For many newly engaged couples, the wedding website is an important part of the wedding planning process. It’s where guests go to find wedding details like directions and hotel accommodations, information about the reception and ceremony, and the gift registry. It acts as a resource and a countdown to the big day, plus helps minimize the number of questions you have to field from inquiring wedding guests.
The trouble? Putting a cohesive wedding website together can be overwhelming. The good news: Our comprehensive step-by-step guide can help.
Most websites will give you the option to buy a custom domain name that’s easy for wedding guests to find. You don't need to overthink this part. Make your custom URL something simple and memorable, such as “zola.com/maryandmattswedding” or “zola.com/mrandmrsjohnson.”
Yes, wedding crashers are still a thing. And since nobody outside of a fictional movie wants that happening to them in real life, a good way to protect your information is by putting a password on your website and sending it only to guests. You can include your password-protected wedding website on your save the date or the invitation.
This also shouldn’t require too much brainwork and can even be made easier by staying on theme with your actual wedding. Boho chic or modern and sleek, your wedding website should follow suit. Thankfully, websites have different templates to pick and choose from, so you’re not stuck building anything from scratch (unless you want to).
The homepage is the first thing your guests will see when they visit your site. Make it clear that they’ve landed in the right place. Include basics like the couple’s names, the wedding date, the wedding hashtag, a sweet welcome message, and photos of the couple (if you have engagement pictures, this is a great place to show them off). Guests shouldn’t be bombarded with too much information right off the bat, so keep this part minimal and straightforward.
The different sections of your website are where the details should live. The wedding date, time, and location should be displayed in the events tab. You can also include a breakdown of what your wedding day will include—from pre-wedding happenings to planned after-parties. If you’re having events that are exclusive to the wedding party or close friends and family (like a rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch), leave them off the site and reach out to those individuals separately.
Here is where information regarding hotel room blocks, airports, car rental details, discount codes, and directions to the venue should appear.
If you want to cater to your guests even further (especially those traveling from out of town), you can make a quick and fun list of things to do in the area—from restaurants to local parks. Chances are your guests will be staying more than one day, so suggestions for keeping busy are always a nice, thoughtful touch.
This is more of a modern add-on. If you have older guests who might have trouble with technology, you should probably go with the traditional mail-in RSVPs as opposed to wedding website RSVPs. If not, digitizing your RSVPs will make your life a lot easier and help you keep track of all of the cancellations plus ones.
Including registry information on invitations is considered a no-no, so your website is the best place to include a link to your online registry to make sure your guests know all of your gift requests. If you’re accepting money or donations in place of presents, you can also add those details here.
This is another optional add-on, but also a good way of personalizing your site. Include a short-but-sweet section detailing your love story, how you met, and how you got engaged along with some of your favorite pictures together. Some couples also choose to include brief bios of their wedding party (from bridesmaids to parents).
Here’s where you can list out all of the logistics that might not fit on the wedding invitation. Think the dress code, whether there’s parking at the venue, if the wedding is indoors or outdoors, any rules surrounding social media, whether or not children are allowed, etc.
It’s almost inevitable that, even with all of the love and detail you pour into your website, some guests will still have questions. For those individuals, make sure to include a personal email where they can reach out with any additional questions. You can also change and update the wedding site as the date creeps closer (just make sure to notify guests) or even add pictures from your big day and honeymoon after the fact.