Although creating a wedding website may seem like a task for a tech guru, the truth is that it is a simple task anyone can undertake. But if the idea of making your own website still sounds too intimidating, you also can hire a company to help you. Below are recommendations for both free and paid wedding website companies.
Must-Haves for Your Wedding Website
· Your names, the date, as well as where and when the ceremony and reception will be held (ensure you answer “Who, What, When, Where, and Why?”).
· Directions and Maps (basic directions are essential on a wedding website, and it may be helpful to include nearby landmarks. You can include links to maps like maps.google.com, or embed beautifully drawn custom maps).
· Hotel Information (recommendations for out of town guests).
· Suggested Attire
Optional Things to Include
· Wedding party information (a brief description of your bridesmaids and groomsmen and why you chose them to be in your wedding).
· Registry information (use links to help guide your guests, but ensure your presentation does not pressure your guests to select a gift from your registry).
· Stories about your engagement or how you met.
· Online RSVP (an alternative to using response cards).
· Photos and/or videos (include a few pictures that capture your relationship, some of which can be your engagement photos).
Free Wedding Website Providers
· Ewedding.com: choose from twenty-four different website designs and gain access to customizable pages such as quizzes, polls, a guest list, a wish list, and vendor recommendations.
· The Knot: features over twenty-page designs with the ability to customize your pages. This site also offers save-the-date emails and sells products such as coordinating favors and napkins.
Paid Wedding Websites
If you desire a more sophisticated design, your own domain name, or more freedom with customizing your pages, paying for your wedding website may be the better option.
· Ewedding: in addition to the free version mentioned above, for a small monthly cost of $4.95 you will receive your own domain name and more bandwidth.
· MyEvent: offers some unique options such as a family tree, custom audio messages for your guests, and real-time weather information.
· Nearlyweds: contains modern designs and contains some of the most advanced features. Your guests can RSVP online, leave comments in a guestbook, read your wedding blog, see your pictures and videos, listen to embedded mp3s, and even use interactive maps. You can also password protect your website so that only your guests can access the information. There are two payment packages: $14.94 per month or $99 per year.
· Weddingwindow.com: although this site contains even more features than Nearlyweds, editing your website is a bit more complicated.
· If you have HTML and web skills you can essentially start from scratch and design a wedding website that fully reflects your personality. You will need to register and pay for a domain name, buy hosting, and then build the site.
· You can hire a professional web designer to customize a wedding website for you. All you will need to do is provide them with the basic information and then select your design.
Lastly, make sure that you fully explore all the options available to your before settling on an option for your wedding website.