Do you need a wedding Web site?


Think of a wedding Web site as an organizational tool.
Think of a wedding Web site as an organizational tool.
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The caterer is running late. The band says they're down a bass player. The chairs aren't the right color. And the cake -- where's the cake? There are plenty of things to worry about on your wedding day. Whether or not your guests have all of the necessary information shouldn't be one of them. This is The Information Age, for Pete's sake! A wedding Web site could be the answer.

Its Purpose

You can keep your wedding invitation simple and share important details on your Web site.
You can keep your wedding invitation simple and share important details on your Web site.
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If you're having a destination wedding, then all of your guests will be traveling in from various locations. You're too busy being the bride to play travel agent, so a wedding Web site could be a place to post pertinent travel details, such as hotel information, local dining options and other fun things to do during wedding downtime.

Even if you have the wedding in the city where you live, you'll probably be inviting some out-of-towners. If you have important details that you don't want clogging your invitation, a wedding Web site is a great spot to share them. An easy way to get the word out is to include the Web site URL on an insert that gets mailed with your invitation.

Details it Could Contain

Your can communicate with many people at once through your wedding Web site and save your voice.
Your can communicate with many people at once through your wedding Web site and save your voice.
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Your wedding Web site can be as simple or as detailed as you want it to be -- it's entirely up to you. In addition to travel and location details and directions, some sites are set up to allow guests to RSVP online -- saving you a stamp. Since it's gauche to include it on your wedding invitation, your site could include wedding registry information. Some sites allow you to store guests' e-mail addresses and send them blasts as you get more details they'll need.

But wedding Web sites don't have to be all work and no play. They can also include fun anecdotes about how you and your fiancé met, a Q&A with the bridal party and groomsmen, and of course, lots of pictures. You can even have a page where guests can upload their stories and memories after the big day. Some couples love their Web site so much, they repurpose it as a Mister and Mistress page to keep their loved ones up to date on their lives. And no worries if you're a privacy hound. You can always opt for a site that offers password protection so only your nearest and dearest have access.

Cost and Ease of Use

Do your guests need directions? Direct them to your Web site.
Do your guests need directions? Direct them to your Web site.
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DIY wedding Web sites range from free to around $99 for a year. But as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for.

The free wedding Web sites offer basic design with few, if any, customizable features. You'll probably have to deal with a couple of ads on the page, too. (Someone has to pay for the site, right?) Most pre-fab wedding sites have packages available at different price points so you can upgrade to the one with the bells and whistles you want. The advantage of picking a service like this is that you don't have to have design or HTML skills. The downside is that you'll probably end up having to choose from one of their design templates, so you may not get all of the customization that you like.

A great way to find a service is to pick another bride's site that you like and find out what she used. If you want your Web site and your wedding invite to have the same colors and design motif, you'll probably need to hire a pro, which will cost you hundreds of dollars.

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