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If there’s one thing I’ve learned from designing Squarespace wedding websites every other month for y’all, it’s this: making a wedding website with Squarespace is dead easy. Specifically, Squarespace is perfect for people like me who are moderately creative, slightly delusional about their skill level, and prone to biting off more than they can chew. Except, unlike all of the other projects you’ve got on your plate, working with Squarespace is easy enough that you aren’t going to end up in DIY Hell. In fact, you might just end up with a wedding website that looks exactly how you imagined it, and with a few extra hours on your hands when you accidentally finish it early.
We jumped right in when we started working with Squarespace earlier this year because we wanted to show you how to use the platform while you were building your own wedding websites. But today, we thought we’d change things up and let you know about a ton of new (actually awesome) changes Squarespace just made to their platform. Mostly because they are going to make your wedding website a whole lot easier. So if you’re getting married next year, or know someone who might be, now is definitely the time to sign up for your free trial (bonus: APWers get 10% off any Squarespace websites when you use code APW14).
In the meantime, here’s what’s new at Squarespace:
Squarespace just launched the newest version of their platform, called Squarespace 7 (not exclusive to weddings; you can get Squarespace 7 for any kind of website you’re working on). The biggest difference between Squarespace 7 and the previous versions of Squarespace is that everything is finally in one place. It used to be that you had to toggle back and forth between the design function and the layout function of your website, but now there’s just one dashboard where you can make all your changes at the same time. If you’re already using Squarespace, this update is going to save you a ton of time (but you already know that). If you’re new to the platform, it’s just one less thing you’ll have to learn.
In addition to the interface changes, one of the biggest updates to Squarespace 7 is the integration of Getty Images that can be licensed and used on your site for just $10. Remember when I was like, “Maybe you don’t have any photos of you and your partner that you want to put on your website?” And suggested trolling the Flickr Creative Commons images as a solution? Well, you can still do that. But for $10, you don’t have to. (The selection available is particularly useful for background images and stock photos.)
The New Squarespace Weddings
On top of launching the new Squarespace 7, Squarespace also did a major overhaul of their weddings page this month. There is now a dedicated section of Squarespace just for weddings, with wedding-specific templates that require way less customizing than before. The biggest improvement: instead of choosing a restaurant template or an e-commerce site and changing it around to include wedding information, Squarespace has ready-made wedding templates pre-filled with sample wedding details so your level of customization goes from “a decent amount of customizing” to “just playing with the fun parts of design.”
With the new Squarespace weddings portal, you can still do all of the same stuff as before, like:
- Get a custom URL with your names, so your wedding website is ourtwonames.com instead of theknot.com/wedding/last-name-last-name (in which case, I usually just Google you and your partner along with “wedding” and hope you don’t have the same first names as a celebrity couple).
- Integrate registries. You can either link to external registries or embed a cash registry directly into your wedding website.
- Accept RSVPs directly through your wedding website.
And of course, all of these updates still come with Squarespace’s 24/7 customer support.
So if you’ve been following along with our Squarespace tutorials and entrepreneurship series all year, and have been thinking you might want to create a wedding website with Squarespace, but weren’t sure if you had the skill or, heck, just the time to make it happen, now is the time to jump. Because they basically just gave the process the #lazygirl seal of approval. And that’s saying something.