Paper invitations are nice and pretty, but they often don’t cover all of the information that your guests will need to know for the big day (or really, the big weekend). This is where a wedding website can be a really useful tool, especially for guests who live far away and need a lot of time to plan travel time. Although they take a little bit of time to set up, a wedding website will help to answer a lot of questions that your guests may have such as: “Where should I book my hotel?” “How do I get to the venue?” and “Where is the couple registered?”.
Thankfully you don’t need to be a programmer to make a website, and most wedding website creation is absolutely free. We’ve scoured the internet for the best platforms to build your wedding website, and here are our top five choices:
You might be more familiar with Zola as an online registry destination, but earlier this year, they launched their own Zola Weddings suite to provide brides and grooms with a comprehensive tool for wedding planning. Once you register for an account, you can begin by choosing a design template and filling in your information. There are places for your wedding date, your “How We Met” story, your schedule, travel information, the wedding party, your registry (which can be instantly integrated with your website if yours is through Zola), FAQs, and even photos. They also include an RSVP manager with a few more added organizational features. Of course, it keeps track of your attending guests, but it also lets you send messages via text or e-mail about addresses or with last minute advice like if they should expect bad weather.
Zola’s wedding website tool also integrates with their mobile app to give you frequent updates as tasks on your planning checklist come due and access to a live chat for advice. And best of all, it’s completely free, with no additional fees for photos or password protection.
Minted.com is essentially a community of independent artists who sell designs for invitations, place cards, save the dates, and any other paper goods you may need for your wedding day. They also have a free wedding website feature that lets couples choose a unique layout from the hundreds of designers on the site! But perhaps the best feature? The design that you choose for your layout can also be replicated on your invitations, save the date cards, etc. so that you can have one, cohesive theme throughout.
Creating a basic website includes an RSVP function, about section, information about lodging, a page announcing who the bridal party is, registry information, and the ability to create other online wedding-related events. The only drawback to Minted is that you have to pay an additional one-time fee of $20 to make your website private (meaning not searchable on search engines and password protected) and also to post a photo album on there.
Weddingwire.com also has a wedding website platform on their site, which has over 400 layouts to choose from and is absolutely free to use after you make an account. Similar to Zola and Minted, the wedding website designer is fairly simple to use and includes a welcome page, an opportunity to write down the story of how you met, a page for wedding events, travel information for guests, and accommodation information. WeddingWire’s site builder, however, comes with a dedicated photo page that can connect to an app called WedSocial. If you set up an account there and have your guests download the app, they can share photos (which will show up on your wedding website) and learn information about your wedding, which can really come in handy.
4. My Wedding
MyWedding.com is another great place to build a customized wedding website for your big day. You can easily choose a theme by a chosen category (such as by color, season, or design elements) and most of the layouts look well designed and intuitive for your guests to navigate. MyWedding has all of the same functionality as many other wedding website platforms such as an RSVP manager, wedding information, wedding accommodation info, etc., but is a pretty basic package. It may not have the bells and whistles as some of the other platforms, but the website password protection is free and it has all the right elements to communicate with your guests about your wedding.
Although you may think of WordPress as just a place to write a blog, you can actually set up a wedding website easily on this widely-used platform. WordPress is free to use and the best part is that you can customize your pages any way you would like. This freedom also has a downside, however. You’ll have to put in a little more effort to think of what pages you’ll need to include. Many of the ready-made wedding websites have pages right out of the box (such as an RSVP function, information on how to get to the wedding, and a separate page for the bridal party), but these might not be applicable if you are having a destination wedding or if you aren’t planning on having a bridal party. And even though it’s not a dedicated wedding website platform, WordPress does have a many free layouts that are made to look like wedding website pages.