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Do I really need a Wedding Website ?

January 3, 2003

Many engaged couples are asking themselves this question as a very popular trend snowballs through the wedding industry. Before I got engaged I certainly wouldn't have considered getting a personal website to post personal information and pictures about myself, so the idea seemed bizarre to me too. Then, about a month after my fiancée proposed, I visited a friend's wedding website and realized it was more of a necessity as a means to distribute information, than about vanity at all.

As it turned out, our wedding website was one of the best parts about our wedding. The site allowed us to build a lot of momentum towards the big day. People felt a part of the planning and our families and friends who hadn't met John or myself got to learn more about us, which made a big difference on our wedding day.

We both have big families and had many people coming from out of town. The website allowed us to put all of the travel information (air, car, hotel) in one spot that everyone had access to. There was also tons of information about our city available on our site, which was great for people who had never been to Boston before.

We made sure to include a little card in our invitation that informed everyone that all information regarding the wedding such as details and maps of events would be posted on our website. This saved us many phone calls with questions about where and when each event was taking place. Our guests loved the RSVP feature, 75% of our guests replied on line ! People really seemed to prefer responding by email instead of snail mail. Once they were on the site, the online registry also made it very convenient for our guests to give us gifts that we actually wanted.

Due to my chronic shyness, I thought you had to be an exhibitionist to consider getting a website. The truth is, it gave many people who didn't know us, a great way to learn about each of us through our story, biographies and pictures. People seemed to really like the Poll and Quiz which we updated a few times before and after the wedding. We were able to stretch out our incredible wedding for a long time as people went to the site to see our pictures and send wonderful comments through the guest book for weeks after the wedding.

We couldn't believe how easy it was to create our site. It really was just filling in forms online. All the work was done for us, and the designs were just great. We also really appreciated that it did not cost a fortune and that we were able try it before we bought it before committing to what was a thoroughly enjoyable process from beginning to end.

As you can see the website was a huge success with our guests who came to the wedding, but it was equally gratifying for our friends and family around the world who couldn't make it. Witness my 94 year old grandmother who was actually able to take part in my wedding even though she couldn't leave her house. So in answer to the question posed in the title of this letter, this former sceptic highly recommends a wedding website for every engaged couple !

A Wedding Website Will Reduce Stress

Personal Wedding Websites are becoming a necessity for every wedding for many reasons. Including important information eliminates questions that accompanied weddings in the pre - internet era. The stress reducing effect is as beneficial for the guests as it is for the couple.

Take for example, the gift registry. It is considered inappropriate to tell guests where one is registered in the invitation. This results in many phone calls by guests attempting to discover where the couple's gift registry is located. If the guest is not close to the immediate family, they will not know who to call to find out what stores the couple has selected to receive their gifts. This results in another bowl or serving piece that the couple will have to return the day after the wedding.

To avoid this stressful situation for the couple and the guests, couples can include their wedding website address in the invitation (which is completely acceptable according to all wedding etiquette experts). When guests visit the website to see their story, pictures, details, and other important information, they can easily find direct links to their online registries.

Another example of making life easier on the couple and their guests is having the details and maps posted directly on the wedding website where guests can access them anytime worldwide. Without a website, the couple will receive many phone calls about where and when each event is, as well as, "what's the best way to get there". The couple can also avoid including extra notes in the invitation to tell out of town guests where hotel arrangements have been made, if they have a wedding website.

Some guests seem to take their time returning the RSVP card that usually accompanies the invitation. Not many weddings go by without the need to call some guests directly to see whether they are planning to attend or not. Having a wedding website can reduce this pursuit. When guests visit the website to see all kinds of information and pictures they can RSVP at the click of a button.

The benefits of a personal wedding website are plentiful, including sharing pictures and stories with friends and family. Thanks to the advancements in technology, one can create a beautiful website without any knowledge of programming whatsoever.

The website link on my bridal page with guide you to a site that makes it as easy as filling in forms. Your information is fed into a beautiful design template of your choice. There is a 7 day Free Trial with no credit card required. Creating a website will make life easier for you and your guests and as a bonus you will have a lot of Fun doing it.

Even a Computer Novice Should Get a Wedding Website.

So you just got engaged. You have read in many places that a wedding website is something cool your guests will really appreciate, but you're not a computer expert. You know how to surf the web and get your email but you're definitely not ready to build a website - or so you may think.

The truth is if you can surf the web, you can create an incredible website in literally 30 seconds. It really is that easy - YOU ARE JUST FILLING IN FORMS ! Today's software makes it so easy that you don't need to know anything about programming whatsoever. You don't need to download any software either. Just go to my link and fill in your information and click a few submit buttons and presto, your website is live on the Internet. Gathering your information, and filling in the forms will vary with how much stuff you want to put on your website. But the actual creation of the site will take less than a minute, and then you just add details and pictures whenever you want.

Don't be afraid about uploading pictures either. If you have digital pictures, it's a matter of a couple of clicks and the pictures automatically get uploaded onto your website. If you have actual photos, you can scan them onto your computer or get them scanned at any print shop.

If you have not heard why wedding websites are as essential as an invitation, you can take your pick from any of the top 10 reasons below.  The link on my webpage  has professional designs that cost under $100. You may just find that it's the best money you spent on your big day. There is 7 day a free trial so you can try it for free before having to pay for it. What more could you ask for ?
  • Make the details and maps accessible 24/7 from all over the world.
  • Introduce the new couple to all your guests with photos and stories.
  • Allow your guests to RSVP online.
  • Link directly to your registries online.
  • Provide Info for guests from out of town.
  • Share the big event with friends worldwide who couldn't make it.
  • Entertain your guests with polls and quizzes.
  • Reduce your stress level, by making everything available online.
  • Plan and track everything with great planning tools.
  • Enjoy the Guestbook entries that your guests will leave for you.
  • Thank your vendors or your parents for all their help.

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