Learn the "don'ts" when it comes to making a website for your nuptials.
The wedding website has gone from novelty to standard, but it’s still a new-enough tradition that the etiquette and procedures are not always clear. After all, it’s unlikely you’d be able to ask your parents what they did for their own wedding website, right? There are many resources that offer templates to create your own site, but it can be tougher to figure out what you shouldn’t do. Read our list of wedding website don’ts for advice.
- Don’t overthink it. For some people, adding cute stories and perfecting the look of the website is fun, but for others it can just feel like another lengthy task on an already daunting to-do list. Most website analytics show that people pretty much just use the website for the registry page, so don’t put too much pressure on the rest of it. If you’re getting stressed, just keep it simple and don’t devote too much time to the task.
- Don’t include exclusive events. While it may seem convenient to add details about your bridal shower, bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner to the event section of your website, it’s highly unlikely that everybody you invited to the wedding is also invited to these prenuptial events. Adding these details will make wedding-only guests feel excluded when they should feel honored to be included in your big day.
- Don’t make demands. It’s understandable to want to provide as much information as possible and try to prevent guests from doing anything you perceive as ruining the vent, but there are gentler ways to get a message across. “No stilettos” reads very differently than “the ceremony will be on the lawn, so you’ll want to be cautious with your footwear.”
- Don’t include personal information. At least, not without adding password protection to the website. Otherwise, it’s public and likely easy to find simply by searching your names, therefore it’s generally not wise to include information such as your home address or phone numbers on public wedding websites.