Good question! Everything is questionable when you work on a budget for your wedding as it always comes down to what you feel is essential to create that perfect wedding.
Is a wedding website one of those essentials? Most couples do not send out printed wedding invites anymore as they did in the good old days. Most couples will nowadays send out a ‘Save a Date’ E-mail or WhatsApp, followed by a digital invite later on. Whilst this is an effective and virtually cost-free way to invite your guests, it does not match the beautiful, gold embossed invitation cards we used to receive in our mailboxes. Those beautiful invitations set the tone of the wedding you are being invited to…it spoke of class and tradition. Everything you do, from the invites you send to the thank you notes after the wedding, there is a certain style…like a golden thread pulled through every aspect of your wedding.
The value for money comes in the elaborate display of those unforgettable and special moments that a website gives you. It is a gallery of pictures and stories that tells your love story, from the first day you met, the day you realised that you had fallen in love, the proposal, engagement party, etc. It is far more than the beautifully embossed invitation card in the mail. It gives your family, friends and acquaintances a glimpse into your life like nothing else before…’hoorah’ for the digital and social media age! This digital platform also gives you the functionality to send invites, receive RSVP’s where your guests indicate their dietary requirements and song choices to dance to at your reception. Nearby accommodation options can be shared with your guests that need to travel to your wedding, with possibly negotiated rates obtained from these establishments. You can communicate with your guests through Blogs (like this one) and give updates, recommendations, babysitting arrangements, etc. Anything you can dream of can be incorporated into your website, to give your invitees seamless wedding co-ordination and a visual masterpiece…and after the wedding, you can share your honeymoon and wedding photos & videos, as many as you want, instantly, to everyone and anyone.
Your website can be further enhanced by including direct links to the Gift Registries you have registered at shops like @Home. The links in your website will take them directly to your page in the Gift Registries, without having to go the long route of finding these shop’s website addresses first. The added benefit is that invitees can shop online and have the gifts delivered to their homes without them having to go and physically purchase the items at the shop. Even if some of your invitees cannot attend your wedding, they can still have the option of buying a gift and having it delivered to your home before the wedding.
WOOCommerce websites also gives you the ability to incorporate an Online Shop, much like this Pettey-Tredoux Wedding Concierge website. Your Gift Registry items can be downloaded into your Online Shop without having to link to the Gift Registry sites, which also allows you to add items from shops that do not have Gift Registries (this would have to be bought the old fashioned way, at least you can list your favourite ‘want-to-have’s and ensure that gifts are not duplicated). An added feature is that your guests can upload their photos and messages during the wedding to your website Gallery.
So, to answer the question whether a wedding website is essential, the answer is YES…especially if you want to create a sophisticated and memorable wedding.
Is it worth it…I think so!