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When creating your wedding website, you could start from scratch or hire a web design agency - but why not save yourself the hassle and expense by using a service that specializes in beautiful, easy-to-navigate sites that can be customized to meet your dreams?
One of the best reasons for creating a wedding website is the convenience. If you've already started planning your big day, you know that the amount of details you need to track can be overwhelming: announcing the engagement, choosing and booking a venue, deciding on your guest list and getting people to reserve the date and RSVP, creating a gift registry, and so much more. The best wedding website services let you put all of those pieces in one place, so that you, your significant other, and your loved ones are all on the same page (pun intended).
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The Knot is your one-stop-shop for your wedding website. Seriously, who can compete with completely free, along with more than 100 template designs to choose from. You'll find everything in a single place, from a wedding planning app to guest lists and registries that easily integrate with your wedding website - and even the ability to get print invitations that match flawlessly.
One way that this wedding website service stands out from the get-go is its inclusivity. The Knot makes it their passion and priority to serve all couples - no matter their religion, orientation, or culture. You'll see a beautiful array of weddings that truly span the spectrum as you browse the site.
Another feature we love about The Knot is how much support they offer you for every aspect of your planning, including your wedding website. Check out The Knot Wedding Website 101 section to find helpful articles about what to include - and what to avoid - when creating your site, helpful tools to consider, and more.
Ready to get started? Feel free to browse the available designs right on The Knot: no email address required. You can also see at a glance which designs have matching print invitations and which third-party vendor prints them (e.g. Shutterfly, Minted, Paperless Post). You'll need to create an account - it's 100% free - if you want to start entering your details and building your wedding website, though.
You'll find the whole process to be intuitive, simple, and even fun! You'll get a URL suggestion from The Knot, usually your name and your partner's (e.g. Pat-and-Taylor), but you can be as creative as you like. You'll also need to decide if you want your guests to be able to find your wedding website in search engine results. Enter your date and location if you already know it, but you can always skip that section and add it later.
Next, you may get some special offers from The Knot's partners. It felt a little unnecessarily mysterious to be able to see the offers but not the name of the company providing them - Awesome registry perks? Straight teeth? Tux rental package? - but you don't risk anything by saying you'd like to get more information (or skip the whole page).
The only paid feature on The Knot is if you decide you want a personalized domain for your wedding website. You can choose a URL that ends in .wedding, .com, .us, .net, or .info. Just type in your desired website address to see if it's available. You can also click "Inspire Me!" to get suggestions based on your personal details ("JimAndKim4ever", "MikeAndMattSayIDo", etc.). You'll pay $19.99 to register your custom domain for one year, or $39.98 for a 2-year registration.
Finally, you're ready to meet your wedding website dashboard. We can't say enough positive things about the elegant simplicity of the interface used by The Knot for helping people pull together their personalized sites. Here are the sections that will need your input:
Anytime you want to see how it's coming together, just hit the Preview button and take a look. And, you're not locked into the design you originally chose; feel free to switch it up until your wedding website looks just the way you pictured it.
It's also easy to get help from friendly representatives at The Knot, if you hit any snags when putting your wedding website together. They offer both an email help desk and a toll-free number that takes calls from 10A-4P EST, Monday through Friday.
Let's be real: planning a wedding can be stressful, exasperating, and expensive. So, when a helpful tool comes along that is easy to use, makes your life simpler, and on top of all of that it's FREE, you'd be a smart bride or groom to put it to work for you. For all of those reasons and many more, The Knot is the clear choice among services offering wedding websites. It earns our highest rating.
Amazing design + the most desired features + customize to your heart's content: does that sound like your ideal wedding website platform? Then check out Joy. Although it's one of the newer services on the market, the company has gone a long way to help couples create the wedding website that does everything they need - and nothing that they don't!
Among services offering wedding websites, Joy goes the furthest to let you see exactly what your experience - and your guests' - will be like while using the platform, without having to invest the time in setting up your account beforehand. Just go to the demo page: you'll be able to log in as if you were the guest of Amy and Dave (the first couple to use the site!), see two different templates, and even get a password to see the private sections of their website. In other words, you can take Joy for a full test drive and see how it looks and feels - risk- and hassle-free.
So, let's say you've decided that Joy is the right wedding website service for your big day. You'll start by entering the basic details - your name and your partner's, date and location if you know them, and then your email address and password. Our sign-up got a little bit stuck at this point: after entering our email and password, we were taken back to the first "create your account" screen. We had to go back out to the main Joy page and log in using the info we had put in the first time, and then we were redirected to our personal page. That's where you'll find the final step of "Create My Wedding", clicking on the blue box and going to your personal dashboard.
