The 9 Best Wedding Website Builders Ranked: 2019 Edition

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    For savvy, modern couples, there’s planning your wedding and then there’s getting your hands dirty building one — digitally — to house those plans in one place and share them with loved ones. Both are essential to creating a joyous, stress-free experience you and your guests will remember for decades to come.

    After all, a wedding website isn’t just a way to announce and celebrate your upcoming nuptials; it’s a tool that crystalizes and organizes the who, what, when, where, and how of one of the happiest days, or weekends, of your life.

    The stakes are high, so join the 48% of couples (and growing) who’ve simplified their lives, and their guests’, by integrating a beautiful website into their wedding planning. And now, it’s easier than ever thanks to 2019’s most powerful, and user-friendly, building machines. Though not a complete picture, here’s a rundown and summary of the best wedding website platforms to have on your radar this year.

    1. Joy

    Summary: At Joy, we believe in putting couples, and their joy, first. That’s why we made our wedding website builder and Mobile App easy on the eyes and simple to use — for the human behind the screen. With a streamlined, intuitive, and contemporary user experience, our interface is, dare we say, delightful and leaves you glowing long after the wedding.

    Sticker price: 100% free from start to finish — no ifs, ands, or buts!

    Sweet:

    • Choose from hundreds of beautiful design themes and template combinations ranging from delicate florals, natural landscapes, and minimalistic moods
    • Preview our designs and features as you make your site and filter by popularity or layout
    • Customize and personalize your text, images, layouts, and videos
    • Add your fiancé/fiancée, or another special person, as an editor on your site (because teamwork)
    • Send electronic and traditional paper invites and Save-the-Dates that match your site, thanks to our partnership with Elli
    • Incorporate Google Maps so guests don’t get lost while heading to your wedding festivities
    • Depend on our real-time Chat Support or refer to our Help Center, integrated within the Editor, for advice on setting up and beautifying your site
    • Upload your engagement or wedding video for guests to view (and tear up over)
    • Make it easy for guests to book and find the best deals on hotels using a Booking Assistant on the travel page of your site
    • Enable guests to digitally RSVP for your big day
    • Have guests communicate with you, post pictures, and review your wedding schedule and FAQ page (if you’ve set one up) through our top-rated Mobile App (a 4.8 out of 5-star rating, to be precise)
    • Experience our human-centric voice and tone throughout; addresses you, the happy couple — not a robot

    Sour:

    • While guests aren’t required to have the Joy app, couples are encouraged to ask them to download it since it makes sharing broadcast announcements and collecting photos much easier. (We realize this extra step could confuse some guests, though.)
    • Though you can direct from one, we don’t offer purchasing of custom domains (yet)
    • No integrated budgets and checklists, but that will change in the future. . .

     

    2. Riley & Grey

    riley and grey wedding website

    Summary: A suitable choice for couples looking for an elevated, sophisticated, and luxurious wedding website

    Sticker price: Free if you just want to sign up for an account, edit your site, and review features; $35 month-to-month (or a 12-month package with 40% in savings) if you want to publish your site and share it or, if you’re not ready to publish, to secure your custom domain and design

    Sweet:

    • Choose from a variety of limited-edition wedding templates inspired by design, decor, and fashion
    • Customize your RSVP questionnaire and make it a little more fun and interesting with a “mad-libs” feature
    • Create, or import, your domain name for an oomf of professionalism

    Sour:

    • Backgrounds, fonts, and graphics are fixed parts of each design and can’t be customized
    • Paper wedding invitations are only available under the 12-month payment plan — and only for some designs
    • Music cannot be added to your site (if you’re looking to start the party early)

     

    3. Appy Couple

    Summary: A timeless and interactive website and Mobile App designed to simplify and consolidate your entire wedding experience across friends, family, and vendors — and a fitting choice for tech-centric couples who aren’t interested in printed stationery

    Sticker price: a one-time fee of $49 for Appy Boutique to access hundreds of boutique designs and more; or a one-time fee of $149 for Appy Luxury to access all designs and features and additional upgrades

    Sweet:

    • Create a fun, streamlined, and informative website and app by leveraging the embedded communication tools
    • Choose from hundreds of exclusive themes that are elegant, luxurious, and lush
    • Help guests stay up-to-speed by sending real-time notifications about transportation, weather, dress codes, registries, and the like

    Sour:

    • One of the more expensive options out of the competition
    • Mobile App isn’t rated as high as it could be (3.5 out of 5) for such a tech-focused platform
    • Printed invitations that match your site are unavailable at this time

     

    4. Minted

    minted wedding website

    Summary: A solid option for couples who want a unique, personalized website theme, as well as matching printed invitations and Save-the-Dates, designed by a community of talented, independent artists

    Sticker price: Free with access to limited features; or a one-time fee of $20 for the Premium version to create a personal URL and custom pages and include a photo gallery and privacy feature

    Sweet:

    • Select from hundreds of themes, from trendy to classic, curated from design competitions and voted on by the Minted community
    • Order free printed stationary samples of any design, and a sample kit, if you’re on the fence about what theme to choose — and find it in the mail 3-5 days later
    • Match your website to printed invitations and beyond, including wedding decor and menus, for a “complete” look

