Wedding websites are a great tool to share personal stories and important information with your guests about your Maine barn wedding at Hardy Farm. The great thing about a website dedicated to your wedding is you can set the tone for your guests, so there are no surprises. It also helps you avoid frantic day-of phone calls from out of town guests who can’t find the venue. But if you’re like most engaged couples, you are probably overwhelmed with all the options, and asking yourself: How do I choose a theme? Can I make a website if I don’t know code? Is it worth it to pay for a website?
Today we’re here to help you with those questions and guide you to make a wedding website that is going to fit your needs and budget!
The first question you have to ask yourself is: Do I want to pay to for my wedding website? This question also goes hand-in-hand with having a custom domain name. Example: ourlastnamewedding.com. Chances are, if you want a custom domain name, you gotta pay. So now you’re asking, what are my options? and what is the difference? Here are a few of our favorites options and a simple break down of what they can do for you.
Wix.com : Completely customizable & user-friendly, hundreds of templates to choose from and a custom domain available in paid option. Browse Wix wedding templates here. (free – with a paid option, no coding needed)
WeddingWire.com : More than just a website; it also comes with free wedding planning tools (checklist, budget, seating chat, guest lists & more). 400+ website designs, browse here. (free, no coding needed)
Now of course, these are just a few of the many options available (like all things wedding related). But, with our years of experience in the wedding industry, we have found these to be the most popular and easy-to-use.
So once you’ve chosen which platform is going to help you build your website, you have to begin thinking of what you want to include. This is where the Dos & Don’ts come in.
Do’s & Don’ts
- Add your engagement photos and your love story. Unlike Facebook, your website is a place where you don’t have to worry about “over-sharing.” The people visiting your page want to know more about you and your fiancee.
- You can even add an “about the wedding party” section. This is a fun way to introduce who will be taking part in your big day and gives your guests a chance to get to know them.
- While it is still seen as unacceptable to add your registry on your invitations or save the dates, your website is a great spot to share your registry information!
- Add travel information for guests from afar. Where can they stay? What is there to do in the area? This will help these guests make travel arrangements in advance. And they are more likely to come if they can make a mini vacation out of it!
- If you choose to blog about the wedding planning process, remember to stay positive! Adding rants or complaining is only going to create drama and steer away guests from your site.
- Create your site as early as possible (before the save the dates if you can). By sharing the word about your big day early, you’ll be able to iron out all the details in the upcoming planning faster.
Hope this post answers a few questions you have been debating. Happy website building!