When I planned my wedding, we had to walk uphill both ways in the snow just to find a venue. Okay, that’s not exactly true. But that is how it feels to have planned a wedding in the pre-Pinterest era (translation: a long time ago), especially when it comes to creating a wedding website. Because y’all, the wedding websites of 2009 were rough. When I look at how much you can do with a wedding website today, I wonder how any of us survived before. But now that there are options (so many options!), there’s a new dilemma: How do you know which one is the best wedding website for you?
Well, if you’re looking for a wedding website builder that’s easy to use, won’t take hours to set up, has modern templates (read: no hearts, no weird wedding symbols), and that even your most technology-averse guests can figure out, then let me introduce you to our longtime partner Squarespace. Here are five reasons why they really do make the best wedding websites.
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They’re really, really Ridiculously good looking: Raise your hand if you are mostly picking your wedding website based on how it looks. Which, lucky you, because a few years ago everything out there was just… the ugliest. And while the official reason for making a wedding website is so that your guests have all the details they need to show up at your wedding on time and informed, let’s be real. You probably also want a wedding website that’s pretty and that fits your aesthetic, because dammit you should be able to have your cake and eat it, too.
While most wedding websites lock you into a specific design, Squarespace lets you play around until your wedding website looks and feels like you. Just start with one of their templates, then change out fonts, backgrounds, image sizes, and literally almost any element you can click on until you’ve hit the right mix. Rather keep it simple? No problem. Stick to the defaults and just drop your images into the back end and voilà.
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It’s more than just a pretty Space: While Squarespace does have some of the best wedding website templates we’ve seen (see: above), the real reason they’re among the best is that they have all the logistical features you could ever want in a wedding website. Here are just a few things they’ve been working on the last few years:
- Google maps integrations to make it easier for your guests to find your venue, lodging, and fun stuff to do around town
- Easy-to-use RSVP form to gather RSVPs or collect addresses for invitations
- Instagram integration that lets you automatically pull in images from your wedding hashtag
And all of this is on top of their already easy-to-use software that makes utilizing these features a breeze.
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New! ONE STOP SHOPPING: Despite the proliferation of online registries these days, there’s always a family member or two who can’t quite figure out the steps to get from your website to the registry, make the purchase, and get it to you. But now, Squarespace is eliminating at least two of those steps. In addition to being able to RSVP and use Google maps straight from your wedding website, Squarespace has partnered with Zola to create a brand-new registry experience that allows your guests to browse your registry without ever leaving your wedding website. Because fewer steps equals fewer chances for your family and friends to get lost in the Internet, and text you for step-by-step instructions like you don’t have enough to deal with right now. You can read more about Zola right here and then create your free registry right here.
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You get your own personal URL: A friend of mine recently got engaged. And every single time I’ve gone to her wedding website, I’ve had to go the wedding website host, search her name, browse a list of people with the same name, and then I get to click on the website once I’ve found her. Which is… annoying. With Squarespace, you get a personalized domain name (either .com or .wedding) for the first year when you sign up for an annual plan (which is just $12 per month). So your relatives never have to hunt down and then remember www.funtimesweddingwebsite.maddieandmike/september-2017/we-are-getting-hitched.
Plus all the design Cheat Codes: Once upon a time, if you wanted to do anything cool with your wedding website, you had to either learn complicated software or build it from scratch. But Squarespace is all about the #lazygirl cheat codes. For example, they have a nifty (and free) logo maker that you can use to create a quick and easy website header. And if you’re short on pictures? They have a special deal with Getty Images that lets you browse their gigantic library of photos to find stock images that work with your website. Each picture is just $10 to use. Pro tip: Getty’s confetti images are A+. Just sayin’.
So if you’re looking for a wedding website that’s both easy to build, but also lets you do all the things, then Squarespace is your best bet. And if you’re just getting started, we’ve got lots of helpful tips to streamline the process (and keep you out of trouble). Check out how to build a beautiful website in under an hour, the five things no one wants to see on your wedding website, what to include in your wedding website to make it actually useful, and seven useful wedding website etiquette tips you need to know.
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This post was sponsored by Squarespace. Squarespace makes beautiful wedding websites happen in a matter of minutes, thanks to their user-friendly software and modern, minimal template designs. Click here to start a free 14-day trial and make your wedding website today. APW readers get 10% off your first Squarespace purchase when you use the code APW16 at checkout.