Your wedding website is one of the most important places for your guests to get information about your upcoming event.


Your wedding website is easily one of the most important areas for your guests to get information about your upcoming event. This is not a task that should be left at the bottom of your to-do list. In fact, you will want your wedding website up and running before you send out your invitations. With all your wedding information just a click away, guests won’t have to reach out to you with their questions. There is only so much information you can (and want) to include in your invitation. Think of your wedding website as an overflow for your invitations. This is where you will put all your information that did not fit on the invitation like registry information and extra details about your event.

Zola and The Knot make creating a website super easy, and even fun. Enclosure cards can be used to communicate some of these points, but with so little space, you’ll want to post more information in a place where it can be easily accessed by your guests. The Knot allows you to turn your website link into a QR code, which makes it very easy to share in an enclosure card. If the platform you’re using doesn’t allow this feature, just visit www.qr-code-generator.com and enter your link. It will automatically generate a downloadable QR code for easy sharing.

Read on to learn what pieces of information are essential to include on your website.


Registry Details


Your invitation is not typically a place you want to share your registry details. Instead include this information in your enclosure card (if you are including one) or on your website. Looking for a less traditional registry option? Many platforms allow guests to get a bit more creative when creating a registry. Gone are the days when you had to register for physical gifts. Both Zola and the Knot allow couples to register for experiences. Many guests are more likely to give money toward a shared experience during the honeymoon rather than giving to a general honeymoon fund.


Event Details


This is the most important section on your entire wedding website. In this section include all the information that you put on your invitation plus some. The date, time, and location are all extremely important pieces of information. Is your event an adult-only affair? Mention it here. This is also a good place to touch on the bar situation. If you are having a cash bar and your vendor doesn’t accept credit cards, it can be helpful to mention that here so your guests are prepared.


Dress Code


Establishing your dress code on your wedding website is so important. Usually, this is one of the first questions a guest will have. Some choose to include this on their wedding invitation but take advantage of your FAQ section on your website to go into detail about exactly what you are asking for. This can prevent unnecessary questions on what exactly is acceptable to wear. Here you can define your dress code, and even give examples. So no guest is questioning what exactly is “black tie optional” or “cocktail”.


Your Love Story


Everyone wants to know how and where you met you met. Your wedding website is the perfect place to include this information. Do be careful when writing your story, as massive blocks of text tend to lose people’s interest quickly. Instead try to break this information up into several shorter paragraphs, and keep it as short and to the point as possible.


Wedding Party


Wedding programs are becoming less and less popular. Your wedding website is a nice place to recognize those in your wedding party and to include a description of their relation to you. Including this information on your wedding website can save you a little money on paper products the day of. Honestly, and we hate to say it, a majority of the wedding programs end up in the trash at the end of the night anyway. Use this section to introduce your wedding party, and even add details on who the person is in relation to you.


Transportation & Lodging


Some couples opt to set up a hotel block for their guests or arrange transportation between the venue and the hotel. It could be helpful to note shuttle times here, as well as including a direct link to book in your hotel block. Your guest will appreciate the easy and smooth transition while they are making accommodations for your wedding.


Social Media Details


We hate to see it. The bride is walking down the aisle, and great aunt Beth has her iPad out trying to get photos and is in the background of all the photographer's photos. You hired a professional photographer for a reason. Establish whether you will be having an “unplugged” wedding, and set your expectations. This is also a good place to share your wedding hashtag if you have one, and any site you are using to share photos from your event (like Instagram or another photo-sharing platform).


Local Attractions/Restaurants


Sometimes your guests are visiting your city for the first time. What better way to welcome your guests than to give them ideas of things for them to do during or visit during their time here. Some guests may have a lot of downtime during the weekend or want to make a mini vacation for your event. Share your favorite activity to do in your city or favorite restaurant you and your sweetie like to visit. This will make your guests feel welcome in your city, and also share a few intimate details about yourselves.


Venue Guidelines


If your venue has guidelines or rules expected for guests this is a good place to address them. For example, many venues have a liquor license which means outside alcohol is not permitted on the premises. This ensures you have covered all your bases and your guests know what is and is not expected of them upon arrival.


Itinerary


An itinerary is super helpful to guests to let them know exactly where they should be and when. It is much easier than making and printing a paper itinerary or trying to email it out to ensure all guests who need it have it. With it on your wedding website, it makes it easy for anyone and everyone who needs to access the information.


RSVPs


Many website platforms allow couples to track their RSVPs in real-time. They also allow guests to RSVP instantly on your website. Guests can log on to your website, type in their name and RSVP, and even select their entree option (if applicable). This allows you to track your RSVPs in real-time. Additionally, with the use of a QR code directly to your website, guests can easily scan your code and arrive at your website rather than typing in a long URL and potentially making a mistake. Also, this eliminates the need for return envelopes and confusing RSVP cards without names. although, you may still want to include the physical RSVP card for older or less tech-savvy guests.


Unique Traditions


Unique traditions at weddings are always refreshing. Many guests may wonder what the reasoning is behind them or where they came from. This is the perfect place to tell guests about any of your unique traditions and the reason you are doing them. Not everyone is familiar with weddings, or even traditions from other cultures. Maybe you’ll even inspire someone to carry on your unique tradition!


