Wedding websites: pros and cons

The modern digital age has meant that many things that we often took for granted in the past are now easily accessible on a computer, or even your phone. 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 young things).

Advantages of having a wedding website

There are many wedding-related things that you can put online that you wouldn’t really want to have all over your wedding invitation:
  • 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 handle your guest’s RSVP/dietary requirements and collate them for you
  • Getting all these “admin” bits off your invite and onto your website allows for a simpler, more elegant wedding invitation design.
  • Less information to be printed, also means a cheaper price for printing your invites
  • It can be tempting to skip a formal wedding invitation when a wedding website is reasonably easy to set up, and cheap or free to run

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  for you to do, when you are already bogged down enough by normal life and wedding planning on top of everything else
  • 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?

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  1. We are planning our wedding on an extremely low budget, so with the price of postage these days, and around 130 guests, we decided that we had to forgo hard-copy invitations, in order to save the money for more important things.

    I have made a wedding website using Wedding Wire, an RSVP system using AnRSVP, and will send the invitations by email using Mail Chimp so that I know who hasn’t opened the invitation, in case it goes to their spam. Our parents have seen the website already and think it looks great, as we were able to personalise it with one of our engagement photos as the background – the same photo that will be in the email invite. Only three lots of guests don’t use email – our grandparents – so we will post them an invitation instead. The RSVP system will collate the guests answers to questions that they are asked, which will make our job much easier.

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