When I think about creating a wedding invitation website I get filled with childlike excitement! I love getting to know the couple, find out their likes and dislikes and translate that into a wedding invitation website that represents both their personalities and especially the aspects that brought them together. There is so much freedom in choosing colours, fonts, photos and quotes that will capture their dream in the form of an online wedding invitation. I love that I never have to do the same thing twice, because of course no two couples are alike!
Online wedding invitation websites have become very popular over the last few years. Couples and guests have reported back that they love the fact that all the information about the wedding is found in one place, no waste (or guilt) for that expensive paper invitation that inevitably ends up in the waste paper bin – the most eco-friendly invitation you could find! There will also be no problems with the postal service going on strike or lost invitations causing you to phone family or friends to find out if they will be attending the wedding. Instead you have a custom made wedding website that captures your personality and character while serving as an invitation, information about the wedding and an RSVP form all in one.
The website can have as many features as you like but normally they will at least include:
- A homepage with photos of the lovely couple.
- A page telling the guests a little bit more about the couple. Some couples prefer this to be very formal and traditional while others like a bit of fun and laughter with a little bit of personality coming through.
- The actual wedding invitation page with names, dates and places.
- The online RSVP form is the best of all! An email will be sent to the couple when a guest replies via the RSVP form on the website. No more RSVP forms for guests to post! This reply can be sent to an email account set up specifically for this purpose.
Any bride will know how long it takes to plan every detail about the wedding. Picture this…you and your new husband arrive arm in arm at the reception, madly in love and ready for this day that you have been planning to a tee for the last year… first thing you see is Aunty Sally’s 3 year old boy running through the room, bumping over the flower arrangement and grabbing your white dress with his grubby hands so as to not fall over…how did this happen…the invitation said no children! The problem is Aunty Sally never received the invitation that was posted to her old address! She got to the wedding thanks to family members that could inform her where it is but they neglected to tell her that no children are allowed. That is where the information page comes in handy! All the information about the wedding and reception can be posted for all to see. Are children allowed, will there be a cash bar, telephone numbers for taxi services, dress code. Anything anyone might need to know. The link to the website can even be emailed again just before the wedding, just to remind everyone. Crisis averted!
In this wonderful age of technology we can even add directions and an interactive map to your wedding venue and the reception. Guests can add the location where they will be leaving from and customised directions to the wedding will get them there on time. No need to get lost any more!
Furthermore it can have pages with suggestions for accommodation, things to do, places to see and restaurants in the area. You could have a page with an introduction and photos of the bridal party and parents of the bride and groom. A page with suggestions or links to gift registries which guests can use from their smartphones while shopping is also very useful!
A good way to get the guests involved and more excited about the wedding is to have fun interactive pages where guests can upload their photos, make suggestions for the dance floor and polls for when the first baby will arrive.
It can be as modern or as traditional as you like, include personal anecdotes and even have a theme that can be pulled through to your wedding decorations. The world is your oyster and you are in charge!