PHOTOGRAPHY SHAVONNE WONG, ASSISTED BY IAN THAM & REUBEN CHIA; STYLING MICHELLE LEE, ASSISTED BY AMIRRUL SUKIRMAN; HAIR HOVERN TANG/PAVO HAIR STUDIO, USING KMS CALIFORNIA; MAKEUP MARIE SOH/WWW.MARIESOH.COM, USING ILLAMASQUA; MODELS KARINA ZABIROVA & NICK SUN/MANNEQUIN; LOCATION TANJONG BEACH CLUB
Your wedding website will be one of the most important source of information for guests – apart from your invitations – and should contain details that might be useful for them. In short, if you find your guests coming to you with a bunch of questions unanswered by the site, this means you’ve got a whole lot of other things to include.
1. Your love story
Everyone loves a great love story and your guests are no exception. You don’t have to include every thing about your relationship, but you may want to keep guests up to speed with fun facts, as well as how you both got engaged. See also: real brides share their touching, hilarious and heartwarming “how we met” stories with us.
2. Engagement photos
Think you’ve got gorgeous engagement photos? Feel free to share them. You can include a gallery of photos in a separate tab for loved ones to admire. It won’t take anything away should you choose to display the same photos at the wedding. See also: ways to include your photos in your invitations.
3. Present time!
While this may not necessarily apply in Singapore where giving red packets are the norm, this may be useful for guests from other cultures. If you prefer cash gifts, there are polite ways of getting the message across without sounding crass. See our story on whether ang pows or gifts are preferred.
Getting online RSVPs are a great and easy way to manage your numbers, and it helps you save on postage fees. For those who prefer traditional RSVPs, set aside a budget for RSVP cards, or simply get them to call you or your partner to indicate their attendance. Just don’t forget to set a deadline.
5. Venue/Accommodation details
This tab should include the name of your venue, full address, contact details, as well as a location map. If you’re having a destination wedding, you should include all these, plus cost and your room block details. See affordable destinations for your dream beach wedding.
Whether your venue is located at a convenient spot or an inaccessible one, you should include the various ways to get there such as car, taxi, or public transport (which train station or bus service). If you’re offering shuttle bus services, do include the time and location where guests should head to. You should also include parking details and fees, so guests won’t get sticker shock.
7. Timeline of events
This is important if you’re having a destination wedding, overseas guests, or one that spans a few days. Your guests may want to know what’s going on, so they know when to fly in and prep for their accommodation amongst others. See these tips on planning your timeline.
If you’re including certain events that are by invite only (for instance, the bridal shower or the rehearsal dinner), make sure you password protect that tab, and share it amongst those who’re invited only.
8. Things to do
Again, this one only applies to overseas celebrations, or guests flying in. It would be nice if you had a list of things to do or see during their stay in the country.
9. Frequently Asked Questions
These are other aspects of the wedding that you think guests might want to know. They should include pointers on whether they’re allowed to bring plus ones or kids, the dress code, wedding theme, type of food served, what happens if your guests have dietary restrictions and so on.
Whether you’re having a physical guestbook at the wedding or not, it’ll be fun to see what messages your guests have for you. You can ask them to pen their thoughts, and if not, a song request for the reception or wedding advice would be a fun addition to your site! See the cutest guestbook ideas here.
11. Contact info
You should always leave an e-mail address or a phone number so guests can contact you easily should they have any questions that weren’t answered on your site.