Wedding websites and social media keep guests informed – and involved – in wedding details. What’s the best protocol for putting it to good use?
Sydnie and Chase Luther of Omaha designed their wedding website so guests could have a sneak peek at the details leading up to their big day on June 28, 2013.
In addition to a photo gallery and a blog about how the couple met, the site also included a map, hotel and parking information and pictures of the ceremony and reception venues. A bonus for out-of-towners: list of Omaha attractions.
“The website was kind of a guide to our city, and included a list of places to visit in their downtime,” Sydnie says.
Haylie and Justin Rousek of Omaha also had their guests in mind when they designed their wedding website. Although the couple mailed the RSVPs for their October 18, 2013, wedding, guests could respond on the website as well.
The most helpful aspect of their site, however, was the registry. “I believe that it’s tacky to put registry information on the invite, so having a link that went straight to our registry was great – especially for my family,” Haylie says. They are from a small town, and this enable them to buy gifts more conveniently.
Tact was on both brides’ minds when dealing with other aspects of their wedding as well. Haylie and Justin made sure that all of their close family members knew about Justin’s proposal before announcing it on social media sites. And they only made the link to their website available by invitation.
“I didn’t post the link to any social media sites because I didn’t want to send information out about the wedding to people we wished we could invite, but didn’t have the space or budget for,” Haylie says.
The brides, who are sisters, also used Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to share their wedding details. Sydnie says it was fun to look back at Instagram and see the pictures that she and Chase had tagged throughout their engagement and wedding, while Haylie enjoyed seeing the photos and reading the tweets and friends and relatives posted.
These days, Haylie and Justin are using a different hashtag to document another big even in their lives. They are building a house, and the hashtag links people to photos of its progress. We can only guess what they will be documenting next!