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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.

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.

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.

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 Bentonville

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

 

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

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