With all this said, there is tons of information you can include on your website, but these are just a few examples of bits of information that would be nice to include. Remember, break up this information into bite-sized, easy-to-understand points so as not to overwhelm your guests. This is a lot of information but done right you can eliminate nearly all unnecessary communication leading up to your event.

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Consider this your official wedding playlist.

Photo by AH Studios, LLC


We have attended a lot of weddings. Like A LOT of weddings, and no two are the same. From getting ready in the morning, to walking down the aisle, to entering the reception, the music you choose will set the tone for your entire day. There are SO many songs to choose from, and it can sometimes feel daunting at first when trying to find the perfect music for your day. Lucky for you, we have been around the block a time or two and have no shortage of musical inspiration.


To help you out, we came up with a list of songs to inspire your playlist for every moment of your big day.


Getting Ready

Set the tone for your day with some of these songs to get you pumped up. Getting ready is more than just hair and make up, but quality time you get to spend with your girls. The room is often filled with excitement and anticipation. Check out these songs to start your morning on a good note!

  • Firework - Katy Perry

  • Dear Future Husband - Meghan Trainor

  • Glamorous - Fergie Ft. Ludacris

  • Hips Don't Lie - Shakira

  • Love on Top - Beyonce

  • Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups

  • Run the World (Girls) - Beyonce

  • Singing in the Shower - Becky G

  • Come On - Ke$ha

  • Show You Off - Dan + Shay


Pre-Ceremony Music

Pre-ceremony music begins playing about 30 minutes before your wedding starts. It’s the music that is softly playing in the background as guests enter the ceremony space. This music can be instrumental or a regular song, but it is really your preference. The following songs are perfect to accompany your precessional.

  • Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay

  • Halo - Beyonce

  • Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars

  • Mama's Song - Carrie Underwood

  • Here Comes the Sun - Beatles

  • I'm Yours - Jason Maraz

  • The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra

  • XO - John Mayer

  • You're Still The One - Shania Twain

  • Lucky - Colbie Caillat & Jason Maraz


Precessional

This is the music your wedding party will be walking down the aisle to. You can choose however many songs you’d like for your party. We typically advise a song for parents and grandparents, a song for bridal party, and then a song for the bride to walk in to. You can definitely use more. Also these songs can be instrumental or as is depending on your preference. The below songs are some of our favorite to walk down the aisle to.

  • From the Ground Up - Dan + Shay

  • Speechless - Dan + Shay

  • Can't Help Falling in Love - Haley Reinhart

  • Cannon in D - Johann Pachelbel

  • A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

  • I Get to Love You - Ruelle

  • L.O.V.E - Michael Buble

  • All of Me - John Legend

  • Marry Me - Train

  • From This Moment - Shania Twain


Recessional

You did it! The knot has been tied and you are ready to descent the aisle as the new Mr and Mrs. These are perfect songs to describe the excitement of that just married feeling.

  • I Choose You - Sara Bareilles

  • Happy Together - The Turtles

  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder

  • Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding

  • Best Day of My Life - American Authors

  • This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Nat King Cole

  • At Last - Etta James

  • Happy - Pharrell Williams

  • All You Need is Love - Beatles

  • You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates


Bridal Party or Bride & Groom Introductions

Let’s get the party started! The bridal party entrance or bride & groom entrance song really sets the tone for the evening. The songs you can enter the reception to are endless. There are SO many. Check out some of the best songs to really get the party started.

  • Forever - Chris Brown

  • Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake

  • Good Life - Kayne West

  • We Found Love - Rihanna

  • Latch - Disclosure

  • Raise Your Glass - P!nk

  • Marry You - Bruno Mars

  • Crazy In Love - Beyonce & Jay-Z

  • White Wedding - Billy Idol

  • Here for The Party - Gretchen Wilson


First Dance

Questionably one of the sweetest parts of the night is the first dance. There are absolutely NO rules when it comes to picking a first dance song. Pick a song that is personal and sentimental to you and your significant other. Below are some sweet songs we like for a first dance.

  • Stolen - Dashboard Confessional (Slow Version)

  • God Gave me You - Blake Shelton

  • Beautiful, Crazy - Luke Combs

  • Yours - Russell Dickerson

  • Time After Time - Cindy Lauper

  • Everything - Michael Buble

  • Oh What a World - Kasey Musgraves

  • I Cross My Heart - George Strait

  • Love on The Brain - Rihanna

  • Beautiful Stranger - Halsey


Father/Daughter Dance

Father/daughter songs are one of the harder ones to choose. Think about your relationship with your dad, and a song that could represent that. Below we came up with some sentimental songs sure to be a hit.

  • Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

  • Cinderella - Steven Curtis Chapman

  • One Call Away - Charlie Puth

  • Count on Me - Bruno Mars

  • Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlsile

  • Wildflowers - Tom Petty

  • My Girl -The Temptations

  • Daughters - John Mayer

  • I'll Be There For You - The Rembrandts

  • Tiny Dancer - Elton John


Mother/Son Dance

Like the father/daughter dance, the mother/son dance is just as sentimental. This song should be respectful and appropriate, and a representation of your relationship. Below we picked some nice songs for the mother/son dance.

