Post # 1
Sooo … we sent out our save the dates with our wedding website on it approximately a year in advance. We are a New Years wedding, so we wanted to give people plenty of time to make their plans. Our save the date kind of played on the whole "one year from now" thing and they were really well received. We had a TON of site visits (gotta love google analytics) within the first two weeks of sending them out … but now the visits have dwindled to practically zero.
Now I totally understand the following:
- our wedding isn’t for another year
- not everyone cares about our wedding as much as I do (sad, but true 🙂 )
- there’s really not much to a wedding website that needs mutiple visits
But … I plan to add more things as the months get closer — some more up to date information; some more "things to do" in the area; additional info on the bridal party; updates on what we’ve been up to while engaged; photos from showers & bachelor/ette parties … so how do I get people to visit the site again?
I was thinking about doing an email blast maybe 8 months and then 5 months before (and then the invitations will also guide guests to the site when we send them 2 months in advance) but is that too much? Will that be annoying people? Or could I send more emails??
What do you think? How do you get guests to visit your site?
Post # 3
I hope no one is visiting our site b/c it is like half done!!
I think your ideas sound great! Also if you are emailing directions/wedding agenda to people you could include it in that.
Post # 4
I have the same… concern… it will be interesting to see what people answer!
So far, all I did was two things. 1) email my friends saying I uploaded a contact sheet of all the girls’ email. 2) On my personal email I changed the signature line to include the website (so my friends or family I email have the option to click it).
But despite using a wedding website, and weddingmapper- I still get the occasional phone call. and the answer could have been found on the website.
Post # 5
Hadn’t really thought about it! Both I and my FSIL mention our sites in our status updates on facebook a lot, so I think I’ve been able to get more people paying attention that way. Other than that, I think your e-mail thing isn’t too pushy, as long as there’s more to the e-mail than "hey go look at our site again!" Sounds like good spacing on the timing to me.
What’s google analytics? I’m terribly curious now.
Post # 6
When my best friend was engaged, they had a yr & a half engagement, so she would post new fun pics or funny stories etc pretty regularly & send out a short email to friends & family saying check out our new info…it kept us all interested in checking out their site often to see the latest updates. We were all also into updating their guestbook quite often so that ppl were always logging in to check it out & leave new cute comments for the B & G.
Post # 7
This is a great question. Happilywaiting basically gave my answer. We are constantly working on and adding features to the website. We’ve used a script that can link to facebook profiles for a blog style comment section. Our save the date was electronic, and if you click on it, it takes you directly to the wedding website…
So, we’ve got some decent traffic flow, though it seems to coincide with when we email or make some sort of informational announcement. We put up new photos recently as well… You need to get people used to making the site a regular part of their internet behavior!
Post # 8
Our engagement will be 20 months!! So I dont think we’ve been too overwhelming since it’s already been 9 months and we’ve only sent the save the date so far. I like the idea of updating on what we’ve been up to in an email.
I would love to use my facebook as an updater but I feel bad because not everyone I am "friends" with will be invited to the wedding — seeing as how I have nearly 600 facebook "friends" I think that would be a little much! haha 🙂
Thanks for the suggestions ladies!
Post # 9
We actually have not had too much of a problem maintaining traffic on the website because we are mostly inviting family and there’s that one person in both of our families who is constantly checking everyone’s blog and website. When we post new photos or information, word spreads pretty quickly.
Post # 10
No offense, but I would be annoyed if you kept e-mailing me with your wedding website information. People check it once when they see that there is a website and will check it more closer to the date. Unless they are your parents or future in-laws I don’t see any reason why they should be checking your website a year in advance.
Post # 11
We gave people the web site on the save the dates (about 8 months before the wedding) and reminded them about the web site with a card we included with the invitations (sent out yesterday!). We did that because people must reserve a room a month from the wedding or else the rooms are released and the price goes WAY up. If you feel like you’re bothering people, consider things like that. Are they going to wish they had been reminded about the web site when an important deadline passes? Remind them at the deadline, and I think people will appreciate it.
Post # 12
We didn’t really think about it. We put our website on our RSVP because we did online RSVP and song requests, we didn’t do RSVP’s that were mailed. I think that this really boosted our website viewing because it forced them all to go there. We had tons of info on the site and it was a lot of fun. We mailed out our invitations a little earlier than normal (3 months) so we had lots of traffic for the 3 months before the wedding.
Another thing we did was give the website whenever anyone asked about wedding info — we’d either email them the web address or call them with it.
Post # 13
Josalyn – No offense taken, I wouldn’t have asked if I didnt want an answer like yours!
I think I’ll maybe just make sure my parents are sending it to people when they ask her questions — our friends seem to have it together, it’s the adults that aren’t checking it … but that’s also to be expected.
Post # 14
We, too, put our website on our STDs. We got a ton of traffic when we first got engaged and put a link to the site on our facebook pages, got a lot more traffic right after the STDs were received, and now it’s just a steady 1 or 2 people a day. However, I made sure to have everything on the website I thought I would need (local resources, addresses, dates, times, etc.) so I am not sure that I will be sending out any email blasts from now until the wedding. In your case, I truly don’t see anything wrong with sending out an email at 8 months and another at 5 or so months when you have significant updates. I would think people would appreciate knowing that they have more resources to check out–almost everyone from out of town has used my website to book their hotel rooms and I know they would appreciate it if I found one with a better deal and told them about it. 1 or 2 emails in a 5 month span is not annoying in my opinion!!
Post # 15
Blog! Update it with wedding planning, your life together, etc. That will keep them coming back for sure.
Post # 16
I think it’s great you sent out save-the-dates so far in advance for your New Year’s Eve wedding. It seemed like your STD accomplished its purpose – guests marked their calendars and visited your site!
Honestly, and this is just my opinion, I don’t think the web site needs to come back into play until your invitations are sent out. (I am including my site on my directions card.)
I still would keep updating your site until that time, because you never know when a bridesmaid or close family member will check it out again and then when the invitations go out, your site is full of new information! And if guests do happen check it again and see that items have been added, it is more likely they will visit it again.
Like you said, make sure your parents have the web address so when family approaches them with questions, they can remind them to visit the site. I think that is the main purpose of the site during the time in between STDs and invitations. It makes your life easier and it gives your guests a one-stop resource of information.