(Closed) Creating a wedding website but keeping your privacy.

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Hi, I used the knot one for basic info but you can put a password on it for your guests. I just used my wedding hashtag. I didn’t want it fully open either. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I used The Knot as well. It makes things a lot easier and like PP said, if you don’t want them to see a page until you’re done editing it or want to keep it kind of secret, you can put a password on it. 

I’m not putting the website on the formal invitation. I put it on our save the dates. The Save-The-Date Cards are a little less formal, it’s just a heads up kind of thing. So we put on there 

‘for more information please go to our website’ 

You should have a seperate tab for registries on the website. So you have the info about the ceremony, bridal party, reception, whatever else, and your registry. Which is another reason you don’t want your website on the formal invite because it looks gift grabby and rude. Since we already but the website on our Save-The-Date Cards (which didn’t have any registry information when we put the website out), they now have access to the website later to see registry information. 

We are having everyone respond and RSVP via the website and by phone through The Knot, which makes it a million times easier for me. So I’m not giving them the website again, although if they ask for it, I’ll gladly give it. And a lot of times it can be spread by word of mouth if you’re having a small enough wedding. .

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

You can put it on an insert in the invitation. We are doing that because of lodging info, reception info, etc. Just don’t mention the registry when you mention the website. Actually, I think that’s a really bad idea to not include it when you want people to RSVP via the site! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Miami

happygirl2016:  We also used The Knot and wanted to keep it private. There’s an option for a four-character PIN, but you can usee letters too. I recommend that bc a word is easier to remember than a number.

We put ours on the Save the Dates, but you could also include it either on the back of your invitation or on a seperate enclosure card. Doesn’t even have to be a fancy one that matches your invitations, you could just print cheap and pretty business cards from VistaPrint and include it with the invite. The way we worded it was:

 For travel info and wedding details, please visit our private wedding website:

[Website address]

Password: abcd

As for registering for gift cards, I recommend using Zola as a registry. You can add your own items, so put the gift cards on there, plus you can add actual items from wherever you’d like. I put a giftcard item on there, to the company I use for printing photos since we’ll have tons of wedding and honeymoon photos to print 🙂

Oh, and you can also contact The Knot about setting your site so that it doesn’t come up in search engines. We did that. Our Zola registry does come up but that’s ok because it doesnt have any info about where our wedding is and I figured people might search for it. But our wedding website does not show up in a search for our names.

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Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I suggest using WordPress, and clicking the option that keeps Google from crawling your site. If you do that, the chances of strangers who don’t know the URL discovering the site are almost nil.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

happygirl2016:  We put our website URL on our save the date cards, but will not be putting them on the formal invitations. As PPs have noted, the Knot has a password protection option to keep your site private. It’s a little tough because you’d either have to make the password super easy to guess and remember, or make it difficult to guess, put it on the save the dates, and risk people throwing them away and forgetting the password. One friend made her password a combination of her and her FI’s names, which would have been really easy to guess even if you didn’t know them, so IMO it was kind of pointless to have a password like that.

As for registering for gift cards, just make a Lowe’s registry with gift cards and link to it in the “Registry” section of your website — enough said! 🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee

If you create a site on mywedding.com, it is unsearchable via google.  The only way you can find a couple is if you search on their website (and many people wouldnt know your website is there).  Plus they have a password option

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We are using Squarespace, and you have the option of password protecting the site, you can also track the views. We included our website info on our invitation inserts. On our Accommodations card we put at the bottom “For more information, please visit: website.com/hotels  password: password”. We left our guests with the option of RSVPing via mail or our website, so at the bottom of the RSVP card it says “Or reply online: website.com/reply  password: password”. On the website you can customize how you want your RSVP form to be, and all of our RSVPS get sent directly to my email.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I have no idea why it’s a problem to list the url on the main invitation. I wrote, and have seen written on other invitations, something akin to:

For information and RSVP, please visit our website: url… 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

senthilvv :  Self promoting?

Post # 15
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Newbee

We’re using The Knot’s free service which has been easy and has a nice layout. I know nothing about privacy though. I haven’t put anything on there that needs to be kept private so it’s not an issue for me.

Post # 15
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Newbee

When we were getting married, we took time to set up a wedding website and never regretted:) It was easy to stay in contact with our guests. We didn’t need to deal with 150 calls from 150 guests to figure out directions. Change of plans was not a problem at all:) We used a wordpress theme for our website. To customize it, we used the info from https://studioblackbelt.com

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