How to Create a Gorgeous Wedding Website in 7 Steps
This post was last updated on February 20, 2020.
The wedding bells are ringing and love is in the air. Congratulations! Project Wedding is now underway.
To help relieve some of the challenges of planning your big day, you’ll want to create a wedding website that serves as an online resource for all your guests’ needs. That way, you’ll have a single, centralized platform for sharing important information such as event details, photographs and more.
Working with these gorgeous wedding website templates and following the recommendations listed below, you’ll be able to make a wedding website that wows your guests, reflects your personality as a couple, and provides practical details about the event. Here’s how to create the perfect wedding website, from choosing the right template to managing RSVPs.
How to create a wedding website
01. Choose your wedding website template
Start creating your wedding website by selecting from one these customizable wedding website templates. As you browse through them, consider one that reflects the relationship between you and your loved one. Whether you opt for a classic, romantic or natural look, go with an aesthetic that channels your shared hobbies or interests, or pick a layout that matches your wedding’s theme or destination.
Whichever way you make your decision, you’ll find tons of gorgeous website templates to choose from Wix, entirely for free. They all come with the full package of features that every couple needs, from an RSVP feature to a contact form to facilitate communication with your guests.
You can also check out this comprehensive list of the best free wedding templates for your wedding website.
02. Customize the design
In a few clicks, you can easily personalize the template you chose to make your event website truly your own, aligning it to your unique style, wedding theme and additional needs. When you build a website with Wix, you can even use this logo maker to make a customized logo that displays your names or initials.
Start by customizing the text, including the full event details, the story of how you met and other fun facts. You can change the fonts or upload new ones from your personal computer to match your event’s overall design. Don’t forget to add photos and visuals of the two of you, either from an engagement photo shoot or from any of your joint adventures together.
03. Share essential details with guests
If you’re not sure what kind of content your wedding website needs, here are a few good ideas to get you started:
Your names and wedding date: Share this important piece of information in a prominent spot on your wedding website. You can post it to your site as soon as your save-the-dates are ready, and then add more details as the wedding planning progresses.
Location and travel information: Mention the address and name of the venue, and incorporate a Google Maps widget to help visitors locate it. In addition, add travel and accommodation information for guests coming in from out of town. Think of anything they might find useful, from the nearest airport to your top recommendations in the area.
Dress code: Help guests prepare accordingly by specifying whether your event is casual, formal, black tie or themed. If you have more events planned around your wedding day, mention the dress code for each of those, too.
Full timeline: Detail the exact time of your wedding and any other events before or after it. If you’ve arranged designated shuttles, mention transportation timelines and meeting points as well.
Gift registry or contributions: Your wedding website is the perfect place to add your gift registry. Simply include a button that links to your registries, so that guests can click the link and make their purchase online. If you’re asking for contributions toward your honeymoon fund or any other purpose, you can write a few lines explaining what these funds will be used for, and add a PayPal button or set up Wix Payments.
Wedding hashtag: Notify guests in advance that they can use a specific hashtag at your wedding. That way, all photos from guests will be accessible online via the same hashtag. Add this hashtag to the header or footer of your website to keep guests in the loop.
Contact information: Add contact details and a contact form so that guests can reach out with any questions they may have.
04. Send invites and track RSVPs
One of the most exciting things about creating a wedding website is the moment you start seeing the RSVPs coming in. That’s when it hits you - it’s actually happening.
Regardless of how long your guest list is, you’ll need to keep track of who’s joining, who can’t make it, and who’s bringing along whom. While this can sometimes be tricky, Wix Events is a useful tool that will help you stay organized.
Wix Events allows you to easily track and manage your guest list. It also automatically collects RSVP responses and organizes all the information for you. On top of that, you can use it to create and send out email invitations and save-the-dates, enabling guests to RSVP either from their email or directly on your website.
If you’re planning multiple events for your wedding - such as a bridal shower, wedding rehearsal or toast with the family - Wix Events makes it easy to schedule them and keeps them organized in one place. In short, it’s like having your own wedding planner - but it’s free, and you don’t have to deal with phone calls.
05. Keep your site exclusive
You wouldn’t want uninvited guests crashing your wedding, would you? The same goes for your website.
To make sure your website is only available to people on the guest list, protect it by setting up privacy barriers. One method is to disable search engines from finding your website. This means the link will not show up on Google or other search engines.
Another method is to protect the site with a password. Make sure to include the password you choose in your save-the-date cards or invitations.
06. Add extra flourishes
Are you ready to launch your wedding website and announce the details of your special day? Here are a few last-minute additions to consider if you want to add some special embellishments.
Tell your love story: Add a personal touch by sharing the story of your relationship with your guests. You can write a short text that recounts how you first met. If you’re more comfortable with pictures than words, you can upload a photo gallery that highlights beautiful moments from various stages of your relationship. You can even share some personal information about your wedding party.
Make them feel at home: If you are expecting guests to be traveling from out of town, share helpful and exciting information about your wedding’s location – hotel recommendations, fun trivia facts, cool tips for first-time visitors, best dishes to try at your favorite restaurants and more.
Add an FAQ section: Provide answers to frequently asked questions on an FAQ page. Some common topics include: Will the event take place indoors or outdoors? Is there parking at the venue? Are kids welcome? Can I bring a plus one? And so forth.
07. Preserve your memories
The long-awaited day has finally arrived. After the celebrations, your website will essentially serve as a shareable album that displays videos and photos for years to come. Here are some ideas for how to place this content on your site:
Add a digital photo album: Once your wedding photographer sends you the pictures, add a photo album to your website to share with guests as well as loved ones who couldn’t attend.
Sync with social media feeds: Automatically display wedding photos and videos from your social media accounts - including Facebook, Instagram and more - on your site. You can do this by using a social media stream app that syncs your website with your social feeds.
Live stream your ceremony: If you’re conducting your ceremony remotely and want to loop in loved ones from afar, live stream the ceremony directly from your website. That way, people will be able to view your ceremony in real-time, and the video will be saved on your site to watch anytime.
Now that you know how to create a wedding website, you can sit back and breathe easy. After all - your focus should be on the special day.
By Rebecca Strehlow
Wix Blog Writer