In an age when nearly everyone has a Facebook account, a Twitter handle and snap-happy Instagrammers, creating a personalised wedding website is becoming more and more popular for newly engaged couples.
There are a plethora of free build-your-own sites that brides and grooms-to-be can use to start their own website (simply Google “free wedding website”!), although you can opt to pay for a professionally designed website if you’re not overly tech-savvy.
These free, easy to use sites provide a wide variety of templated designs to choose from, so you can personalise your site and even match it to your wedding theme.
At its simplest, your site should include your basic information: your names, a photo of the two of you, your wedding date and location, and a brief greeting to visitors.
You can use your site as a way of sharing the initial news of your engagement – acting as a more up-to-date version of the old-fashioned newspaper announcement.
Your website is also a convenient and paper-free way to send save-the-date announcements (or even your actual invites), updated news and tips to guests, manage your gift registry and guest list, and keep track of the RSVPs.
And with the increasing popularity of blogging, many couples use their sites as online diaries, sharing photos and details about their engagement, honeymoon planning and their hopes for their future together.
Wedding websites become particularly helpful when planning a destination wedding. You can post any and all logistical details that might help your guests, such as the best way of reaching your wedding destination, including flight details and prices.
After the big day, your website can also serve as a romantic online keepsake. You can upload your entire wedding album, snaps from your honeymoon and send your thank you notes to friends and family for their attendance and gifts via the site.