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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 Michigan couples are finding a great way to build excitement for the big day by having a web page dedicated to it! A 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

Wedding Website: What’s Needed?

Your wedding website is expected to include useful information for those attending your wedding, and for those who are unable to but want to still send you a wedding gift. Be sure your website includes these four main details:

  1. Wedding date and time
  2. Location and address of the ceremony and reception
  3. Links to your gift registry
  4. Details on reserving rooms with any hotel room blocks

Making Your Wedding Website Unique

Here are two ideas to add to your website to further personalize it!

  • How Your Met and/or Engagement Story – While your closest friends probably can share these stories themselves, or were most likely involved along the way, you still have old friends or relatives who haven’t heard the story in its entirety. Your website gives you the opportunity to set it straight on what your official first date was, who said, ‘I love you” first, how the question was popped!
  • Couple’s Top Shops –  Share your favorite restaurants, pubs, and shops in the local area around your wedding! Perhaps you have a reason for why you’re getting married in that town or a local establishment you met at or had your first date at. Share the places that mean the most to you two, or suggest a spot to visit before or after the ceremony, after the wedding reception, or for breakfast the next morning.

Where to List Wedding Websites

Once you have the wedding website live, how do you get guests to visit it? Be sure to include your wedding website on both you save the date and your wedding invitation, potentially stating the main information they can find on your site, like a gift registry or to RSVP.

If you’re sharing your website on social media, those not invited to your wedding can of course learn about your wedding date and location, so only share if you feel safe sharing this information, or have a private profile.

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 Grand Rapids

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 Grand Rapids to help knock out your wedding vendor team to help make this big day a success!

 

Complete Weddings + Events is Grand Rapids’ leading provider of event and wedding photography, videography, lighting, coordinationDJ services & photo booth rental.

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