5 Ways to Make a Non-Janky Wedding Website (Without Spending a Gazillion Dollars)
It’s official: Your wedding date is set. Congrats! Now, the fun/techy part no one told you about: You need to whip up a wedding website stat. Without one, you’ll be facing daily calls and emails from your chatty Aunt Sheila about things like the dress code and meal choices and registry info, ugh. But don’t worry—building a site doesn’t have to be hard. Here, five options to create one from scratch on the cheap.
If You’re a Little Bit Tech-Savvy: Try Squarespace ($12/Month)
This user-friendly site is the best, especially if you have a general understanding of website functionality in your back pocket. Sure, you can work within one of its gorgeous wedding templates to build the wedding website of your dreams, but extra digital knowledge means you’ll know how to seamlessly play with the range of customizable features it offers—like online RSVPs or expanded photo galleries.
If You’d Prefer to Hire a Pro: Try Squarespice (Starts at $400)
OK, so Squarespace turned out to be a bit more complicated than you thought. That’s where Squarespice comes in. This service makes it easy to hire a pro who specializes in Squarespace to build the wedding website of your dreams. Costs vary depending on the scope of the project, but they’ll talk you through every detail—from the recommended word count for the “how we met” section to the photo specs for the pics to go with your bridesmaid bios.
If You Want a Site That Matches Your Color Scheme: Try Minted (Free)
Yep, the site known for its paper products designed by independent artists also offers the option to create a stunning wedding website that pairs perfectly with your save the dates and invitations (ordered through the site, of course). Basic features like digital RSVPs and maps with directions are included, but if you want premium website add-ons like a custom URL or photo galleries, you’ll have to pay a onetime fee of $35. (Still, not bad.)
If You Also Want to Provide an App: Try Appy Couple ($35)
It’s a mobile world. We get it. This site makes it a cinch to build a website and an app so that your guests can access all the pertinent info—and receive real time alerts like info about a rainy forecast—all through their phone. Another cool feature: The app includes a camera option so guests can upload (and share) pics and videos with other users throughout the night.
If You Want a Site That’s All-Inclusive: Try Joy (Free)
This site offers every feature you’d ever want for your wedding—and it will cost you zilch. (Unless, of course, you decide to shell out for a custom URL.) But the best part is the range of templates and user-friendly directions to get your site set up. Once it’s built, you can use it to easily interact with guests and create a living guestbook and “live” slideshow with photos updated throughout your big day.