Post # 60
My husband and I did have a wedding website. We used weddingchannel.com and I was very happy with it (easy to make and free!)
We sent out save-the-dates for our wedding and put the wedding website on the bottom of those. This worked out well because we had a few of our engagement photos, links to maps, hotel blocking information and our registries. We did *not* have the website on the invitations.
Post # 61
In short, yes I think they are tacky
Post # 62
@Miss Pinup: Could you elaborate on why?
I’m all for them. It was never a question as to whether or not we’d have one, for every wedding i’ve gone to there’s been a website. We’re having a gap between th ceremony and reception so i even put a message board on ours so people can use it to coordinate things to do in the area if they so desire (which i hope they do! it took me like 4 hours to get that thing up and running!) Other than that we mostly have the “this is information you’ll probably find useful but we didn’t have room for on the invite” stuff and an RSVP online option. things to do in the area, places to eat, how to navigate our public transportation, where to park at the ceremony and reception, directions to both, hotel blocking information. Our registry is on there as well, as i’ve seen on every wedding website i’ve ever seen. I think it’s the norm these days anyway. It’s not really “hidden” on there but it’s certainly not like “COME VISIT OUR WEBSITE SO YOU KNOW WHAT GIFTS TO BUY US!” it’s actually been “Come visit our website so you can find a deal on where to sleep!”
Post # 63
I think they are great, when done tastefully. A friend had one and there was a page “about the bride”, a page “about the groom”, as well as an “our story” and “how he popped the question – OVERKILL! Stick to the basics – location of events, lodging for out of town guests, registry information… and nice photos. Save the life story.
Post # 64
I think an informational website is almost essential for a destination wedding, and very helpful for any wedding that requires a significant number of guests to travel overnight. My goal in creating one was to (1) get my invited guests excited about coming to our semi-DW, and (2) answer as many questions as possible to minimize the one-on-one questions.
I am happy to share with others who are looking for ideas of what to include:http://www.daveandtriciaswedding.com
I created the site as soon as we chose a venue and date (about 8 months before the wedding), and updated it every 6-8 weeks as details came together. Each time I updated, I sent an email to my guest list with highlights and links to the particular pages I wanted them to check out.
The first email introduced the site and served as the “save the date” message. I announced the date and location, and included a link to the “Details” page. The second email pointed out the “Places to Stay” page and reminded them to book rooms. The third email pointed to the “We Need Your Help” page (where we asked for input on music, drinks, activities, etc.) and the final one linked to information on the Sunset Cruise, which required advance reservations. Worked like a charm!
Post # 65
Wedding websites are extremely useful…the only problem is that many people who aren’t planning a wedding don’t know this, and so don’t visit them! (But hopefully this will change as they become more popular!)
Ours will have registry/wishlist info, directions, transportation and lodging info, information about our “story” as a couple, info about additional wedding events people might want to attend (ex. day after brunch), and an RSVP feature.
Post # 66
@Mrs.TPW-to-be: I disagree. As someone whose wedding guests are 90% from out-of-town (but who almost all family!), I feel that it’s very important to have “our story” on our wedsite. If you don’t want to read about it, don’t, but I think that it’s good to have it available.
Post # 67
I just have one because all my other friends made one. It’s something I looked forward too! They just have the story of how y’all met, how y’all got engaged, directions, hotel blocks, registry information, the wedding party, guest book and whatever else you want to include. I created mine but haven’t looked at it in a month or so. I don’t even think my guests looked at it. It’s there if they need it, but it’s not necessary.
Post # 68
It’s good for contact info, but I always think it’s funny when brides-to-be post like, a 3 page “Proposal Journey” and stuff like that. Just tell me when, where and what to bring.
Post # 69
I don’t get upset about the “how we met” parts of websites. Even people who know you well enough to be invited probably know that you met in school or at work, not the details. And no one has to read it that doesn’t care, but I actually enjoy seeing the cute stories.
Post # 70
@bRooklynRocks: My Fiance is big on privacy too. We host the site on our own domain so we can have it username and password protected. We printed the user/pswd on our STD’s and we have it set up so the guests can select “remember me” and never have to type in the credentials again. We’ve gotten tons of hits! =)
Post # 71
I’ve never thought of them as tacky, though I agree with PP’s that they can be a bit blabby about the couple sometimes. Ours is pretty much all business: RSVP, registries, info about the venue/reception, guest book, and that’s it
Honestly the thing I like the most about our website is the counter 🙂 45 days!!
Post # 72
I made a wedding website.
Long story short after recieving another couple’s invitations the first time, after they were reprinted and sent to me, the wedding website was incorrect. (I didn’t review the 2nd time.) FAIL on my part.
Despite that, no one really asked me any questions about it…people have been asking my mom and sister about where I was registered. Sorry Mom and sister! Those are the only 2 things I wanted a website for in the first place….our how we met story is pretty lame and not worth its own page 🙁 lol.
Post # 73
@ohheavenlyday: Baha! I noticed the different tenses too! But when I was writing my story, I refused to write in different tenses. It drives me crazy! I think I decided to do everything in third person. I’m so glad you pointed this out!!!!
I think it’s great to say “Your presence is gift enough..” in fact, I was going
to put this on my website so there was no pressure. But then I realized, I do in fact want
presents, so I’m not going to put that on there. Oh well 🙂
If you’re invited to the wedding, you may know the bride but not the groom, or the other way around. Actually, a lot of people who are invited to my wedding don’t know “our story” but would still love to support us in marriage. But like I said before, I don’t even think people are going to my website, and if they do they probably won’t read our story. Haha!
Post # 74
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
@VegasSukie: We’re also using it as a replacement for word-of-mouth.
Also, my family wanted me to burn them each a CD of all of our engagement photos (uh…no way!), so I just uploaded the ones we liked to Flicker and linked it from there. That way they don’t print ones we dislike and I don’t have to take time burning CDs.
LOL. I was really careful to only use third person.