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.
This (hopefully!) will make it easy for you to decide which is best for you and your wedding, once you know what each website is best for.
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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 for your wedding that doesn’t suit you and your partner.
If you are thinking of having a website for your nuptials though, 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), gift preferences 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 lots of the coordination of your big day yourself, as you can keep all your ‘wedmin’ away from your regular inbox.
Free Wedding Websites
If you’d rather save your pennies for other things, aside from a site, at your wedding 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.]
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- You can easily create surveys, making it easy to ask guests about anything from allergies to accommodation and transport
- There's plenty of stylish designs to choose from
- You have the option to purchase a premium design pack
- You can make pages private while you're working on them or set up password protected pages - ideal for messages for the bridal party that you don't want everyone to see!
- Oh and you can create your own customisable URL too...
2. With Joy
Out of all the free wedding websites there are, With Joy is probably our favourite (ok, joint favourite with our own!). For absolutely no investment on your part they provide a really premium service, with a fully customisable template.
Highlights for us include:
- Beautiful design, 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
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Wix are known more generally for the website building functionalities, but they do 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 every 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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5. Square Space
Like Wix, 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 deal with 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
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
We don’t just love this website because they (almost) share the same name as us. We also love them because every website is custom-made and personalised by their team of in-house designers. Their sites start at £135 to set up, but you certainly get what you pay for.
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, and offers all sorts of extras for a one of fee of around £22. Here are some of the reasons why we love this site:
- Design that can be transferred to physical print stationary 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 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 stationary 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.
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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If you’re loving all of these wedding websites, it’s probably because you’re a bit of a tech-lover.