Ahh, wedding websites! Do you need one? Will anyone look at it? Can’t RSVPing online can save us $12.00 in postage? I have always been a yes to wedding websites and have been more concerned about the site matching my theme then the actual functionality.
We got our engagement pictures back and I was all “let’s get these save the dates in the mail yesterday” and JR was all “maybe we should have some actual information on them.” He was probably right, so I got right on setting up our website!
STEP ONE – CHOOSING A PLATFORM
TheKnot.com is every brides first go to. Boy gets on one knee, girl says yes, girl registers for TheKnot.com, boy stands up from being on one knee. If you are looking for the basic “who, what, when, and where” TheKnot.com is a great option and it’s free. I won’t say the layouts are amazing but if you have some fabulous engagement pictures those can be featured well and you could for sure find something that fits. It offers an RSVP service which is great for your techy friends and the platform is simple enough to use.
Minted is the Target to Shutterfly’s Walmart. Shutterfly also has a fancy sister named TinyPrints that has great options but I struggled with figuring out their website platform. (Struggled as in I literally couldn’t find it.) Minted has some awesome layout options and I was seriously eyeing the agate theme for a while. Since I designed our invites I figured I could make one of them work. The platform is easy to use and has a one-time fee of $35.00 that gives you unlimited access to all of the themes.
I was on the verge of signing up for Minted when I did a quick google about custom domain names and found the Holy Grail of wedding websites.
I present to you…AppyCouple! You guys, this is the most legit wedding website builder ever imagined. I honestly would have never found it if I wasn’t so set on having www.jrandkylie.com be the link. Not www.jrandkylie.weddingloveforever.org. I figured what good is a wedding website if no one can figure out how to get to it. For a one-time fee of $30 (I found a discount code) and then the purchase of the custom domain name ($19.99, good for one year) I could make the most visited/useful wedding website of all time. I sent the site to J.R. and he was all “this is amazing, I already downloaded the app.”
STEP TWO – DESIGNING YOUR SITE
AppyCouple and Minted have this option where you can change the theme whenever you want. So scan through the layouts, go with your gut, and it your beau hates it you can change it later. There was a million themes I loved and some I loved even more than the one I picked but I thought the classy option would be to go with the one that matched our Save the Dates and wedding colors. #coordinated
Tip: See the little pink bar next to the “Continue” button. On some layouts there are options to change the color. I didn’t figure that out right away.
AppyCouple breaks it down into key pages and then has options as to what “widgets” you want to add. Anything from hotel information to the wedding location weather to a dress code. My main concern was filling our hotel room block so I had that information squared away and other things I just left with “more information to come.”
You can also add how you met and your wedding party bios/stories. JR even went through and wrote all his groomsmen bios and half of the “Stories” page. S’cute, right?
STEP THREE – GUEST MANAGEMENT
I did not even know this site had such an awesome setup for RSVP’s until I imported my list. That $50? WORTH IT. You can add all your wedding info and even different events like bridal showers and bachelor/bachelorette parties! Here is where it gets amazing. You can upload your guest list and link people to which events they are invited to as well as other guests they are invited with.
So for example, my sister pulls up the site, types in her name and email and our wedding code, and then it links her to my parents and brothers invites. She then has access to the bridal shower and bachelorette party page as well as the wedding and rehearsal. My brother, however, does not see the bridal shower and bachelorette party page.
Also, did I mention that the App in AppyCouple actually means App! Yes, that is correct, you get your own wedding app while you’re at it. I, myself, am not a huge app person but apparently guys go nuts over this kind of thing.
Other options I have heard of are WeddingPaperDivas, Squarespace, and WeddingWire. None stood out to me enough to research them but be sure to check them out if you have a specific theme in mind!