Post # 1
I was posting today about how I really wouldn’t go to someone’s wedding website unless the information pointing me there directly told me I had to in order to find registry info, hotel info, directions or other important info. Personally, I don’t want to have to ‘work’ to get anyone’s information for an event they are inviting me to. I’d like all pertinent info in one concise package 🙂 However, I realize maybe not everyone wants to do that.
The reason I really wouldn’t go to a wedding website is because I don’t really care to see ‘how we met’, ‘our pet names for each other’, ‘how he proposed’ or any other kind of promotional wedding info because I’m just not really gushy or mushy like that. I guess it just wouldn’t occur to me to check it. Plus, I know of a lot of older people that don’t even use the computer and there are people in this country/world that have no access to internet. Anyway, if you DID do a wedding website, please answer the poll – honest and anonymous! 😛
I’m not knocking anyone for doing it at ALL I just have never seen it and it’s just I guess not done in my area/social circle?
Post # 3
Almost no one looked at our wedding website. I was so proud that I spent all that time making it but the view counter at the bottom barely moved (despite providing hotel and travel info there since the vast majority of our guests were OOT). If you have the time to do it and want to – great! But if you’re iffy on it, I wouldn’t stress over it. And I definitely wouldn’t spend money on it!
ETA: I put hotel/travel info, sightseeing info, registry info, photo albums, schedule, etc all on the site so there was lots of very useful info if people had gone.
Post # 4
Pretty much everyone visited our website…and that was probably because we did online RSVPs. lol (We also listed a phone number on the invite for people who aren’t interwebz savvy.)
We put up registry, hotel, and sight seeing info for our out of town guests.
I also put up a photo album of pictures and tried to get at least one of us with each of our guests. I think people liked that part. Got lots of nice comments in the guestbook.
Post # 5
Hardly anyone looked at our website and I had the website listed in the invitation package on the map to the venue and on the wedding programs. I had our photobooth photos available on the website and thought people would download them or share their own wedding photos and no one did. Kinda disappointed.
Post # 6
I don’t know percents, but we invited about 180, and our website got over 300 hits.
The older crowd loved it – I know that because they were all over leaving GuestBook comments! 🙂
Several friends my age also commented on how much they liked it, because it literally had every scrap of info you could want on it (airport codes, hotel blocks, gift registries, our life stories + our story, dates of showers, etc., suggested dress for the wedding, maps, directions, EVERYTHING!)
We also used it to “advertise” our registries when our local church (in DC, not where we got married) wanted to throw us a shower. Lots of those people didn’t know anything about me (I moved to DC to be with him) or our wedding, so they found it really interesting as well.
Post # 7
Everybody BETTER look at ours… because that’s how they’re going to RSVP, get directions, and all the other information!
My website was free, and let’s face it… I’m not going to pay a ton more money in stamps and stationary (and kill trees ) to send all that information out to everyone seperately, when I can put it all in one concise, free, and eco-friendly place!
And it really won’t be THAT much more trouble just to glance at my website for the info–it’s either shuffling through endless pages or clicking a couple buttons. And my website is very clear, organized, and user-friendly 🙂
Post # 8
Wow it’s all over the board, huh? Interesting…. I was wondering if it were regional or maybe an age thing, but two people getting married that I have invites for are around 25 and the other 3 are about 30 so I don’t think age is a factor. Like I said, I’ve never heard of it before and wouldn’t think to check it out. Maybe it will catch on here eventually?
Post # 9
I think it really matters how you “market” it too. IMO, just adding the link to the bottom of the save the date or part of the invitation suite isn’t enough. If you want people to see it, you need to incentivize them to check it out!
We did e-save the dates (inserted an image into email) that linked to the website, that was our first wave of hits. We also did an insert in the invitations that said, “For more info on hotels, registries, bridal party, etc., see our website!” with the address. And we both posted it on our FB pages, because there’s nothing simpler than just clicking a link!
When the church planned the shower, the person doing the planning included a link in the weekly e-letter to the congregation too, since that’s where our registry info was.
Wedding websites are still a newer thing, so people who don’t have experience with them might not realize the kind of info you’re making available – that’s why I think you really need to give them a reason to check it out, not just pass out a link without context!
Post # 10
ours had a page view count, but i’m not really sure how many people looked….but most couples i know getting married do use a website to direct people to the registry and hotel room blocks, as well as transportation, and i def find that useful. we didn’t put THAT much up on the “mushy” stuff for ours, it was mostly the useful details. i’m not sure how many people asked our parents for info, but no one asked us about the registry at all, so it was useful for avoiding millions of questions for sure!!
Post # 11
Yes – that kind of little teaser would get me there! And it seems like everyone that posted here that made a website put really good, really useful info on there. Like I said, I just (totally sound like a bish here but I hope you understand I’m just not girly in this way) assumed that it’s going to be nothing but a photo album of the bride and groom with cutesy stories and bio’s and other stuff that I don’t really need.
If it said “For more info on hotels, registries, bridal party, etc., see our website!” then I’d be all over it. I was just sharing in another post that I don’t want to have to DO anything to find your info – I just want the damn stuff! 😛 This would make me happy to see 🙂
Post # 12
Out of 200 people who were invited, 3 people visited it. Out of the 3, 2 were me and Darling Husband. So 1.
Post # 13
My family and extended family and people in the wedding- I think that was about it. At least, that is who left messages on the message board. I still think it is worth it. When my friend got married out west and I couldn’t be there, it was nice to be able to see who she was marrying at least.