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As full-time uni students planning our wedding, two things were on our minds: Minimising costs, and reducing our wedding’s ecological footprint. Like Tesco says, “Every little helps.” (Do Tesco still say that? I remember they did back in 2009, so here’s hoping they still do in 2019!) How can a wedding have an ecological footprint!? Everything and everyone has one. One of the things we did to help reduce costs and the wedding’s ecological footprint was using wedding website.

What’s in a wedding website?

When it came to organising everything, although we discussed options as a couple, the majority of planning and organising fell on my shoulders. I was perfectly okay with that. It’s what I’m good at. On the topic of invitations and RSVPs, neither of us were super keen on paper replies. I had to think of how we could get all the information to our guests. Really huge invitation? Facebook event? Email? Oh, I know! A wedding website – or wedsite!

In modern times, it is really common for most couples to include lots of information about their wedding day. Location maps, accommodation choices for out of towners, gift information, and so on and so forth.
Our wedding invitation was A6 (10.5cm x 14.85cm). It was one of my first digital designs and I’m still in love with it almost four years later. Fair warning though, we did send paper invites.

Image of a wedding invitation The background is a dark midnight blue. There is a light grey ribbon at the top with the words 'crazy little thing called love' in bright pink. The invitation details are in white. The details are separated into a grid style using dotted lines. The invitation has a vintage nautical appearance.

We inadvertently had a British music theme. The invitation header is a Queen classic, and our table talkers (numbers) were our favourite songs by The Beatles. But, more on that in another post!

Alex and Hollie are getting married

Having a winter wedding, we needed indoor venues. We couldn’t find a single venue or two venues close together for our ceremony and reception that we liked. We agreed that having both venues on the invitation was really important to keep the venues at front of mind. Of course, this meant no room for any other information. Enter our wedsite.

Screenshot of wedding website - or wedsite. The background is a dark midnight blue. The website body is white with a black ribbon menu. Menu text is pink. There is a calendar image in the same dark midnight blue with white text for August 2015 with Alex heart Hollie on the 23rd.

In case our guests forgot the date we were getting married, our Save the Date calendar was the home page.

We had seven tabs: Save the Date, Ceremony (with a sub-menu, Unplugged Ceremony), Celebration, RSVP, Where to Stay, Cards and Gifts, and FAQs. Only two tabs are public – Save the Date and FAQs, everything else is password protected. If you’d like the password to have a peek under each tab, shoot me an email or get in touch via the contact form.

Both the Ceremony and Celebration tabs had an embedded Google Map on the page showing the venue location, as well as descriptions of where to find parking, and any other information relating directly to each venue.

The sub-menu Unplugged Ceremony explained to our guests why we insisted on having only our photographer taking photos at our ceremony. It also contained an image of the sign we printed for display.

As it suggests, Where to Stay included links to accommodation close by to our ceremony location. Guests were travelling from the Geelong, Ballarat, and Gippsland regions for a mid-Sunday morning wedding. We didn’t want them to have to wake up at 6 or 7am to get ready. They deserved a (little of their) sleep in!

Cards and Gifts are always tricky subjects to address, well gifts more than cards. Gifts weren’t on our list of priorities, but guests like to show love and gratitude. We registered at Myer, but also offered donations to charity in memory of loved ones who died and could not be there to celebrate with us.

Guests RSVPed using the customised contact form. Contact forms are a great way to keep information like RSVPs together as you specify the email you want the RSVPs to go. We created an email specifically for our wedding. It was used not only for RSVPs but contacting (prospective and final) vendors as well.

Finally, the FAQs. Quite possibly my favourite page. A place to answer questions guests my have without needing to feel like a broken record.

Our guests were impressed, though not surprised, with our wedsite. My grandfather (he was 79 then) was able to use it with ease, but to be fair, he uses computers and the internet regularly in his volunteer work as well as at home to talk with our family in England.

Choosing a platform that’s right for you and your wedding (website)

There are several options when it comes to creating a wedsite, as opposed to a wedding website like Polka Dot Bride or Easy Weddings.

We created our wedsite using WordPress.com. We didn’t need anything wiz-bang, instead, opting for the free version of WordPress, along with a .wordpress.com extension. Our free theme had some colour customisations making it perfect for our wedsite. In fact, I may have used this theme in an early iteration of the Little Goldfish website. Or perhaps it was over at my vintage blog. I can’t quite recall.

Other platforms (that I found by Googling and have absolutely no affiliation with) include Wix, Squarespace, The Knot, and Riley and Grey. Riley and Grey is a premium service; you will need to pay if you choose that platform.

For custom URLs, your best bet will be to register a .com domain – for a small fee. If you have an ABN, you can register a .com.au domain – again there is a fee involved. If you don’t, it’s not the end of the world. Although I had my ABN when we wed, we didn’t see a necessity to buy a custom domain. If you are using a premium service like Riley and Grey though, having a custom domain would be a pretty neat detail.

Do you think you’ll have a wedsite? Have you already got one? Which platform do you think you will/did you use? Let me know in the comments below.