One thing we hear a lot from friends and family is the difficulty they have keeping their guests in the loop. So much information needs supplying and it can often be difficult to keep on top of it all. This is even more relevant in the modern world when guests are travelling from far flung locations to attend your wedding.
An insert with your invitations can generally provide the basics – location map, travel directions, information on your guest list. While it is the easiest option, it’s not without problems. Firstly, you’re limited with how much information you can send with an invitation. You don’t want to be sending a booklet, especially if it increases the cost of your postage. Secondly, any changes to your plans can’t be easily communicated. For us, the wedding website is by far the best way to go.
There are a huge number of wedding blogs which are free to join and give you a link you can send to your guests, but these can often be lengthy and a mistype can leave a guest completely in the dark. We’ve found two great options for creating your own wedding website, complete with your own domain name.
Create.net allows you to create a website using a very simple yet effective interface and for only £2.99 a month plus the cost of your domain if you need one. For that you are allowed up to 10 pages of content including a content form and a photo gallery. Create also offers email forwarding which means you can set up an email address such as ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ and any emails sent to that address will be forwarded to your personal email address. This is great as it allows you to keep your personal email address off the internet, and saves you being hit with spam. Create gives a 30-day free trial which means you can build your site offline to see what you think and upgrade to a ‘live’ account once you’re happy.
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1and1 is one of the largest web hosting companies in the world and offer a similar service to Create but the billing works slightly differently. The cost of the Beginner package works out at around £45.00 depending on the options you choose, and that provides an eight page website for 12 months. I used 1and1 for my own wedding website and can recommend it. The interface was simple and the overall result was great for what we needed.
Once you’ve chosen a provider, it’s then a case of writing content for your guests. A welcome page giving a little bit of information on both of your is always useful, especially for the partners of your guests who might not know much about you. A map showing the venue, a list of local hotels, travel directions from nearby train stations and airports, as well as numbers for taxi firms will all help your guests plan their attendance. You can also give information about your wedding list, order of service, menu and wine list.
Whatever you choose to put on your site, make sure it is clear and concise, and offer your guests a way of contacting you. Hopefully your site will offer them all the information they need but there’s always somebody who wants to know that little bit more.
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