out easily.

That being said, I am hesitant about doing one for myself for all the reasons people have stated above, although I do love the idea of a google site…

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We did one on mywedding.com as well and I liked doing it. I hadnt met a lot of DHs family/family friends and same for him with mine. Hopefully it was a way for them to learn a little about us. Also, ours was a DW for 95% of guests so I hope it was helpful to them in making their plans and keeping them updated! I dont think its necessary though!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Although my FI and I are doing one I kind of agree with bells. If you’re not careful they come across as too self-congratulatory.  We are getting married an hour away from where we live so technically everyone at our wedding will be from out of town. We are strictly using ours for directions and hotel information since it would cost us more in postage to include all of the info with our invitations. It helps to save money wherever you can!

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@arenyth: If only a very small percentage of your guests have never been to the area, then a website probably isn’t needed. Sticking that info on lodging, travel, etc into the save the date is probably the best plan.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re doing one (even though most guests are local). We just know a lot of our guests are big on internet anything, so we put a bunch of photos on their and we’ll put the info about the wedding on there as well as registry info since that’s the only place we could think to post it. We won’t be having showers or parties or anything before the wedding and we won’t be doing a standard registry…it may help with clearing up questions for us…but I’m sure there are going to be plenty of people who find it tacky! Oh well…

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