Let’s face it, these days pretty much everything is done online and the latest craze to grip the wedding world seems to be the wedding website – you and your guest’s one stop hub to find out everything they need to know about your wedding. When wedding websites first started to appear I have to confess we were a little sceptical, after all building a full-blown website is a lot of work and whilst we could see how things like online RSVP’s might save a bit of time (as well as a small forest), surely this kind of thing could just as easily be done on Facebook where all of our friends are already easy to find (even if a Facebook message is perhaps a little impersonal despite its simple practicality!) and overall having a website just seemed like one more potentially costly and definitely time consuming thing to think about.
However, as the web marches boldly on and building websites has gradually become a little simpler we thought it was time to revisit the subject, particularly as a simple search for “wedding websites” now reveals all kinds of new options that previously hadn’t existed in creating a very quick, very simple website that even the most fearful of web design can handle. Rather than have to get familiar with blogging templates like wordpress or the many and varied custom website builders which are supposedly simple but can be a little pricey, nowadays various companies are offering excellent (and free) ways of building a specific wedding website which comes pre-equipped to help you with everything from sending out RSVP’s to providing maps of venues and local accommodation, to creating a guest book to providing space for guests to upload their photos and videos of the day to helping you to create your table plan and notify the guests of where they’re sitting online rather than all scrabbling to see the seating plan on the day!
So to find out just how quick and simple it really was we thought we’d have a go and see for ourselves just how quickly we could have our own wedding website and what exactly it offered.
As we’ve already mentioned there are dozens of different companies offering ways to create your customised wedding website and we definitely recommend you look around and see what each offers before you decide where to build your website as they will not all be offering the same options and some may well charge. We’ll probably take look at more examples in the future, but for the purposes of today’s quick experiment we chose one of the most popular: Zankyou.com
We chose zankyou primarily because it was free and appeared to offer a variety of looks, and indeed it was extremely quick and simple to create an account and get started. We’re pretty picky on how websites should look and we liked the clean layout and simple backgrounds. This is in no way meant to be a review of Zankyou so we won’t go into all of the details but we were very impressed with how simple it was to understand the user interface and the various easy-to-access options that it provided us with.
After creating a simple homepage which allowed us to upload photos, videos and even google maps to show people where the wedding would be taking place, we took a look at some of the other options available. We were pleased that we were able to create a guest list which could be stored and used to create RSVP’s, notify guests of updates to the site and even create a table plan – incredibly handy for us (particularly as we could simply cross check whether the tables were actually full according to who had RSVP’d and we could share the information with the guests themselves so that they could check via their mobiles exactly where they would be sitting. We could include an itinerary of the day with clear timings and maps of how to get there and it even allowed us to show hotels near to our venue – incredibly helpful for anyone looking to stay over and I daresay we could have marked parking spaces on as well if we had wished.
As well as helpful features for the lead-up to the day the website also included features for after the wedding including a guest-book and an area to upload photos and videos. Another very helpful feature is that the website can manage your guest-list and even allow guests to make financial contributions towards your honeymoon or even towards a fund for house ware rather than everyone buying you that same toaster!
Overall I was extremely impressed with what we were able to do in a very short space of time (we set up our site with some basic info in around half an hour, although as ours was a made up wedding it may take a little longer to fill in the actual details!) and we can definitely see how, once set-up it would be a great resource for both the guests and the bride and groom. We may at some point do a more in-depth review of some of the options available to you both from zankyou and other companies, but for now please feel free to browse our very quickly composed demo wedding website to see the kind of options that are available to you if you’re looking to create a no-hassle wedding website of your own via the link below: