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What to include? The Ultimate Wedding Website Checklist for Milwaukee Couples

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

___ Accessibility (Planning tip: Ask potential wedding venues about handicap accessibility, along with these other wedding venue questions.)

___ 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.)

10 Musts of a Stellar Wedding Website

wedding reception with MR & MRS letters in front of a shiny background at a rainy weddingA wedding website is a valuable part of any engaged couple’s wedding planning toolkit—and a very appreciated source of information for guests! Don’t let the people you want to join you on your special day down. Don’t forget to include any of these important wedding day details on your wedding website.

Logistical Details

The most important detail on any wedding website is the answer to the where and when questions. Include a complete schedule of your wedding day activities, as well as information about your ceremony site and wedding venue. If you’re lucky enough (for both you and your guests) to find a fantastic venue with free parking, make sure you include information about the location of the parking lot. For venues near paid parking, give guests the exact cost or the information they need to give to the parking structure to get free wedding parking. If there is a convenient public transportation option for guests, let them know the specifics that can get them to ceremony and reception.

To build anticipation, take the logistical part of your website a step further. If your ceremony site or wedding venue is breath-taking, include photos and video that make your guests look forward to your big day.

Lodging & Travel

For out-of-town guests, serve as their travel agent. If you have reserved a block of rooms at a local hotel, include information about prices and the details they need to provide when reserving their room. Beyond that information, give them a list of places to stay and specifics about interesting places to visit. In Milwaukee, include delicious breweries, brewery tours, the zoo, local museums, and favorite lakefront spots can give them the local taste they desire.

Registry Specifics

The registry section on a website is sure to be one of the most visited, so make it easy. Include locations for local guests and links for out-of-towners. If you are requesting donations to a charity as a gift suggestion, this is the place for that information.

Couple Info

If you want to avoid (or at least lessen) the million questions about how you met and how long you’ve been together, include your love story on your wedding website. As a nice touch, add a list of the bridal party to your digital site.

Wedding Day Dress

Couples can’t tell anyone how to dress, but you can give guidelines for dress on your wedding website. To back up the formality of attire, include pictures of your wedding venue; your guests won’t think of wearing jeans when they see beautiful pictures of your elegant site. For out-of-town guests, give helpful suggestions for attire if you expect the weather to be extremely hot (or share that the venue has air conditioning) or incredibly frigid.

Adults only

If you are hosting an adults-only wedding reception (read on to help you make the decision whether a reception minus kids is right for you), this is the place to let guests know. For parents, include information about child care services or a “kid zone” that is part of the reception. If you need wording suggestions for this section, use this adults-only wording website to deliver the news.

Cash Bar

Don’t leave your guests thirsty. If you are hosting a cash bar, let your guests know so they have funds on hand and enjoy their beverage of choice.

Social Media Specs (Or lack thereof)

Some of the best wedding shots come before or during the festivities; if you are using a social media hashtag to harvest all those unique shots, include social media hashtags on your wedding website. To the contrary, if your big day is unplugged, let your guests know your preference so they can tuck their phones and tablets away—or not bring them—to your ceremony.

Contact Information

Your guests are going to have questions. Answer them! Include a way for guests to contact you and ask any questions they may have. Hopefully, this step can reduce the amount of questions you have to deal with on your wedding day (so you can enjoy it!).

“Other Stuff”

Got any other information to share? Your wedding website is the place for it. When adding to the site, however, avoid awkward pictures and stories that could embarrass you, your fiancé, or any friends and family.