Many couples today are designing their own wedding websites, but is this a necessary aspect of the wedding planning process? Some couples shock guests with their speediness; a few days after they are engaged, they already have their bridal websites up and running! Though it may not be entirely necessary, a personal wedding website can be of great benefit to you and your guests, especially if you are doing a destination wedding. Here are a few reasons why:
- You can use wedding planning websites to share useful and relevant information with your guests. Since details are likely to change throughout the process, you can keep your information up to date and relevant. Out of town guests and those planning to attend a destination wedding will especially find this useful.
- Bridal websites are an excellent way to communicate with your guests and involve them in the process. Many websites have an option for guests to subscribe, so you can send out messages when anything changes. You can even link an RSS feed to Facebook or other social networking sites.
- A wedding site can be interactive. For example, you may be deciding among four or five different locations for your honeymoon, and you want guests’ input. You can have guests take a vote: Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Bora Bora, Lake Como, or Puerto Rico. (You may or may not decide to go with the popular vote, but it is fun and interesting nonetheless to see what people say). Perhaps one of your guests has been to certain place and highly recommends it (or dissuades you from going). You can also get your guests’ input on music choices and playlists (so that everyone can have their favorite song played).
- You can also post a wedding blog. People love to hear about how your planning is going. Perhaps you went to a cake tasting one afternoon, and want to share your experience, or maybe you had a great meeting with your DJ. You may want some feedback on color schemes and flowers. This is a great way to savor and enjoy the planning process; writing about it can be therapeutic and even help you make some tough decisions.
- Many bridal websites offer tracking features, which can help you keep track of things like RSVP’s, what type of meals have been requested, etc. (Also, if you have people RSVP online, they will only be able to RSVP for the number of guests who have actually been invited. Many brides run into a problem with paper RSVP cards: guests will cross out the number that has been invited, and add more people. This may sound absurd, but it happens all the time.)
- After the wedding, you can post photos, not just of the wedding, but also of the rehearsal dinner, the bachelorette party (if appropriate), and the bridal shower.
- A wedding website will also serve as an archive of your wedding planning. You will have photos, thoughts, and a ton of other memories of this special time in your life.