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Website for your big day

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A wonderful idea that I saw done brilliantly recently is having a website for your big day. I have seen some couples do this and it provides great information on all kinds of things that your guests may need and want to know.  Recently I conducted the wedding of Nell and Glenn, and they had the best website. I only got to see it close to the day, but was absolutely blown away by what they, (or mainly Glenn, who is a website developer) had done.

It had everything that any guest could ever need to know, it had so much information and photos and quotes. I have seen other websites that compared to this, just seemed just thrown together. Rather than putting 12 different pages of information in with the invites, why not just direct your guests to a site that has everything they could need there?

Information about the venue.
What a great way to have some background on the venue itself, maps and anything else guests could want to know.

Information for the day.
This would be a great way to tell guests that confetti is not permitted at the venue or that you want an unplugged wedding. Its also a great time to share if you are using a wedding app, have some #hashtags, or if you want your wedding kept off social media.

Accommodation in the area.
This is such a great idea. Having all the information on accommodation that is close to the wedding is so that all guests, no matter if they were travelling from overseas or from an hour down the road, have links to the appropriate ones.

Getting to the venue.
Nell and Glenn had buses pick up some of their guests. Their site even had the timetable of when the buses would pick people up at specific locations. Maps, Melways references and all other helpful information.

Who to contact on the day should they need any assistance.
The last thing a bride or groom really want on the wedding day is people phoning them or texting them with all kinds of questions. Even if you don’t have a wedding planner, pick someone who can be that go to person.

RSVP options.
Have an option for them to RSVP online, people have good intentions but they don’t always get to the post office in time.

Added information about other events.
Are you having a brunch the next day or having people meet up for a coffee? This is a great way to supply all the guests with the information and with plenty of time for them to plan their weekend accordingly. Maybe you could put any hens day or bucks day information on their too. Really you could have anything on there!

Glenn said the things that worked well for them with their wedding website were:

  • the simple single page design made it all easy to see and find information
  • we added ‘getting there’ info to the top of the website a few weeks before the wedding
  • we ran an RSVP through the site and after experimenting with a fancy google forms solution I found the best way to record RSVPs was simply through providing an email address.
  • we got to re-use the wedding invite artwork in the site and included some of our engagement shoot photos

There are so many things that you could add to this, and so many ways to make this your own and match it all to the theme of your wedding. It is private too. If you are just giving the information to your guests, it isn’t like you are making a facebook event. It would be really hard to stumble onto the website by accident.

Check out the site that Nell and Glenn had here. And feel free to get in touch with Glenn by contacting him at glennnicoll@gmail.com if you have any questions or you are interested in having your own website made for your day.

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Transport at your Wedding

One thing that I wish I had paid more attention to at my wedding was transport!  More and more couples have been  choosing to make arrangements for their guests so that they don’t have problems getting from the ceremony venue to the reception and sometimes even back from the reception if they are all staying in one area. It is a great way to be assured that all your guests will get home safely and avoid calling taxis. At one wedding that I attended, the grooms uncle was the designated driver for the day and none of us had to worry about knowing where we were going, or how much champagne anyone had at the reception.  At a wedding that I have coming up in a few months, the couple have organised with a motel close by to have reduced rates for their friends and a mini bus to transport people back there after the reception.

Another thing that the bride and groom need to think about is how are they going to get to the ceremony, reception and wherever they are staying on there wedding night.  If you are having attendants, how will they get from the ceremony to where the photos are being taken and then to the reception. If if you are hiring vehicles it is important to consider whether it is cheaper for them to leave at certain times or better to hire them for the whole day.  If the brides parents travelled with her to the ceremony is there a way for them to get to the next part of the wedding. Some couples may feel that it is not really their problem to worry about how other people will get where they need to go. But I think that you will find that your family and friends will be incredibly grateful if you think of them when planning your day. Thanks again to Corey Brown for the use of his fantastic images. Check out his blog here.

Did you have any interesting or helpful travel tips that helped you on your day, or hints to help others avoid a situation that you had?

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