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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

To be able to easily share wedding details, gift registries, or accept RSVPs all in one place is quite a perk for couples trying to communicate a ton of information to their guests. With the many changes 2020 brought, couples looked to wedding websites to keep their guests updated on the fluid details of their day. We think this tip can be taken into the future, giving you a platform to make announcements or updates along your wedding planning process. Wedding websites have become a common complement to save-the-dates or invitations which are designed to only display a limited amount of information, and of course, cannot be changed once sealed for delivery!

If you’re interested in what wedding websites have to offer and want to know the difference between popular wedding website platforms like WeddingWire, Zola, and The Knot, we have information here to help you get started!

Top 3 Wedding Website Providers: 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.

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

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 your 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 Minneapolis

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

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

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