Post # 1
So we are using a wedding website to relay most of our wedding information (day-of timeline, transportation provided, accomodations, registry info, etc), and one important reason we are doing this is so that we could very clearly state that we are not including children at the ceremony/reception apart from those in the wedding party. We did word it way more politely than I’ve just done, however :). We are having to do this because I know that a few guests in particular may not pick up on the standard ‘cues’, i.e. addressing the invitation to only those that are invited, putting a number on the RSVP cards, etc, and we don’t want to list ‘adult only reception’ on the invitations/invitation suite.
As such, we are planning on having pocketfold invitations, and the pocket would hold only a card with minimal information and directions on accessing the wedding website for more information (a QR code as well as the URL) to sort of ‘force’ guests to see the ‘no children’ statement that’s listed on both the reception and ceremony tabs, haha. We’d also include our RSVP card, but those would be the only two items apart from the invitation itself.
I should also mention that we’ve included the URL and QR code on the back of the Save the Date postcards, and those will go out within the next few weeks.
After my super-long explanation haha, is this adequate? I know that some relatives on both of our sides are older, but I also know that all have some means of internet access and enough savvy to at least type in a URL. I figure I could also list my wedding planner’s number/email on the info card if they have additional questions. Thoughts?
Post # 3
Many of my friends just had the standard ceremony/reception invite plus RSVP cards in their invitation suites. That’s perhaps the more “traditional” way of doing things, so I don’t see anything wrong with it! Guests will either visit your wedding website or contact you if they have questions.
Post # 4
We included our wedding website on the save the dates AND invites AND did pocketfolds with a lot of information and we still have people asking us questions confirming like no one has gone on the website. Womp womp.
ETA: We also did a qr code that you can scan with your phone to open the website and guests thought that was cool…but I guess just played with it and didn’t read the website.
Post # 5
This is basically what we are doing. I think that it is fine to leave the details on the website if you think that most of your guests will be able to access the information. If there are any people who will not be able to access it, make sure to reach out to them individually. We are calling grandparents to let them know about hotels.
I dont’ know if this is proper etiquette or not. But, I think that traditionlly invitations only included the address and times with an RSVP card. The other information has been developed over time as people have guests coming from farther away and want to provide more information.
The one thing I am concerned about is that people may not actually check the website. I sent out save the dates a month ago, and there are some people, even close friends, who I know have not checked the website. I am planning on sending out a reminder/link to the website on its own so that people can search their emails to find it.
Post # 6
I don’t have a wedding website, and we are still only including hotel information and RSVP in our “invitation suite.” As long as people have GPS and smart phones, they won’t need directions (and now that my dad has a smart phone, I’m quiet sure that everyone has a smart phone 🙂
Also, the more paper included, the more likely it is for me to lose parts of it.
Post # 7
Ok thanks ladies!!
@melizabe: yeeeah i’m sure plenty of people are going to ask… i’m gonna give them the website address again, haha!
@Misswhowedding: losing things? my life. 🙂
Post # 8
@Misswhowedding: I disagree about maps, etc. Our guests are coming from all over the world. Most have never been to Canada and will have to navigate the 401 to get to our venue (and drive on snow covered back roads… We’re hoping it doesn’t snow like crazy the days leading up to our wedding. Most of these people have very rarely driven in snow.) So while everyone has a smart phone, not everyone will be able to use them (I never get an overseas package when I go there.) And there is the shortest route that the GPS suggests – the problem is that is through a very hilly rural route. There’s a route that’s only about 10 minutes longer that stays on provincial highways. For people completely unfamiliar with the area/driving in snow we strongly recommend taking the suggested route.
Now if you’re having guests from your area or who are pretty familar with the area, it might not be needed.
We are doing a one page invite. All the rest of the information is on our website. I included a lot of information like things to do in and around Ontario, places to see, fun attractions for kids, the room block rates (how to book from Canada and the international phone codes, etc.) We will eventually include our registry info as well. I hope people use our website, its full of information they’ll need.
We are thinking about putting a page in on weather in Feb in Ontario, what you’ll need, what will be overkill, etc.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn
@gymbunny04: I think it’s fine to give people your wedding website, just be ready to answer questions for people who are either too lazy to look it up themselves or not tech savvy enough to be able to enter the url. (It sounds like I’m kidding, but had to send the link to MIL once a week because she kept typing our url into google and not the address bar…)
I put google analytics on my wedding website and I’d say most of our guests did not look at our site. We also used family to disseminate information.
@sostobe: While I don’t think direction or maps are necessary it’s definitely a nice to have. I always end up googling anyway, but when I get “local” tips or info from the given directions I just cross reference to what google gives me and go the “locals” route whenever possible!