If there's any part of your Joy dashboard that doesn't apply to your wedding, you can just take it out! Maybe you don't have a wedding party, or you just want to set up a wedding website for collecting and sharing photos with your guests. No problem! Joy is very customizable - something we really love about this service. That personalization goes even further by letting you set up multiple admins for your account. If you want your significant other, your wedding planner, or your best man to be able to make changes, add guests, and so forth, you can. In fact, anyone you add to your guest list can be made an admin of your event.
Another feature we appreciate is the levels of password protection Joy offers. Maybe you want people to be able to find your wedding website, but you want your RSVP list to stay private. Or you may prefer that none of your content be viewable without your permission. Whichever you prefer, you've got the ability to create a custom event code that guests have to enter: for your whole website, for specific pages, or just to RSVP. The choices is 100% yours.
At the time of our review, all of the services offered by Joy were completely free to use. From the gift registry to the RSVP function, you'll get it all with no need to worry about "premium" content. (That's probably why the Pricing link at the bottom of the site...just redirects to the main Joy page!) The company does reserve the right to add paid services or collaborations in the future, but for now it's all included with your free account. And, you can keep your Joy account up and running as long as you want.
The only thing you might want to pay for is the stationery that matches your wedding website: most of Joy's themes and styles can be purchased as paper invitations, menus, save-the-date cards, and more.
One small detail to keep in mind: if you want a custom URL for your wedding website (e.g. "JenAndSven2020.com") you'll have to purchase that domain on your own, and then configure it to forward to your Joy event. That's an extra hoop to jump through, especially when so many of Joy's rivals give you the option to set up your custom domain through them.
Need any help getting your wedding website up and running? Joy stands ready to help. Look for the in-app chat by finding the question mark on the lower right-hand side of the screen (or the white box in the black circle on the desktop version). You'll always be connected with a real person, not a bot. Alternately, you can use Joy's customer service email, which you'll find in the FAQ section of the page.
According to the happy couples who have used Joy for their wedding websites, you'll get everything as promised: solid features, excellent customer service, and all the customization you need to make your site truly unique to you, your wedding, and your love story. This is an excellent choice among wedding website platforms!
Minted considers itself to be a "design marketplace": independent artists submit their work to be voted on by Minted's customers and staff, leaving only the most popular, well-created designs to choose from. In other words, this is a great service to use if you want a wedding website with print options to match - in a design that you're not likely to find anywhere else.
Minted is one of the best options if you know you'll want a full suite of print options for your wedding - save-the-date cards, invitations, and so on. In fact, you can get a free personalized sample save-the-date card by selecting from one of their featured designs, uploading your photo, and entering your names and wedding date. If you're particular about how your print products look and feel, this is a fantastic way to literally see for yourself what Minted has to offer.
One thing Minted customers rave about is their integrated RSVP/envelope addressing for printed wedding mailers. Once they have all of your guests' details, they'll print their names and addresses at no charge. That can save you a lot of time and hassle, especially if you take advantage of Minted's online address collection service. This feature sends guests a digital card or unique link, where they enter their own names and addresses. That way, you don't have to worry about copying addresses correctly from your Christmas card list, texts or scraps of paper: your guests will take care of it themselves!
You may find promotions at the top of the Minted site that can make your print purchase even more affordable. At the time of our most recent evaluation, there was a seasonal discount of 15% on wedding materials and 25% on save-the-date cards. We also got a pop-up discount offer of 20% as we browsed the site, so keep an eye out for any special deals during your visit too.
To get started, take a look through the hundreds of designs featured on the Minted weddings website. You can sort them by season, style and color, to narrow things down. We definitely recommend using the Favorites heart to keep track of the ones that catch your eye, because there are so many to choose from (more than 34 pages, with over 1000 design options)!
When you find a style you like, you can click to see greater details about how the wedding website would be laid out, preview various color themes, and see a sample site in that design. Scrolling down, you'll see all of the available print products to match the theme - from invitations and programs to stamps, menus and more - and even a bio of the artist who designed it.
Minted's wedding websites are free if you stick to their Basic plan. Included in this tier of service are the following features:
On the other hand, if you want to add a photo gallery or custom pages, have a private website, or create a custom URL, you should expect to pay a one-time fee of $20 to access Minted's Premium plan.
With either package, you won't have to spend much time on the fine details (fonts, layout, etc.): Minted's dashboard and tools walk you through everything you need - like event dates and times, marking events private if you want to limit the guest list to certain people, and so forth - all within the template you already selected. Some couples say that they were able to complete their wedding website in just 10 minutes!
