Personal Wedding Websites are websites that engaged couples use to aid in planning and communication for their wedding. The websites are used to communicate with guests of their wedding and inform them of location, date, time, and a gift registry. Each wedding website is different, and a couple has to pick what is best for them.
The websites can be free but may sometimes cost a fee. However, most couples find that the website fee is less costly than hiring a wedding planner, as wedding planners can cost as much as 15% of the total wedding cost. Criticism of wedding websites include that invitations from websites are too informal for the occasion.
Personal wedding websites are used for a variety of purposes including communication with guests, sharing wedding photos and videos with those who were unable to attend, providing maps, hotel and destination information, bridal party and couple biographies, and profiling vendors. Increasingly the sites are being used as tools for wedding planning.
Many do-it-yourself sites offer features like online RSVP, blogs, registry management, and budget management tools to aid couples through the wedding organizing process. Wedding websites offer a way for couples to showcase their personality and set the tone for what their wedding will be like.
As wedding couples see the importance of wedding websites, there has been a growth in worldwide wedding website suppliers. Led by many of the large United States based operators, wedding website suppliers now operate in many worldwide locations, many creating specific functionality and tools for their own national identities, customs and faiths.
Each website offers different templates, services, and some charge a fee to use them and experts recommend comparing websites before choosing one.
Depending on the specific site, some will host the personal “wedpage” for six months, 12 months, or forever. The cost is strongly correlated between factors such as domain name, advertisements appearing on the page, number of pages available, and different amounts/types of media available.
Through the use of the internet information about any wedding has become available to anyone with a smart phone or a computer. This is an improvement from standard wedding invitations which only allow for limited information about the ceremony and reception. With the ability to view the website, a guest has the option to RSVP, choose their meal, see surrounding attractions in the area, view the accommodations to reserve a hotel room, and view the bridal party list.
A website can also allow a couple to post additional engagement photos, share stories of how they met and got engaged, include links to their online wedding registries, and also receive online guestbook comments. Though the standard mailed invitation is a carried out tradition, websites allow for a more interactive way to communicate the information.
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