(Closed) Some guests arent noticing our wedding website on our STD……….frustrating.

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I didn’t have STDs but was shocked by how few people visited our website (especially our age).  Some of the bridal party didn’t even see it until the week of the wedding.  I did have a wedding email address that was more used, and I wished I would have included the website as a signature.  I think typing the address was too much for some people, whereas a click would have been easier for them.

Post # 17
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think the stats on the Wedding Channel/Knot sites could be fudged.  I had 350 or so before I even sent out my STDs (told maybe 10 people about it).  People are getting their STDs since this Monday and now we’re at 608.  Inviting 275 ppl… hmmm.  Our URL is easy though, maybe that has something to do with it.

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@Sophia33: Yeah. I think you are right. My fiance said that he thinks that it registers as a viewing everytime someone clicks one of the links on the site. So, for instance, if one person was on the site and clicked (1) welcome page (2) registry (3) guest info (4) wedding party then that would be 4 visits for one guest. So, really, you should probably take the number and divide it by the number of links on your site

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have only sent STD’s to OTT guests at this point, and no views… sad! Considering how much time I spent making it!  I realize that the wedding website is sort of a new thing and I don’t think I have even been invited to a wedding where the couple made a website before.  Hopefully I will get some more views when I send out the rest of my STD’s and closer to the date! 

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper

I’m afraid of this… our wedding is mostly comprised of out of town guests, though, so I’m really hoping most of them use it for hotel info.

ETA: I tried to maked the site as easy as possible. It’s MyNameandFi’sName.com with no password. Hopefully that helps people remember to look at it.

Post # 21
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471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Sorry to hear that. Even though our wedding website is on the STD. Our website is password protected. In the envelop I included  a business card that says, “For more information please visit our wedding website. http://www.weddingwire.com/destinbrideandgroom and password: 1234″. Hopefully, this will draw everyone to the website. I am mailing tomorrow so I should know by next week if everyone paid attention to it.

Post # 22
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Story of my wedding life! Everyone asked questions that were all answered clearly on the website, and I specifically said on invites to go their for that specific info. I excuse the older folks, but people who are constantly on facebook or internet media have no excuse on how to type in a web adress to gather info!

Grin and bare 😉

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

I think no matter what you do, people will always not check the wedding website. It’s frustrating, but it’s not personal. I mean, not everyone’s right by a computer when they get an STD, and they may totally forget to check out your website later (I’m guilty as well!). Like I said, it is frustrating, especially when you get a lot of questions that about info that is on your website, but I think that’s just how it is. Try not to be too discouraged!

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I guess I don’t really expect most of my relatives to check the site. It’s easier to just ask sometimes. I was sent a wedding invitation this summer, which Fiance promptly lost, so we didn’t have any of the info, including the website, so we had to just call and ask. Also, I think some of my more traditional guests might see the website as an easy out- the guest has to go online and do all the searching while the couple doesn’t have to do any work to get them the info (since people won’t take into account how much time you spend making the site), whereas if you call, it’s more personal and direct, and the couple has to do the legwork.

Also, on sites such as The Knot, it will count your views as page views. So while you’re editing your website and flipping through the pages to edit it, the site counts all those as individual page views- and it counts page 1 as 1 view, page 2 as a different view, etc.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

UGH this was probably the most annoying part about wedding planning. We put our website URL on our STD also, and as the wedding got closer, we each got approximately 6 trillion calls, texts, emails, etc re: hotel accomodations, venue, Rehearsal Dinner…It was SO aggrivating. I feel like as a guest, I always visit the website and figure out the hotel and everything…the bride and groom have enough on their minds!

 

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am not doing a site because few people would use it – I know this as I’m one of those if it was someone else’s wedding. I hate being ‘forced’ to go to things like that for personal events – just as I hate feeling obligated to go on Facebook for things. I left my ball team because info was ONLY being provided there. If people tell me they aren’t going to email pictures of an event we were at because they are already on Facebook and I can just see them there – then you know what? Never mind, forget I asked and tried to make a personal connection with you.

A wedding is a pretty personal event, and I think people want to take the opportunity to make a personal connection with you about it and so ask you or your family/friends for details. A website isn’t the same, no matter how cool you make it – anyone can google it, so where’s the personal connection to your guests?

That’s my take anyway on why peeps don’t go to them for info.

 

Post # 27
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Sugar bee

WE had a similar experience with our website on the STDs. Mostly Out of Town guests or close friends of mine visited it afterh they got their STD. BUT when we sent out the invites with RSVP instructions directing guests to our website, we had about 95% compliance with exceptions being the people we expected. I think it is just that most people will either visit the website because they want info or are interested to see it. So, non internet friendly guests won’t have the motivation unless they need to take action like to RSVP. I also password protected ours so I could tell who was signing on and when as I would get notices to allow them the password.

Post # 28
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We had several people who didn’t see it and kept asking my mom and Mother-In-Law where we were registered etc.

So my mom sent an e-mail to all the older guests letting them know where to find all the information about where the wedding is, where we were registered, etc.

I can see how it’s a little annoying, but if you are worried about it you can send out an e-mail with the link in it (especially if people are asking questions).

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Um, am I the only one who doesn’t have a wedding website? I just can’t imagine people care that much.  We’ll include a card with the invitations with hotel info (we’re not doing STD’s), as well as directions, and I can’t imagine what other information people would need from a wedding website that they couldn’t get elsewhere (ie, registry info will be on the shower invitations).  I don’t particularly feel a need to go on anyone’s wedding website to look at the same pics I could see on Facebook or read some “how we met” story that I probably already know because I was probably there for most of it. 

Not meant to be snarky or mean, but I know I don’t ever give a hoot about people’s wedding websites, so I couldn’t imagine why anyone would care about ours so much that they’d remember to visit it.  Thankfully wedding websites are so new, it’s one aspect of the big fancy modern wedding I’m not being strongarmed into doing by my family…

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@pinkfrog: Apparently we share a brain. And a family. ugh.

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