Ignore any chatter that tries to convince you that you have to build a website for your wedding. (You don't.) But I will say this–they're a really useful way to get lots of information out to your guests all at once. And don't believe that wedding websites have to look like tacky Geocities atrocities. (They don't.) You just need the right template–one that matches wits with your sophisticated style.
What Goes On a Wedding Website?
If you're not sure whether or not you need a wedsite, here are some things that are usually included on one. Think of it like your wedding's FAQ page.
- The invitation basics, like time and location: If you have a catchy URL (or your friends have great Google-fu), your guests can pull up the event details easier than searching for (or traveling with) the paper invite.
- Directions & Transportation Details: The things your guests will need to know but won't necessarily fit on the invitation. Share information about how to get there via public transit, where to park or if there's a valet.
- Where You're Registered: It's considered a faux pas to share this on the invitation, but it's perfect for the wedsite. Include links to your online registry, if you have one.
- Dress Code: People always want to know, so give them a little heads up somewhere on the wedding website if the attire is black-tie formal or garden party. This is also a good place to share anything specific about your wedding that might affect how guests dress–such as if the ceremony is on a sandy beach or outside in cool fall weather.
- Anything else you'd like your guests to know: If you want to share a little background on how you two met, or how you chose your wedding party, feel free to write something short and sweet for guests to read.
The Best Services to Build a Wedding Website
If you want something easy and free, there are plenty of services like The Knot and Wedding Wire that get the job done fast. But if you're after something with a little more style and a whole lot more features (like online RSVPs), check out the options below, which are each feature-rich and beautiful in their own right.
Cost: Free (or $35 one-time fee for premium)
Best Features: Minted's indie-artist-designed wedsite templates coordinate to their selection of invitations and other day-of decor like menus and place cards, so if you're after a totally cohesive brand for your big day, this is probably the simplest way to get it. Premium accounts get a custom URL and password-protected site.
Cost: One-time fee of $39 (or $69 for luxury templates)
Best Features: Pairs your wedding website with a free personalized app guests can download to chat with each other and share and collect photos of the day. You can also send push notifications to let guests know about anything important. Great for a destination wedding weekend.
Cost: $12/month, with a 7-day free trial
Best Features: Really beautiful modern, romantic themes that are optimized for desktop and mobile. Themes are customizable (you can even build a look from scratch, if that's your thing).
Cost: $35/month, or $240/year
Best Features: Websites that feel like magazines, especially the local details page for out-of-town weddings. Online RSVPs, done in a funny mad-libs style way that your guests will have fun filling out. If you start early, you can use your site to collect mailing addresses. Customizations are available for global brides in the UK, Australia, the Middle East and South America, including language support and cultural customizations.
Cost: $8/month if you pay for a year upfront, $12 month-to-month
Best Features: Squarespace does simple, minimalist websites, not just for weddings. So you get a professional-looking product that doesn't scream "wedding" (even if you use one of their wedding templates). You can create a cash registry and collect gifts right on your website, thanks to e-commerce integrations.