Wedding websites are an easy way to keep guests up to date with the plans for your big day. There are a few different ways you can go about building your own, so we’ve rounded up our favourites below, with pros and cons for each, as well as testimonials from nearlyweds who have tried them out.
This will make it much easier for you to decide which website is right for you and your wedding. Our guide includes options that will work for all kinds of couples, whether you want to go all-out with design or are after something that will make creating your wedding website quick and simple.
For the best of both worlds, the free Hitched wedding website is a great place to start - not only are there plenty of stylish themes to choose from and totally customisable pages, you can also create your own unique URL. Still not convinced? Find out the reasons you should have a wedding website here.
Best Free Wedding Websites
If you’d rather save your pennies for other things, then a free wedding website is the perfect option.
Just because they’re free doesn’t mean they offer a sub-standard service – all of the below give great results and include everything you’ll need to communicate with your guests.
- You can easily create surveys, making it easy to ask guests about anything from allergies and song recommendations, to accommodation and transport. All you have to do is personalise the message that you want to appear on the page before they type their name in to confirm.
- When your guests RSVP, they'll automatically appear in the wedding table plan tool, making it super easy to drop and drag your guests into place.
- You might also want to include a wedding gift list by popping in the link to it on one of the pages. It's an ideal place to put it as you can include a short description letting your guests know that you're so grateful for their contribution.
- There are plenty of stylish designs to choose from - the set templates available on the Hitched creator will save you lots of time and stop you having to faff around building one from scratch. More over, they're easily customisable so you can personalise them depending on your wedding style and taste. Narrowing down what design to go for can be a little tricky so why not check out the most popular wedding website themes for inspiration. Whether you opt for the same colour theme as the big day or you add lots of sentimental photographs, there's something to suit everyone.
- You can choose wedding stationery to match your website theme, for complete consistency for your guests.
- You have the option to purchase a premium design pack should you want to upgrade.
- You can create your own blog - this is great for wedding updates, or a fun way to capture your planning journey. You can even share photographs on the wedding website post-wedding to save you having to send them on to everyone.
- You can make pages private while you're working on them or set up password-protected pages - ideal for messages for the wedding party that you don't want everyone to see!
- Oh, and you can create your own customisable URL too. You can keep a generic domain name but we think it's a lovely idea to upgrade and have a unique one that's special to you as a couple. If you opt for a catchy slogan such as '
2. With Joy
Out of all the free wedding websites there are, With Joy is probably our favourite, after our own wedding website. For absolutely no investment on your part they provide a really premium service, with a fully customisable template.
Highlights for us include:
- Beautiful designs, with a choice of using your own colours, fonts and photos
- Digital RSVPs, so you can track your guestlist online
- Wedding party introductions, so you can highlight who is who
- An app for all of your guests to access
- An area for your guests to upload pictures, so you can keep everyone’s phone snaps
3. Square Space
Squarespace aren't first and foremost a wedding website organisation, but they do have a handful of lovely templates you can use to build your own.
If you’re up for a slightly more DIY experience, they’re perfect for you, and here are some of our favourite elements from their sites:
- Visual timeline of your own love story, with scrollable pictures and information
- Gallery templates
- RSVP functionality, to allow guests to respond directly to your email
- Ability to buy your own domain name
- Responsive design so your website looks just as good on mobile, tablet and desktop
Wix are known more generally for their website building functionalities, but they also have some really lovely wedding templates. With the freedom to choose just about any combination of elements, this is ideal for creative couples who want to make their website their own.
Here are some of our favourite elements of Wix wedding websites:
- An area to upload ‘your story’ – letting guests have a little insight into how you met
- Ability to include galleries of images, perfect if you have an engagement shoot you want to show off
- A contact page
- Sections for you to link out to your gift list
- Order-of-the-day details
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With modern design options and a looks-lead service, Zankyou provides really beautiful wedding websites that function easily too. If that sounds appealing to you and your other half then these are other things we love about Zankyou too:
- Hotel recommendations
- Maps and running order of the day to keep everyone up-to-date
- Video upload function
- Playlist co-ordination which guests can add to for the big day
- Personalised domain name
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Best Paid-For Wedding Websites
If you’re looking for a package with elements above and beyond the essentials, then you might want to consider paying a little bit for a wedding website.
Wedding websites with fees often include more elements and sometimes have a wider variety of design options – which is perfect if you’ve gone for a strong theme. The below are our favourite wedding websites with fees.