Gift registries are especially easy to include on your Minted site. You can add any information about the places you've registered, from the address of your favorite local furniture store to the URL of your registry at your preferred big-box retailer.
Overall, Minted has a reputation for being the wedding website platform of choice for couples who love the idea of having a one-of-a-kind design, especially if matching print options are a priority. The service is affordable whether you're planning on having paper invites or going strictly digital, and the easy-to-use platform makes it fast to create a wedding website that will be simple for guests to use.
Do you consider yourself to be "design-forward"? Are you a devotee of the tastemakers at Marie Claire or Conde Nast? If so, you might find yourself put off by many of the generic wedding websites out there today. Enter Riley & Grey.
This wedding website platform caters to modern couples - from around the globe. This is accomplished through both an extremely customizable template and through hands-on customer service representatives who can help you with any step of the process. Whether you have culture-specific requirements that often can't be found on "one size fits all" wedding website builders, or you need your site in a language other than English, Riley & Grey can make it work.
All of the designs on this site are limited-offer. This means that you won't see your exact same wedding website used by thousands of other couples all over the internet. If you were the person at Prom who had to be sure that no one else was wearing the same dress or tux as you, this could be the right platform for you!
To begin building your site for free, or even to take a peek at the designs offered on this platform, you'll have to enter your email address. Riley & Grey could be more competitive with other wedding website providers by letting prospective clients browse their designs without entering personal information - but, pro tip, check out the R&G blog to get a peek at some of the templates they've highlighted there. (And, PS, no one said you have to enter your own email address. *wink wink*)
Now you can start looking through the available templates. There are a LOT to choose from, so you might be wise to start out using the filter options:
We really like that you can choose a "Demo" mode for any design that catches your attention and see every single feature, fully fleshed out for the (fictitious?) couple named "Riley and Grey". This platform definitely has an upscale/trendy/digital feel that most website builders lack; you'll feel that as you experience the "scrolling curtain" effect as you roll through the page. (By the way, their FAQ says that you can turn that effect off if your "older guests" find your wedding website hard to navigate because of it!)
Riley & Grey is the most expensive of the wedding website builders we evaluated. While you can create your site for free, you can't publish it to the web until you've selected a paid option: $35/month or $240/year. Here's what you'll get with either payment plan:
Although Riley & Grey costs significantly more than most wedding website builders, the focus on gorgeous design and the ability to easily get live help from someone in-the-know could be a huge perk (and really, what's $240/year when you're paying $10,000+ for your wedding?). If you've got a little to spend and you want a wedding website that is truly unique to you and your love story, Riley & Grey should be on your list.
With over 150 million users, Wix is one of the world's most recognized website building platforms. So, while they don't focus solely on wedding websites, you can definitely use their tools and designs to create yours.
Want to browse Wix's templates or get more details on what they offer? You'll have to create an account to look behind the curtain. (But don't worry - we've done that for you, so you only have to create an account if you want to.)
Under the category of Weddings, Wix offers 26 templates to choose from. Some of those don't really apply to wedding websites for couples (e.g. advertising a wedding venue, wedding cakes, or videography services), so keep an eye on that while you browse the possibilities.
For each template, you can select "Edit" or "View": either jump right in and start customizing your wedding website, or see what the whole set-up looks like before you decide. There's also a semi-hidden "Info" button in the lower left corner; Wix tells you the overall style of the template, for whom it's best suited, and any unique features like parallax scrolling or video backgrounds.
When you have decided on the right template for your wedding website, you can jump right in and start editing the prefilled text to match your event. Wix comes out ahead in this department, when compared with other services that offer websites for a variety of purposes. Although you can still tell that wedding websites aren't Wix's primary focus - one of the prefilled sections reads "go into a little more detail about your company" and "talk about your team and what services you provide" - it's still much more intuitive than the two other one-size-fits-all website services in our review.
When you click on the "edit" button, it may take a while for your page to load (on our end, it took 30+ seconds). You'll be taken to a video introducing the Wix Editor - and unless you're a web developer or a business owner already familiar with the platform, you'll find it well worth the minute and a half to get a feel for how to use Wix for your wedding website.
While Wix incorporates most of the features people are typically looking for in a wedding website - RSVP/guest list management, event details, registry links, etc. - you're going to have to put in a lot more effort to make everything come together. For example, in the Registry section, you'll have to find or create images to show where you're registered, and then add the link to your specific registry. Wix assumes you want a lot of control over the minor details of your wedding website, and that you aren't going to get frustrated by having to upload images, change layouts, and so on.
