With technology becoming a central part of our lives, it’s no wonder that wedding websites are becoming increasingly popular. Personal wedding websites offer convenience and a cost-effective option to the couple getting married and to their guests.
So, what exactly is a wedding website, what should you know about it, and is it something worth considering for your wedding?
What Is A Wedding Website?
When we say wedding websites, we aren’t referring to a site like this one where you find out information about weddings.
Rather, a personal wedding website is made specifically for your wedding and all the information that surrounds it – events, dates, guests, locations, as well as pictures, housing, and anything else. It serves as a place for you to keep all your information in a well-sorted and useful manner.
The main function of a wedding website is to provide organized information about your wedding to your guests. Essentially, by storing all the relevant information about your wedding on your website, you can help your guests to always have easy access to whatever info they need. This means fewer phone calls at any time of day with questions you’ve answered dozens of times, fewer emails to reply to, as well as much simpler and easier to make wedding invitations. Additionally, after the wedding, the website can remain live as a souvenir of the day.
Wedding websites are simple but incredibly useful websites that anyone can make with the many different online tools available. Even if you’re a tech rookie, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to create your own wedding website. And the best part is that most of the sites you come across are free.
PROS AND CONS OF WEDDING WEBSITES
Let’s break down the various pros and cons of wedding websites so that you can get a better idea of whether that’s a good choice for you and your spouse.
Pros of wedding websites:
- It’s the easiest way to keep your guests informed about everything surrounding the wedding. Travel, accommodations, registries, location, and even things such as other local activity hot spots, restaurants, and so on. Essentially, you can turn your wedding website into a “tourist information website” with your wedding being the “tourist destination” and your guests – the “tourists”.
- It’s surprisingly easy. Even if you’ve never made a website before and your best software achievement so far in life has been the setup of your Facebook page, you’ll most likely be able to create your own wedding website. There are many different ways to either create your own customized website from the ground up or to just use a ready-made template that already has everything you’d need.
- Most wedding website options are available for free! One thing most engaged couples don’t think about is how ridiculously expensive paper invitations can be. With a wedding website, you can be economical and sustainable about paper invitations by simply sending out an e-invite with a link to your website.
- A wedding website generally has customizable privacy settings. A lot of the tools or templates you can use will make your website password-protected so that only you and your guests can view what’s on it.
- You can do a lot on a wedding website. You’ll also be able to customize your guest list, set up a virtual wedding gift list, get your RSVPs there, and much, much more.
- It’s something you and your partner can do together in preparation for the wedding, ensuring that you both are on the same page. It’s also a nice way to get him/her involved if they’re not the sort to enjoy planning a wedding.
Cons of wedding websites:
- If you’re a perfectionist or if you’re very unfamiliar with the tools needed to make a wedding website, you can end up spending way too much time on it.
- Some of your older guests will likely be less technical and won’t enjoy having to visit a website every time they need information. Instead, most such guests will usually prefer to call you on the phone or even meet you in person to get the information they want. An easy way to deal with that is to predict which guests will fall in this category and to give them all the information they’ll need ahead of time, leaving the website for everyone else.
- It’s one more thing to do before the wedding – and you’ll have plenty of those anyway. What’s more – it’s something you need to do before you’ve even sent the invitations out and that gives you an even shorter timeframe.
Wedding Website vs. Wedding Registry vs. Honeymoon Fund
While wedding websites are relatively new, wedding registries and honeymoon funds have been around a bit longer. Here’s a look at how they differ:
Also called a bridal registry, this is essentially a virtual gift list. It is most commonly offered as a service by retail stores and online store websites. You can use a wedding registry to prepare your list of desired wedding gifts and send it to your guests. Whenever someone purchases something from your wedding registry for your wedding, the item will be removed from the list so that you don’t end up with two of the same gifts or a collection of unwanted kitchenware.
Honeymoon registries or funds are very similar to bridal registries except they aren’t meant for the wedding gifts but for the honeymoon. They serve the same purpose, however – instead of having your guests buying you gifts, you can send them a link to your honeymoon fund and they can help you fund your dream vacation.
In essence, both of these alternatives serve only a fraction of the services that a wedding website does – the purchase of wedding gifts. A wedding website will offer you a registry as well as all the other things we’ve mentioned above.
Still, if arranging the wedding gift list is the main thing you’d need an online tool for, you don’t need a wedding website and you can make do with just a wedding registry or a honeymoon fund.
What To Include In A Wedding Website?
The beauty of a wedding website is that you can customize it however you like. Here are some ideas:
- Basic information such as dates, locations and a guest list
- Wedding registry
- Honeymoon fund
- Invitations and RSVP
- Stories and montages of your life so far together and your engagement
- Share your photos after the wedding
- Location information, guides for your guests
- Social features such as a chat or forum system
The only limits are your preferences and the time/resources you want to spend on the site.
Which Are The Best Platforms To Create A Wedding Website Easily?
Creating a wedding website is a great bonding activity… most times!
There are countless different platforms and builder tools you can use to build a wedding website. If you want to do it perfectly, you can hire a professional to build your site from the ground up but creating it together as a couple is a great bonding activity.
If you’re looking where to create your wedding website, some tools are better than others, so here we’ve listed some of our favorites:
- Squarespace is the most professional option here, however, it is paid. There is a 2-week trial version but you’ll have to upgrade after that. Still, if quality is what you’re after, you can’t go wrong with Squarespace.
- The Knot’s wedding website service is free while also offering $20 custom domains. It goes hand in hand with the Knot’s other tools and services, and it’s very easy to use.
- Zola is free and offers $15 domains if you want one. It’s very easy to set up, it accompanies the creation process with a lot of useful tips, and it has a great guest list feature, as well as a privacy capability.
- Wix has a free option but it’s not that great as it has a rather unpleasant Wix banner that goes with it. The paid version is $10 a month, however, and it has a ton of great features such as a photo uploader, a click-and-drag editor tool, and more.
- Joy is another great free option. It allows you to send broadcast announcements to your guests, digital invitations and RSVPs, as well as a timeline functionality that’s great for photo and comment uploads.