wedding website in lieu of large invitation suite?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
Hostess
22135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
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871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
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108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
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2885 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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 # 8
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2421 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@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
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365 posts
Helper bee
  • 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!

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