(Closed) how important is a wedding website?

posted 7 years ago in Technology
  • poll: how important is a wedding website?
    VERY - it helps guests find out information before they receive the invitation : (29 votes)
    62 %
    not important at all : (18 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think it’s an important place to put other information that may not have been on the invitation such as hotel blocks, registry info, fun things to do in the area, specific directions, etc.

    Post # 4
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    100% of my guest list is on Facebook. I created another profile for just wedding info and invited all of my guests to friend that profile. There are pictures of the venue, the area, hotels in the area, ect. Guests can “meet” before the wedding. Everyone loves it so far and if anything changes, I just log onto that profile and update the status. 

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Extremely important to us.  We didn’t do paper Save the Dates, we did via the website, phone calls, texts, and social networking sites.  Approx half of our guests will be from out of town/out of state.  Valuable info is included there for them.

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    …We didn’t do engagement pics either.  Pics on the website are from the amazing time we have had together dating and getting to know each other.

    Post # 7
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’m having a wedding that’s practically a “destination” for more than half of our guests.  Almost everyone is travelling and won’t know anything about my tiny hometown!  A wedding website was definitely a must for us.

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Technically… not important. Weddings have been held for centuries without them. But I love ours! It’s been a great place for our guests to get to know us better (even his mom said she learned new things about us when she read it!) and to keep people informed about the wedding itself. It’s also a fun project for FH and I to work on together – he’s a programmer and I’m an artist, so it’s worked out great!

    Post # 9
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    It’s very important to us. There’s so much info that we need to relay to our guests that won’t fit on the invitation. 

    Wedding websites also are a great way for the couple to be creative. I absolutely love our website. Since our STD’s have gone out (sent out a week ago), it’s gotten lots of hits. 

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee

    I think wedding websites are viewed as a little strange by some older guests… but I can see their usefulness as well…  If you have a destination wedding for a significant number of guests… photographs and details about what to expect will be helpful!  I don’t really care about the who’s in the wedding details… and I think the registry details can be interesting…  (I went to a family wedding out of state and would have liked to have had easy access to that info…)  For my small town, I can see using my website to let people know of good restaurants and activities to do while waiting to go to the wedding…  (At the wedding I just recently attended, we went to a museum and a couple restaurants over the weekend as well as a family luncheon, a morning after brunch, and a mini after party!  If you have a big family who will be in reunion mode at your wedding… I would suggest planning some of those things ahead as well as giving people an idea of what to expect to wear so they bring appropriate clothing…  I think using email and facebook is useful as well!

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I think a website is definitely optional, but it’s more useful/critical if you have a destination wedding or lots of guests are traveling to attend and maybe you’re having several events over the course of 2-3 days. The more details you need to share, the more important it is.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We made one because so many of our guests are coming from out of town (and the ones that aren’t still have to travel about an hour to get there).  The site is really information about the area, where hotel blocks are, transportaiton methods, etc.  Also, it’s where we have our registry link so I don’t have to tell people.  🙂

    We’re going to probably send our Save-The-Date Cards in March, which will have our site on it.  And that way, those who want can get info and start planning before the official invites get sent out.

    All of that being said, I think a site can be helpful depending on what your intentions are for it, and how it will benefit your guests.  Also, it’s important to consider if you even want to spend the time doing it.  I enjoyed doing it, but if it’s a hassle for you, I think skipping it is fine.  🙂

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think they are very important, especially if you have a lot of out of town guests.  I can’t tell you how many times I have referred to a website for directions, info, registry, etc, so for me, they have been really helpful. 

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I don’t think a website is an absolute necessity, but it made sense for us because we’re on a tight budget so it’s a great way to convey information to our guests without having to purchase additional cards to mail with our invitations (our invitation “suite” will be a single page invitation and an RSVP postcard, that’s it). Also, we’re able to put a lot more on a website than we could in an envelope – our website includes the story of how we met, a photo gallery of us over the years, info on several area hotels and attractions, an introduction to our bridal party and links to our registries.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    A friend of mine got married two years ago and hers was the first wedding website I’d seen.  Hers was also the only one I’ve ever found actually useful for anything, and I honestly can’t even remember exactly why that was anymore – she did something different with it, but I can’t remember what.  I did like that it linked to their registry, and had a section where I could talk to other guests and arrange things (I forget what, it was so long ago, bridal shower, maybe).  It also had a section on how they met, which was nice because she met him in university a few hours away, so I didn’t see her much and I never actually met him before they got married. I think I did use it for directions to the venue as well, but that was the day before the wedding, not months before the invites arrived.  I have no use for venue or reception information before I actually need to be there.

    Most wedding websites bug me because they’re full of info on the bride and groom (whom I usually already know), introduce the bridal party (whom I don’t care about, sorry), plastered with photos (that are already on their Facebook), and regurgitate a bunch of other info that’s already going to be on my invite and therefore of no use to me today.  That’s why I haven’t made one yet… there’s nothing that’s of actual use to anyone at this point, so why should I put in the effort to showcase myself?  I don’t need any extra attention.  I’ll make it when more details are set, because we have a lot of out-of-town guests, and they’ll need hotel info.

    I think if you skipped the website, you’d probably survive.  They’re free, though, so maybe it would be useful to have one available closer to the day so guests could get directions or last-minute gifts off your registry.

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    To me, as a guest, a wedding website is an essential. 

    Especially if I’m OOT–there is a 90% chance I will forget to bring the invitation with me and have to rely on the website in order to get to the wedding!

    But it doesn’t have to be cute or fancy–really. In fact, I think some of the premade templates have TOO MUCH information (pages which luckily, you can delete). It’s fine if you want to include stuff like how you met and what you looked like as kids and all that, but most guests don’t need to know your life story; they do need things like where to stay, how to get around the city, the nuts and bolts of the wedding (where, when), and where you’re registered. That’s kind of it. Don’t stress over it and don’t spend oodles amount of time on one if that’s not your thing, but I think you should still have one. 

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