So, you just got engaged. (Yay!) You let everyone know on Facebook and Instagram, but now it’s time to set up a more permanent website to tell your story. Nowadays, there are a TON of options to set up a free wedding website.
This is where you can offer information about your relationship and proposal, your favorite photos, important details about your wedding as well as links to your wedding registry.
Ready to get started? Here are the best free wedding websites to get you and your soon-to-be spouse started on the web. Plus, read on to find out how to build a free wedding website and more. Curious about more options? Read our full list of wedding website reviews here!
The Best Free Wedding Websites
A big contender in the free wedding website space is Joy. Even though they just launched in 2016 they’re already the favorite of a lot of couples we talk to, including us. Their website designs (most of which pair with specialized wedding invitation suites) and interactive features are some of the best on this list, including their stellar guest list manager. You can invite guests, assign +1’s to households, track RSVPs and even ask guests custom questions via a multiple choice option.
If you’re using a guest list spreadsheet you can also import it, as well as communicate directly with guests and send them e-mails and cards that match your personal wedding website. We also love that their online RSVP can track multiple events (such as your bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner), and you can make each password protected. Joy is one of the most intuitive free wedding websites on this list, making it our top choice. Set yours up here.
We were kind of already in love with Zola’s wedding registry, so when they unveiled their free wedding website platform we were pretty excited. Thankfully it did not disappoint and ended up topping our list. With over 250 designs AND a super easy integration with their registry, guests never have to leave your site. (That’s our #1 complaint with other wedding websites). It also features a whole suite of tools for free.
Our favorite? Their wedding checklist tool will actually schedule tasks for you. It will even take into account your religious or cultural traditions and if most guests are traveling to your wedding. Plus, their guest list manager will remind family and friends to submit their missing contact info or RSVPs. (Which you can keep track of directly from your wedding website.) You can even share thank you’s and links to photos with them after the wedding. Set yours up here.
3. The Knot
This is definitely the most popular free wedding website for couples, and we can see why. It’s easy to set up and easy to customize, meaning you can get your page up and running in minutes – just the way you want it. Every template is mobile friendly, so your guests can check out your page on any platform – plus there are over 100+ to choose from. One easy-to-navigate registry list pulls in gifts from each of your registries, and you can even set up a donation to charity through The Knot. Plus, they have a surplus of other services to choose from including wedding checklists and budget tools. Set yours up here.
4. Wedding Wire
We love Wedding Wire for its vendor recommendations and all things wedding-related, so it’s no surprise that it made our list for one of the best free wedding websites. Their free wedding website platform has come a LONG way in the past year. Even though we have to admit that some of their themes are a bit lackluster, for us it’s all about the backend tools they offer.
Not only can you add and manage your vendors, keep track of your wedding budget, and create your wedding seating chart, but you can add your registry and even find great deals on hotel room blocks for guests. Set yours up here.
5. Basic Invite
If you’re a fan of Basic Invite’s wedding invitations (which we are) then their free wedding website tool could be a perfect match for you. You can coordinate your Basic Invite wedding stationery with your free wedding website for a simple and easy to use experience for you and guests. In addition to choosing a design that you can customize with over 180 colors, you can also collect mailing addresses and accept digital RSVP’s. One of our favorite features is that you can quickly print place cards for each of your digital RSVPs using your matching Basic Invite printed design. Set yours up here.
How to Build Your Free Wedding Website
The beauty of free wedding websites today is that they are SO much easier to use than they were even a few years ago. As technology has advanced, so have they. Which is great news for all of us! So, what do you need to create your free wedding website? Here’s what we recommend:
–Wedding e-mail address: Grab a free Gmail address that you can use for all your wedding correspondence and your website. That way you can have everything in one place, including notifications about guest RSVPs.
-A few great photos: If you have engagement photos, this is the place to feature them. If not, any photos you love will work. You can also choose to include photos of your wedding party and family members. It’s fun to introduce them to your guests ahead of time!
-Your love story: Each site on this list has the option to include information about you and your partner. Take advantage of this! It’s a great way to share how you met, your relationship timeline, and to tell guests about the proposal.
-The event details: Your free wedding website is where you want to share everything from your ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner info. It’s also where you want to including hotel options and wedding transportation if any. And in times like these where wedding details might change, it’s a great way to keep guests updated on everything they need to know.
-Your wedding guest list: You won’t need this right away, but at some point you’ll want to take advantage of the free guest list management tools that many of these sites offer.
Have you already built your free wedding website? Which one’s your favorite?