Nothing will cause your parents to launch into one of their “In my day…” stories faster than announcing you and your sweetie plan on having a wedding website.
Yes, “in their day,” your parents used a rotary phone to update their family and friends about the wedding — and they did just fine with invitations and RSVP cards.
But here’s the thing: Wedding websites are a brilliant invention that, even though they might not admit it, your parents would’ve loved to use as a tool when they were getting married.
So, the next time your folks question why you need a wedding website, calmly tell them the following reasons:
1. It Will Help You Stay Organized
Planning a wedding takes a lot of time, organization, and energy. In fact, you might want to sit down for this estimate. Couples who don’t work with a wedding coordinator typically spend between 200 to 300 hours planning all the fine details of their big day. Thus, if you and your fiancé don’t feel on top of all the details, you’ll wind up feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, and unhappy — and no one wants that leading up to their wedding.
Enter the wedding website, which can greatly help you to stay on top of things, from tracking RSVPs and keeping tabs on your gift registry to knowing there’s one central place where guests can access information on all things wedding-related. You can also import your guest list to the website and then see, at a glance, who you might need to follow up with on their RSVP card before sending out a digital reminder.
2. It Will be Created for You
You can also reassure your well-meaning folks that your wedding website will give you more time, rather than take up more of it. For example, Minted offers eye-catching wedding website templates created by independent artists. Indeed, by deciding to have a ready-made wedding website — you’ll include all the fine, personal details later on — you won’t have to take a class on how to create a website; it will all be created through a series of clicks of the mouse. Then, once it’s up and running, it will save you time and stress by streamlining so much of the planning.
3. It Can be Made Private
Your parents might be wary that your wedding website is out there on the internet, available for anyone to see. In fact, you might have similar misgivings. Fortunately, wedding websites can be created with special privacy features added, including passwords and other security measures. This way, you’ll know only your invited guests can view your website, and that pushy and obnoxious neighbor of your parents who has crashed other weddings before won’t be able to access it.
4. It’s a One-Stop Wedding Information Shop
You and your fiance have picked out beautiful wedding invitations that you adore, but they aren’t exactly large in size. As you think about everything you want and need to include on this small paper footprint, you might be discouraged and unsure what to leave out. With a wedding website, though, you won’t have to worry about guests not receiving all the information they need.
For instance, you may run into several common dietary restrictions with your guests, including some who are vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten-free. Naturally, your wedding website is the perfect space to post the menu for your reception, including any common allergens of which to be made aware. Then, encourage guests with specific dietary needs to contact you via your wedding website before communicating this information to your caterer, as needed.
Wedding Websites Make Sense — In Your Day
As you can see, there are several clear reasons why having a wedding website makes a lot of sense. Whether your parents come around on the idea isn’t all that important, although chances are they will. Instead, what matters is that your wedding website keeps you organized and happy, on top of all the details, and able to communicate all sorts of information quickly and easily with your guests.