Planning a wedding can take a lot of time and energy. And in the midst of the crazy wedding preps - food tastings, venue visits, choosing color schemes - who has the time to create a wedding website? Putting together a website sounds complicated enough and with your big day looming, it’s probably the last thing you want to do at this point.
In reality, however, creating wedding websites doesn’t have to be as complicated as it once was and having one can actually help ensure that your big day happens with as little hiccup as possible. The best wedding websites can keep your guests happy and updated, documents everything about your big day and even makes your life easier especially if you allow guests to RSVP through the site.
With a good website builder, it is possible to set up a free wedding website in minutes and with little to no tech skills required. To help simplify this process, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
1. Choose a reliable website builder
You don’t have to get a web designer or learn how to code to create a wedding website. All you need is a great wedding website builder and a bit of time. There are hundreds of options to choose from but ideally, you want a platform that lets you set up your website for free, allows a great deal of flexibility for customizing your site so that it follows the theme of your wedding and provides you with reliable customer support in case you get stuck while trying to build and manage your wedding website.
2. Come up with a unique domain name
The next step is to come up with a unique website name - this is the name that appears on the website address. For free accounts, Strikingly lets you choose your own subdomain to ensure that it effectively represents what your site is about. For wedding websites, normally couples will choose their names for the website name or their chosen hashtag for the event. Just make sure that the name you use is unique, easy to remember and easy to spell.
3. Choose a website template that represents your personality
One of the best things about using a site builder is that you don’t have to create a wedding website from the ground up. You can choose from a variety of different wedding website templates depending on your content and start designing your online space from there. Take the time to preview different options and explore different layouts before you settle on a design. Also, don’t be afraid to change your mind. In case you feel that the design isn’t working for you, Strikingly lets you change your template at any point during the design process or even after publishing your website. The important thing is that you set up a website that clearly represents you and your partner’s personality.
4. Add all the most important details about your wedding
Now that you have your website starting to take shape, you can move on to creating the content that will make it even more fabulous. If you’re still in the early stages of wedding planning, you can use your website to host your “Save the Date” teaser. It can include information about the date, location and you and your partner’s names with an announcement that more details will be posted soon. This assures guests that they are not missing any information and that they can look forward to more as you get closer to your wedding date.
As the details of your wedding become clearer, you may add more information such as travel advisories, hotel accommodations, driving directions and recommendations on what your guests can do while they are in town.
5. Make it personal
Aside from event details, you can add other information on your wedding website to make it even more attractive. For instance, the best free wedding websites usually include the couple’s love story or a quick snippet about the proposal. You can also add a gallery of your entourage or top table people. If you want to your website to be extra, you can even create character sketches of your bridesmaids and groomsmen and how they are helping you plan your big day.