Free wedding websites are a great way to keep everyone up-to-date with all the latest changes and the nitty gritty details.
The best part: all of the legwork associated with creating a website from scratch is done for you by the website host. You simply choose from their free wedding website templates in order to create a unique look and design to make the pages exactly as you want them!
As a busy bride who is trying to plan the perfect wedding, you are going to have more than enough to keep you busy without having to be constantly answer phone calls and e-mails with questions about your wedding. That’s why a free wedding website makes so much sense!
Here are some other reasons you might want to personal wedding website of your very own.
Post important dates like dress fittings (for your bridesmaids), wedding rehearsal, bridal shower, and all the other events associated with your wedding (including the ceremony itself) — along with maps & directions for how to get to the events.
Keep track of the dates you sent out invitations, who they were sent to, and even set it up so people can RSVP online (instead of via telephone, mail, or e-mail).
Provide links to all of the locations where you have gift registries set up — which makes finding wedding gifts a really simple process for your friends and family members.
4 in 10 couples have a wedding website that links to their online registry. Source
Share a list of everyone who will be in your wedding party. You can even include photos of everyone.
Create a page to share the story about how you both met, along with any other stories about the two of you that you would like to share with friends and family.
Share photos and fun stuff so those who cannot attend your wedding can see all the best highlights from your wedding (and the days and months leading up to the ceremony) via photographs and the stories that you post online.
In the end, there are lots of different things that you can post on your personalized free wedding website, including:
Then, after your wedding ceremony has taken place, all of your friends and family will have one place where they can go to see photos and highlights from each of the activities you posted. It’s like an online wedding scrapbook!
Best Free Wedding Websites
Now, I bet you’re wondering which ones are the best free wedding website hosts.
Following is a list of the ones I think are best, based on the features they offer and the testimonials from couples who’ve used them.
My favorites are in this order:
My Wedding has several very nice features — including a wedding blog, the ability to share photos and music, as well as the ability to track online RSVPs and group e-mails. They also have 120 gorgeous wedding website templates. All of this is for FREE!
eWedding offers 25 different wedding website templates and several, if not all, of the features listed above. You also get 1GB of storage (which is great if you’ll be posting lots of photos). Plus, you can keep your free wedding website online for a year. One downside is that you don’t get a unique wedding e-mail address (unless you buy one of their upgraded accounts), but that’s minor when you consider everything else that you get for FREE! Besides, you could always set up your own wedding e-mail address at a free e-mail website (like Gmail, for example) — if that’s important to you. Here’s another interesting feature: even though the website will only be available for a year, you can order a digital copy of it on CD (or download it), if you want to keep a copy of it! (Or you could choose to upgrade your account, if you wanted to keep it online for longer.)
Momentville has a bunch of fun features like the ability to add photos, videos, a guestbook, and your personal story. They also include a budget checklist to help you stay on track with your spending. Oh, and one really huge plus is that your website will never expire! In addition, they offer online RSVP and vendor tools as well — to help you find vendors. (There are even vendor reviews from others who’ve utilized their services.) They also have some really beautiful wedding website templates, and you can even order wedding invitations that match! While their templates are gorgeous, there are only about 30 or so to choose from.
Project Wedding is owned by eHarmony. This free wedding website offers about 60 wedding website templates that are so-so, in my opinion. I liked the floral ones the best, but they’re all like drawings (rather than actual graphics or photos), and I didn’t personally care for that. They also have guestbooks, the option to have unlimited photos, and they claim their websites are customizable. They don’t provide too much information up front about all of the options they provide.
The Knot offers free wedding websites to its website members. (You can join for free.) You have the ability to upload many photos at once, tell your story, and share your gift registry. Plus, they have matching save-the-date designs which will match your personal website.
Other Free Wedding Websites Worth Exploring
Before Choosing A Free Wedding Website Host…
Your best bet is to explore several free wedding website hosts before you decide which one you will ultimately use.
Keep in mind the following things:
- The more space (bandwidth) they allow you, the better — especially if you’ll be uploading lots of photos.
- The fewer ads they display, the better. Most important is that the ads are not intrusive and distracting to the quality of your pages.
- The quantity and quality of templates available may be important to you. You want to be able to create the right look that matches your personality.
- The longer they will host your free wedding website, the better.
- Ease of use is important. Most free wedding websites are legitimately free and virtually dummy-proof, meaning anyone can create their own website without any computer knowledge or expertise. Others may expect you to jump through a lot of hoops in order to take advantage of their "free" site hosting.
Other Tips For Using Free Wedding Websites