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Super June 2022

Wedding Website Thoughts...

Rachel, on March 5, 2021 at 1:20 PM Posted in Planning 0 19
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Hi, Everyone!


I’ve created mine and my fiancé’s wedding website through The Knot and so far, so good. My (mild) concern is that I’ve seen a couple of wedding websites from friends that are also engaged and they’re both really going all out with fancy designs, professional photos (my fiancé and I passed on an engagement shoot to use money for other parts of the wedding), etc. I know I shouldn’t compare, but it makes me feel like I’m not putting enough effort into mine. I guess I figured that our website would just be a place where I could put all info about the wedding and that would be it. It’s not something that’s too high on my “to do” list or something I planned on spending a lot of time on. I at least chose a cute template, but that’s about it. I will definitely still fill in all of the fun sections like the bridal party, how we met, etc. but I had planned to mostly use it as a place for guests to RSVP, find out information about our wedding, hotels, things to do, etc. Does anyone else feel this way about wedding websites or their own? I guess there’s no “rules” about these websites and you can do what you want, but I’m still feeling a little bummed that others have all of these fun things on theirs and ours is just going to be straightforward and to the point.

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Latest activity by Ka, on April 15, 2021 at 3:11 AM
  • Brigitte
    Dedicated May 2021
    Brigitte ·
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    Before covid, I feel like wedding websites were still a pretty new thing and I always viewed them to be unnecessary in most cases. It usually contained the exact same information as the invitation. But now with covid, it makes the most sense to have one with plans changing so often. I think some people do take it to the extreme to add so many unnecessary pictures and tabs, that sometimes important information gets lost. So, I say the simpler the better! Most people just go to your site for more info, not your life story.

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  • Stacey
    Super May 2021
    Stacey ·
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    I feel the same way! I hated every second of building our website, Lol. I viewed it more an an information repository. Things like how we met, "Our Story," picture galleries of us, etc. just weren't important to me. Of course I tried to make it look nice visually, and added a couple photos of us and our venue, but by no means did I try to overwork it. I also think most guests don't spend much (if any) time looking at a couple's website, so didn't want to waste time too much effort on it.

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  • Connie
    Dedicated December 2021
    Connie ·
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    We are keeping ours simple, too! We didn't do engagement photos either. There is nothing wrong with straight forward! We got a free template from the knot that best fits our wedding style and are just putting info like the basic timeline/what to expect, intro of the wedding party, FAQs, RSVP page, and the link to the registry.
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  • Kelly
    Dedicated February 2022
    Kelly ·
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    We forgoed an engagement shoot as well! Instead we put in pictures of us that we had taken throughout our relationship and I liked how it turned out! Your guests aren't going to care about all that "fancy" stuff! I just found a nice template that kind of matched my theme and made it my own and I think it looks great! You do you!

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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa ·
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    If you wanted to put pictures on your website, you could always include pictures from throughout your relationship! It sounds like you do have a few fun things to include on your site: the bridal party info, your relationship story, etc, are all great things to include in addition to the helpful info such as hotel, RSVP, etc. Overall, I look at my wedding website as just a place where guests can find any necessary info they need, and I didn't spend much time to try to make mine look professional or high-end or anything. As long as it's functional and has the info guests are looking for, anything else beyond that is totally optional! I don't think any guests would judge someone for not having a top-of-the-line website. I also agree with Brigitte - if there's too many things on there, it can be difficult for guests to find the info they need! There is nothing wrong with keeping the website simple and straightforward.
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  • M
    Expert April 2021
    Melody ·
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    Wedding websites can be whatever you want them to be! We do have pictures up there because we did have an engagement shoot, and I love creative writing so the "Our Story" section has a bit going on. But since each section has its own tab, guests can pick and choose what they want to look at. I wanted to add those things for myself, but am perfectly aware that many guests may not actually care about them and will only visit the site for the RSVP, FAQ section and possibly to see where we're registered. If it's not high on your to do list, I would say to just not spend too much time on it. Don't make something that isn't important to you any more stressful than it needs to be. Everybody is different, and I think your site should reflect you and what you want, not what you feel like you're supposed to do. We removed the events tab from ours since it definitely wasn't necessary for us. You're welcome to check out my site if you want to see possibly another perspective.

    https://www.theknot.com/us/melody-curren-and-john-monroe-apr-2021-64491fb2-7876-4b1e-8a53-7f9deb2a2749

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  • Rachel
    Super June 2022
    Rachel ·
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    Wow! I’m sooooo glad that I’m not the only one who’s feeling this way and is taking the simpler approach. I think wedding websites are definitely useful especially during Covid and keeping important info all in one spot for guests to look at, especially as some of my family from abroad would like to try and attend the wedding so having a website makes it easier. Aside from those two things, I don’t really want or need to spend a ton of time making things fancy. We are anticipating a very laid back and low key wedding, so our website will most likely reflect that same vibe. Thanks for the input, everyone!
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  • T
    Super April 2021
    Tiger Bride ·
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    As a Covid bride with a wedding website, you would be amazed at how few people look at it. I had people asking me questions that were clearly on the website, they just didn't look. Now that people are rvsp'ing I think they are getting the hang of it, but some people bypassed the website entirely.
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  • M
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I put in a good amount of effort for my website because i did not have paper invites for everyone so my website was not just for RSVP but for info.

    however i will say i don't think it needs to be fancy as long as you have all the pertinent info on there

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  • A
    Expert September 2022
    Allie ·
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    I agree with this!!

