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Wedding Website: What's the Difference & Where to Start?

Wedding Website: Where to Start, What’s the Difference, & What’s Needed?

5.11.21

Having a wedding website is by no means a requirement, but many Illinois couples are finding a great way to build excitement for the big day by having a web page dedicated to it! A wedding website is a perfect resource to share more than can fit on a save the date or invitation. Websites can include bonus information to further personalize it like the engagement story, and useful information like links to the gift registry or hotel blocks.

 

If you’re ready to start your own wedding website, we have all the details on where to start, what’s the difference (WeddingWire vs Zola vs The Knot), and what’s included in common wedding websites to make them complete!

Popular Wedding Websites: What’s the Difference

Zola

  • Cost: Free (Custom domain is $14.95)
  • Registry: Zola-hosted registry
  • RSVP services included
  • 140+ design templates
  • Matching Wedding Stationery

The Knot

  • Cost: Free (Custom domain is $20)
  • Registry: Easily hosts registries from many places, along with cash and experience gifts
  • RSVP services included
  • 100+ design templates
  • Matching Wedding Stationery

WeddingWire

  • Cost: Free (Custom domain is $24 for 1 year)
  • Registry: WeddingWire-hosted registry
  • 120+ design templates
  • RSVP services included

Other Wedding Providers with More Customization & Designs

Platforms like Squarespace and Wix allow for more customization if you don’t dig a standard template provided by common wedding website providers, but this comes with a price. While these sites make site building super easy, they are not built for weddings specifically, so if you can afford something a bit more customizable, but with a few of the popular wedding website bells and whistles, check out Minted, Joy, or Riley & Grey.

Additional Website Information

If you have additional information to share about your wedding (especially if it doesn’t fit on your invite), your wedding website is the place to share it! If you are using a website that allows for RSVPing or allows you to add an album for your engagement photos, take advantage of it! Along with engagement photos, you can add a collection of your favorite photos of you and your fiance throughout your relationship.

Wedding websites are also a great place to show some love to your wedding party! Many couples like to include their wedding party, sharing if they are a relative or friend, adding a photo, or a story to go along with listing each individual’s names.

If you have them, don’t forget these additional details on your website: your wedding hashtag, attire suggestions for the guests, and parking instructions for your ceremony or reception if it is not obvious upon arrival.

 

So, when you’ve run out of space on your wedding invitation, want a platform to share your favorite engagement photos, or want to share your favorite spots in the town of your wedding for your guests, a wedding website is a great solution!

Complete Weddings + Events in Chicago

Creating a wedding website helps build up excitement for the big day, and can be a great resource for your guests! Contact Complete Weddings + Event in Chicago to help knock out your wedding vendor team to help make this big day a success!

Complete Weddings + Events, Chicago’s leading provider of event and wedding photography, videography, lighting, DJ services, coordination, & photo booth rental.

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