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Everything You Need to Know About Creating a Wedding Website

After he puts a ring on it and you've shared the news, the flood gates open for questions. Where will you be getting married and when? How did you two meet? Tell us the story of your proposal. Where are you registered? Are you doing a destination wedding? Whose in your bridal party? We could go on–and yes, the struggle of answering the above (plus about a dozen more) consecutively until your save the date hits is real. Enter the wedding website–your chance to lay any and all info out there for your family and friends. An excited bride, however, can fall prey to creating what stands to be the cheesiest, gushiest, too-much-information filled thing any of her guests has ever encountered on the internet. To boot, the design of these sites gets tricky, often gearing more girly than most grooms prefer. We tapped Marissa Gibbons, co-founder of the only chic wedding website template creator on the market, Riley & Grey, for her go-to tips on designing a chic site.

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1. Choosing your domain name.

One of the first details you'll want to lock down when setting up your wedding website is your domain. Avoid back-to-back, repeating letters (just FYI, domains don't have spaces). If you plan to have a wedding hashtag, keep things consistent and use the same language for both. Feel free to get creative, but the number-one sanity-saving nugget of wisdom is to keep your domain name simple and memorable, both for you and for your guests. Picture this: you've printed piles and piles of exquisite, luxury paper save the dates only to realize you have the wrong domain name on every single one. White-out won't fix that–trust.

2. Use the right photos.

Much like how finding an amazing venue cuts your decor costs, choosing a great design template can do most of your wedding website work. That being said, the photos you upload to your site can have a huge impact on its overall aesthetic (for better or worse). This is the perfect opportunity to showcase the bomb engagement shoot photos that didn't make it to your save the date (that you most definitely still paid for). Candids more your thing? If you don't have many hi-res shots at your disposal, film is always flattering. If all else fails, keep things clean with a black and white photo filter. If you choose to include a feature on key family and wedding party members, stalk social media for cute #TBTs. Do everyone a favor and pass on your college BFF's keg stand highlights?

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3. Telling your story vs. TMI.

Sure, include the elevator-pitch version of how you met or how you got here. Go ahead and celebrate yourselves–that's kind of a big part of this whole wedding thing anyway; let's not forget that. But, let us also not forget that your wedding website is an important resource of planning info and day-of details for your guests, not your middle school MySpace page. Sorry for the shade, but it needs to be said. Don't bury important info or dilute details with a personal novella. Give the rest of your love story the moment it deserves and save some for your tearful toasts.

4. The #1 Wedding Website mistake.

Speaking of TMI and logistical info, a wedding website is a great way to share useful trip-planning tips for out-of-town or destination wedding guests. Many wedding website users know this, and it's exactly why they go overboard with hotel and accommodation recs. One budget, one splurge and one something in-between are the only three options guests need. Plus, limiting the list allows you to reserve discounted hotel blocks for everybody. Infinite options don't help people make decisions. You know that one friend who is always like "It's cool, I could eat whatever. I don't care..."? Are you that friend? Options run the risk of driving people mad. Though your heart may be in the right place, listing a ton of hotel recommendations is more like saying "I don't care. You can stay wherever..." Don't be that friend.

5. Be a Lazy (Happy) Host.

One of the best parts of having a wedding website is that it allows you to be a great host without the hassle. If many of your guests are traveling to your wedding destination, featuring local restaurant, shopping and activity recommendations on your site is a great idea. If your wedding is in your hometown, then this also becomes a really fun, meaningful, way to invite people into your everyday life. Recommend your favorite haunts and happenings without offering every out-of-towner a spot on your sofa.

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Just a sampling of Riley & Grey's design skins available for download.
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6. Take advantage of the tech.

For both you and your guests, online RSVP's make things so. much. easier. Organize your guest list, keep track of responses and even control who has event access with the right guest management system. Just don't get too caught up in bells and whistles. You shouldn't need an Apple product launch event to teach guests how to navigate your wedding site. Some features that you think are convenient and cool may just become a nuisance in the long run. A site soundtrack, for example, may seem sweet, but actually ends up inconveniencing your guests. Surprisingly, people don't like it when Adele just automatically starts blasting out of their office desktop speakers without warning (don't believe us? See tip #3 re. your middle school MySpace page). This also means no apps. Another app?! You're going to ask your guests to cough up precious phone space too? Don't do it. Just make sure your wedding website is optimized for mobile.

7. Do you.

Really, don't over think it. Contrary to what you might assume from the premise of this guide, we're about bucking tradition and are anti-"wedding rules." We can't tell you exactly what to do or how to do it, because we don't want to. Keep these tips from the trenches in mind to make this whole wedding planning to-do a bit easier on you and your loved ones.






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