(Closed) wedding websites that are free

posted 4 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

We are using The Knot as well! I wish certain customization/formatting options were better, but it’s been so easy to use. We also chose to pay the $20 for a custom URL, which was a nice option. 

Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’ve heard people also like using WeddingWire. I actually bought my domain name off of GoDaddy since myname+FHname[dot]come was available and I thought that would be really cool.

Between the purchase of the domain name & signing up for a website hoster like SquareSpace, I only spent like $30 on the website in total and am really happy that we have a super easy URL for people to remember.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I used mywedding.com

They have a ton of different themes (like over 100) and lots of area for customizing and adding pictures.  My only complaint is that there are kind of a lot of ads.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

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newbridetobe12345 :  I used Thankful. It’s not free (it’s a one time $30 fee), but they don’t take any money from your gifts, which I appreciate, haha. Plus I like that I can pull from any and every website. Sorry, if this isn’t helpful for you because I know you’re looking for free–but I was also looking for free and then I decided that $30 was a good alternative for what it offered. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

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newbridetobe12345 :  I used wedding wire and I really like it! they have some great tools on their site too!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

I wouldn’t pay extra for a full custom URL, as it will get so rarely used. We are using the knot and got a custom end URL (idk the technical term lol). So its theknot.com/us/myname-hisname. Good enough for us.

Withjoy and weddingwire were ones we looked at as well.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I used mywedding.com and was happy with it. The URLs are case-sensitive, so if you have a lot of guests who are less tech-savvy and might be confused by that, it’s something to keep in mind.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

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newbridetobe12345 :  I used appy couple and I love it. Plus your guest can download the app for their phones. Its not free but only a one time fee of $39 which I think is reasonable. I have found it really easy to manage RSVPs and to message my guest. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I’m going to use Joy. It is the most beautiful option I’ve found. Gorgeous. And freeeee. I am doing electronic RSVPs and it is a bit wonky with plus 1s (they are doing a reboot of it in the summer)

I know you wanted free, but if anyone reading is willing to pay for really high quality RSVP mechanics with lots of options, I recommend Glo (I think the url is glosite … something like that.)

I was willing to pay, but for me, Joy is so beautiful I had to look past the slightly wonky plus 1 RSVP.

Post # 13
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Newbee

I set up a free site using Minted and one of their templates. I didn’t want to pay the $35 to get a custom URL, but I also didn’t want the janky and/or more tedious URLs that come with free wedding sites. So I bought a domain name through GoDaddy for $0.99 (search Gooogle for GoDaddy 99 cent promotion) and then just have it set up to forward to the URL we got through Minted.

I got a beautiful site I love AND a custom URL, all for $0.99!

FWIW, the reason I chose Minted was because I liked their template designs the best. I’m a graphic desinger so I’m picky and it was purely an aesthetic thing in terms of my choice. It seems like WeddingWire, the Knot, and Minted are all fairly highly recommended and function in similar ways.

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I created my own web site and created a gift registry form using:

http://www.elbowspace.com/FRHformexample146 I was able to make my modifications and collect the registrations for free. Let me know if there are any other free wedding gift reigstry form suggestions?

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

I used the knot and found it to be somewhat of a pain in the ass. I logged on one time and it was randomly saying our wedding is in Boston, MA, which was false (no idea how that got put in there as we dont even live in Boston), and I think I had to actually call the knot to get them to correct it because I was unable to change it myself.

Also it would randomly delete and add stores to my registry. Like when I was figuring out where to register, I started registries at a bunch of places that I later deleted (like Amazon and Crate & Barrel), and these stores would periodically pop up on my knot registry even though I had deleted them. While stores that I actually WAS registered at were not showing up. Really annoying!

But i mean it’s free and I didn’t really care what it looked like too much so I guess it basically got the job done…just some annoying IT issues to deal with along the way.

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