(Closed) Brides: Did your wedding guests actually use your wedding website at all?

posted 3 years ago in Technology
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Our guests didn’t really use our wedding website. We had a couple people use the online rsvp but I don’t think the majority of guests visited the site at all. The online rsvp turned out to be more helpful for me because I input all the rsvps into it and it made it easy to keep track of who was coming and who wasn’t. But it was free (minted gives you a free website if order invites through them) so it’s not like I wasted a bunch of money on it.

As a guest, I rarely use people’s website either. All the information I need is on invitation and I’m good at finding people’s registries. Sometimes I look at it just to see what the couple put up but really wedding websites are completely unnecessary.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

We haven’t made our website yet, but I LOVE when other people have websites with tons of information. I’m definitely the type who likes to have an idea of the planned activities/timeline beforehand and I always check for information about hotels, etc. since I like to book that stuff as far in advance as possible.

I also love reading the couple’s story and looking at pictures of them.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I used it and put it on our save the dates and actual invites for info. I didn’t dare share it on social media, I think it’s cringe worthy when I see people do that unless you invite everyone on your friends list to the wedding.

With as many people as I had ask for hotel block info, etc. I’d say most didn’t pay attention to it. I’d still create one again though, I think it’s part of the process.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I personally really like looking at wedding websites.  Since the majority of our guests are out of town, I really wanted to include recommendations on places to eat, get coffee, and stuff to do, so we have a website.  We’re also providing transportation to the ceremony and hosting a small reception the evening before, so I wanted to have a place to dump all of the information. I think the key part of having the website was finding the right balance, I mean not having too much information.

I’m able to see the number of website views, so since sending out my save the dates (70) my website has been viewed around 50 times.  Sure I’m realize that some of those count for my parents looking at the website, but I’ve received some compliments.  My mom has had family asking for detailed information and it was easier for her to direct them to the website since invitations have not gone out.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Mine have to because we didn’t do paper RSVPs 😉

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

we didn’t get a lot of hits on the site.  although i stopped looking a few weeks before.  so who knows.

 

Post # 9
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Honey bee

Both daughters had one. Both put the addresses on their save the dates, mailed-out 10 months before the weddings. Both had counters, so they could see how many pages were accessed. (1 count for the home page and one count for every other page opened). The counters ended up into the thousands of pages. One bride requested responses, through her website’s RSVP function.

I think they would have killed a tree, if they had printed-out and mailed out the website information, to their guests.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Were not doing a wedding website because I never even bother to look at the ones we get for weddings were invited to. Figured it was a waste. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I always use them when I get a STD for an out of town wedding because I like to make my hotel reservations much earlier than the 6-8 weeks prior when the official invitation is going to be sent. I typically book my hotel as soon as the info is on the website, and often send a gift from the registry well ahead of time as well. If there is additional information on there about transportation, I like to see that as well so I know if I need to reserve a rental car, etc. I also need to request time off work well in advance, so if there is information about the itinerary for the wedding, I find that very helpful to figure out what time I need to get into town and when I van expect to leave again.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

 

I use wedding websites pretty heavily, so I’m happy when anyone has one.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada

23 of our guests have RSVPd on our website since we sent them out a couple weeks ago, and at least 10 have used it to book hotel rooms. I’d say its working.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Yes, most of our guests RSVP’d through our website.  My guests found it useful.  

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Some guests have definitely used it. We’ve got a lot of people coming in from out of town and we live in Washington DC so it feels like everyone has the same few questions about sightseeing. We can say “We have ALL that infromation about how to get a tour there and what museums are worth it on our website” and be done. Surprisingly, it’s the older folks who are using it the most and thank us for having all the information there so handily. 

Personally, I LOVE wedding websites. I appreciate the registry and hotel information most, but I also love a good a “how we met” section. The last few weddings I’ve gone to where I was a plus-one, or only knew either the bride or groom well, it was nice to read how they met or how he proposed (if there was a big proposal). A wedding where the couple met on tinder a few months ago featured like 2 dozen tinder jokes and I would have been playing catch up had I not known. 

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