Let's Get This Party Started: Making the Most Out of a Wedding Website

From the get-go I knew that our website would be one of those things that I would care about more than one might expect. I feel like a lot of people underutilize their wedding websites and I knew that would not be us. 

We have a lot of guests coming from out of town so being able to a have a one-stop shop where you could get all the information you need and then some was crucial. And making that one-stop shop a fun, easy-to-use and mobile friendly website seemed like a no-brainer. 

Here's ours: www.tinderhotdish.com

I love Squarespace. I use it for this website so it was only natural (and easy) to use it for our wedding website. The templates are awesome and it's so easy to customize the design. Some sites promise "a simple and easy wedding website" and that's exactly what you'll get - simple and easy. But if you're looking to make more out of your website, I suggest going with a place that offers more robust options like Squarespace.  

Consider Online RSVPs

It's 2017! Beyond the fact that I think paying double postage for RSVP cards is a waste of money, doing online RSVPs can be a huge time saver.

We put our RSVP button smack dab in the middle of the homepage so people can't miss it. And because it's a form, Squarespace allows you to download it into an Excel sheet making it easy to go through. 

Another bonus? We're able to ask more questions/collect more info than would fit on a itty bitty card. We're having a weekend welcome reception and a farewell brunch, and we're using the RSVP to gauge attendance for those events as well. 

Share Your Story (In a Fun Way!)

Just beyond the RSVP button is a fun, simple explanation of what the heck "Tinder Hotdish" means. Instead of writing out the story of how you met in one long block of text, websites now offer up the flexibility of telling your story through photos, small blocks of text, and even videos. Mark and I's story was pretty simple, but the nickname for it was silly, so we decided to focus on the "story of #tinderhotdish" instead of "our story."

Make it a Destination

I firmly believe that a wedding website gives you the opportunity to make your wedding feel like a destination regardless of where your guests are coming from. 

We created a page on website completely devoted to the location of our wedding, not just the hotel itself, but the area around it, too. We love our city and we wanted to give people options if they had any downtime.  

On top of that, by putting everything on a mobile-friendly website, guests can pull this out whenever they need it–whether that's when they land at the airport and can't remember the address or are just checking-in to the hotel and realizing they need a bite to eat. 

An Easy Way to Share Photos

When we got our engagement photos back, I was blown away. I loved every single one of them. But we really only needed one for our save the dates. Not only did we feature the photos in the design of our site, we created a gallery for relatives to easily look through the photos. We're planning on doing this with the photos from our wedding night. 

Squarespace also allows you to pull in photos based on a hashtag or from a certain user, so you can easily have photos your guests share using your wedding hashtag pulled into the website–again making it a one-stop shop for all things wedding. 

These are just a few of the ways we're getting the most out of our wedding website, but there's plenty of other examples and inspiration out on the web. A Practical Wedding (my wedding planning life-saver) has a good guide on what details to include on your website. Most importantly though–YOU DO YOU.

Sunday Morning

Thank god for ACs and light-blocking curtains. Sunlight peeked around the edges of the curtain and eight-plus hours of sleep gave me an 8 a.m. wake-up call I didn’t mind. I got up and brought Mark an extra glass of water to help him from his Saturday night out. I threw on leggings, a t-shirt and sneakers and headed out to do modern hunting and gathering for breakfast.

I felt like I was walking in a town close to the beach, the air just humid enough, the sun, hazy. I stopped at a corner store that I thought for sure would have eggs and some extras. It didn’t. I tried to buy a newspaper but they only took cash. Note to self: remember to always have a couple bills in your wallet.

Plan B. I stopped in the café next door and ordered two breakfasts to go: pulled pork hash and vegetable curry hash. Mark said he wasn’t hungry, but I liked the sound of both, so let’s hope he was just kidding about being not hungry.

I hadn’t grocery shopped in about a week and I was kind of glad I didn’t. This morning walk felt just right in a perfectly mundane way.

I got back and made coffee, texted Mark (upstairs) that it was beautiful outside, and made a combo plate of pork and vegetables. Second note to self: more pulled pork and curried vegetables for breakfast.

I opened my computer, turned on a “wistful and delicate film scores” radio station and read a few articles, saving some for future reference. We had plans to go to a food truck fair during the day before going to Mark’s parents’ house for a belated Father’s Day dinner but setting cruise-control seemed more right, so that’s what we did.