Ask a Real Bride: What Should I Write on My Wedding Website? (2024)

In the past decade, wedding websites have become an essential information hub for the couple and their guests. In a recent survey on our @askarealbride Instagram page, 86% of brides reported that they’ve already built out a website for their upcoming wedding.

If you’re in the 14%, don’t stress–we have you covered!

Over 500 amazing Real Brides weighed in with what they’re sharing online, and I’ve compiled all of their advice into a guide of what’s essential, what’s optional, and what’s better left off-line.

I hope their advice helps you feel confident when you click, “publish” on your URL!

Jump to Section:

I: What’s Essential

II: What’s Optional

III: What’s Better Left Unsaid

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Section I: Essential


Since sharing gift information is taboo on invitations (we want to request our guests’ presence, not their presents), the wedding website is the perfect place for your guest to locate your registries. You can use the RegistryFinder search engine to generate one link for all of your registries and embed that link into your website. Your guests will be so grateful!


If any guests are traveling from out of town, listing a few options for accommodations is helpful. If you’ve arranged for a hotel block or discount code, this is the place to share it!

Parking/Transportation Information

Whether you’re getting married in a big city or a remote locale, giving your guests a heads-up about parking is always helpful! If you’re providing shuttles or any other kind of transportation, make sure to list specific pick-up locations and times.


If the ceremony, co*cktail hour, or reception will take place outdoors, help your guests prepare for the temperature and give advice about what kind of shoes to choose. No one likes sweating, shivering, or sinking their stilettos into the ground!

Weekend Events

Whether it’s a welcome party, after party, or post-wedding brunch, if all guests are invited, the website is the perfect place to share!

Remember: sharing on the website gives the impression that the event is hosted (i.e., all costs will be covered and guests won’t be presented with a bill of any kind). If your welcome party or after party will have a cash bar, word of mouth is best. Ask your best man and maid of honor to spread the word about meeting up via group text.

Local Favorites

If you have lots of out-of-town guests, chances are they’ll want to check out the area. Share your favorite places to eat, drink, shop, and explore!

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Section II: Optional


Online RSVPs are popular because they’re economical, easy to track, and they’re environmentally friendly. If your wedding guest list is on the younger side and tech-savvy, creating a space for online RSVPs is convenient for them and you!

“Adults Only Reception”

While it should be clear that an envelope addressed to adults is only for adults, it never fails: someone will ask to bring their kids. A succinct, simple statement like “adults only reception” underneath the reception address can be helpful.

Dress Code and Description

Traditionally, the only dress code that should be printed on the actual invitation is “black tie”–otherwise, guests should be able to infer what to wear from the time of day, venue, and invitation style. However, if you believe your guests may benefit from some further explanation, the website is a good place to go into more dress code detail. We have a whole post on communicating the dress code here.

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Section III: Better Left Unsaid

While you may think that a robust FAQ section covering every detail and etiquette question would be helpful, sharing too much can backfire.

As one of our Real Brides shared, “The more I wrote, the less they read.”

Keep it short and sweet, and cut the following from your wedding website:

The Plus One Policy

Recently, a Real Bride reached out to me with this question:

“Under FAQs, what are your thoughts on having, ‘Can I bring a date,’ with the answer being, ‘If your invitation says, ‘and guest,’ then of course! If not, we would prefer it was just you.’ Is this helpful?”

You can watch the reel on this topic and scroll through the comments here, but I’ll sum it up: I totally get the impulse to say this. Every bride dreads having to field questions like, “Can I bring a plus one?” But: addressing plus ones on your FAQ page might lead to more issues. First, you’re revealing that some guests ARE getting plus ones, and others aren’t. This can cause more confusion and hurt feelings. Second, it may come across as a little patronizing: you’re assuming guests don’t know how to read an envelope. And third, anyone who truly does need to be told how to read an envelope either won’t read the website, or won’t be deterred and will ask anyway!

My advice: Skip the explanation. Address the envelopes properly. Wait and see if anyone reaches out with questions, and be ready with a kind yet clear answer: “I think there’s been a misunderstanding! The invitation is just for you. I really hope you can come!”

The same goes for your kids policy. No FAQ and response paragraph necessary!

Tons of Funds

Honeymoon funds and house funds are becoming increasingly popular, but (I say this lovingly) your wedding website should not resemble a GoFundMe. Create one or two traditional registries for more traditional guests who prefer to give physical gifts, and just one fund for anything you wish. That way, every guest has options to suit their style and budget! For more registry do’s and don’ts, check out this post.

Recommended Gift Amount

I’ve seen it, so I’m saying it: brides and grooms should never hint at how much guests should be spending! What to spend on a wedding gift is a personal choice, and all couples can do is offer gifts in every price range.

Alcohol (its presence or absence)

Recently, a Real Bride asked, “What’s the best way to write on our website that the wedding will have a cash bar?”

Let me begin by saying that traditionally, cash bars and/or drink tickets are not considered suitable for events like weddings, which are hosted events. Instead of choosing this type of set-up and struggling to explain it to your guests via the wedding website, select a bar package you can afford to serve all of your guests or elect to have a dry wedding.

Ultimately, what and how you serve your guests is totally up to you: there’s no need to explain or forewarn. If you want guests to feel prepared in this area in any way, word of mouth is best. Share with your bridal party and close family, and they’ll spread the word.

Etiquette Coaching

I lament the loss of etiquette knowledge as much as the next person, but embrace your role as “gracious host” and refrain from training your guests via the wedding website. Posing an etiquette faux pas as a question, like, “Is it ok to wear white?” shouldn’t be necessary and may go unseen or ignored by the person who really needs to read it.

