create a wedding website

So you’ve set a date for your big day (congrats!) and you’ve just realized that there’s so much to do. Don’t panic. The good news is, creating a beautiful, free custom wedding website to match your vision doesn’t have to be difficult, even with zero coding skills. We’ll show you how to do this with free website builders.

Wedding website overview

If you are just looking for quick recommendation on what website builder to use, I’d suggest you check Wix and Ucraft out. Both have generous free plans and well-designed templates.

What’s a Wedding Website For?

You may be wondering why you should even have a wedding website. Can’t you just send out invitations and details on Facebook or WhatsApp? Sure, but what if some of your guests don’t use these tools? What if the information gets lost in the barrage of notifications?

A wedding website will save you a whole lot of stress. How do you keep track of all those RSVPs? How do you make sure your guests have updated information without having to make last-minute calls or text messages?

Creating a website for your wedding is also a great way to share your story as a couple to your guests, and a great way to send photos afterward.

Why Make a Custom Wedding Website?

A custom wedding website can be a memorable way to showcase your story, share important wedding details, and remember your special day after it’s happened without all the other distractions. Furthermore, you can really make your website special to complement your unique wedding.

Here’s a breakdown of  the benefits of a custom wedding website:

  • It’s the single source of truth for up-to-date information: It’s the perfect place to post important, up-to-date details including the date and time, attire, directions, and order of the day.
  • Easy to update: You can always make changes in no time.
  • You can generate a guest list automatically (including any special requirements).
  • Your guests have easy access: A website is the easiest way for guests (even those who aren’t tech-savvy) to get information. If a guest forgets their invitation, they can still get details on the website. They can even pull the website up on their cell phone when they are on the go.
  • You can add extra touches: You can embed videos, audio, a guestbook, and other features to make your website unique.
  • You can share photos: Share memories with your guests through your online gallery.
  • Control access to your site: You can set controls on your website, like password protection or photo download permissions.

Tips to Make Your Wedding Website Special (and Useful!)

Before you choose a website builder, consider what’s important on a wedding website. Your site has to be easy to navigate regardless of your guests’ technical ability.

Make sure the key details are easy to find: date, time, and venue. If any details change, make sure to update your website. Your guests will probably refer to this site en route to your wedding, especially if they’ve lost or forgotten your invitation.

After the key details are established, add your own personal story. We are wired for stories so a narrative of your wedding can make an impact. Add your favorite photos and sayings. If you don’t have a lot of images, there are also royalty-free images you can use to convey a mood for your wedding, but please make sure they don’t look too fake.

Make sure your website has a form where your guests can notify you of any special requirements (e.g., dietary requirements (if they have allergies or are vegetarian, and so on.) Make sure they are aware of this form.

Include your registry on your wedding website. If you have multiple registries, some builders have an integration option so your guests don’t have to visit multiple registries. If you are accepting cash gifts, you can integrate this option as well.

How to Create a Free Wedding Website?

We like to keep things as simple as possible, so website builders are the best option. Solutions like WordPress and coding from scratch are much more complicated and time-consuming. You can use most website builders at no cost and all you have to do is choose a wedding design you like and enter your personal touches.

What to look for in a Free Wedding Website Builder?

  • Ready-made  wedding website templates
  • Intuitive editor (no coding required)
  • Ability to make changes at any point
  • Photo galleries with slideshow features
  • Wedding registry form
  • Password protection and option to block search engines
  • Guest book
  • Ability to embed videos with ease
  • Contact form and directions
  • Multilingual options for international weddings
  • Option to allow photo downloads
  • Support from the provider

These optional features are available at an extra cost:

  • Domain and email account included
  • Convenient messaging options like automated emails
  • Option to reserve gifts online

Examples of Wedding Websites

Start off by taking a look at a few wedding templates by Wix. If you see one you like,  all you have to do is click on it and start editing. It’s all completely free of charge and there’s no need to install anything.

wix wedding template 1

View and edit template

wix wedding template 2

View and edit template

wix wedding template 3

View and edit template

These are just a few options available. There are many more wedding designs here.

Wedding Website Builders: Our Recommendations

There are many website builders out there. We’ve tested the most popular ones so you don’t have to. Here are the ones we recommend:

Wix

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Wix is one of the most popular website builders with a whopping 160 million websites hosted. This comes as no surprise because it’s so easy to use and it comes with the most ready-made wedding designs. With Wix, you can choose a beautiful theme, change its colors, fonts, and buttons, then add RSVP management options, shared galleries, hotel/Airbnb finders, and maps, all available in the App Market.

