This month bride blogger Keri shares the pros and cons of popular wedsite options!
A bride creating their own wedding website has become an increasingly popular trend in the wedding industry, and for good reason! A wedding website (wedsite) is great for gathering all the information you can’t fit into your wedding invitations: registry information, hotels, directions, transportation, information about the couple and so much more! If you Google ‘wedding website builder’ you are sure to get dozens of website generators. Some are free, and many offer different features, which can be overwhelming when it comes to selecting the perfect one to use for your wedding. I have compiled the pros and cons of the top FREE wedding website generators that I found while searching for one to use myself (there are many other great websites out there that are not included in this list).
Spoiler alert… I ended up creating my own website using Wix. You can check out my final design here.
1. The Knot
Pros: Arguably the most popular bridal website out there. It has some fabulous tools and can be easily integrated from your wedding profile. It is extremely easy to use and a website can be created very quickly. They are now also including personalized dot com website addresses which make finding your site easier for guests.
Cons: The biggest issue I found when using The Knot is that you are limited to a few design templates that may or may not fit your wedding theme.
Pros: If you are looking for a comprehensive theme for your wedding this is the place to go! The free wedding website templates on Minted correspond to wedding paper suites that will create a cohesive style for your entire wedding. RSVP function also includes a dropdown for a finite number of guests (when guests RSVP online, they can only RSVP for the number of guests you gave them) which is a helpful tool for planning.
Cons: In order to get a specific URL for your website, you have to upgrade to a paid version. The section tabs on the website are difficult to customize to your specific needs and can change the overall aesthetics of the website.
3. Wedding Wire
Pros: A good choice if you are having a destination wedding or a wedding with a large number of out-of-town guests. Their websites include a customization “Travel” section that includes a widget (powered by fly.com) that allows your guests to search for flights to and from your wedding, directly from your website.
Cons: Again, the templates and themes to pick from can seem a little lackluster compared to the more modern designs that other website builders are offering. Does not offer many of the additional add-on features that the other websites have.
Pros: Joy is one of the newest wedding website to hit the internet (I admittedly would have used it if I knew it existed when I created my website). Joy is easy-to-us and is highly functional with features you didn’t even know you wanted on your website: multiple admins, custom guest notifications, collect guest photos, push notifications to remind guests to RSVP, wedding day app, import spreadsheets, manage wedding party and timeline and social media control.
Cons: On the security features, if you choose your website to be “Guest-only” and not “Public” then your guests have to create an account to access your wedding information. This can be troublesome for guests that aren’t technology-savy. Also, if you are getting married in a place with minimal cell or WiFi coverage, guests won’t be able to use many features of the wedding day app including uploading photos to the timeline.
Pros: Create your own website! You have the freedom to create a completely unique website that fits your exact needs.
Cons: Time and technology intensive. If you are looking to build a quick website or don’t love using technology, then I would steer clear of this option. There is also a fairly intrusive footer banner that stays on your website unless you pay the $10/month upgrade.
At the end of the day, there are so many great wedding website builders out there for brides to choose from everyone can find one that fits their needs!