8 Tips to Create the Perfect Wedding Website

Your wedding is being planned, the details are being narrowed down and now it’s time to create a wedding website, which will help inform your guests of event details and update them as needed. In other words, it serves as a meeting place for all things wedding related. You’ll also be able to take advantage of features that allow you to post photos from your engagement shoot and share the story on how you and your partner met, among other things.

Honeymoon Wishes is not only free to use, but also offers many customizable wedding website options for couples to make it their own. By following the eight helpful tips below, you can be sure that you’re making the most of your wedding website, keeping guests informed and getting everyone excited for the big day!

1. CREATE A WEDDING WEBSITE URL

The wedding website URL is sometimes an overlooked detail that cannot be changed until it’s too late. After you sign up on Honeymoon Wishes, you can view all of the customization options for your wedding website under “Your Wedding Website.” Prioritize making your URL both personalized and simple by automatically generating five or more URLs for you to choose from. Of course, you also have the option to come up with your own wedding website custom URL. 

If you choose to create your own URL, we recommend making it both easy to type as well as verbally communicate to guests. Avoid adding numbers and symbols, which can often be complicated and confusing. Instead, try incorporating simple wedding details such as the wedding date after your names.

The wedding website URL is sometimes an overlooked detail that cannot be changed until it’s too late. After you sign up on Honeymoon Wishes, you can view all of the customization options for your wedding website under “Your Wedding Website.” Prioritize making your URL both personalized and simple by automatically generating five or more URLs for you to choose from. Of course, you also have the option to come up with your own wedding website custom URL. 

If you choose to create your own URL, we recommend making it both easy to type as well as verbally communicate to guests. Avoid adding numbers and symbols, which can often be complicated and confusing. Instead, try incorporating simple wedding details such as the wedding date after your names.

Just a few personalized, simple examples of wedding website URLs include:

  • SaraAndDanielSanDiego (i.e., includes the location of wedding)
  • SaraGandDanielT (i.e., includes the first letter of the couple’s shared last name)
  • SaraAndDaniel2019 (i.e., includes the year of the wedding)

While URLs are not case sensitive, you can make it easier to read by capitalizing the first letter of each word when creating your save the date cards, invitations and more. Honeymoon Wishes generates options that include some numbers and symbols depending on the names of you and your spouse. Again, in this instance it may be best to make up your own URL name. Keep in mind once you choose your wedding website’s URL you cannot go back and edit this. Make sure you talk it over with your partner beforehand!

2.  WRITE YOUR STORY

Utilizing the ‘About Us’ section of your wedding website can be a great opportunity to further personalize it and set the tone for the big day. Although most of your guests will likely know you and your spouse to varying degrees, adding your story is a touching way to share how you met, the engagement, and what you both are looking forward to in the future. These kinds of details will help make every guest excited for your big day. 

Including your story is also ideal for weddings with extensive guest lists filled with extended family, friends of friends and acquaintances. You might not keep in touch with these people as frequently, and an ‘About Us’ section with some background can be useful for them. You can even share what you do for a living, hobbies and more in this section, not to mention some of your favorite photos that you and your partner have taken over the years. Guests love browsing galleries full of photos of your first date, major milestones and accomplishments, the engagement shoot and more.

Honeymoon Wishes offers plenty of room to write your whole story down to the finest details, but we recommend keeping the ‘About Us’ section short and sweet! Aim for 300 words or fewer, breaking up sentences when possible, offering guests a succinct summary of the life you two have built together so far.

The following list includes a few topics to consider focusing on as you write your story:

  • Where and when you both met
  • Your first date
  • What you both like to do, together or separately 
  • Milestones you both have reached
  • Memories from traveling
  • Things you love about one another
  • How he or she proposed
  • Your plans for the future
  • Your life together

Check out Honeymoon Wishes’ wedding website templates for even more helpful examples.

3.  INFORM THE WEDDING PARTY

If you’re planning a traditional wedding, bridesmaids and groomsmen will likely be part of the big day. Some couples choose to skip this highlight, but we think it’s a creative way to introduce the important members of your wedding to the rest of your guests and make everyone feel appreciated!

