There are a number of reasons why couples choose to create wedding websites, and a variety of ways to use them—both before and after the wedding.
Your website might not replace your meticulously crafted binder, but it’s an excellent way to keep guests informed and track your RSVPs. Free wedding planning websites give you and your guests a fun way to count down to your special day together. Here are a few important things to keep in mind when creating your very own wedding site with the best website builders.
Personalized Website Templates
You don’t need to know how to make complicated website edits or design wedding website templates from scratch. There are dozens of Wix wedding website templates to choose from, in a variety of styles, including some that are clean and elegant, and others that are more fun and funky. These templates have graphics, creative fonts, and places to drag-and-drop your own images. A personalized template is simple to customize, and inviting and easy for guests to navigate.
Expert tip: Check out sample sites on the Wix review page and make a list of your favorite website features before you create your own site.
Before Your Big Day
Prior to your actual wedding day, you can use a wedding site as a place to tell the story of your relationship, and to get your guests excited for your celebration. You can also:
Share the basics—It almost goes without saying that you’ll want to include all essential information about your wedding, including dates, times, and interactive maps to relevant locations. You can also post updates as the date gets closer.
Show off your shots—A wedding website is an ideal place to show off your great engagement photos, and Wix makes it easy to set up slideshows, as well.
Countdown—What better way to build anticipation than by embedding a widget in your site that counts down the days, hours, and minutes until your ceremony?
Go green—Support the environment and save a boatload of dough by emailing your Save the Date announcements and invitations, and directing guests to RSVP on your website.
Registry—If you have any gift registries in place for your wedding, you can direct your guests to them via the website.
Online RSVP Management
If your plans for the big day include more than 50 guests, one of the biggest headaches you’ll face is keeping track of the responses to your wedding invitations. Websites can make this process easier, as long as you select a site with online RSVP management. This feature really simplifies everything.
Instead of sending back a card in the mail, your guests can simply log in and send their reply. In most cases, they can also make their dining selections online when they RSVP. It saves you time and stress, it’s environmentally responsible, and better yet—it gives you a full updated report of all the guests in a matter of seconds.
Helpful Registry Links
Even if you register for gifts early in your engagement, guests are bound to lose the registry information you put on your Save the Date cards or wedding invitations. Instead of constantly repeating your registry details, direct friends and family to your wedding website. You can create a registry tab that includes a link to each retailer where you selected gifts, your guests will ask fewer questions and you can get back to planning floral arrangements.
Expert tip: Create a Honeyfund registry where guests can give you cash for your honeymoon. Then link to your Honeyfund account from your wedding website.
Maps and Attractions
Another important feature of any wedding website is a map to your ceremony and reception locations. Guests from out of town will appreciate a mobile-friendly Google map that directs them right to your festivities. Moreover, you can add hotel or activity recommendations in the area, dropping in directions and maps for those, too.
After the Wedding
When your wedding is over, and you no longer need to tout the fact that you’re tying the knot, you can keep the site alive to commemorate the celebration. Here a few ways in which couples use their wedding websites after the day has come and gone:
- Share photos—Photos play such an integral role in any exchange of vows, and a wedding website is a wonderful place to display galleries of shots taken during the day. You can also encourage your guests to upload their photos to your site.
- Embed videos—Let your guests relive their memories of your wedding, or share the action with those who weren’t able to attend, by embedding video clips of your wedding in your site.
- Digital guestbook—Let attendees of your wedding share their thoughts, memories, and well-wishes in an instantly-accessible digital guest book.
- Promote your playlist—The carefully chosen music that you select to play during your wedding day sets the tone for your event. Share your playlist online for your guests to enjoy whenever they’d like.
Many of these features can be used with Wix’s free website templates, so you won’t have to add another cost to your wedding budget.
Time to Start Building Your Wedsite!
Whether you’re hosting a wedding on a shoestring budget, or just want to play more of a hands-on role with the promotion of such a meaningful occasion, a free Wix wedding website can help make your event even more incredible, and it won’t cost you a penny.