Rest assured that etiquette missteps like this won’t affect anyone else’s experience and, in the end, are a reflection of the guest, not you.

If you have younger guests who may be clueless about traditional etiquette, a mutual family friend or friend can check in to address any concerns. The same goes for guests belonging to different cultures or traditions.

Ready to Write (or Edit) Your Site?

I hope these tips from Real Brides (and one etiquette-minded wedding writer) help you create a website that effectively serves your guests!

Have a Question for our Real Brides?

Let me know what topic you’d like us to tackle next! And if you’re interested in learning more about etiquette, gift-giving, and celebrating in style, be sure to subscribe to the RegistryFinder GiveIt blog for weekly posts on wedding etiquette, bridal showers, wedding trends, and, of course, wedding registry guidelines and tips! And as always, refer your guests to, where they can conveniently locate all your registries in one place!

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Ask a Real Bride: What Should I Write on My Wedding Website? (2024)


What do you say on a wedding website about a bridal party? ›

What to Include in Your Wedding Party Bio's
  • How and where you met.
  • How your relationship developed.
  • Hobbies and interests.
  • Favourite memories and shared experiences.
  • Personality traits you love.
  • Why you chose them for your bridal party.
  • Funny anecdotes, party tricks or quirky facts.
  • The role they'll be playing at the wedding.

What are some fun things to put on your wedding website? ›

Don't forget photos! They don't have to be engagement or even professional photos. Pics from your vacation, a birthday, or just a random date night are a-ok! Include some fun stuff, like a random list of your favorite things, little known facts, or even mildly embarrassing stories about each other just for some laughs.

How do I write my wedding story for my website? ›

To make it easier for your wedding guests to read, consider breaking it up into sections like "How We Met," "Our Proposal," "Meet the Family" and "Relationship Timeline." Close it off with a few words about your wedding day and how you're looking forward to celebrating with your guests.

How do you write a beautiful bride? ›

7 Sweet Compliments to Give a Bride
  1. You look beautiful. ...
  2. Your dress is perfect. ...
  3. I can't believe how stunning these flowers are... ...
  4. You two are made for each other. ...
  5. I'm having such an incredible time, thank you! ...
  6. The ceremony was so meaningful. ...
  7. Whatever's in your heart.
Jul 19, 2023

What do you write in a message to the bride? ›

Casual Wedding Wishes
  1. Best wishes!
  2. We're/I'm so happy for you!
  3. Wishing you lots of love and happiness.
  4. Wishing you a long and happy marriage.
  5. Wishing you the best today and always.
  6. So happy to celebrate this day with you both!
  7. Best wishes for a fun-filled future together.
  8. Wishing you fulfillment of every dream!
5 days ago

How to write a love story for a wedding ceremony? ›

Sharing Your Personal Love Story
  1. What was the first thing you noticed about her/him?
  2. How do you share fun?
  3. What's the most romantic moment, so far?
  4. When did you realize you were in love?
  5. What is the craziest experience you've shared?
  6. When did you know you wanted to marry her/him?
Apr 8, 2016

How do I tell guests about my wedding website? ›

Instead, it's best to share your wedding website link directly with each guest through your wedding invitations. If you're planning a destination wedding, you may even want to include the link on your Save the Dates to help guests plan ahead for their trip.

Is a wedding website a good idea? ›

Based on The Knot Real Weddings Study, 89% of newlyweds decided to create a wedding website during their engagement. By using a wedding website builder, you will not only organize your wedding planning but also help your guests easily access all your wedding details (without needing to text or call you on every whim).

How do you make a wedding viral? ›

You can also create a video montage of your wedding day highlights or share your wedding vows in a video post. Make sure to use your wedding hashtag and tag relevant accounts to increase the visibility of your videos. TikTok is famous for its viral dance trends, so why not create your own wedding dance routine?

How many photos should you put on your wedding website? ›

A few photos of you and your partner.

But don't go overboard. One of guests' biggest gripes with wedding websites (and yes, some people dislike them) is the gallery of 500 photos. So pick the best ones from your engagement session or just a couple of your favorite snapshots of you and your fiance, and then move on.

Does the knot take a percentage of cash gifts? ›

Does The Knot take a percentage of cash gifts? The Knot doesn't take a percentage of cash registry gifts and it's entirely free to start a fund, link your bank account and share your registry. That said, there is a 2.5% transaction fee required by credit card companies for every complete purchase.

What to write in our story? ›

To break it down, the "Our Story" part of a wedding website delivers a brief synopsis of how you and your partner met, fell in love, and got engaged, plus optional additions, like funny anecdotes or the qualities you admire most about one another, according to co-founder and lead planner Natalie Pinney of Whim Events.

What to say about bridesmaids on a website? ›

Here's everything you need to add in the wedding party bios:
  • What wedding party role they're taking.
  • How and when you met.
  • Their hobbies and interests (or fun facts)
  • Favorite sweet and funny memories together.
  • Why you picked them to be in your wedding party.
Oct 18, 2023

How would you describe a bridal party? ›

Your bridal party is the group of people who will stand by your side on your wedding day. They'll also help you plan all pre-wedding events in the lead-up to your big day. Read on to see who's who in a bridal party and learn everything you need to know about the roles each person will fill.

How do you introduce a wedding party at a wedding? ›

If Going for a Traditional Entrance

Typically, the bridesmaids and groomsmen are introduced to the guests. The MC or DJ would be announcing their names as well as their roles in the wedding and how they are related to the couple. You may also add some fun facts about the person.

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