Pros

  • Lots of gorgeous, designer wedding templates to choose from and modify
  • Easy drag-and-drop interface
  • App Market so you can add functionality such as RSVP management, shared galleries, hotel maps, and contact forms
  • Ability to password-protect your website or create logins and passwords for users
  • Hide your website from search engines
  • Embed videos and content from social media
  • Wix is free to use but also comes with affordable options including web hosting and a custom domain for the first year

Cons

  • Free registration forms are limited to 10 fields
  • The sheer number of themes and templates are overwhelming, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of creating a cluttered website, which wouldn’t be helpful to your guests
  • Wix site can be slow on phones

Overall, we recommend Wix if you just need a beautiful wedding website quickly and at no (or low) cost. You can change the colors, buttons, and fonts but you can’t change the theme drastically, so as long as you find a template you’re happy with, Wix is a good option.

> Try Wix for free

Ucraft

ucraft website builder for artists

Ucraft has a nice wedding template and the company is the only one on this list that lets you connect your existing domain name for free. We found the user experience a bit more complicated because it lacks a true drag-and-drop interface, but with some effort, you should be able to wrap your head around it.

Ucraft prioritizes design so its templates are made to make your images stand out. If you don’t have a lot of images, the company offers a vast library of royalty-free images you can use to craft your wedding website.

Ucraft has additional security and privacy features that we like, including the ability to show or hide content based on a viewer’s location, device, or logged-in status. As every other provider, it also  offers free SSL so your guests can connect to your website securely.

Pros

  • Connect your existing domain name for free
  • Show or hide content based on location, device or logged-in status
  • Designed to make your images stand out
  • A vast, 2+ million vector library
  • 1+ million royalty-free images
  • Multilingual support
  • 24/7 live chat support

Cons

  • Not as many features as Wix or Squarespace
  • Doesn’t offer as much control over your design as other builders
  • Lacks a true drag-and-drop interface
  • Doesn’t have wedding-specific features; for example, it’s not possible to integrate a wedding registry

Probably, the best reason to use Ucraft is to connect your own domain name for free (your site will display ads). Other than that, Squarespace or Wix are a better option.

> Try Ucraft for free

Weebly

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Weebly was acquired in 2018 by Square and remains one of the largest website builders with 50 million sites. Many website builders claim to be easy to use, but in Weebly’s case, this is true. Weebly’s layouts are structured so it’s hard to move things around (that is, hard to mess things up.)

Weebly’s available wedding themes are also responsive, but they don’t offer as many as Wix or Squarespace. The App Center makes it easy to add extra functionality with Weebly’s own apps as well as third-party apps.

Weebly makes it easy to foster communication and collaboration. You can assign additional editors to your website so you and your partner or best friends can collaborate. You can also set up memberships on your wedding website to limit parts of your website to certain visitors.

Pros

  • Responsive templates
  • Easy to use interface
  • Added functionality with Weebly and third-party apps
  • Structured layouts that are less prone to clutter or errors
  • Ability to assign additional editors to your website
  • Membership functionality and password protection features

Cons

  • You don’t have full control over the placement of your elements (e.g. images)
  • Blocks traffic from Russia, Ukraine, and China
  • Since Weebly was acquired by Square, new features haven’t been added.
  • Only 1 wedding-focused template available

Weebly is a great choice if you want a truly easy experience. Its structured templates make it hard to mess things up. However, it’s not great if you want multilingual or international websites.

> Try Weebly for free

The Knot

The Knot wedding website builder

The Knot specializes in wedding planning and, of course, wedding websites. The Knot offers the most wedding-specific features, such as registry integrations, robust RSVP services, guest list management, and matching paper invitations.

It has over 160 free, professional wedding designs with modern layouts. It’s also really easy to set up — your wedding website can be up and running in just a few minutes on your phone or computer. You can use the All-In-One Wedding Planning app to manage your RSVPs. If you have multiple registries, you can automatically sync them with your wedding website so your guests can see your list in one place.

