Wedding Series: Building My Wedding Website

Buildling my wedding website

We have our dates set and our venues booked! I figured it was about time to build a wedding website. Creating a wedding website is a great way for couples to tell their story and keep friends and family up to date on all the details of current wedding plans. There are many options out there from free to self hosted. Let’s go through them and you’ll find out which one I picked for myself!! (Make sure you scroll all the way to the end to check out my final wedding website!)

1. Free wedding websites (hosted):

Example wedding website from the knot

Sample wedding website from The Knot

Free is always nice, especially with the costs of weddings being sky high. I started off looking at the 3 most popular sites to build a free wedding site: The Knot, Wedding Wire, and My Wedding. It’s fairly easy to build these sites, all you need to do is pick from the range of templates and fill in your information. They also host you wedding site for you, which means your information and data will be stored on a server and you won’t need to manage yourself.

My personal thoughts: I’ve seen plenty of couples use free wedding website builders and been happy with it. But I’m a big stickler for design, and while they are popular, the templates really didn’t fit my taste. I tested them out, and though I found were all very easy to build and put your information in, all the templates are pretty standard and I found them to look a little dated. But I suppose that is the price of free.

Pros:

  • Easy to build with no web design experience
  • Hosted
  • Free!

Cons:

  • Not a lot of flexibility in terms of design
  • Templates are very standard
  • You’ll be stuck with a non-custom domain name (ie  couplesnames.weddingwire.com)


2. Paid wedding websites (hosted):

wedding website example

example wedding website from Wedding JoJo

Now if you don’t mind spending a little bit, you can pay for a hosted wedding website. This will usually allow you to have a custom domain and also more customization in terms of designs and additional options. A few popular ones are Weduary, Appy Couple, and Wedding Jojo. Most of these wedding websites will run from $50-$180 a year, depending on the options you want.

My personal thoughts: I found the designs and templates to be a definite improvement from the free wedding website options. But there was still some restriction in terms of design. If you’re not too tech savvy, but still want a beautiful customized site, I would recommend this option.

Pros:

  • Easy to build with no web design experience
  • Hosted
  • You can have your own personalized domain name (ie. couplesnames.com)

Cons:

  • You still have to work within the templates
  • Restrictions on personalized design options
  • Plan on spending a little bit of cash

3. Self Hosted Wedding Website

This is the type of website website that you build from scratch. You’ll have to buy your own domain name and handle you own hosting, but you can choose to make it look however you want! There will be a significant time factor to building your own website, and if you haven’t built a website before, it may be a steep learning curve. It will probably cost about $80-120, which is pretty much in the same range of the paid & hosted wedding websites.

My personal thoughts: As you can probably guess, this is the option I went for! I wanted to build something that was a reflection of my style and my wedding. I’ve built a few websites of my own, and it this option was the only way to have the website come out the way I wanted to look.

Pros:

  • Have you website designed exactly the way you want

Cons:

  • You need to have some experience in building websites
  • You will need to manage your domain and hosting yourself
  • Be prepared to put some time into it

Now I present to you my wedding website!

It took me about 3 days to set it up and about $100 all together. I’ve put together the basic details of my wedding website with the dates and events, but I plan on adding to it as the wedding planning progresses. Here is is:

My wedding website

What do you think?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • http://www.hanhabelle.com/ Hanh

    Love this idea Eileen, you are so organised! I haven’t thought about creating a wedding website but think I may have too :)

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

    • http://www.yesmissy.com/ Eileen

      Thanks Hanh, just trying to check off all the things on my list! Plus it was so fun to do. I’m sure you’ll have fun with it too!

      Cheers,
      Eileen

  • Robin Rue

    That is a cute idea. I got married on 10-10-10, so I didn’t need a countdown really because I got married on one of the awesomest dates ever :)

  • http://www.hockeywifehockeylife.com/ Samantha Angell

    Your website looks so great! I had a small wedding website through the knot, but never really did anything with it- mostly I just kept my blog updated!

  • http://shabbychicboho.com/ Terri Ramsey Beavers

    Thank you so much for all of the tips. If I ever get married, they will come in handy.

  • Vicki W

    Your website is beautiful and so is the couple! I never knew until recently that wedding websites were popular. I just happened to stumble across one and thought it was an awesome idea!

  • http://francramon.com/ Franc Ramon

    I think a wedding website can be a great way to document the wedding. It would also be a good place to summarize all the wedding details.

  • http://29303.blogspot.com/ rm29303

    Wow you really have your stuff together but what a great way to keep things organized and be able to keep guests up to date as well. I hope you have a lovely wedding and look forward to seeing more about it!

