You're engaged! Congratulations! In order to spread the exciting news forget the phone chain that your mom is planning and create a wedding website filled with all the information you're dying to share and your guests can't wait to read -- like how much of a discount you can get them at the hotel? And where you're registered so they can buy you a gift you actually want?
Today, you no longer need to be, or marrying, a web developer to create a chic site filled with all the essentials:
Your Love Story: To share how you met and fell in love
A Who's Who of the Bridal Party: Because who doesn't want to know!
The Fine Details: Where and when you'll wed
Gift Guidance: The shops and sites you've registered at
Guest Book: So friends and family can write how cute you two look in your engagement photos
There are dozens of websites and tools you can use to create a stylish-looking wedding site a/k/a "wedsite" with costs ranging from free to a few hundred dollars.
Want a site to match the look and feel of your wedding stationery? Pick a company that has templates through a stationery designer like NearlyWeds and WeddingWire (Wedding Paper Divas) or AppyCouple and theknot.com (Minted). Want a site that will crowdsource wedding photos? Try WeddingWoo. And for couples who want more than just a "flat" site, create a Google+ account so you can "Hangout" with the bridal party and vendors to make important decisions and post links to key information, or make a digital magazine of your love story and wedding plans with GLOSSI, which you can embed into a site or just share the link for guests to flip through.
Here's a snapshot of some of the best websites and tools to help you make the ultimate wedsite:
Favorite Feature: WeddingWoo helps its customers create their own wedding hashtag, so all of the tagged photos in Instagram are automatically displayed on the couple’s wedding website for easy crowd sourced photos. All pictures can easily be downloaded.
Pricing: Free for a 7-day trial, then customers can choose a 1-year plan for $39 or a 2-year plan for $59.
Favorite Feature: Guests can take photos using the app at any wedding-related event and they’ll be uploaded to your app’s gallery page for everyone to see.
Partnerships: Appy Couple is partnered with FineStationery, Wedding Paper Divas, and Minted, so your wedding app and site can coordinate with your wedding stationery.
Price: Couples are charged $28 to create an app and website. The app is free for guests to download.
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Favorite Feature: Riley & Grey allows you to include a range of functionality to your wedsite, including RSVP collection, a guest address collector, and site support through a live person who can answer questions as well as walk you through site setup.
Price: Three pricing structures, include: a $35 monthly fee, an annual fee of $240 (40% savings), or if your wedding is over a year away, you can reserve a design (they are retired every few months) and custom domain for a one-time $35 fee, which will be put towards your account when you decide to publish the site.
Favorite Feature: The selection of template designs range from vintage to modern, including geometric and floral patterns in a wide range of pretty colors.
Partnerships: Several templates were designed by the team at Martha Stewart Weddings.
Pricing: Free or $14.99/month for the “Full Slice” plan.
Favorite Feature: With the Capsule album feature guests can upload and share photos they take with their iPhone, Android or via their Instagram account at the wedding and other pre- and post-wedding events. All the images are aggregated into one account so you can see everyone’s favorite shots in one place.
Partnerships: With sites inspired by invites available at Minted, Paperless Post, and Wedding Paper Divas you can easily coordinate your wedsite with your wedding invitation and other stationery elements.
Pricing: Free, with upgrade options for $19.99.