There are lots of great uses for guides, and a wedding is one of them! You can use a guide for your entire wedding, or just for your Bridal Party. It’s a great way to make sure all your guests have the information they need, when they need it. Using less paper is always a bonus as well!
In this support article we will talk about several features that work really well for wedding guides and link to lots of great information to help you get started on building an amazing wedding guide.
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Custom Lists are Guidebook’s way of getting needed information into your attendees hands. Some ideas for custom lists in a wedding guide are: Transportation and Accommodation Information, The Bridal Party, Honeymoon Information, Dinner, The Program, Things to Do (when guests have free time), and Nearby Restaurants. If there’s any information you want your guests to have, a custom list is a great place to put that material. We have lots of resources on our support site about custom lists and how you can use them; this article is an overview.
For most of the custom lists that will be in your wedding guide, it's likely easiest to manually add list items because you will only have 5-10 items in each list. If you have a lot of items that you want to add to a custom list, you can use our import template.
You can send push notifications through Guidebook, and you can schedule when they go out. As I plan my own wedding, this is one of the features I’m most excited about because I can set up a notification to go out an hour before our ceremony that says, “We can’t wait to see you at our venue in an hour!” If you have other activities set up for your guests, or you want to let them know about dinner options the night before, you can set up notifications for those as well. These can be scheduled as early as you’d like, so you can relax and know that your guests will be in the right place at the right time.
If you are planning to use notifications, make sure you let your guests know to “Allow Notifications” on their device when they download your guide. As well, each guide receives a limit of 25 push notifications, and we recommend not sending more than a handful per day (unless you are sending targeted push notifications to particular attendees). This way, your attendees see relevant information without receiving too much! To read more about notifications, you can check out this support article.
The Web View feature on Guidebook links a website into your guide. For more information, click here. There’s lots of great ways you might use this for a wedding. You can link your website, your registry websites, or perhaps even a Pinterest page!
There are several kinds of maps you can include in your guide - Google Maps, Static Maps, and Interactive Maps. Read through this article for a run-down of all map types. In a wedding guide, maps are really useful because your guests will know exactly where to go. Using the Google Maps feature, you can have pins where your favorite restaurants and bars are for people who are coming from out of town (see this support article for the steps to enable this feature). There will also be pins at the hotel and your venue if you choose to show all locations, so your attendees will have help getting everywhere! Your attendees are able to get from the Google Map in your guide to Maps on their mobile device so they can access directions.
Interactive Maps are an awesome resource if your venue is on the larger side. You can create areas on the map so your attendees know where your cocktail hour is going to be versus the reception. You can even label the bathrooms so your guests don’t need to ask or figure it out themselves. This support article walks you through the steps to make your static maps interactive!
Preset schedules can be used for some of your attendees (like the Bridal party), or everyone who’s invited to your big day. You can read an overview of Preset Schedules here. Setting up your schedule is a critical part of building your wedding guide. When you use preset schedules (guests will need to be logged into the guide to see their preset schedule), your bridesmaids know what time and where they need to be for hair and make-up, and the groomsmen know when to meet up with the groom.
If there are sessions that you do not want everyone to see, you can disable your schedule module, create a track of general events for everyone which you pin to the menu, and create preset schedules for those people who need to participate in certain events. Preset schedules, once a guest logs in, show up in their “My Schedule” module.
Photo Album, Twitter, and Connect Features
Guidebook has lots of features you can use to encourage your guests to actively participate in your wedding and get to know each other. The Photo Album allows attendees to upload photos and you’re able to export all the photos at the end of your wedding! You do not get to see your official wedding photos for quite a while, so this is a great way of getting pictures from all of your guests quickly and easily.
If you have a Twitter hashtag for your wedding, you can add the Twitter module. Users can tweet using your hashtag and you can connect an account for attendees to view. The Interact Feed acts like a social media feed for your guide. Guests can post messages and pictures, and can even like and comment on posts. Any notifications you send also appear in Interact as Announcements!
Two features on Guidebook that work well in tandem together are the Attendee feature and the Chat feature. The Attendee feature allows your attendees to Check-in to the guide which allows them to chat with other guests as well as connect and share profile information.
You'll also notice that, throughout the visuals above, we changed the icons. You can match the menu icons in your guide to your wedding colors which really helps the guide feel personal.
Creating a guide for your wedding is a great way to disseminate information to everyone on your guest list. Guidebook’s features make it easy for your attendees to understand the details of your big day, as well as helping them connect to each other. Enjoy building, and most of all, enjoy your wedding!