When Morgan and Steve Driskill were planning their September 2010 nuptials, Steve wanted to contribute by designing a website for the wedding.
"We had heard of wedding websites, but mostly simple ones like from theknot.com," says Morgan Driskill. "Since Steve knows how to write and create websites, he wanted to take a step up and actually make our own."
The comprehensive site included everything from how the two met and how Steve proposed to a wedding itinerary and tourist information on Charlottesville, where the Driskills were married. In addition, guests could browse through the wedding registry, RSVP and even choose their dinner entrée through the site. "It's just a nice central location with all the necessary information," Morgan says. "[It helps] avoid all of the last-minute e-mails and calls."
Angela Diggs-Parker, owner of Richmond-based Angela's Elegant Events, who helped coordinate the Driskills' wedding, has been recommending wedding websites to her clients since 2005. "There is a lot of information in one location, so there is no confusion," she says. "Often [brides] will put up information on the wedding party, so when guests arrive they feel like they know about you and the wedding party."
For those less technically savvy than Steve Driskill, several websites, such as ewedding.com, weddingwire.com and theknot.com, offer templates.
"For the most part they are free, and that is why more people are doing it," Diggs-Parker says. "It's pretty popular. I recommend it, especially if the bride and groom have out-of-town guests and the wedding party is scattered. Almost everyone has a computer in the house."
Morgan Driskill enjoyed putting the site together with her fiancé, she says. "It really gave us a chance to reminisce about how we got to this point."