They don’t convey a lot of the information that your wedding guests will need.
Many will just contain simple and basic information about the destination, but leave out important details like what hotels to book, what to pack, and how me days a guest can expect to stay there.
In this article, we are going to go over a list of information that you should have on your destination wedding website. But before we start, let’s go over whether you even need one.
Do you need a destination wedding website?
Having a destination wedding website will serve two purposes. It will reduce the number of phone calls you will receive requesting information about the destination. In addition, it will clarify your own thoughts and will force you into creating a road map for what you expect guests to do while they are at the there.
But what if I have a small wedding?
Regardless of the size of your wedding guest list, people will be very interested in knowing the little details about how you met, or the story of how he proposed. Having these stories on the website let’s guests in on your life as a couple and will encourage them to attend.
So what information you include on the website for your destination wedding?
Before we start, you will notice that the list below is quite extensive and will be exhausting to create. But the time spent will be well worth it when you realize that your guests better informed and more engaged with you as a couple because of the information on the website.
- How we met
- What was the first date like?
- How did he or she propose?
- Funny stories or quirks about the two of you
- Poems or saying that mean a lot to you.
- Why you picked the destination for your wedding
- Wedding guests will spend the most amount of time looking at your photos so make sure you invest a considerable amount of time making sure you have some great shots of the following.
- Photos of the two of you together.
- Photos of the to you with your families.
- Photos of the to US children.
- Photos of your bridal party along with their bios, why you selected them, and what they mean to you.
- Photos of the destination and the wedding venue that you have selected.
- You may be asking whether there is a need for a separate blog if you already stories about yourself on the website. We would encourage you to use a blog to
- Update guests on how your wedding planning is going.
- Inform guests of any changes that have occurred.
- Involve guests in the selection of the wedding dress
- Take polls on which hotel to select for wedding guests. Give guests to three choices and let them decide which hotel they would like to stay at as a group. Once they’ve decided, go ahead and block rooms at the hotel. Doing so will engage guests and make them feel like they are part of the wedding.
Destination wedding details
- Information on how to get there including maps and directions
- Hotel room block information including group rates, and any group code that they would have to mention what make the reservation.
- Transportation information such as car rental rates. If your hotel is able to provide free shuttle transportation to and from the airport, then this would be a good place to mention how guests can take it vantage of this.
- Things to do at the destination.
- Popular scenic attractions that guest should plan on seeing.
- And RSVP form
- Passport and visa information
- Currency exchange
- Honeymoon information
- A recommended packing list of things like sun block, shorts, sweaters, or bug spray.
- Links to tourism websites, travel websites specific to the destination, and a hotel review website like Tripadvisor.com
- A daily itinerary of the weekend with activities and costs associated with each. Make sure you are explicit about which activities you are paying for and which ones you are not.
- What kind of weather to expect during the time of your wedding.
- What airlines offer direct flights from your hometown to the destination. Rather than let everyone do research on their own, it would be very helpful if you did this kind of research ahead of time so guests have a simpler time booking their airfare. Most airlines to offer group rates if more than 10 people are flying at the same time.
- Dress code for the wedding. Will yours be a black-tie affair or one where guests will be wearing shorts and sandals on the beach.
- The time zone difference.
- Interesting information about the history, culture, cuisine and the customs of the destination what you’re getting married.
Additional things to include on your website are:
- Registry information.
- A guestbook where people can leave comments.
- A contact us page with your e-mail and telephone number to get in touch with you.
The above information will be comprehensive enough to answer just about every question your wedding guests may have. But just because you have the information there does not mean that people would show up to the website.
So how do you get people to come to the destination wedding website?
E-mail is the easiest way to informed guests about your destination wedding website. Get everyone’s e-mail addresses rifled the start and send out regular communications with you information or any time you add a new blog post.
In sending out these regular nuggets of information, you will keep people interested in wanting to attend your wedding. Just make sure you keep the e-mail short and simple and provide a link to the website.
As you can see from above, the ideal destination wedding website serves as an extension of the save the date cards and your wedding invitation. It provides the necessary information for guests to make travel plans and includes personal stories that delight and entertain your wedding guests.