How to Create a Wedding Website That Will Actually Help Your Guests
27 Jun 2023 •6 min read
Whether you’re traveling abroad for a destination wedding or choosing a venue close to home, you’ll want to ensure that your beloved friends and family members feel well-informed and supported as they plan their trip. One of the most convenient ways to achieve this is by creating a wedding website and providing a list of accommodations ranging from lodging and transportation services to detailed directions and local recommendations. By applying these practical steps to your Minted website, you can help your guests find suitable accommodations that will make their wedding day travel plans a breeze!
Share Lodging Options
Unless you’re going off the grid, finding lodging options for your guests won’t be much of a challenge at all. After doing some research on your own, you’ll want to provide detailed information about each lodging option that you believe will be the best fit for your guests. Include the hotel or rental property's name, address, contact details, and website links. Consider categorizing the options based on location, amenities, or budget to make it easier for your guests to find the best fit.
If you have arranged room blocks for your guests, clearly indicate the booking instructions and necessary deadlines that will ensure your guests secure their rooms in time for your big day. While finding lodging options may take a bit of time and effort as you research the best accommodations, it will be well worth it when your family and friends are able to attend your wedding and have a comfortable stay during your wedding celebration.
Provide Transportation Details
Navigating a new area can be stressful for out-of-town guests who may not be familiar with the transportation options that are available to them. To make the process easier for your beloved guests, you’ll need to include comprehensive information about the transportation options in the area. This can range from reliable taxi companies and rideshare apps to public transportation routes and stops as well as any additional car rental agencies that they may find beneficial. Additionally, if you plan to provide transportation for your guests this is the best place to communicate the schedule and details that your guests will need.
Give Directions to the Venue
While it is up to your guests to figure out how to make it to the venue from wherever they’ve chosen to stay, you can still provide useful directions that can make the drive even easier. Consider including directions from different starting points, such as the nearest airport, major highways, or significant landmarks. This caters to guests coming from various locations and helps them choose the most convenient route. If parking arrangements were made in advance, provide details on parking facilities available at the venue or nearby. Include information about any parking fees, restrictions, or alternative parking options, if necessary. Lastly, identify what exits your guests will need to get off at to get to the venue or what turns they’ll need to make to get into the venue’s parking lot. Use your discretion to determine what information is most beneficial for your guests based on the location of your venues.
Offer Local Recommendations
If you have guests flying in for your wedding or meeting you abroad for a destination wedding, chances are they won’t be flying out immediately after the wedding. Offering your guests local recommendations for restaurants, coffee shops, attractions, and entertainment will be valuable for your friends and family members who want to explore the area before heading home. If you simply don’t have the time to do the extra research, you can instead recommend some of your and your partner’s favorite restaurants or local activities and suggest foods or experiences you’d recommend they try in their free time. Once you’ve created a curated list of your local recommendations, provide brief descriptions, addresses, and website links that will be easily accessible for your guests. This will ensure that everyone feels welcomed and encouraged to explore the area during their stay.
Create an Interactive Map
Although you’ll be providing a list of useful accommodations, your guests will still need to input that information into an online map in order to visualize the proximity between your venues and their accommodations. To help make the process easier, Minted users can add an interactive map to their wedding website that will allow guests to view major points of interest such as the wedding and reception venues as well as any nearby lodgings or transportation services. You can drop a pin on the significant locations so that your guests won’t lose their place as they move around the map while building their itinerary. This visual aid will assist your guests in making informed decisions about their stay and make their traveling process much smoother.
Although your guests will have plenty of information regarding your wedding, you can’t guarantee that they will parse through the site for updates one last time before making their arrangements. In the event that you have to make major changes to the information you’ve provided on your website, you’ll need to contact your guests and fill them in on the updates. To simplify this tedious task, Loverly’s Guest List Manager Tool can help you seamlessly collect your guests’ contact information with the click of a button. You can then export your guest list and upload it to your Minted account, as it has been expertly designed to match Minted’s format. From there, you can contact your entire guest list via email with any important updates you have. Not only will this streamline the process of contacting your guests when needed, but it will keep all of their info organized and easy to access.
When crafting your wedding website content, prioritize clarity and conciseness. Ensure that your wording is clear and direct, avoiding lengthy paragraphs and opting for bullet points or short, concise sentences to efficiently convey information. Break down content into smaller, digestible sections, using headings and subheadings to create a clear hierarchy. Place essential details at the forefront, maintain mobile-friendly formatting, and proofread for clarity, eliminating unnecessary words or redundancies. Keep a consistent tone and style, and use visuals sparingly and purposefully. By doing so, you'll create an organized, inviting, and user-friendly resource that helps your guests easily access the information they need for your special day.
Your wedding website is not just a platform for sharing your wedding details, but it can also be a powerful tool to assist your guests with their accommodations. By providing detailed information on lodging options, transportation details, venue directions, local recommendations, and including an interactive map, you can reduce the stress that comes with making travel arrangements while ensuring a sense of ease for your guests. With a little extra time and research, your wedding website will leave your guests feeling well-informed and supported throughout their stay, creating a memorable experience for all.
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