  • Dawn

    I think wedding websites are the coolest. They weren’t a thing back when me and my husband got married.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    This is so cute ❤ we made a wedding site for our wedding but unfortunately o think my hubby and I were the only ones who ever looked at it lol

  • http://www.myrabev.blogspot.co.uk/ Mia Myrabev

    This is beautiful, money well spent and love how you have designed it. So personal and classic

  • http://www.healthyfamilymatters.com Erica Brooks

    I think it looks great. Planning a wedding can be so much fun.

  • Kristin

    I love this. I wish they had this when I got married.

  • Lisa

    These are great ideas! There was no such thing as a wedding website when I was engaged. I wish there had been.

  • Kae James

    This look soo pretty. I’ve never been married but if I ever, I am going to use this site.

  • Kari Jordan

    I LOVE this idea! We had a destination wedding and set up a VERY primitive site like this (12 years ago) with hotel info, etc. These are so pretty!

  • http://madhippieslife.com/ Debbie

    What a beautiful way to document the journey and share with others! I have never heard of doing this before, amazing idea.

  • michele d

    Sounds like a great and modern idea. I like it a lot!

  • http://www.ericastartwalking.com/ Erica Bodker

    I wish I would have had one. I think it would have made things a lot easier.

  • http://www.noliesplace.com Nolie

    There are many different sites but I found that none of them did exactly what I wanted so I made my own when I was getting married.

  • Fi Ni Neachtain

    Wow your wedding website is so beautiful, I love the design! I love the idea of this but I don’t think my other half and I will be having a big wedding, might just make one for our memories though :)

  • Juliana RW

    I never hear about wedding site before. Beautiful and modern design, btw.

  • http://adorkablii.com/ Amanda @ Adorkablii

    This is seriously so darn cute!!!! This is like the new way for wedding invite. I love it. Something different to a tradition, ya know. I love it!!!

  • http://www.youbabyandi.com Shanéy Vijendranath

    This looks awesome! Love the layout and pictures. I wish I did this when I got married.

  • Johanna Both

    Really nice website you put together, simple and elegant and still soul warming. Congrats.

  • http://www.AmbyFelix.com Amby Felix

    This is such a lovely idea! It looks beautiful and clean! :)

  • мѕ.αℓчѕѕα

    What a beautiful idea, I love it! I’m loving your pictures!!!

  • Lynn Dee

    I never tried having a wedding website. It is a great idea though, no doubt.

  • Nichole Monk

    What a great idea. Congrats on the upcoming wedding!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I can only imagine the fun you would have with a wedding website. I’d probably go the build my own route.

  • Stillblondeafteralltheseyears

    Being a blogger I would probably go with the custom site as well. I don’t know that I ever would have gotten that organized.

  • Risa

    Wedding websites are becoming a more popular thing these days. Yours looks great and it looks like it was a lot of fun to make too. Thanks for sharing and congratulations!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I love this idea! What a great way to keep everyone connected for a wedding. I wish i could have done this for my wedding.

  • http://www.LeonBailey.me/ Leon Bailey

    It turned out very nice. I do web design so it’s always nice to see people get to it and put sites together! :)

  • http://www.localadventurer.com/ esther julee

    Love how yours turned out! We ended up putting together our own wedding website.. and I’m so glad because now it’s turned into our travel blog! :)

  • Chrysa Duran

    I’m so amazed that everyone makes a wedding website. I loved your explanation. Such a great way to keep organized.

  • Manu Kalia

    Getting a wedding website is on my list. Thank you for the list.

  • April Mims

    Your website looks great and I love that you made it just the way you wanted it. I didn’t realize there were so many different options for wedding sites.

  • john lopez

    Thanks eileen , you’re so inspiring person, and i don’t think to build a website like this one. More power!

  • Faithful_Mommie

    What a great idea! This is certainly inspiring if I ever get married again! :)

  • mail4rosey

    Easy would win my vote. But flexibility would too (the first on the pro list, the second on the con). I think I’d opt for easy though. ;)

  • http://www.tothemotherhood.com/ HilLesha O’Nan

    That is simply beautiful! Ideas like this almost makes me wish that I had a wedding when I got married. :)

  • Carly Anderson

    Your wedding site is so beautiful! I absolutely love it!

  • Elizabeth O.

    Your web design looks simple yet elegant. I really love it!

  • http://www.happilyblended.com Brandy

    What a beautiful website, I love the idea of making a wedding website. Thanks for sharing this, because honestly I never thought of it before!

  • Rebecca Swenor

    This sounds amazing indeed. I love the wedding website well done. I don’t even know there was anything like this at all. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.colormebrave.com/ Paulina Dombrowski

    Love this! I can’t wait to make a wedding website.

  • http://www.thepeachkitchen.com/ Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    I think your wedding website is juts adorable and perfect.

  • April Mcwhirter

    Absolutely love your website! Im getting married next September in Jamaica and we are started to look at websites! I know that you self hosted your website but in maybe 4 steps could you explain how exactly did you go about it? Where you went online to get started. Thank you love your blog!

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