Wedding Announcements and Wedding Websites Wedding Announcements and Wedding Websites
You may choose to announce your wedding in a newspaper, either in your town or in a town where many of your friends or family live. Some brides have a portrait taken once their wedding dresses are ready so that they can put a picture in with the wedding announcement. Since newspaper announcements must be sent ahead of time, contact the newspaper to find out how far in advance they need to receive your copy. In my own hometown, it's six weeks ahead.
Newspaper announcements generally include both personal information and information about the wedding itself. A typical announcement includes:
- The bride and groom’s full names and location
- The bride and groom’s parents’ names and location
- The name of the bride and groom’s high schools and colleges
- The bride and groom’s occupations
- The parents’ occupations
- The names of the bride and groom’s grandparents
- The date of the wedding
- The location of both the ceremony and the reception
- The names of the bride and groom’s attendants
- A description of the wedding dress
- A description of the bridesmaids’ dresses
- The name of the ceremony’s officiant
- The honeymoon destination
- The name of the city where the couple will live
You should create announcements for your wedding if you have a large number of friends and family members who live far away and will not be able to attend your wedding. You may also want acquaintances to know of your wedding, even though you don’t know them well enough to invite them. If your guest list will be limited due to budget constraints, be sure to send announcements to all those you would have otherwise invited.
Individual announcements should follow the general style of wedding invitations, but they do not need to include the exact address where the festivities took place. The city and state will suffice. These announcements should be sent after the wedding has already taken place.
It may be a good idea to host a website that includes your wedding information and helpful links. This is a great way to make sure that your guests can access your information even if they can’t find their invitation, and it also can provide important details that are not listed on the invitation. If you are unable to build a website on your own, you can hire someone to do it for you for a small fee. However, learning how to build a website, especially using a program such as DreamWeaver, is not hard.
If you need someone else to build your website for you, hire an individual contractor or a company that specializes in wedding websites. Wedding websites are usually contracted to be active for 12 months. Sometimes, the company can even put your name in the domain name. However, if you have fairly common names, you may have to be creative when choosing your domain name. The homepage of the website should look something like this:
Your website should also include links to directions, hotels, airlines, and pictures of your wedding location(s). You may want to include links to your bridal registry, which will make it really easy for your guests to purchase gifts online. You can also provide a link to a page that will allow your guests to RSVP, but if you prefer snail mail RSVP this is fine. If you’re worried about your personal information being broadcasted publicly, or if you are afraid of wedding crashers, many sites will allow you to password protect your site. In this case, you must be sure to let your invitees know the password.Announcements and websites are a wonderful way to keep all your friends, acquaintances, and distant family members informed of your nuptials. You don’t want anyone to feel left out –imagine if you run into them and they have no idea you’d been married. These tools will allow you to happily include those who are important in your life but that you choose not to invite to your wedding.