We love to help Milwaukee couples plan the wedding of their dreams, and a wedding website is an important part of the wedding planning process. A wedding website is an excellent way to keep guests up-to-date on wedding details, give friends and family gift ideas for showers and the wedding, and provide additional wedding information for out-of-town guests. If done well, a wedding website gives guests tons of information that they can get at their convenience (and you won’t have to answer tons of questions!)
Best yet, this part of the planning process should be fun and complete! That’s why we put together these wedding website tips and a checklist for Milwaukee couples who want a stellar and helpful “wed-site.”
Wedding Website Do’s and Don’ts
Do make a wedding website as soon as possible (like right after you are engaged!)
Don’t include too many specific details in your story, which can be a security risk that can be used against you.
Do try to build a website that fits with the theme and look of your wedding.
Don’t forget to include a full schedule of wedding activities (both before, on the day of, and after)
Do share your wedding website address on your shower invitations, save-the-dates, and response cards, plus in individual emails.
Don’t share your wedding website on your formal wedding invitations or on social media, which can create hard feelings from friends who aren’t invited.
Do be careful about including details to wedding events that only certain guests are invited to.
Don’t include any photos that could embarrass you or your family or friends.
Do ask members of your wedding party before you add them to the wedding website (if you want to add them, this is up to you).
Don’t send out the wedding URL until you have it finalized.
Do add a frequently asked questions section, which can be very helpful for guests.
Don’t hesitate to ask your wedding venue staff questions and for recommendations for local vendors.
Do change the website to a “just in case you missed it!” site with photos and information from your wedding day after it is over.
Wedding Website Checklist
___ Your Names
___ Your Story
___ Wedding Date
___ Wedding Party (Planning tip: ask members of your wedding party if this is okay. You don’t have to add this information, this is optional.)
___ Wedding Ceremony Location and Time (Planning tip: include the exact address, which is incredibly helpful for out-of-town guests.)
___ Wedding Venue Information (Planning tip: add pictures, the exact address, and a link to the Milwaukee wedding venue website, which can be incredibly helpful.)
___ Wedding Cocktail Hour Time
___ Wedding Reception Time
___ Wedding Day Dress Code
___ Wedding Day Details (i.e. your social media hashtag, if your wedding is unplugged, if you are having a cash bar, etc.)
___ Local Accommodation List or Information about Blocked Hotel Rooms (Planning tip: Trip Advisor also has a helpful list of Milwaukee wedding hotels that you can provide)
___ Local Activity List for Out-of-Town Guests
___ Travel Information (Local airport information, local taxis, public transportation websites, local ride service links, etc.)
___ Gift Registries
___ Photos (Informal and formal photos of the couple—-like engagement photos—plus photos of the ceremony site and venue)
___ Online RSVP
___ Parking Information (Planning tip: look for a wedding venue with convenient parking accommodations.)
___ Attendance Information (Especially important for adults-only wedding)
___ Wedding Email (Planning tip: create an email address specifically for wedding planning.)