What does it cost to use Wix for your wedding site? They offer a basic plan that gives you everything for free: templates, clip art and icons, web hosting, 24/7 support, 500MB storage and 1GB bandwidth, and mobile optimization. Your domain will be Wix (i.e. username.wixsite.com/sitename). You can upgrade to a Combo plan for $13/month. This gives you 2GB bandwidth, 3GB storage, 30 video minutes, your custom domain name free for 1 year and no Wix ads. There are other paid plans, but the tools/features included apply more to businesses and freelancers and not to personal websites.
At the end of the day, whether or not Wix is a good fit for your wedding website depends on your needs. If you have some familiarity with how websites are built and you love the idea of having a lot of control over each pixel and placement of text, Wix is definitely the best of the builder-type sites.
But, if you want a service that takes care of the details and walks you through each step of incorporating your registry, adding your guest list, and designing your wedding website, Wix could prove to be overwhelming.
MyEvent has been helping people organize everything from charity walks to community gatherings for more than 15 years.
We appreciate that MyEvent offers a 7-day free trial, so you can see if it's the wedding website service that fits your style and your needs at no risk to your wallet. Be aware that MyEvent isn't just for weddings: to get started, you'll have to choose from these categories:
We recommend that you select the Events option, because it's the closest match for a wedding website. You'll be offered the choice of a Basic or Premium plan. It gets a little confusing trying to determine how each plan applies to a wedding website: you'll pay platform fees, ticket fees, and credit card fees (3%, $0.75, and 2.9%, respectively) no matter which of the two you select. The Basic and Premium plans also both give you social media integration, an RSVP list, phone & email support, and a location map for your site. The Premium plan adds the ability to accept donations, to send broadcast emails, and gives you the space to keep 500 photos on the site.
MyEvent might have been a great option when there were no other wedding-specific website services available. But, things have changed: now, there are lots of options that cater to couples planning their wedding, and that don't make them sort through an entire list of options that aren't really applicable to their situation. Ticket types and fees? Donations? Payout costs? Those are all important if you're hosting a concert or organizing a walk-a-thon, but not so much if you're bringing friends and family together for your "I do".
For all of these reasons, we think you'll have a more streamlined experience when using one of the wedding website options that ranked higher in our review. But, because MyEvent still gives you a free trial and has a solid reputation, this wedding website provider still earns a 3-star ranking.
Since 2003, millions of people have used Squarespace to build their websites, for everything from entrepreneurs to artists and much more. You'll get a free 14-day trial to see if their wedding websites are a good match for your design preferences. After that, you'll pay the same rates as any other kind of website: $16/month or $144/year. (That may come with some advanced features you don't even need, let alone recognize: website metrics? SEO features for site visibility?) Unlike some wedding websites, Squarespace doesn't upcharge for a custom domain: it's included with your monthly/annual fees.
If you're going to use Squarespace for your wedding website, you'd better come prepared to spend some time getting oriented to the way this provider does things. You'll get a handful of templates to choose from, and then you'll edit the prefilled content to match your wedding. Hint: look for the "Edit" button in the upper left-hand corner of the template you select.
We didn't see any of the convenient features offered by many other wedding website providers: no easy way to manage a guest list/RSVPs, create a registry, and so on. You can click on the Travel and Registry features (on the template we chose, those were at the top of the editing page/process), but you'll be entering your own information there. (In other words, you'll have to let people know where they can find any reserved hotel blocks you've arranged, and you can include a link to a registry you've created on another site.)
In fact, the whole experience with trying to use Squarespace was frustrating at best. The service claims to simplify planning, to let you create a customized cash gift registry and/or easily embed other registries, and create albums quickly for showing your life together and photos after the event. But, good luck figuring out where those things are once you've chosen your preferred template! Unless you're a web developer or maybe a business owner who has already used Squarespace for creating other websites, you're probably going to find yourself staring at the screen, asking "What do I do now?"
Because of the less-than-intuitive nature of Squarespace's wedding website services, we can only give them a 2-star rating at this time. With so many wedding-focused website providers out there today, this is really only a good service for people who already know and love the Squarespace platform.
eWedding was created by a couple after they designed their own wedding website and got rave reviews from family and friends. They built a team and created a platform for making simple yet fully-featured websites for couples like them.
You won't find a big selection of themes on eWedding: just 6 free styles (one with a Candy Crush design?!) and 6 premium options. There weren't any huge stylistic differences between the designs, which fell a little flat compared with similar wedding website services on the market today.
