Love it/Hate it: Your Wedding Website

One trend that has developed over the past several years is the customized wedding website.  It seems that just about every couple has a wedding website of some sort.  From free website templates to upgraded personalized sites there is no detail left untold (for better or for worse!) on some wedding websites.  

First, the love.  I love that couples can express their excitement, recount their personal love story and tell you where they are registered, but on my hate it list I have to put that wedding countdown ticker (and repeating that countdown on your facebook status gets a double “hated it” with two snaps up…or would that be two snaps down?).  

Hey, it’s not your fault that the countdown is prominently displayed at the top of your website, but keeping track of the hundreds of days until your wedding can bring with it the impression of an unhealthy obsession that takes some of the joy out of the whole planning experience.  

Do you really think your partner wants to hear, “235 days until our wedding!”, before you go to bed and then wake in the morning to read your 7 am tweet, “234 days until we’re married!” ?

Do yourself and your partner (and your family and friends!) a favor and start your countdown around 30 days–OK, 60 days if you must–but when there are 3 digits in the number of days in your countdown you might be wearing out your wedding welcome.

Focus on the planning, the fun stuff, the details, the budget, the menu, but don’t drive yourself mad with a daily countdown. 

What’s the best part about your wedding website?

3 comments

  • Lori

    March 16, 2011 at 3:02pm ·

    I am personally not a fan of the countdown or website. I feel like any good friends or family will know your story..how you met, how he proposed etc. And that any of the lil sweet details are for you to keep in your pocket or your heart. And please don’t share the actual wedding day details, as they should all be a surprise to your guests. But that’s just me some people like the world their story. To each their own.

  • alison

    March 17, 2011 at 11:34am ·

    I love the idea of keeping the details “in your pocket or your heart”…sweet.

  • Jacquelyn

    March 19, 2011 at 12:30pm ·

    I’m definitely not a fan of the countdown ticker – I think it’s more stress-inducing than helpful! I can see the downsides to a wedding website, but in some cases (like ours, which will be a destination wedding for most of our guests) it’s a nice way to share a lot of helpful travel links and details. I do like the idea of keeping most of the day a surprise, though!

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