6. Gettin’ Hitched
Here are some of our favourite things about Gettin’ Hitched:
- Design is at the heart of Gettin’ Hitched, and every website is not only beautiful but sleek, stylish and easy to use
- Their catalogue of designs is easy to scroll through, and you can filter results by your wedding theme - they’ve got everything from festival to rustic and floral
- If you don’t like any of their ready-made website templates, you can commission the team to create a bespoke design
- You get two rounds of tweaks and amends thrown into the price to ensure you absolutely adore your website
- You can order stationery to match your website – from save-the-dates to invitations
- You can add lots of fun features to your website including maps and a countdown to the big day
7. Appy Couple
Appy Couple is an American site that takes things to a whole new level, with integrated design through online and in print. It also offers all sorts of extras for a one-time fee of around £22. Here are some of the reasons why we love this site:
- Design that can be transferred to physical print stationery through partner offers
- Countdown function for your big day
- Stream guest photos from your website live, on real time during your wedding
- 24/7 support
- App and website templates
If you can’t decide between a free and paid-for service then check out Minted – they offer both, with good and clear comparisons between what you get for each option.
As a site they also sell invites and party decorations, so they could be a good place to start if you’re at the beginning of your wedding planning journey.
Here are our favourite things about them:
- Designs created by independent artists
- Ability to match invites, on-the-day stationery and website themes
- Guest list import
- Website privacy option
- Wedding party introduction page for all your key players
9. Wedding Woo
Wedding Woo offer a paid-for service from around £38 for a year. If you're looking for a wedding website with music, this is the one for you - we like the option to integrate SoundCloud!
Their strength lies in simple design that’s really easy to populate – making the whole process pretty easy from start to finish.
Here are some of the things we like most about Wedding Woo:
- Venue details and how to get there
- Gallery of images
- Various widget additions – like SoundCloud to play a soundtrack
- Wedding day timeline
- Gift registry link out
10. Riley & Grey
Without a doubt, Riley & Grey is the luxury end of the market – with prices starting from £186 for a year.
For that, though, you’ll get round the clock support and lots of lovely design options – as well as plenty of other perks. Here’s why we like Riley & Grey:
- Build and design your site for free, before deciding whether you want to pay to make it live
- Ability to change your website’s design, even after publishing
- Limited edition templates, so you know not a lot of other people will have the same as you
- Address collection to make invites easy to send out
- Custom domain name
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Why Have a Wedding Website?
Are you wondering whether you really need a wedding website? The answer, of course, is that you don’t *need* to do anything that doesn’t suit you and your partner.
If you are thinking of having a website for your nuptials though there are lots of reasons why you should have a wedding website. They can be a great way to keep guests up-to-date on what’s what. Lots of sites now let you build in things like guest lists (so you can track your RSVPs), details of your gift list (or your preferences, if you're not having a list) and accommodation recommendations for your guests.
The other thing lots of wedding websites offer is a personalised email address. This is great if you’re doing most of the coordination of your big day yourself, as you can keep all your ‘wedmin’ away from your regular inbox.
How to Create a Wedding Website?
Creating a wedding website is a lot easier than you might think! With many builders offering easy-to-navigate templates and instructions. We have a whole step-by-step guide on how to create a wedding website so you won't miss any steps!
What to Include on a Wedding Website?
With lots of elements going into your wedding day, it can be tricky to decipher what exactly to include in your wedding website. After all, missing out vital information will only add stress to your day and encourage endless questions from your guests - two things we absolutely want to avoid at all costs! - so getting it right is very important.
The most pressing details to include on a wedding website are key details such as wedding date, time, location and guest information. You'll want to make sure you have your RSVP date, dress code and catering options outlined. There are also lots more fun extras you can - you'll find even more ideas of what to include in your wedding website here.
How Much Do Wedding Websites Cost?
Wedding websites don't have to cost you a penny if you don't want to spend anything! By opting for a platform such as the Hitched wedding website, you'll receive professionally designed templates and features for free.
There are options to upgrade, such as purchasing a custom domain, but you can generally expect to pay between £30 - £200 per year for a paid-for wedding website.
How to Ask For Money on a Wedding Website?
Asking for money is always a tricky situation but your guests are likely to be grateful that you gave them the heads up and included this detail on your wedding website. Writing a wedding money poem and popping on a page in your wedding website is a polite and less direct way of asking for cash for your wedding gift. We recommend putting this into your personal blog section so it feels less like a demand and more a suggestion that you would really appreciate.
If you’re loving all of these wedding websites, it’s probably because you’re a bit of a tech-lover. Make sure you check out our round-up of the best free wedding planning apps too, to help you plan like a pro