Weddings have changed a lot over the years, and one of our favorite changes is the inclusion of the wedding website. As a guest, it’s one of the first places we tend to visit when we’re invited to weddings. We want to see not only what to expect with the wedding itself, but also get to see the personality of the couple, take a peek at some of their favorite moments, and often get an inside look into their love story or who will be standing beside them on their big day. And, in our personal experience, a wedding website can be critical when planning your wedding to help communicate information to your guests. It eliminates the need for additional information cards in invitations, let’s you have all of your registry information in one place, and allows you to give details that are important to you (like if you don’t want cameras out during your ceremony or have a specific dress code). With all of that said though, it can be completely overwhelming to stare at a blank website and try to figure out what you should include in your wedding website. That’s what we’re here for.

When it comes to wedding websites, they’re an even mix of pretty, fun, and inspirational. We encourage our couples to have fun with it and personalize it to who they are because your guests are more likely to spend more time on your website when you do so. That doesn’t mean you have to put a ton into it, just that you think through what you do include. There are dozens of sites you can use to build your website, from Zola to Wix to The Knot to Riley & Grey to Minted, the list goes on and on. They all have their own features, benefits, and downsides, so it’s really just about finding which one works for you. Whether you want to spend a couple of minutes imputing your most important information and throwing up a few photos or hours designing a reflection of your day, it’s totally up to you.

No matter what you choose, here are the top things to include in your wedding website to ensure that you not only communicate important information for your guests, but that you also create a fun experience that will have them excited for the big day to come. And since we’re about to talk all about details, we’re including tons of pretty detail photos from The Everett’s wedding, because goodness are we in love with everything from their day.

A Memorable URL

Memorable URLs – whether it’s your names or a catchy hashtag – are super helpful for two reasons. First, they look good on your wedding invitations and are the first thing people see about your website. More importantly, though, is it allows guests to have a place to reference information they may need. When your guests aren’t *with* their invitation, if they remember the URL they can quickly double check the ceremony start time or reception address. As an added bonus, it also makes them more likely to think of the website if a question pops up, meaning they won’t be texting you asking about it last minute.

Photos of You

It’s YOUR website. Whether you show off those gorgeous engagement photos, some behind-the-scenes pictures from the proposal, or iPhone pics from the early dating days, people are inherently visual and love to look at pictures. They add intrigue to your website and can often be the leading aspect of wedding website design.