Wedding Website 101

Once you get to designing your wedding website, you realize how easy it is for it to look like it was straight out of the AOL dial-up internet era. While no one is expecting a work of art, a wedding website can definitely make a statement about just how creative, beautiful and fun your wedding is going to be.

Here are three of my favorite good-looking and easy to use platforms.

SquareSpace

SquareSpace

1. SquareSpace For the creative couple with a purist aesthetic. SquareSpace has clean lines and endless image options. There are six design templates to choose from in the wedding category, but then hundreds to choose from among their other themes. I personally love the Stripe feature, allowing brides and grooms who are considering a honeymoon fund to accept credit cards. SquareSpace can take a bit of time to get use to, but the tutorials are great. At $20 per month, it's not cheap, but it's not breaking the bank.

Riley & Grey

Riley & Grey

2. Riley & Grey A luxe wedding site that errs on sweet and preppy in its design platforms. It's known for its scroll features and cute icons. It offers couples address collection, RSVP management and photo + video galleries. They’re also reputable for their customer service since planning a wedding doesn't mean you are a tech start-up. Coming in at $35 per month, or $240 for the year, think of Riley & Grey as the Equinox of wedding websites.

Appy Couple

Appy Couple

3. Appy Couple Likely to please the tech-set; Appy Couple's designs include 500 different options. The look and feel can be a bit too feminine (swirls, flowers, dots) for my taste, but the server stands out for allowing you to create an app and a website that are in sync. It also offers stationary that matches your site via Wedding Paper Divas and Minted. Its biggest selling point: there are no monthly fees, just a one-time sign up fee, ranging from $39 to $68.