When to tell guests about wedding website?

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
msangelfishMember
35 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: Patuxent Greens Golf Club

Hi Month Twin! 

I shared my wedding website with my wedding party and out of town family as soon as I had all the major details up about the wedding, so maybe about 2 months ago. I also don’t have all the registry information up yet. But I think you can send an email, especially to the out of town guests so they can start to get an idea of the travel arrangements they will need to make. And just include in the email to keep checking back for updates. 

Post # 3
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3709 posts
Sugar bee

2x MOB here – both my daughter’s sent save the date magnets, that had the website’s address/link on them. The websites were almost complete, at the time the StD were mailed, including the hotel room blocks (most expired one month or more, before the wedding date).

The registry information wasn’t added until the registry was set up – just before the bridal shower invitations were sent out. The ladies wanted to wait until then, to figure out what they would need. The honeymoon page was completed when they made their final decision – with one it was only a few months before the wedding, but the page said “still trying to decide, but we know it’ll be on a beach,” with a photo of a beach.

One mailed hers out July 2012, for a May 2013 wedding, and the other mailed hers out October 2013, for an August 31, 2014 wedding. Yes – they were married 15 months apart, and I still have my sanity – ha ha!

Post # 4
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1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

MissDahlia08:  We didn’t tell anyone about ours until it was time to send out invitations. Since we were doing online responses rather than mail in, we just put the website on our response card and sent it with the invitation. I didn’t want to send it too early because its not like its something people will check often.

Post # 5
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1272 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m a June 2015 bride, and the only people I’ve shared the website with are my mom, grandma, and aunt so far. It’s pretty much complete, but we’re not setting aside a block of rooms so I didn’t think I needed to send it out this early. It has information about local activities in the area, but guests don’t really need that right away. I’ve received several wedding invites/save the dates this year, and they always had a little card inside mentioning hotel reservations/room blocks, so that’s an option. Also, my biggest reason for not sending out the website URL and password (this may be crazy haha) is that I don’t want detailed info about the ceremony and reception getting out to extended family who are not invited to the wedding. So I’ll probably disclose the wedding website information around the time that we send official invitations just to minimize these cases.

Post # 6
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585 posts
Busy bee

I would just put it on your STD. If you’re worried about out of town guests booking now, you should tell them personaly or send the STDs sooner.

I would also just make a page on your website for registry info and have it say “coming soon” or something like that. Usually if you use the knot or some pre-made website, you can insert pages and leave them blank until you put info in-it will just say “no info. yet for this page” or something.

Personally, we set up our registries before we even created the website. I mean, why wait? We also blocked the rooms and put that info on there. Mostly because we live in a metro area and thinks book fast.

I put the location of the ceremony on the website with a map, but no other details (no date/times). People can look at the STD/invite for that. Mostly because I didn’t want other people not invited to know (it’s a public website).

No one will care if you add things to the website, as long as you dont CHANGE things. If you want to add some pictures, some extra details, etc. I am planning on adding an elaboration of the menu so people can go and look at it to help them decide. I also want to put there a notice that it is valet only.

We already sent our invites, but we didn’t put anything about the website. I mean, 99% of the people keep the STD and literally hang the invite next to it..soo why repeat the info?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

MissDahlia08: we had our wedding in a “remote area” – meaning the lodging options were few and far between and there were no hotels and more cabins and home rentals in the area…so i gave the website out left and right to close friends and family in order to allow them to start planning for their travel. STDs went out with the website address printed on them in Jan 2014 and wedding was in May 2014. worked out great 🙂 

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