Image from The Knot.
Just a year and a half ago when my husband and I were planning our wedding we were extremely disappointed with our options for our wedding website. Most of the create-your-own sites had awful, dated designs and very limited functionality. Oh how the times have changed. The newest generation of wedding websites offer elegant designs, fantastic functionality and have oodles of customizations.
For the couple wondering, do we even need a wedding website? Our answer is unequivocally YES! Even the most basic site offers:
- Narrative of your love story, how you met/fell in love and your engagement
- Listing of all the details of the big day
- Listing of your wedding party with bios for each individual
- Listing of the accommodations, travel/transportation and things to do for your guests (SUPER important for destination weddings)
- Link to your wedding registry
- Link of your ever so important event hashtag
- Photo and video galleries so guests can see how your love progressed
- eRSVP and guest tracking
- Password protection (so you don’t have to have that awkward conversation with the co-worker who wasn’t invited)
You should set up your wedding website as soon as you finalize your location (especially for destination weddings) and your wedding website and password should be included in the Save the Date. Given the numerous options you can coordinate your website with your wedding theme (at Zuri, we can match up the colors, fonts, etc. for your invitations and day of stationery or even help with creating your site, contact us for more information).
After trying out some of the most popular wedding sites, our favorites are:
eWedding offers a basic free package, which also includes a blog. You can upgrade for additional items (such as a custom domain name). Overall the site is easy to use although we were not impressed by the designs.
Pros: All the sections are listed on one page so no need to toggle back and forth when editing, can easily add/remove sections, maps are automatically embedded after you input an address, the Help sections are really great in answering most questions
Cons: The designs are a bit basic compared to some of the other sites listed, can’t import a guest list (RSVPs can only be exported)
Riley Grey offers either monthly or yearly subscription that includes a custom domain name. You could also reserve your domain name for $35 in advance and update your site when you’re ready. Their designs are very clean and modern but it’s not as user friendly as other sites.
Pros: GORGEOUS designs, can get free months via referral program
Cons: Limited functionality, have to add link to Google Maps and directions yourself, have to email guest list to support so they can import it for you
Sqaurespace’s personal package has everything you need for designing a wedding website. They are our favorite on this list, with great functionality, beautiful themes and the ability to add code for the tech savvy user. The platform is very similar to WordPress so if you have any WordPress experience setup is a breeze.
Pros: Can connect your social media accounts, locations are linked directly to Google Maps, can upload documents via Google Docs, can edit practically every aspect of the site
Cons: The numerous options can be a bit overwhelming, especially for those with limited design experience
In the free wedding websites category, The Knot reigns supreme. The are numerous themes to choose from and it is one of the most user friendly sites we’ve seen. Your Facebook, Instagram, Google contacts, even your registry items can be imported directly to the site.
Pros: Provide a template for guest list, which can be imported, locations automatically linked to Google Maps, can purchase a custom domain name, can import photos directly from social media accounts
Cons: Cannot customize layout or add pages
Wedding Window offer a basic free package our you can upgrade to a premium package. While the designs are not as modern as other sites, they offer fantastic wedding planning tools, which can import from most social media and storage sites.
Pros: Has a nifty budget section so you can manage your expenses, easily import guest list from excel, can send eCards to your guests, has a blog
Cons: Not as easy to use as other sites, limited themes and layouts
Wedding Woo offers low yearly plan options with great functionality. The site’s simple dashboard, large font and fantastic support center are great for the technologically challenged.
Pros: Can add additional pages, favicon and cool widgets, easily change the site layout, connect to Instagram
Cons: Can’t upload guest list, not linked to Google Maps, no maps are embedded
Did we miss any? Let us know below!