Yes, you read that correctly—you can create a free personalized site right on The Knot. With more than 100 different color and style combos to choose from, we're positive you'll find one that suits your wedding perfectly. Browse the options to find the template design you like best, and the site will walk you through the entire creation process. For a small fee, you can even create a custom URL. It's so easy—we promise.
Cover the Basics and Then Some
There are two reasons to make a wedding website. One is to give guests need-to-know info that may not be included on the invite (no need to bulk up envelopes with directions and hotel suggestions). This means you'll want to cover the who, what, when and where, plus how to get there. The second reason is to add more information that guests will want to know, like suggested attire and who will be in the wedding party. Think of the site as a one-stop shop guests can visit whenever they have questions, instead of having to call you.
Share All Your Registry Details in One Place
Since you're not supposed to mention where you're registered on your wedding invitations (etiquette says so), creating a website gives you a chance to tell everyone exactly where you're registered—without seeming inappropriate. You can even add links directly to your
registries. In addition to traditional registries, The Knot Gifts Back lets you register at a charity of your choice, so every time someone buys a gift off your page, we'll make a donation—and at no extra cost to you or your guests.
Add Personal Touches
Let visitors to your site get to know you better by giving them a bit of background on yourself and your soon-to-be spouse (which is especially helpful for guests, like a friend's plus-one, who might not know you that well). Tell the story of how you met, have a link to the video footage of the proposal (on YouTube, Facebook Live or elsewhere), share a few of your favorite couple shots and post photos of wedding party members so guests will recognize who's who at the wedding. You might also want to upload a photo album and tag it with your wedding hashtag. That way you can stream all the moments along your journey to the altar from Instagram and Facebook, or aggregate public snaps posted using your hashtag, on your wedding website.
Just beware of going overboard with information. Our guess is that visitors won't feel like clicking through a slideshow of the entire story of your lives together or an extensive album devoted to your pet (aka the ring bearer).
Out-of-Towners Will Love You for This
Post logistical details for guests making travel plans. They'll certainly appreciate a heads-up that you've blocked rooms at a specific hotel and will love having all the info they need to reserve one. (We've made it a breeze for you by launching a simple reservation feature with the free hotel room blocking service Skipper.) And you aren't limited to adding just the hotel and venue info on your site, so consider including great restaurants they might want to try and cool activities to do while they're in town.
Take Advantage of the Bells and Whistles
You can create an online RSVP option and collect your guests' plus-one info at the same time. Add customized pages to share just about anything, like information about the charity to which you're donating. And the best part? Visit your website to see how many days you have left until the wedding—let the countdown begin!
Know What to Leave Out
Remember, your grandparents and future in-laws will see this, so maybe exclude those potentially compromising photos from a college party or of your more daring Halloween costumes. And even though your website doesn't need to be quite as buttoned-up as your invitation, run your words through spell-check and have someone proofread it before you post anything. Definitely double-check that all the addresses and other facts are correct. You don't want your guests to get lost or confused!