The modern digital age has meant that many things that we often took for granted in the past are now only accessible on a computer. People pay their bills over the internet, and receive their credit card transactions via email. We buy and sell online, and even do our grocery shopping without even leaving the house! So why not set up a resource for your wedding guests – a wedding website (or a “wedsite” for those hip folk online).
Advantages of having a wedding website
- You can put a list of directions, and maps on the wedding website
- Lists and links to registry information
- A list of great accommodation that is close to your venue.
- Some people choose to put their table plan on their wedding website, so that their guests can find out who they will be sitting next to.
- Some wedding websites even allow people to RSVP online and give their dietary requirements.
- Getting all these “admin” bits off your website allows for a simpler, more elegant wedding invitation design.
- Less information to be printed off, also means a cheaper price for printing your invites
- It can be tempting to skip a formal wedding invitation when a wedding website (or a Facebook event) is reasonably easy to set up, and cheap or free to run. So if you want to do this, you can save some money (I wouldn’t recommend you do this though – see my next paragraph for why!)
Disadvantages of having a wedding website
- Wedding websites should be a supplement to, not a replacement for a wedding invitation. Weddings are formal affairs, and your guests may not give your wedding the respect nor attention it deserves if they receive an informal invitation via Facebook, email (or text!).
- Consider whether your guests will actually use the wedsite – it becomes just another thing to do, when you are already bogged down enough by wedding planning
- Often, the free wedding websites come with long, unwieldy website addresses. Hard to remember, type out, and kind of ugly.
- Not everyone is online, or tech-savvy. Grandparents and older-generation guests often struggle with using the internet or working out how to RSVP online
- Wedding websites are perfect for adding those extra little details, but they should never be the only thing that you have to announce your wedding and invite people to it.
Do you have a wedding website?
Do you have a wedding website? Is it making your life a bit easier, or just another thing on the to-do list? Would you let a website or Facebook event replace a wedding invitation?