Planning a destination wedding can be a complicated process for any newly engaged couple. Are you looking for a way to simplify things a bit? Creating a destination wedding website is a great way to keep everything and everyone organized right from the get-go.
Wait. Did she say “Make a whole website”? Yikes. That sounds like a lot of work!
I promise, it’s not. And the time you will save in not fielding the same questions over and over from your wedding guests will more than make up for it. Sure, you could build an elaborate site where you agonize over the design details, and spend hours working on your witty catch phrases. But honestly, wedding guests do not visit destination wedding websites to learn a detailed account of why the bride and groom chose their wedding colors, or to pour through their Pinterest Inspired wedding photo galleries.
No. Your wedding guests are visiting your destination wedding website for ONE reason, and one reason only: INFORMATION. If you want to make it pretty and witty, that’s your call, but priority #1 is to present ‘Need-To-Know’ intel in a clear way that is easy to navigate. That’s ALL! Easy peasy.
A great destination wedding website requires very little maintenance, only really needing to be updated 3 times before you’re off on the vacation of a lifetime. Think of it as a tool to reinforce what you as the bride and groom will also mail out in your Save The Date Cards, Formal Wedding Invitations, and Pre-Wedding Newsletter. Don’t bombard them with useless details! Only incorporate information that will serve your guests.
1. Save The Date Cards
You will most likely be sending out Save The Date invitations, because…well…they’re part of the fun, aren’t they? The update to your wedding website may only be a date and a location at this point, and that’s just fine! If you want to add some interesting facts about the area, or link to popular tourism websites, that’s fine too.
2. Formal Wedding Invitation
You MUST include everything you know about cost and expenses so that your guests can make a realistic decision about the affordability of attending your destination wedding. Will you be staying at an all-inclusive resort, or will guests still be paying for food and drinks upon arrival? Will there be an additional cost for ground transportation to your hotel? Do they need renew their passports? Include this sort of stuff.
Your wedding guests will likely refer back to your website when looking for information about the area, so be prepared for that and make your wedding website a handy reference for them as they plan their vacation. (Yes, keep in mind, this is also going to be their vacation!) Include maps, car rentals, ground transportation options, day excursions, babysitting, recommended restaurants, area attractions, the weather…whatever you think they might be interested in.
3. Pre-Wedding Departure
You may or may not plan on sending out a newsletter before your wedding, but regardless when you are two to four weeks out from departing for your destination wedding, make a final update to your wedding website. Most wedding guests won’t even glance at your wedding website until they are desperate for information at the last minute. So what should be included at this point? Everything to do with travel itineraries, definitely. Flights, dates, airports, hotels, phone numbers. Give the wedding day timeline, time and location of the welcome party, and include any group excursions you are planning. Offer suggestions on what to wear and what to pack.
And if you haven’t done so already at this point, include the link to your gist registry. Make it easy for your guests to buy you a gift! While always remembering that destination wedding etiquette suggests that their presence is their present.
Building a great destination wedding website should actually be a pretty low maintenance task. Stick to what’s important, and only update when it’s necessary. Your guests will silently thank you for being such an organized bride and groom, and more importantly they won’t hound you for information about your destination wedding which can cause your heads to spin!
Sheesh! Does this still sound like a lot of work? Luckily the wedding industry is FILLED with qualified vendors who you can hire to deal with this for you! Ask us for our recommendations of the best destination wedding specialists serving the Riviera Maya, Mexico from Cancun to Tulum!
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