1/16 Real Bride Ciji: Must-Haves to “Wow” With Your Wedding Website

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My fiancé and I are social and at times private people. We enjoy both quiet and unpublicized time with loved ones as well as social media engagement and interactions. It’s a healthy balance. With that being said, our wedding website needed to reflect both sides.

We desired to create an informative and functional wedding website to share our love story with visitors and inform our guests of the wedding details.

Our must haves:

  • Welcome Message: a warm invitation to our world and a thank you for being a part of our lives
  • Our Story: depending on when you met us and/or how long you have known us you may not know the FULL story. It’s the beginning to our forever so we decided to dig up the archives, read thru old emails and g-chat messages and compare notes so that we didn’t miss one detail

Real Bride Ciji's Wedding Website

Designed by John Rich Media

 

  • The Crew: those that have been a part of our best and worst moments, the group of people that will fly, drive or catch the bus not to miss our wedding celebration(s) and those that have invested time, money and energy to ensure that we have a very special celebration. We crafted a special message for each person to pair with a photo of each person in the wedding party
  • Images: we sprinkled in some of our favorite pictures with our engagement pictures so that we could give visitors a peek into our world. It was a cool process to gather pictures from social media and our phones and then house them in a Google folder and allow our website designer to select the best photos to match the text copy. The photo trip down memory lane was a great break from making wedding planning decisions
  • Hashtag: need I say more?  Of course we had to include our hashtag! After several discussions and online focus groups we decided on #trulytownsend7 
  • Details: remember how I mentioned that we have a private side? We reserved this section for our guests. In this password protected section we included our wedding date, time and location. Recommending lodging in the area, attire specifications, details on our unplugged ceremony, the registry website link and most of all how excited we are that everyone will be joining us on our big day!

Real Bride Ciji's Wedding Website 2

Designed by John Rich Media

Last but not least, we decided that our wedding website would not only act as a hub of information but also as the primary RSVP location. We skipped ordering reply cards and decided to incorporate a form on our site that captures RSVP information and streamlines the seating chart process.

A special thank you to John Rich Media, for making our vision a reality!

What are you including in your wedding website?

  • …and I thought making a facebook event was too much, ha! Jokes aside, it’s ubder useful to have it ready before the wedding (not as a ‘thank you’ website, but more like ‘this is the order of the day’). Recently went for a wedding with an over night stay at a nearby hotel, and having all arrangements explained (when where who what etc.) on a fb event page was super useful and there were no surprises later on, thanks to that I guess.