5 Reasons You Should Create A Wedding Website | The 530 Bride

Why Create A Wedding Website? Here are 5 Reasons!


1. Share Your Love Story
Where did you two meet? How did he pop the question? Give a little of your backstory to guests who may be meeting you or your fiancé for the first time. This is especially helpful for couples who have had a shorter engagement or whose families haven't met yet. 

2.  A Central Place for Your Guests 
 Feel like you are getting 21 questions from your friends and family? Use a wedding website to provide information such as your wedding date, time and location.  This is the appropriate place to list registry information rather than within your invitation.  Going on a honeymoon? List your honeymoon plans if you have registered for a honeymoon registry so that guests can contribute to your trip.

3.  Out of Town/Destination Accommodations 
If the majority of your guests are not local to where your wedding will take place, it is helpful to provide some information about the town including accommodation & lodging resources.  Have a few favorite restaurants or other fun spots to visit in case guests have some extra time to explore.  

4.  Your Vendors Can Get To Know You Better
Your vendors may find your website helpful to learn a little more about you, and also to connect with any additional details that may help them provide better service.  Vendors who might want to get you a thank you gift can even find something on your registry or contribute to your Honeyfund! 

5.  It's Fun..and Free!
Creating a wedding website will give you another outlet for getting into the wedding excitement and also having a sense of control so that you have shared the information that you feel your guests need to know.  Your groom may not have his hand in as much of the planning, so giving him the link to share will allow him to communicate the details without having to ask you!  You can share as much or as little as you'd like and even have fun designing the style and theme that fits your personalities.  

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Happy Planning!

Personalize Your Wedding Registry

Traditionally, a wedding registry consists of crock pots, cutlery, kitchen gadgets & bathmats, but times have changed.  Many couples move in together prior to getting married and may already have the majority items needed in the home department. If you are still in the early planning stages of your wedding, consider asking potential vendors like photographers, DJ's, florists, or caterers if they have registry services available or if they are willing to make an arrangement with you.  If so, you will be able to include information for your guests to help contribute to your wedding by helping you upgrade to better photography packages, and maybe a few extra decor features that you wouldn't have opted for without their help.  We recommend sticking to your wedding budget, and simply registering for the "extras," because you do not want to count on your registry gifts paying for your entire wedding.

Your guests can contribute towards upgraded packages including more hours with your photographer, premium wedding album, custom canvases. Wedding Photo Albums, make a great keepsake and are a  neat way to always have your wedding memories handy!

A wedding photography registry can increase your budget for photography and give your friends and family a way to give you something meaningful that you really, truly want! This is a personal gift that won't be returned or re-gifted.

Floral budgets can take up a large portion of your wedding funds, by adding your florist to your wedding registry you may be able to add some of the premium centerpieces and decor that you have always dreamed of!

How to let your guests know about your registry: - Include an insert with your invitations with vendor information, and what you have registered for. - Post your registry information to your wedding website, Facebook or your personal blog. - Word of mouth, pass on the information to your friends and family and delegate your mother or another relative to be in charge of providing all of the details.

For your own privacy, most vendor registries will not include the balance, or the price of the package you register for.  You might also have the option of having your guests purchase gift cards towards a package or service as well.  Make sure that you have discussed all of the details with your vendors in regards to what happens if you receive extra money after the balance has been paid in full.  Another detail to find out is if there is a charge to your guests for using online registry payment methods such as paying by credit card.  Some websites charge a nominal fee, and others charge a percentage of the monetary gift.

Travel Companies such as Unforgettable Honeymoons, offer a registry option for your guests to help you pay for your dream honeymoon.  Create your own wedding website, blog  & photo album to share with your guests and let them in on all of the details of your wedding & honeymoon plans.  We are willing to bet your guests will be thrilled to make your trip even more amazing by purchasing some of these honeymoon essentials!

-  Airfaire -  Champagne & Strawberries Welcome -  Room Upgrades -  Sunset Cruises -  A night on the town -  "It's Always Happy Hour" Drink Vouchers -  Snorkeling Adventure -  Glass Bottom Boat Rides -  Breakfast in Bed -  Dining ( local dining, steakhouses, romantic candlelight dinners) -  Couples Massages -  Grooms Day at the Spa -  Manicures, Pedicures, Facials & Body Wraps -  Gratuities -  Tray of Hand Dipped Chocolate Fruit

For more information on Unforgettable Honeymoons' Registry click here. If you have already booked your honeymoon and have made your travel arrangements, ask your travel agency if they can set up a registry arrangement for your trip.  They may have a deadline of when all monetary gifts must be received, in order for them to ensure your trip is paid for.