Ultimate List of The Best Free Wedding Website Builders
Websites are more than just showpieces for your special day; they’re excellent organizational tools and effective information sharing centers to keep all of your guests updated. If you’re a bride-to-be, building a wedding website can help you keep your guests up to date on relevant details about your ceremony. It can also make the whole planning process that much easier. Depending on the site builder you choose, you can also manage a gift registry and save on printing costs when sending invites. Likewise, you can often use your site to provide clear driving directions and advise your guests on where to book a hotel, car, etc. You can even avoid minor hassles like having to tell your “relationship story” to multiple distant relatives on your big day. All in all, having a website is one of the best ways to streamline your wedding planning process.
At this juncture you may be thinking, “But won’t building a website actually create more work for me? I know nothing about web design!” Not to worry-- fortunately, there are a number of free wedding website builders in existence today that make creating a website as easy as dragging and dropping files.
Ready to get started? Check out our list of the best wedding website builders:
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While Joy is a relative newcomer, we feel like it has the potential to create some of the best free wedding websites out there. Why? Joy offers users a lot of options (and all for free)! You can manage your guest list, RSVPs, and share details about your wedding schedule, local hotels, shuttle schedules, etc. There’s a lot of visual content on offer, too. You can create a photo collection, for instance, and showcase photos of your wedding party in an attractive gallery. You can even limit viewing of certain areas of your website to specific people thanks to Joy’s advanced privacy settings.
So, what’s the catch? None, as far as we can tell, other than the risks inherent in dealing with a new business. Fledgling brands have a higher chance of vanishing off the web or introducing new fees at a later date. Joy also doesn’t offer custom URL domains.
Zola, the popular wedding registry service, has also built a platform for creating free wedding websites. Zola’s sites are fairly basic and straightforward, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time building a wedding website, then Zola’s guided, easy to use interface might be just the thing you need. This platform has already earned a reputation for being among the simplest to navigate (for brides and their guests alike). Zola boasts some cool features, too, like an integrated registry and a selection of Paperless Post invitations to choose from.
The only downside to Zola is that it’s somewhat limited in terms of design options. If you want to get really creative with your wedding website, this probably isn’t the place for you.
Wix has become popular with brides in recent years thanks to its ease of use and versatility. Not only does Wix offer a wide array of fun and stylish design options (including the option to use your own background images), it has a 100% “drag and drop” user interface. As such, you can create a unique, engaging website from the ground up without knowing a single line of coding.
The only downside to Wix is the fact that the free package comes with ads. If you choose the free package, Wix will place a footer banner and tab on your site advertising its own services. Unfortunately, these ads aren’t very attractive. As such, you may feel like they detract from your site’s aesthetic value. If you have your heart set on Wix, however, you can pay the relatively low fee of $10 per month to remove them.
Minted has become an extremely popular choice with brides in recent years, and for good reason. Minted’s interface makes building an attractive, detailed website incredibly fast and intuitive. Minted also gives users of the free package the option of creating corresponding wedding paper suites. If you use Minted, you can therefore keep your wedding style cohesive without having to pay for premium features.
If you do decide to pay the low one-time fee of $20, however, you can unlock even more useful features, such as a photo gallery, custom URL, and advanced privacy options. The only caveat you need to be aware of is that Minted’s premium features are more basic than those of many other website builders.
Wedding Window has been gaining traction with brides thanks to its excellent selection of attractive themes. Wedding Window also offers professional planning tools that can help you manage your wedding budget, build checklists and guest lists, plan events, etc.
The only downside to Wedding Window is that their customer support options are quite limited (you can only contact them by email). You might therefore find yourself stuck if you run into any issues while designing your site.
Now that You've Got the Website, You'll Need the Dress
There you have it—building a website for your wedding doesn’t have to be labor-intensive or stressful. With a few simple clicks, you can design a site that’s both informative and a beautiful monument to your relationship.
Now that you know where to begin building one of the best wedding websites out there, you’re going to need a gown that’s eminently photo-worthy. Luckily, we have a tip for that, too: Check out our Bridal Suite for dresses for the entire wedding party.