Everything You Need to Know About Setting a Wedding Website Password

Is one *really* necessary?
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
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Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Jan 14, 2022

There are so many ways you can customize your wedding website on The Knot. From sharing engagement photos to adding wedding party bios and even including a scavenger hunt of places for guests to visit during your wedding weekend, the options are nearly endless. As you're putting the personalized touches on your site, though, you'll see that you have an option to add a wedding website password. And, while you're probably ready to shout the news of your wedding from the rooftops, a wedding website password is certainly something to consider—especially if you want sensitive details about the big day to be kept private.

If you're on the fence about password protecting your wedding website, we've laid out everything you need to know right here. Read on to learn about why adding a password may be right for you, along with exactly how to add one to your wedding website on The Knot. And, if making creative new passwords isn't your strong suit, we've also shared a few wedding website password ideas you can customize for yourself.

Do You Need a Wedding Website Password?

First things first: Do you really need a wedding website password? If this wedding website FAQ is on your mind, you're not alone. Ultimately, there's no right or wrong answer because the choice comes down to personal preference. Some couples don't mind having their wedding website public. Doing so may make it easier for guests to access your site, which is important in the long run. Your wedding website is home to all of the most important details about your wedding day, from the date and location to the dress code and travel logistics. In order to avoid answering the same guest questions via texts or phone calls, ensure your wedding website is up to date with as much detail as you can provide. Leaving your wedding website public will ensure that loved ones can easily access the information they need—even those who aren't necessarily tech-savvy.

On the flip side, the contents of your wedding website are highly sensitive and personal. And, in today's digital age, it's not hard to find anyone's wedding website on the internet. If you'd feel better knowing your wedding details are available only to your guests, setting a password might be right for you. Be sure to share your wedding website URL with its password at the same time, though, so that guests can access it from the moment your save-the-dates or formal invites hit mailboxes.

Are The Knot's Wedding Websites Password Protected?

In short, The Knot's wedding websites can be password protected. When you first create your wedding website, it will not automatically require a password for guests to view. However, you can easily add this option at any point. In the wedding website dashboard view, locate the box titled "Settings." Then, click the pencil icon next to the box titled "Privacy Settings." From there, you can choose to require a password to view the site. If you leave this section unchecked, anyone who finds the link can access your wedding website.

In this section, you can also choose to have your wedding website appear in search engines. Your site will not appear in any searches by default, but checking that option means that guests can type your names into Google to find it. This can be helpful for some guests, especially if they don't remember your wedding website URL and want to find it on their own without asking you. However, if protecting your wedding information is a top priority, leave this section unchecked so that it does not appear in searches.

Wedding Website Password Ideas

If having a wedding website password is right for you, The Knot makes it super easy to add one. Of course, as with all passwords, there are a few etiquette tips to keep in mind:

  • Don't reuse a password you already have for another website or social media account.
  • Do share the password on your save the dates and formal invites. Without it, guests won't be able to access your wedding website!
  • Don't make your wedding website password a long list of jumbled letters and numbers, which might be hard for some guests to type into a web browser.
  • Do make sure it's something you and your S.O. can easily remember. (In other words, write it down on a post-it note in your house for easy access, just in case.)
  • Don't make your wedding website password too obvious, like your wedding hashtag that's already been shared on Instagram, or your first and last names.

Here are a few wedding website password examples you can use to create your own—just swap in your own personal details, and get creative with numbers, exclamation marks, and capitals to customize it and make it harder to guess.

  • The location where you got engaged, plus a combination of unique numbers that have significance to you (perhaps the guest count of your wedding, or the year you met).
  • The name of your first dance song. (We have a feeling no one will be able to guess this before your wedding day!)
  • The name of your wedding venue, broken up by punctuation or numbers.
  • The name of your pet with numbers substituting relevant letters. (For example: Be1la instead of Bella.)
  • The place where you had your first date, along with the year.
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