With this quick and easy feature on Honeymoon Wishes, you’ll have an opportunity to give a shout out to each member of the wedding party. This could include a short bio and how you and your partner know him or her. We also recommend using this section as a way to say thank you and express gratitude for their roles in the wedding. 

The following list includes a few topics to consider focusing on as you compose your wedding party bios:

  • When you met and how you’ve remained friends over time
  • Some favorite memories you wouldn’t mind sharing with friends and family and if you’ve ever talked about your wedding day together
  • A fun fact or something silly that could be an icebreaker among guests
  • Your favorite trait(s) about them and why you’re so excited to have them with you on your special day

Each person standing next to you and your partner is there for a reason. Shining the spotlight on them, explaining why you love them so much, is the perfect way to make sure they know they’re truly loved and appreciated. It also makes the countdown to the big day that much more fun!

4. DESIGNATE THE CEREMONY & RECEPTION

A wedding website is much more than an ‘About Us’ section. It’s also a useful resource to include information about the ceremony and reception for guests to check back into when needed. 

We suggest including the ceremony and reception’s name and location as well as driving directions. Honeymoon Wishes users typically include parking tips, the fastest routes and what to keep an eye out for as they arrive. Waze and Google Maps are extremely helpful for out-of-towners who may be unfamiliar with the area. You can even add photos of locations to make travel foolproof.

It’s better to overcommunicate, offering extensive details, when it comes to directions, parking and related information. As a result, guests will feel informed and confident as they make their way to the ceremony. This is especially important in highly populated areas where directions can be confusing. Of course, these details also ensure the guests arrive on time and don’t interrupt the biggest day of your lives!  

If the ceremony is being held inside of a hotel or similar, employees will be able to assist with any directions. Provide staff with details as well to avoid mishaps. 

If the reception is taking place away from the ceremony, give guests a heads up! Let them know about how long it takes to get there and include helpful travel tips. If your ceremony and reception take place in the same location and you’re offering a room block at a nearby hotel, let your guests know what they need to book. Hotel chains might even offer a discount for the guests of the wedding, which should also be noted on your website. 

5. DO OR DON’T RSVP – ONLINE WEDDING RSVPs

The best wedding websites offer guests the ability to RSVP to the wedding directly. Honeymoon Wishes includes this handy tool to makes planning so much easier. 

Our online RSVP feature allows guests to type in their name and how many people they’re bringing, whether it be a plus-one or the whole family. Guests are also able to add in a comment in the note section. This is a great opportunity to ask them to have some fun! For example, they could give a song request for the reception or tell a funny story about how they know you. 

6. SHARE HONEYMOON INFORMATION

This is a must-do on any wedding website! Wedding guests love to hear why you chose your destination and what you plan to do on your trip. Honeymoon Wishes offers both the honeymoon registry and the wedding website, which makes linking between the two easy. This is a great opportunity for you and your spouse to further explain why you’re so excited to take this trip of a lifetime. 

Be as detailed as possible. Share travel dates, stops along the way and what kinds of activities you’ll be doing at each. The more fun you share, the more fun your guests will have. This is also a good opportunity to explain why you’ve chosen to use Honeymoon Wishes registry versus the traditional wedding registry. More specifically, you can explain how their gifts will help make your honeymoon unforgettable. 

Don’t forget to include photos! When explaining why you chose the location you did, adding visual references puts guests there. It also works for the different excursions and local flare you’re planning for. Personalizing this section is the perfect way to express your enthusiasm, exciting guests to gift via your registry. 

7. MAKE IT PASSWORD PROTECTED

There is sensitive information included on a wedding website, including dates, times and travel information. We recommended making it password protected, so only appropriate people are able to access it.

Knowing important information is kept under lock and key will also provide you and yours with peace of mind as you share your registry publicly, for example on social media.

8. MAKE IT YOURS: CUSTOMIZING YOUR WEDDING WEBSITE

A personalized wedding website is unlike any other, so make it a good one! Take your time perfecting it, utilizing these helpful tips to make it an accurate and inspiring reflection of the both of you.

Once the website is up and running, the countdown until the big day is officially on! Honeymoon Wishes has all the information you need to make the perfect website. For more inspiration, visit our past wedding and honeymoon blogs.