    Sour:

    • Website is a little cluttered and overwhelming, and it can be difficult to find what you need
    • Each design is only available in three layouts
    • No coordinating wedding app on deck, if that’s a feature that piques your interest

     

    5. Squarespace

    squarespace wedding website

    Summary: An excellent choice for couples who want a polished and professional wedding site that matches the gravity of this special moment — without having to hire a web designer

    Sticker price: $12 a month billed annually includes a custom domain (free for the first year); or $16 month-to-month with a custom domain of $20 to $70 per year

    Sweet:

    • Design a personalized website on a service that emphasizes your beautiful photos and relationship, so make sure you and your partner are at high-resolution and crisp
    • Choose a wedding template and try out the service for free for 14 days; play around, experiment; you have nothing to lose if you’re not into it
    • Bank on your website looking fantastic on a mobile device, without the need for a separate app, because the templates are automatically optimized to look great on any sized screen

    Sour:

    • Wedding designs and templates are limited in scope (6, to be exact) compared to the competition, though this could be considered a good thing for some couples
    • One of the more expensive services out there, depending on the billing option you choose and how long you want to keep your site up
    • Making customizations in the Style Editor is not as easy to navigate at first, compared to other sites

     

    6. Wix

    wix wedding website

    Summary: A dependable platform for couples who want a simple yet beautiful wedding website with the basic tools they need to customize to perfection

    Sticker price: Free with limited services and templates; or $11 a month for Premium which includes a free domain for 1 year

    Sweet:

    • Select from a healthy collection of wedding- and celebration-specific templates for your special day — or start from a blank slate if you have something specific in mind
    • Use an intuitive and interactive Editor, using drag-and-drop, to prepare and launch your website with ease
    • Incorporate animation, video backgrounds, and scroll effects without breaking a sweat if you want your site to stand out from the crowd

    Sour:

    • A garish Wix Ad will stamp your website and landing pages — unless you opt for a Premium account
    • No custom domain included unless you upgrade your plan
    • Some standard wedding features are missing, such as a registry and guest list tool, so you’ll have to manually incorporate them (which could be a drag)

    7. WeddingWire

    wedding wire website

    Summary: An approachable wedding builder that has the basics you need to create an authentic website that reflects your personality and relationship

    Sticker price: Free; $12.99 if you want to add a custom domain (via GoDaddy)

    Sweet:

    • Choose from more than 400 colorful templates and customize with your engagement photos and other personal touches
    • Empower guests to RSVP directly on your website without having to send printed versions or tracking them by hand (Because who has time for that?)
    • Research, select, and add your wedding vendors and be able to communicate with them in one central place on your dashboard

    Sour:

    • Editor is not as intuitive, user-friendly, and navigable compared to the competition
    • Designs aren’t as luxurious and timeless as other sites and may come across as boring
    • Integrated vendor search seems to include only positive reviews and may not be entirely dependable

    8. Zola

    Summary: A stylish platform for trendy couples who care about design, cost, and wedding website essentials working in concert

    Sticker price: Free; $14.99 for a custom domain

    Sweet:

    • Offers a healthy but not overwhelming collection of designs
    • Use the platform’s all-in-one registry which includes 500+ brands and 50,000+ gifts (many of them higher-end)
    • Enable your guests to digitally RSVP and include questions about their food preferences, among other things, to easily track

    Sour:

    • If you don’t want to be limited by the registry, this platform might not be right for you — otherwise, you’ll have to manually link to another registry which involves a series of steps
    • You can’t return registry gifts for cash, only Zola credit, and you have to go through Zola
    • Basic customizations like changing fonts or colors on your website design aren’t available, so your only option is to choose a new design
    • Includes only one layout template for your website design

    9. The Knot

    the knot wedding website

    Summary: A reasonable option for couples on a budget who still need the basic fixes for a modern wedding website

    Sticker price: Free; $19.99 a year for a personal domain

    Sweet:

    • Choose from over 100 designs; easily swap and experiment if you’re not sure what you’re looking for
    • Match your website with printed invites and Thank You notes, if you want a splash of tradition in your wedding planning
    • Use the coordinating Wedding Planning App to track RSVPs, make important updates to your wedding, and send push notifications to guests

    Sour:

    • There is no bulk invite list so you may have to manually invite each guest to every wedding event, which can be time-consuming, especially if your festivities extend past a day
    • Your website cover photo will automatically get zoomed in even after changing pixels and size, locking you into a particular “look”
    • The designs are simple and modern, but not particularly distinctive compared to the competition

     

    Amanda Hanna is a writer for Joy. Her work has appeared in HomeLight, Crain’s Chicago Business, LitCity312, and Prevail N Prosper and been featured at the DePaul University English Spring Conference and the Slag Glass City Write ON Chicago/Here Is Where event. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing and master’s degree in Writing and Publishing, both from DePaul University. A flâneuse who has lived in 4 cities in the US and visited 9 internationally, Amanda lives in Chicago where she is working on her first poetry collection. Follow her at @theamandahanna.

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