By now, you know the ceremony and reception location, registry information, directions and love story are all things to include on your wedding website. (You’ve probably seen a few from other friends or family members at this point.) But when it comes down to it, a wedding website is all about giving your guests a helpful guide to your wedding weekend and getting them excited about attending—after all, who doesn’t love reading those witty wedding party member descriptions? But there are some dos and don’ts to follow when building yours.
Do be clear about the dress code and suggested attire. Whether it’s black tie, black tie optional, formal or casual, your guests will want to be dressed appropriately. The same goes for if you want guests to wear a certain color to any of your parties throughout the weekend. And if you’re getting married in, say, a vineyard, your guests will appreciate knowing what kind of footwear will be best for the day—or if you’re saying “I do” in a barn in July that doesn’t have the best ventilation, they’ll want to know to wear attire with breathable fabric.
Don’t choose a wedding website RSVP only. Always mail a traditional wedding invitation too to ensure each guest is accounted for—and so you don’t mix up people who aren’t on your guest list but may RSVP anyway (it does happen).
Do list recommendations for food and lodging for out-of-town guests who might not be familiar with the area (especially if you’re having a destination wedding). Also list transportation information, like shuttles or car services, for them to get around. Mention if you’ve made special arrangements and/or hotel blocks in the area (food, lodging or transportation), or if you’re providing transportation to the reception for guests. Always provide links and contact information so guests can plan ahead.
Don’t use acronyms guests may not understand. Try to avoid easily confused wedding abbreviations, like MOH for maid of honor (it could be confused with matron of honor), or regional expressions like LIE for the Long Island Expressway.
Do set your social media guidelines. Let your guests know if you’re using a hashtag or if you’re having an unplugged wedding and don’t want anyone posting photos.
Don’t include exclusive events that are meant for close family members and the wedding party only—think: the bachelorette party, your bridal shower, the rehearsal dinner and so on. This will help avoid confusion and any awkward encounters.
Do talk about any other wedding-related events, like a welcome party or farewell brunch, where all guests are invited. This is the best place to give a timeline of what you have planned for your guests for the weekend.