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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Wedding Websites

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Today I’m excited to share the ultimate guide to wedding websites! I did a ton of research to find the best free and paid wedding website services, and put together my top 3 website services for newly engaged couples to consider!

Whenever I get to the phase of working out the details of the entire wedding invitation suite, I always come to the stage where brides ask me what to include on their the card. The answer depends on different factors (check out my essential info card blog post here), but I ALWAYS instruct my brides to have a wedding website. It doesn’t need to be the most beautiful or most expensive option, but it needs to be fluid. In other words, you need a website so that you can continue to update information.

And here are my top 3 reasons why you need a wedding website….

:: plans change ::

Hotel blocks book up, restaurants close. Your website allows you to change details so that nothing that is written on a printed info card becomes inaccurate.

:: registry info is a no-no on your invitation ::

Your guests may have perused your registry for the shower, but it’s often months later that they buy your wedding gifts. Memories are short, and since you cannot put registry info anywhere on your invitation suite (nope, not even on the details card!), the website is the perfect place for this info.

:: you don’t need guests calling you ::

You’ve got enough going on without guests contacting you or your parents to ask “where is the best hotel in the area?” or “Which airport should I fly into?” All the nitty-gritty can go on your site so people aren’t hounding you for random info. Wedding websites are a huge help to not only brides, but to their guests.

And now, here are some of my favorite wedding website options:

  1. AppyCouple

AppyCouple is great because its focus is on creating a seamless app (though you will get a website too). Since most of us are getting are information on our smartphones, this is a great choice for our digital age. The themes are also really sleek and professional.

Price: $35 – $65 one-time payment)

  1. Riley & Grey

This is a more expensive option, but the templates are gorgeous and there are special features like custom domains and RSVP support. *It is worth noting that a nice, short URL is a major plus when designing the invitation suite. A long URL can look clunky and be hard to fit on a pretty insert card.

Price: ($35/month or $240/year)

  1. Joy

I wanted to be sure I included a free option, and Joy is the best one out there in my opinion. It has nice design elements and a lot of features for a free service.

Price: Free

So there it is, folks! I hope this has been a helpful guide as you venture into wedding planning.

To check out our custom save the date designs, head over to the design section of the site! And for general wedding inspiration, visit the wedding section of the blog.

xo, Sandy
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The Essential Guide To Wedding Invitation Info Cards

Today I’m sharing the essential guide to wedding invitation info cards!

Ah, the elusive information card for your wedding invitation suite. I constantly get questions from clients on wording for details cards. The truth is, it’s not one size fits all. What you include really depends on your guests + your wedding details, but here are a few things I always tell my couples…

the essential gudie to wedding invitation info cards


{Photo Cred: Kate Maxwell Photography}

1. Include Your Wedding Website

I can’t stress this one enough! You may have put it on your save the date, but it’s a long time between when they get the save the date and then the invitation. Though you want to believe your save the date is proudly displayed in their home, the truth is it may have eventually gotten bumped off for another fridge-worthy piece of snail mail. (If you’re looking for a great wedding website service, check out appycouple.com. It has password-protected options and has mobile-friendly versions!)


{Photo Cred: Kelsey Combe Photography}

2. Decide if a details card is necessary

Though I believe the wedding website somewhere in your suite is a must, if you have a reception card where you can include the URL you may be able to forego the info card completely! (Woo hoo – money saver!)


{Photo Cred: Ashley Therese Photography}

3. Share Some Information, Not All Information

In this digital era, people don’t need turn-by-turn directions. If the location is hard to find or there’s some snag in the usual route, it’s helpful to include that detail. But at the end of the day, most of us have our smartphones which give us all the info we need.  This is why including the wedding website is so important; it gives you the opportunity to communicate as much info as you want to your guests online, and update it as things change (e.g. one hotel block books up!).


{Photo Cred: Brooke Allison Photo}

3. Reiterate Weekend Details to Hotel Guests

It’s great to tell people about the Sunday brunch on the info card or website, but they may not remember all this the weekend activities of your wedding (especially if they’ve had a few too many signature cocktails at the bar the night before!). This is why a welcome bag or some note to hotel guests is vital. Shuttle times, Sunday brunch; this is information that needs to be reiterated upon arrival!


{Photo Cred: Vicki + Erik Photographers}

The key is to strike a balance of being helpful + informative without overwhelming your guests with too much information on one card. Follow these guidelines, and you’re sure to have happy + well-informed guests!

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xo, Sandy
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