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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 Indiana 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.

 

What to look for when thinking about a wedding website

When thinking about creating a wedding website there are few things to keep in mind! Make sure that the website is customizable to your needs! You want to be able to customize the website to fit the esthetic of your wedding. The next thing to consider is accessibility. How easily can you access the website without having and issues. Does the website load in a timely manner? How fast can you click through pages throughout the wedding site? These are all questions to consider when thinking about having a wedding website!

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

Additional Website Info to Add

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.

The website is 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.

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.

Wedding Registries

Popular wedding website providers include registry integration to make it easy for your guests to shop for wedding gifts right from your site! Instead of sharing your long registry link on your physical invite, you can add your website url, saying that your registry and more wedding details are on your wedding website. This encourages guests to use the website as a resource for your big day!

Keep in mind, some wedding-specific websites, like Zola and Wedding Wire, make it much easier if you are using their own registry platforms. These registries let you include gifts from a variety of stores like Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Amazon, but instead of your guests shopping individually at each store, you would have one universal registry, bringing all your picks from various stores on one page for the buyer. If you do register for gifts at a few places separately, you can still simply add links to each of your registries on your wedding website.

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 Indianapolis

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

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