(Closed) Wedding Websites – Do your guests really use it?

posted 7 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I used wedding wire and it was pretty standard, free, and easy.

I made a site for the more tech savy people, but for the non tech savy people I am going to send everything with the invitations, as well, since some of my older family members do not have computers!

I put links to our hotel, the directions to the venue, and information about the area around the venue for those staying overnight. I dont really think anyone has used it for anything, but I did it just in case. I also added a page with a link to my email so people can email me song requests if they choose!

Post # 4
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198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m still in the process of making mine, so I’m not sure if my guests will use it.  But I just started building mine with wix.com.  It’s free, and allows you to easily customize your own site.  You can choose a template, but I started from scratch. I’m not at all savvy with web design, but it’s fairly simple.  I didn’t pay for the upgrade, and ‘m still happy with it so far.

There are a lot of great sites for building wedding websites, but this one allows you to create something more unique.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

We made our own site from scratch because we own a company that makes websites lol… we just HAD to have an awesome site for our wedding! 🙂

Our site had SO much information on it. Not only did it have maps, a FAQ, contact info ect, it had ideas of things to do in Montreal for our guests who were traveling from Ontario! Some guests didn’t use it at all, but most did and the ones who did loved all the info we put on there!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We used mywedding.com and I loved it!  I liked the idea of guests being able to request music, and have music playing when the website opened.  A little detail that made it different than others.  I think that if you include it in the invitation, and on the save the date, I think that the curious people will use it.  It’s just one more tool to have with extra information.  Then, instead of answering the same questions 45 times, you can just say “look on the website. “

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m super nosy so I put analytics on ours…so I know people visited it! As the wedding got closer, we averaged 10-15 hits a day, which is a lot more than I expected. A lot of people used it for hotel information, directions, and to find our registry info. Not everyone will use it, but I think people appreciate being able to find the information easily.

I built ours on Weebly because it was easy and we could forward it to our domain name without a problem.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I used the free service provided by theknot.com, and I followed the content format that they had in place at the time, which included sections such as:  About Us, The Proposal, Our Wedding Party, Our Ceremony, Our Reception, Our Menu, and other key information such as hotel accommodations. There also was a Guest Book.

In addition, although I originally did not want our registries linked to our wedding website, that happened automatically when I set up our wedding website. Since we had already registered at several stores, the knot software automatically searches for couples’ registry information and links it to couples’ wedding websites.

I had a number of guests visit the site and leave messages in the Guest Book, and, since so many of our guests, including the out-of-town ones, all seemed to have discovered where we had registered, I presume they discovered this information via our website.

Also, because we had our menu (our entree was a combination plate of filet of beef and a crab cake) listed on our website — along with a line asking people to e-mail us if they were allergic to shellfish or could not eat beef or required a vegetarian entree — I did not need to make any reference to menu or food selections on our response cards.

I definitely think, in this day and age, a website is a great idea for providing the additional details that people may wish to learn beyond those that are provided in your invitations.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I was shocked at how few people used it.  I realized that it was likely because it was a long website to type.  I would recommend adding your website as a signature to any wedding related emails to your guests.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I used the free one from weddingchannel.com and I think it got a lot of use.  We had quite a few people sign the online guest book to leave their comments.  And I assume all the guests used it for directions to the venue and for reserving their hotels, since I didn’t get any questions about either of those and we did not include any of that info in our invitations.  They also probably used it to locate our registries, since I got pretty  much everything I registered for and nobody asked me about it personally. 

I just included a small tag on the twine I used to tie our invitations that read “for more information about the festivities:  http://www.brideandgroom.ourwedding.com“. 

Post # 11
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5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

apparently ours has been checked 120 times since two weeks ago!  (and no, it isn’t me checking lol).  however, they keep asking us all the information that’s on the damn site, so i don’t know what they are doing on there…

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wasn’t planning on making one, and then my friend who just got married told me that if it eliminates even just a couple people from calling you or your parents with all of their questions, then it’s worth it.  Turns out she was right – I can’t believe how many people have gone to mine!  I think it’s especially helpful for a Destination Wedding (which I’m having as well) because you can include hotel info, transportation info and any other local information that guests may not be privy to.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

we made one through project wedding. super easy, savvy and easy to personalize. comes with a template too and i played around with it some to make it how i wanted. so far, we just sent out our save the dates a few weeks ago – and we already have 12 people whove rsvpd on it. i was surprised! our invites havent even been out!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’ve used others’ websites in the past and found them pretty helpful.  I plan on making one as out date gets a little closer.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It’s a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding, and best of all it’s free! I was surprised at how many of our friends and family checked it, left comments, and have told me in person how much they liked it. I say it’s a definite do!

It’s also a great way to add more information than you can fit on your invite.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yes my guests use it. They’ve RSVP’d on the website, read about us, and commented.

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