  • My Wish - Rascal Flatts

  • I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack

  • Landslide - Fleetwood Mac

  • Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion

  • Simple Man (Acoustic) - Shinedown

  • Humble & Kind - Tim McGraw

  • What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

  • You'll Be in My Heart - Phil Collins

  • Loves Me Like a Rock - Paul Simon

  • Stand by Me - Florence + The Machine

Cake Cutting

Usually done after dinner, the cake cutting is an exciting part of the night, pick a fun song to match that excitement. We listed some songs below that would work well during your cake cutting.

  • How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Marvin Gaye

  • Sugar - Robin Schultz

  • Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves

  • Yummy - Justin Bieber

  • Sugar, Sugar - The Archies

  • Today Was a Fairytale - Taylor Swift

  • All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo

  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics

  • Sugar, We're Going Down - Fall Out Boy

  • Best Day - Taylor Swift

Bouquet Toss

A song for the ladies! Sometimes skipped over, the bouquet toss is traditionally used to decide who the next bride will be. Today it is more of a fun girls-only tradition. Check out some fun girl power songs we think would work great during the bouquet toss.

  • Only Girl - Rihanna

  • Man! I Feel Like a Woman! - Shania Twain

  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

  • This One's For the Girls - Martina McBride

  • Where Them Girls At - David Guetta Ft. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida

  • There She Goes - The La's

  • Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani

  • Diva - Beyonce

  • Independent Women - Destiny's Child

  • That's My Girl - Fifth Harmony

Garter Toss

A song for the ladies! Sometimes skipped over, the bouquet toss is traditionally used to decide who the next bride will be. Today it is more of a fun girls-only tradition. Check out some fun girl power songs we think would work great during the bouquet toss.

  • Pony - Genuine

  • Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top

  • Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake

  • Hot in Herre - Nelly

  • Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard

  • Sexy Back - Justin Timberlake

  • Brick House - The Commodores

  • Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood and the Destroyers

  • Whatta Man - Salt-N-Pepa

  • You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

Anniversary Dance

Definitely the cutest part of the night. We LOVE the anniversary dance! It is so sweet watching grandma and grandpa who have been married for 60+ years out on the dance floor. Below you will find some of the cutest songs for the anniversary dance sure to get everyone (who is married) out on the dance floor.

  • Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton

  • I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing - Aerosmith

  • Forever & Always - Shania Twain

  • Amazed - Lone Star

  • Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

  • Through the Years - Rascal Flatts

  • Forever and Ever Amen - Randy Travis

  • You and Me - Lifehouse

  • Take My Breath Away - Berlin

  • 10,000 Hours - Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber

Dance Music

Open the dance floor and let’s party! Here are some songs to get the party pumped up.

  • Midnight City - M83

  • One Kiss - Dua Lipa & Calvin Harris

  • No Hands - Waka Flaka Flame

  • Mr. Brightside - The Killers

  • Something Just Like This - Chainsmokers & Coldplay

  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston

  • September - Earth, Wind & Fire

  • Fireball - Pit Bull

  • It's Tricky - Run D.M.C

  • Dancing Queen - Abba

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You've heard the saying "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue". We are bringing you 15 fresh ideas for your something blue.

Photo by Justin Klope Photography


We've all heard the saying "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue," but have you ever thought about the meaning behind it? Something old represents continuity, something new gives optimism for the future, something borrowed represents borrowed happiness, and something blue represents purity, faithfulness, or modesty.


Traditionally, these items were worn on the bride's person or carried by the bride down the aisle. Today brides are finding more unique ways to incorporate these aspects in their wedding day. We put together a list of some of the more unique options to inspire you when it comes to your "something blue".



Shoes

Photos by Justine Klope Photography


Flowers/Bouquet Wrap

1 Photo by Justine Klope Photography; 2 Personal Archive 3 Photo by Rachael Houser Photography


Jewelry

Photo by Idalia Photography & Etsy.com


Nail Polish















Something Borrowed & Blue by Essie. Via Pinterest.com


Bridesmaid Dresses

Photo by Morgan Newsom Photography & Video by Storyboard Videography


Wedding Gown

Photo by The Bridal Rooms of Wellswood via Pinterest.com 2 Photo by We Choose the Moon Photography


Vow Notebook

His/Her Vows Pocket Moleskin Notebook Zazzle.com


Ring Box

Pale Blue Vintage Velvet Ring Box from Etsy.com


Handkerchief

Lace Embroidered Handkerchief from Etsy.com & Happy Tears Wedding Handkerchief Etsy.com


Guest Book

Guest Book Alternative State Map from Etsy.com ; Wedding Guest Book Blue & Gold Foil from Esty.com


Invitation Suite

Shinewedding.com via Pinterest.com


Table Settings


Cake/Dessert Table

Cake by the Cake Mom & Co on Instagram & Donuts by Redd's Donuts



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