It’s increasingly popular to use a bespoke wedding website to announce your wedding, sharing invites with would-be guests, providing a gift registry, an in-built way of RSVP-ing to the invite or even a place to store the memories after the big day is over. However, many new couples are concerned that random strangers could also find their precious site. This could lead to uninvited party crashers appearing at the ceremony after discovering the event date or simply posting spam and advertisements in the guestbook. Luckily most wedding website builders include anonymity and privacy settings. Whether it’s a simple password protection or advanced guest access, it’s easy to prevent strangers from discovering your site.
This is the most straightforward way of preventing uninvited guests and strangers from seeing your precious site. This feature is usually presented free with every wedding website building tool. Take Wedding Jojo as an example: all you need to do is head into the account settings, tick in the box for password protection and enter the desired password. Guests are then asked to enter this password in order to access the content on your site. Just make sure this information is shared with them in a private message or email.
Search Engine Exclusion
A more sophisticated method for hiding your wedding website is to exclude it from search engines like Google and Bing. In other words, even if someone types in specific keywords (the couple’s name or the wedding location, for example) your site won’t appear among the search results. This is the most diplomatic way of turning your site incognito. Unfortunately, not every wedding site builder offers SEO exclusion, while some hide the feature behind paywalls. Wix is a good example: they turn search engine visibility on by default, but in the options you can switch it off for free.
Restricted Guest Access
Another crafty way to create some privacy is to enable custom guest access. Sites, such as Appy Couple, allow users to customize guest access depending on their RSVP answer. Those who haven’t replied can only access the first half of the site, but sending a positive answer then unlocks pages about the ceremony, gift registry, travel and accommodation details and more. It’s also possible to further control access, such as in case a guest only wishes to attend the ceremony but not the evening meal, where you can then hide the menu from their sight.