Create and launch your wedding website and Select and purchase invitations.
Think of your wedding website as the ultimate guide to your wedding.
For guests, the wedding website is an invaluable catch-all resource. It will include:
Answers to all of their most frequently asked questions, including information about dress code, gift registries, and wedding day itinerary
A travel planner for out-of-town guests looking for lodging options
For you, the wedding website serves more practical purposes. You can use it to keep track of the logistics of planning, including:
Guest list and RSVPs
Registries and gifts received
… and much more.
Of course, the focus isn’t only on function. Creating your perfect wedding website, especially together, helps you get psyched for your big day. It allows you to really dive into the wedding-planning mindset by thinking about what information you want your guests to know.
What do you need on your wedding website?
At minimum, your wedding website should have the date, time, and place of your ceremony and reception. Think of it as a save-the-date that your guests can check from anywhere.
Contact info Give guests an easy way to get in touch with you online if they have questions.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to make your personal info available to the world. Wedding websites can be set to private, requiring guests to have a password or access code to view them.
Whether it’s just the timeline for the ceremony and reception or the schedule for a jam-packed wedding weekend, let your guests know what to expect.
If you have guests arriving from out of town, or guests who may want to stay near your venue so they can have a few drinks without worrying about driving, they’ll need to know where to stay.
You may not have time to do all that research yourself. Fortunately, some of the best wedding website builders recommend hotels for you. Automating as many tasks as possible frees up your time and energy for the important decisions.
You can certainly send out printed invitations, but many folks are choosing to have a paperless RSVP option, either along with or in lieu of traditional paper invitations and response cards.
Letting guests RSVP through your website is better for the environment, better for your wallet, and easier to keep track of than printed notes that could get lost, so it’s an idea worth considering.
The wedding planning website is a great place to include information that doesn’t belong on the invitation, but that you want guests to know.
Define Your Wedding Style
Along with listing the location and time of day, the invitation—and, more specifically, its style—hints to the formality of your wedding. You should have an idea of the type of event you’re throwing—classic and elegant, casual and relaxed, or glam and modern—before you start shopping for stationery, so you can choose an invitation style that hits the same note. Then browse stationers’ websites and others couples’ wedding invitations to gather inspiration so you can give your stationer an idea of what you like.
Know Your Colors
Think about your wedding colors too. You may want to incorporate your hues and a motif (if you have one) into your wedding invitations—and then carry them throughout the rest of your wedding paper (like the escort cards, menus and ceremony programs) for a cohesive look. While ivory, cream or white card stock paired with a black or gold font is the classic choice for formal wedding invitations, you can also brighten your invites with colorful or metallic fonts, paper stock, envelopes and liners. Just keep readability in mind when choosing your colors (more on that later).
Remember Your Thank-Yous
Track RSVPs as they come in using a guest list manager tool or spreadsheet. Include a column where you can note what each guest gives you. Then, as the wedding gifts start rolling in, begin writing your thank-you notes so you don’t fall behind. For any presents received before the wedding, you should send a thank-you note within two weeks. For those given on or after the wedding day, give yourself a month.
When should we send out our wedding invitations?
Traditionally, invitations go out six to eight weeks before the wedding—that gives guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if they don’t live in town.
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