In general, you'll have the following areas to edit on your wedding website:
Be careful to hit the "save my work" button at the bottom of the page as you make progress with designing your wedding website. That seems a little outdated in a day where everything now saves automatically, but it is what it is.
You'll be asked to create an account once you hit "save my work" the first time. There are a series of basic questions, like couple's names, whether you want your website to be hidden from search engines, and your desired login and password. From there, you can go back to editing the sections that apply to your wedding.
Pricing with eWedding is pretty straightforward. You can create a basic site for free, no credit card required. This gives you an open RSVP, standard themes, and basic tools. If you upgrade to the Premium package at $9/month, your features include a custom domain name, premium themes, unlimited open or closed RSVPs and email blasts, no ads and priority support. If you're really into under-the-hood features, the $27/month Premium Plus+ plan tacks on SSL security, email forwarding, white labeling (that removes the eWedding brand from your wedding website), and several other web-based perks.
So far, so good, right? We thought so too, until we started looking at actual customers' experiences with using eWedding. If you need customer service help with your wedding website, good luck getting it from anyone at this company. When we clicked on the "Contact Us" link, we were taken to a page that said our message had been sent. Unless the site somehow understood our concerns telepathically and sent it along to a company rep, there's no way to actually connect with someone at eWedding.
Is eWedding still in business? You can still go through all of the steps to create your wedding website, manage your guest list, specify your budget and bills, and so on. But, with reviews that are nearly two years old and at least one social media platform that hasn't been updated in almost three years, we're not entirely sure - it seems like the lights are on but nobody's home.
So, while you could start your wedding website on eWedding, you may not want to trust it to be fully operational - and don't count on getting any customer support no matter which pricing package you choose. There are more confidence-inspiring wedding website options out there, so be sure to look at the other choices we evaluated for you.
Wedding Window has been around for a while, offering free and premium/paid wedding websites with a respectable variety of tools and features.
It's free to start your wedding website with this service. Select a username, enter your email address and a password, and then some basic details: names of the couple (it does say "bride" and "groom", which is not as LGBTQ+ aware as we'd expect by now), date of the wedding, and the desired domain name (i.e. desiredname.weddingwindow.com). You'll be taken to a tour of the service. It gives you a good overview of what to expect as you build your wedding website. We like that they have tutorials for many of their key features, like customizing elements of your selected theme or managing the pages of your site.
The Planning Tools section is also nicely intuitive to use. Under that tab, you'll find the ability to add specific events like the ceremony and the reception, a guest list section, plus budgeting and checklist tools.
Wedding Window offers a good range of features with a free wedding website account: standard planning tools and simple RSVP, up to 13 pages on the site, video and photo backgrounds, 50MB of storage, and hosting.
If you're willing to pay $79/year or $14.95/month, you can upgrade to the Premium package. This gives you 20GB of storage, up to 60 pages on your wedding website, premium themes and custom video/photo backgrounds, an upgraded Guest List/RSVP setup, and more.
Wedding Window offers several a la carte add-ons as well. These include a custom .wedding domain ($24.95/year) or just a custom domain (.com/.net./.org/.info, $19.95/year). You can also buy a "keepsake download" of your entire site to save forever ($35), hide the Wedding Window copyright ($14.95), or get an extra year of hosting ($79/year).
There are several big red flags we discovered with Wedding Window. First, the main site for the service isn't secure; given that securing websites was an across-the-board recommended change in 2018, it makes it seem like Wedding Window isn't paying attention to some important details. Further lending to the impression that this service isn't really staying up-to-date, their most "current" blog post at the time of our most recent visit was nearly 3 years in the past.
The bigger concern is this company's reputation. At the time of this review, the Better Business Bureau rated Wedding Window with a grade of "F". They said that the company has failed to respond to complaints filed against them. Just take a look at one of the complaints on the BBB site and you'll see what they mean: emails go unanswered, the "contact us" form on the Wedding Window site gets no response, generally leaving their customers with no way to reach them. That's definitely not the "hands-on customer service" promised in their description of their features.
With so many reputable - and free! - wedding website possibilities out there, why would you risk spending your time or money on a service that may leave you with zero support? It's no surprise that Wedding Window is at the bottom of our rankings.
And, many providers of wedding websites don't stop once the "I dos" have been said and the rings have been exchanged. The most robust options let you upload and preserve photos from your ceremony, reception, and even the honeymoon if you wish - so that your friends and family can continue to share your joy for as long as you keep the site going.
So, what should you consider as you decide which platform is the best for building your ideal wedding website? Here are several criteria that could help you narrow down the options:
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