Your wedding is going to be an event. No—it’s going to be the event of the year. That means that you have lots of vital deets to share with your guests, including the location of the rehearsal dinner, the time of the ceremony, transportation to the reception, the must-attend sparkler send-off, and the morning-after brunch. Not only do these pieces of information need to be communicated in your wedding invitation suite, but they also need to be available online for the forgetful few who will leave their invite in their hotel room. Hosting a wedding website also allows you to provide links to your block of reserved hotel rooms, your wedding registry (hello Cuisinart ten-piece cooking set!), and the story of how you and your fiancé fell in love.
Fortunately, you do not need to learn HTML to build your wedding website. There are a variety of tools available to make it easy to create an elegant, custom, informational website—no programming experience needed. What follows are our six recommendations for the most modern, easy-to-use tools to accompany your custom stationery suite.
Wix is a templated content management platform that will allow you to create and host a custom website inexpensively. Wix offers pre-designed templates, custom event calendars, a photo gallery creation tool, and social media integration.
This software as a service (SaaS) company, offers website building and hosting for novice designers. It uses pre-built website templates and easy-to-use drag-and-drop functionality to make it easy to tailor designs for your event. Squarespace also allows for a built-in wedding cash registry for accepting secure financial gifts, as well as the ability to link to external registries easily.
The Knot is one of our favorite hubs for wedding trends and design advice, and it also offers brides and grooms tools to build custom wedding websites. It allows couples to share wedding details, links to registries, to create a custom design, and even personalize the URL. That means that your #JamaicanMeASmith wedding hashtag for your destination wedding can become your wedding website URL too.
Another one of our favorite go-to-sources for wedding inspiration, WeddingWire allows for the setup of free wedding websites in only minutes. With easily customizable templates to choose from, you can design a digital platform that will perfectly complement your stationery and wedding theme.
Take your wedding storytelling to the next level with Riley & Gray. It is currently offering limited-edition wedding website templates created by the same digital tastemakers from brands like the New York Times, Marie Claire, Glossier, and Condé Nast. For couples planning an international wedding, or uniting their unique cultures, Riley & Gray also offers the ability to change your website’s copy into a different language and accommodate a variety of culturally appropriate customizations.
This website includes mobile app creation for a dynamic experience. Use a video on your cover page, allow your guests to sign up for event alerts (for that cousin who is always “fashionably” late), share photos, and travel plans.
No matter what website solution you use, do not underestimate the importance of sending your guests a tangible, beautifully designed, and customized invitation that reflects your wedding theme. We are all addicted to social media and the Internet, but nothing replaces the delight of receiving an artful invitation in the mail. Plus, you can’t add an app to your scrapbook. To request a consultation from RSVP to me, click here.