Writing for your wedding website can be an intimidating task, especially if you don’t consider yourself a wordsmith. Even for those who are confident writers, it can be difficult to know where to start. Not only do you want the words on your wedding website to be clear, concise, and easy to read, but to also showcase your personalities and excitement for the big day.
Your wedding website is a key place to communicate with your guests and share pertinent information, so it’s important to write well to avoid confusion. If you’re struggling to translate your thoughts and the day’s details into written content, we’re here to help. Keep reading for writing tips, wording samples, and a breakdown for what to include on each section of your wedding website.
General Writing Tips
- Keep It Simple — This piece of advice is twofold:
- Keep your writing style simple. Your guests will likely be overwhelmed by word choices that require a dictionary and complex sentence structures (so avoid tricky punctuation like dashes, semicolons, etc.).
- Keep to the point. Share need-to-know information only—there’s no need to include details that aren’t important.
- Keep It Lighthearted — The writing on your website will set the tone for your event, so keep it positive to get your guests excited for the big event.
- Keep It Short — Your guests want answers and info quickly, so we recommend short, skimmable paragraphs.
- Keep It PG — Remember that all sorts of people will be looking at your website. You can make your content fun, but make sure it’s appropriate for all readers, regardless of your relationship to them.
How to Write Your Story for Your Wedding Website
If you’re asking yourself how to write your story for your wedding website, we’ve got you. Here are some suggestions for how you can personalize your website with specific stories about milestones in your relationship, including examples for how to word them.
How We Met Story (Optional)
- Purpose: Share your “how we met” story.
- What To Include: Short summary of how you met and began your relationship.
- Sample Text:
Audra and Charles met at college in an English Theory course with only five other people. Miraculously they had never crossed paths despite the university’s small size and Audra assumed he was a British exchange student despite no evidence to support the conclusion (he didn’t even have an accent!). Weeks went by, papers were written, Derrida was discussed, and then one day a mutual friend surveyed the class and got Audra and Charles talking for the first time. Audra decided this not-foreign-exchange student, Charles, was cute and decided to tempt him into more conversations by bringing him candy each class. A friendship grew from there and by winter break they were an item.
Proposal Story (Optional)
- Purpose: Share your proposal story (a question you’re bound to be asked many times throughout your engagement).
- What To Include: Short summary of how the proposal unfolded.
- Sample Text:
After graduation, Charles jetted off to Thailand to teach English while Audra was finishing her senior year. Their only communication during this time was over snail mail letters, emails, and the occasional Skype session when Charles could track down reliable wifi. Halfway through their long-distance relationship, Charles surprised Audra by showing up on her doorstep unannounced! She went into shock when she opened the door to see him standing there and said “Why are you here?!” as she attempted to shut the door in his face. He caught the door just in time to drop down to one knee and ask her to marry him. Clearly, she said yes!
How to Write Other Sections of Your Wedding Website
Beyond your “how we met” and your proposal story, you should provide important information for guests about the wedding weekend on your website. Follow our breakdown below for the other information that could be added to your website and the purpose of each section, complete with what you should include and writing samples.
- Purpose: Communicate the schedule of events and important travel information.
- What To Include: All information previously shared on the wedding invitation, hotel block details (if applicable), suggested places to stay near the venue, parking and/or transportation information, travel suggestions, and any other critical information that may impact successful arrival and travel to the event(s).
- Sample Text:
We will provide shuttle transportation to and from the wedding venue from the bus stop on 2nd Street. Please park in the lot on the corner of Main and Market and wait near the #AudlesWedding sign. Shuttles will run continuously from 3:15 - 3:55 p.m.
Hotels in this area commonly fill up quickly due to big concerts and college football games, so please book early! See our suggestions on where to stay below.
- Purpose: Provide your guests with information about where you’re registered. Or, to let your guests know that you’ve decided against gifts.
- What To Include: Most sites—like Zola—allow you to embed your online registry into this page of your website. If that’s the case, simply link them up. But if you’ve opted to register in-store only or are foregoing a registry, outline those details instead. -Sample Text:
If you don’t have a registry:
We’re very fortunate that we begin this next chapter with everything we need. Your presence is present enough.
If you have an offline registry only:
Your love and busting a move or two on the dance floor is all that we ask for. However, if you wish to share a gift with us in celebration, we appreciate your generosity and are registered at the following stores.
Wedding Party Bios (Optional)
- Purpose: Introduce the special people who make up your wedding party.
- What To Include: A few sentences about how you know them, their role in the big day, and an insight into their personality.
- Sample Text:
Charles met Nick in college, where they became buds over a mutual love of Dinosaur Jr. songs and Francar’s buffalo wings. Nick can be curmudgeonly, but don’t let that fool you. This guy has killer jokes. Look forward to a display of his skills during the best man speech!
Finny is Charles and Audra’s sweet little frenchie pup. She’s never met a face she didn’t want to lick and you can always count on her to roll over for belly rubs. You’ll know her by her distinctive snorts as she carries the rings down the aisle.
Things to Do (Optional)
- Purpose: Direct your guests to fun things to do and see and great places to eat locally throughout the wedding weekend.
- What To Include: recommendations for restaurants, sites to see, and things to do.
- Sample Text:
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
1616, 5022 Plank Rd. North Garden, VA 22959
A local favorite for incredible wines and Blue Mountain views!
904 Monticello Rd. Charlottesville, VA 22902
Enjoy Spanish-style small plates and a drink list as long as your arm.
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. Charlottesville, VA 22902
Tour the home and gardens of former president and founder of UVA, Thomas Jefferson.
- Purpose: Answer your guests’ most frequently asked questions.
- What To Include: Answers to the questions that you’ve received most often from guests (or questions you expect to receive).
- Sample Text:
Q: What’s the dress code? A: Cocktail attire, please. The ceremony and reception is located outside, so please dress according to the weather.
Q: Are kids invited? A: We love children (especially yours), but we’d like you to join in the celebration and enjoy a night off, so we’re requesting that the kiddos be left at home with a sitter.