If you are throwing a destination wedding near (even a Nova Scotia destination wedding like Shane and I did) a personalized wedding website can be a valuable tool. A good wedding website host is set up to share information about accommodations, things to do in the area, and directions, and some can even manage your RSVPs for you. This can save you a lot of time on the telephone and in front of a photocopier.
A wedding website can be used to share a bit about you for guests you don't know as well, and to introduce your wedding party in advance. A good wedding website also sets the tone and prepares guests, so that they don't wear stilettos in a hay field, or forget to bring a jacket if the evening is to end with fireworks on the beach.
If you are looking for a stylish and professional wedding website, you should definitely check out Riley & Grey.
Riley & Grey has a number of attractive, user-friendly design templates for you to choose from, for an affordable monthly rate (although you probably won't find their prices on their website, it’s around $40 a month). Once you upload a few pictures, and as little or as much info as you want you can have a professional looking website within a few hours.
One of the benefits of using Riley & Grey is that instead of having a convoluted domain name, you are able get something simple and memorable (for example, shaneandjillian.com or branjolina.com) at no additional cost. If at the end of your wedding you are having a hard time parting with your site, Riley & Grey offers to let you to keep it domain as a memento (of course at a cost, though be it they offer you a lower rate).
Managing your RSVPs on Riley & Grey simplifies things, and save both paper and expense, as it means you don't have to send out self-addressed stamped envelopes to everyone on your guest list. We went this route, and I highly recommend it.
Purchased these little postcard invitations, with room for a personal message on Etsy from Tupy Boutique
You will of course have to write a note to Great Aunt Edith and any others who aren’t so computer savvy and let her know that she can call you with her RSVP instead. Not everyone's up to speed with the internet!