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  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
    Michelle ·
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    They're a good idea in theory. Definitely a very modern thing that not everyone has caught up on and many don't care either way. From what I have read on the forums from other posters, because they are so modern many do not pay attention to them. It depends on your crowd.

    As long as you have all necessary info, you're good. Plus an option for replying in addition to paper/phone rsvps.

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  • M
    VIP January 2019
    Maggie ·
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    I didn't have a website but yeah, I have heard so many people complain about putting a lot of effort into their website and then very few guests read it. And most that do go there will likely only go to get the relevant info re. travel and locations. That's how I have used websites when I am a guest. I don't think I've ever read someone's life story on one.

    So, bottom line is, don't worry about making your site "fancier" and only put in the amount of effort that you want to *for you*. And, yeah, stop comparing yourself to other people (you know this); nothing good comes from that.

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  • Heather
    Super November 2021
    Heather ·
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    Awww definitely don't compare!! This is about YOU guys. Just because you don't have it all dolled up and fancy looking doesn't mean you guys aren't going to have a beautiful wedding. I plan on making my website super simple with whatever templates are available lol.

    And you never know what is actually really going on with certain engaged couples during this time. While all the pictures may look well put together what if they are going through something personal and they did this to take their mind off of it (hence all the work put into it)? What if they are good at creating websites because that's what they are good at and they were able to create theirs in a breeze (to showcase their skills)? I'm sure they aren't doing it just because they want to show off, but they are doing it for other reasons. If they are trying to show off then by all means let them lol. But there are possible other reasons as to why they create theirs the way that they do.

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  • Eri
    Super October 2020
    Eri ·
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    I like the concept of wedding websites a lot, but they certainly don't have to be extravagant. Definitely function over form, imo.

    So you can make yours as simple as you like! As long as it contains the information you want to share with guests, that's all that matters. Honestly, I don't think anyone is going to remember what a couple's wedding website looks like the minute they stop using it.

    We used WithJoy and did add pictures, but that's because I wanted a more detailed website and enjoy doing that kind of work behind-the-scenes. It's not like we got compliments on it or anything though, lol, but I did the pretty stuff for myself and the rest of the important things for the guests.

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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
    Sexypoodle ·
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    One of my very favorite quotes (that is constantly necessary on these WW forums) is “Comparison is the thief of joy”. We are all planning our own weddings in the ways and styles that we’ve chosen. So, definitely don’t compare anything to anyone else. Every couple finds different aspects of the wedding planning process that they put more emphasis on than others. What one couple sees as important is not going to be the same across the board.


    Our wedding website is for information and RSVP purposes. We added a few photos on the last page and our FAQ page has wedding related info mixed in with a few “fun fact” questions about FH and I. But, the rest is simply information about the wedding. Our website is thru Zola and it’s a classic black background with white lettering. It’s very clean and doesn’t have all of the busy floral designs that I don’t like.
    As long as your website provides information for your guests, it did its job. 😉
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  • W
    Devoted March 2021
    whirlwind ·
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    In my experience a lot of people don't even look at the website. So, you put as much effort in as you want to. It's definetely not the most important part of your wedding.


    We also did our website through the knot. We have our story with pictures, timeline for wedding day, covid-rules, how to watch ceremony online for those who can't make it and our registry. I wouldn't even know what else to do. I feel the knot templates are pretty good and make it feel nice and somewhat professional.
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  • B
    Savvy September 2021
    Bumblebee3 ·
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    I had a fun time designing our site but as we are getting married over a holiday weekend and 2+ hours away from most our guests I felt it was more necessary than most that it be designed well since our guest would need to know important info well in advance to take time off work, arrange a sitter if applicable, travel stays. The Knot had a starry theme which worked well for our celestial theme too.


    For certain tabs like “Thing to Do” I did some quick search into the area our wedding is taking place in, copy & pasted the name of the bar, coffee shop, museum etc, their website and description and just simply googled images for a picture and it looked professional enough!
    We don’t have engagement photos either (we’re scheduling that later on) so we just used photos of us from throughout the years. “Our Story” and wedding party tabs were fun additions especially for some guests who may not already know how we met or who are party consists of. But not everyone does that and you shouldn’t feel obligated to either. That all being said for “closer to home” weddings like most, the websites usually have very basic info and I think that’s perfectly fine as well! It’s completely up to you and what you & your partner think is necessary. You can always tweak things here and there to make it appear “fancier” if you’d like, otherwise I’m sure no one will think twice other than it’s a helpful place to store important info about your big day Smiley smile
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    Just Said Yes April 2021
    Diane ·
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    Before covid, I feel like wedding websites were still a pretty new thing and I always viewed them to be unnecessary in most cases. It usually contained the exact same information as the invitation to the employee monitoring software dashboard. But now with covid, it makes the most sense to have one with plans changing so often. I think some people do take it to the extreme to add so many unnecessary pictures and tabs, that sometimes important information gets lost. So, I say the simpler the better! Most people just go to your site for more info, not your life story.

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  • K
    Just Said Yes October 2020
    Ka ·
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    What are some FAQs? I have no idea what to put
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