Post # 1
I’m trying to decide if we should do one. What are some benifits of doing the websites?
Also, I’ve seen some where you can RSVP online. I think it’s a neat idea but I’m just unsure about people who might not know how to use the computer or have one…like older relatives. Do you then just send them a paper rsvp card?
Post # 3
We loved our website, but honestly not many guests ever looked at it. We used it to provide lots of info we couldn’t afford to include on seperate cards or didn’t want to include with our invitations, like attire, accomodations, things to do around town, maps, registry info, about us, etc. We knew the RSVP option wouldn’t work for us, so we didn’t even try. It didn’t take a ton of effort on our part and those who did use it loved it, so I would definitely say it’s worth it.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
It was nice for our guests to get some information about our partners and our relationship before coming to the wedding. Most people used the site mostly for accomodation, travel information, and such. I don’t think it’s essential. Fewer people used it then I thought would. We could have just had a simpler or a couple detailed emails. I do think that it built a lot of excitement for people coming from out of town though.
Post # 5
I hope 99% of my guest RSVP online. I hate wasting paper. Plus, you can put stuff on your website that you can’t put on an invite.
Post # 6
My mister’s family lives overseas and my ManOH is in NY. Our website is primarily for those folks so they can stay in the loop on all of the planning and such.
Post # 7
I really think it depends on how many out of towners you have and the location of your guests. In our case they were all over the world so we set up a website and most people RSVPed through it. We also gave a phone number and regular email address option for less tech-savy guests, but the vast majority used the website. And we didn’t have an insert card, we just devoted two lines at the bottom of the invite for it.
Post # 8
I made a website because we’re having a destination wedding, and I had a lot of information to share with guests. I didn’t mail a Save the Date; instead I sent an email to all of my invited guests 7-8 months in advance and included a link to the website so they could read about the location and start thinking about accommodations. I’ve sent a couple of additional emails since then with updates about weekend activities, and always included a link to the site. We’ve gotten about a dozen comments on the site, so I know some people have visited it.
I’m about to send our invitations this week, and included several reference to the website – on the RSVP card (they can RSVP online or via mail), on the directions card (map is on the website) and on the “details” card (see the website for more information about weekend actitivies).
I think it was totally worth it for me, given that we are planning three days worth of activities and guests have lots of questions we can answer on the website. I used http://www.onewed.com, and the site was free and easy to build. The only investment is your time. But I would say that if you take the time to build it, you also need to promote it, and not just in the invitation!
If you would like to see what I included, visit: http://www.DaveAndTriciasWedding.com. (FYI, I paid for the custom URL, but you can do it entirely for free if you choose.)
Post # 9
We have literally like 4 people coming from further then an hour away and it’s FI’s Sister and her kids.
I’m kind of liking the idea of RSVPS online though. I think putting the phone number in or an email address for less techy people is a good way to do it. It seems like it would be really easy to total up things. We could find out what people want to eat on the online rsvp too, makes it really nice.
Post # 10
I love our website but mostly because its on our own domain so I have complete control over the whole thing (www.wedding.(FI’s last name).com). Its also password protected so only those who we give the credentials to can access it. All but a very small handful of our guests are avid internet users and will frequent our site (I host my wedding blog on there as well).
It’s a great way to introduce the guests to the BP and give them additional information that wouldn’t normally be found on the invitation. I have found that it also is saving us money on our invites because we won’t need to purchase as many enclosure cards for directions and accommodations and what not.
If you are going to start a wedding website I would totally get one that is password protected. I know a family who was burglarized as they were at their daughters wedding because the thief’s knew exactly when they would be gone from finding the couples wedding website. The assholes took their sweet time cleaning them out.
As for the RSVP’s, we thought about doing them online but decided against it. Our friends did the whole online thing and the guests didn’t really seem to like it all that much, but to each their own!
Post # 11
We did an online RSVP and we did paper RSVP’s because we knew we’d have some people that either wouldn’t get it or don’t go online. It worked really well for us and we got a LOT of compliments on the design and info provided. I think most people looked at the website even if they decided not to RSVP online.
As a prior poster says, our website is also on our own domain so we had complete control over it. Once I was ready to make it “public” or rather once the STD’s went out with the website info on it, the site was password protected so that only those given the user name and password could access it. I waited to put personal addresses and phone numbers until then as well. In addition to that, the RSVP section was done using an RSVP code that was a random 4 digit code assigned specifically to each individual invite that was sent. Unless people knew that RSVP code, then even if they were able to hack into the website, they wouldn’t be able to RSVP. The RSVP responses didn’t show on the website, but rather were emailed to me and tallied by my hosting provider.
Post # 12
We’re working on our own website (we bought a domain) and we are going to do an online RSVP as well. We will have RSVP cards included with the invites that will direct people to the website. We’re also putting our phone number so they can call if they don’t want to/can’t do it online.
@dodgercpkl: if you don’t mind my asking, how did you do your RSVP? Did you use a service or your own mySQL database?
Post # 13
@quidditchqueen: We used our own mySQL database.
Post # 14
Ok, thanks. 🙂 I’m trying to get FI to hurry up and get on that, because although I did the rest (css/html/java) I’m not very familiar with mySQL.
Post # 15
@quidditchqueen: Haha! No worries. I had my BIL helping me out with it. 🙂