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!)
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.
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.
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.
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:
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