Pros

  • Over 160 free wedding designs with modern layouts
  • Free with an option for a custom domain for $20
  • Robust RSVP services, including the option to manage RSVPs and push notifications in the app
  • Message guests straight from the app or via text or email
  • Custom privacy controls (password protection and search engine blocks)
  • Matching wedding invitations
  • Retail registry integration
  • Cash registry integration

Cons

  • RSVPs aren’t customizable, so your guests can send in meal choices but not additional requests
  • The app doesn’t support major edits to your website. You’ll have to do this on your desktop or laptop
  • The company is reported to have poor customer service
  • Not multilingual

Squarespace

Squarespace is another major player in the website builder market. A favorite for blogs, portfolios, and online stores, Squarespace is also a good contender for wedding websites because of its sophisticated themes. It offers over a hundred artistic modern templates that look great on mobile as their themes are responsive. You can have interesting visual effects like scrolling banners. If you don’t have enough photos, you can integrate their stock images too.

One of Squarespace’s most appealing features is live editing. You can change your content without having to switch back and forth between the site manager and preview mode, making the process much faster.

Pros

  • Beautiful and sophisticated themes that work with mobile and desktop
  • Faster editing capabilities with live content editing
  • Excellent customer support with live chat. They even take the time to record screencasts when needed.
  • Comes with form builders and newsletters so you can keep in touch with your guests
  • Unlimited bandwidth and storage
  • Includes password protection options
  • Add your own wedding registry

Cons

  • No free options; the lowest cost is $12
  • It’s not the most intuitive tool to use and requires a bit of a learning curve
  • Slower page load time
  • Does not support multilingual websites
  • Templates are designed to look good with their own images, so the designs might not look as good if you use your own images

If you plan to publish a lot of content, like a wedding blog, for instance, Squarespace is a good option if you don’t mind paying a monthly fee.

> Try Squarespace for free 14 days

Webnode

Webnode has 40 million registered users, making it one of the largest contenders. It’s a great option if you are planning an international wedding. It offers multilingual website support with 20 languages supported so far.

Webnode comes with impressive designs that work well on mobile. You can make minor changes to them, like changing background colors and images, but you won’t be able to make significant changes. However, it’s one of the few site builders that provides functional (and SEO-friendly) multilingual features.

Pros

  • Offers a free option (if you don’t mind ads)
  • Password-protection available
  • Some of their plans offer email accounts
  • Backups so you don’t lose your precious work
  • Multilingual website capability
  • Comes with several wedding templates you can use

Cons

  • No app store
  • Basic blog functionality
  • Features such as image galleries are minimal

Webnode is great if you need a multilingual site with only the basics, but it has less to offer than its competitors in terms of functionality. If you just want a nice-looking website for sharing basic information, it’ll work, but it’s not a great option if you want to add personal touches like more advanced image galleries or a membership area.

> Try Webnode for free

WordPress

wordpress

What started out as a blogging platform has transformed into a website builder that lets you create fully functional websites. In fact, a whopping 37% of websites are made with WordPress (either WordPress.com or WordPress.org).

You can use the open source WordPress(.org) with your own website hosting service or use the beginner-friendly version of WordPress.com (they host your website and take care of system and plugin updates). Of these two options, we recommend WordPress.com since it’s more beginner-friendly.  WordPress.com comes with a free plan if you don’t mind ads and don’t need a custom domain or a lot of features.

WordPress.com is a little more complicated to use than other website builders but it also offers a lot flexibility if you’re willing to work with and pay for custom themes.

Pros

  • Free option with ads and a generic domain
  • Flexible pricing options
  • Lots of plugins to add standard features (you’ll need, at least, the Premium plan)
  • Option to add HTML code for further customization
  • Easily preview and switch between themes
  • Live chat support
  • Switch between HTML and preview modes
  • Generous storage and bandwidth

Cons

  • Many themes require payment
  • Some themes have limited customization options
  • Not as intuitive as Wix or Weebly
  • You’ll need a business plan to upload a custom theme
  • A multilingual option is available only with the business plan
  • Some advanced add-ons or plugins are only available with a Business plan.

WordPress.com might be too expensive and complicated if you just want an easy wedding website fast. If you have the skill and budget, then you can build a truly unique website.

> Try WordPress.com for free

Final thoughts about how to create a wedding website

Many of these free plans include provider advertising. If advertising annoys you, or if you prefer to use a nicer web address like sandy-and-thomas(.com), all it takes is a small surcharge.

The chances are that you will only need your website until shortly after your wedding, when your guests have downloaded the photos. We recommend that you cancel your site after that point – unless you want to keep it as ‘memorabilia’. In Wix’s, Weebly’s and Webnode’s cases, your site won’t disappear but it will default to the free version with display ads. You, of course, also have the option to take your website offline completely after the wedding.

I hope our article has helped you to create the perfect website for your special day! If you have any further questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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