Wedding Planning

Which Wedding Planning Website is the Best?

September 15, 2022

Congratulations, you’re engaged! While this is a most exciting time for couples, let's face it, the flood of questions like, "Have you set a date?", "Where's the big day happening?", and "What are your colors?" can turn the joy into a tad bit of stress! If you find yourself unsure where to start in your wedding planning process, you're not alone, and you’ve landed in the right place! In this blog, we'll break down the differences between various wedding planning websites, so you can pick the one that suits you and your partner best. Whether you're looking for easy organization, budget-friendly options, or just some cool ideas, we've got you covered! 

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to wedding planning, but fear not - we've got some insights to make your journey as smooth as possible! With almost two decades of experience providing on-site wedding hair and makeup services, our team at Updos For I Dos knows a thing or two about stress-free wedding planning! Keep reading to discover more and let us help make your big day a breeze!

The Knot: What’s the 411? 

The Knot is one of the biggest and most popular all-in-one wedding planning websites in the business! Here’s our breakdown.

Not only is their website building platform easy to navigate, but their app is easily navigable as well. When constructing your wedding website, you will be thrilled to experience a wide variety of options for layouts, color schemes, styles, and more! Truly every piece of your wedding website with The Knot is customizable! Not only will your website be easy to navigate and customize for you, but it will also be easy for your guests to explore as well! 

Speaking of customizations, The Knot also provides their users with truly endless options for Save The Dates, Invitations, Thank You Cards, and so much more! Not only do they offer hundreds of templates to choose from, but you’re also able to customize and create your own designs basically from scratch with ease! 

The Knot not only provides a user-friendly website-building experience but also serves as an invaluable resource for brides, particularly in the initial phases of wedding planning, seeking insightful vendor reviews and recommendations

Couples are able to easily manage their guest list and RSVP’s through The Knot! For couples looking for an extra touch of control, they’re able to decide whether to make their site public or keep it password-protected. The Knot's platform ensures your wedding planning journey is not only stress-free but also uniquely tailored to your vision!

The Knot does offer couples a website for free, and if you are looking for a custom URL, you can add this feature to your website for a small additional fee! 

Zola: How Is It? 

A newer platform than The Knot, but still a popular choice for couples building a wedding website is Zola! It has several features that are similar to those of The Knot, but also stands out on its own for a few reasons. Here’s our breakdown! 

Much like The Knot, Zola is easily customizable, navigable, and also boasts an easy-to-use app. It is a free option for couples, unless you are looking for a custom URL, which can be created for an extra fee. Zola offers a large array of design and template options for your wedding website and also offers print material such as Save The Dates, Invitations, and more, that you can create to match your website design. 

Zola stands out compared to The Knot mostly because of its registry capabilities! This platform has built a solid reputation as a go-to wedding registry site, celebrated for its capability to consolidate multiple registries, including a cash fund, all in one convenient location. We do have to mention that Zola does take a percentage when guests go to purchase, which can be viewed as the only con to using this platform. 

In addition to using this platform for website building capabilities, couples are also able to connect, interact with, and research wedding vendors! Zola is rich with reviews and is a fabulous resource for planning weddings. 

Minted: Tell Me More

We might be biased, because we have used this platform for building our wedding websites in the past, but we feel that Minted is the easiest to use when it comes to building your wedding website! Continue reading for our why.

Minted boasts over 1,000 customizable designs when it comes to constructing your wedding website! Like The Knot and Zola, it is free to use and build your website, and for an even smaller fee, you are able to create your own custom URL. Like we said, there are over 1,000 templates available, and within each design template different layouts are offered. This can seem a bit overwhelming to some couples, and if interested, you’re actually able to hire a Minted representative to custom create your wedding website for you. Minted sort of gives us Etsy vibes, and here’s why! You can custom order any stationary needed, from invites to wedding signage, and so much more. Another example, you also have the option to hire a Minted representative to create custom art pieces for your website and for your paper stationary!  

Once established, Minted is oh-so easy to use. This platform manages your guest list and RSVP’s with ease and is truly a breeze for you and your guests to navigate. Your wedding registry can easily be integrated into this platform, it’s really a no brainer for us. The only downside some users mention is that this is one of the few platforms that does not offer an app. It’s not a deal breaker for us, but it’s worth mentioning! 

So, Which Wedding Planning Website is the Best? 

If you are looking for a completely one stop shop, The Knot or Zola might be the best option for you. Not only are couples able to create and host their wedding websites on these platforms, but they are also a fabulous resource for gathering vendor information as well. If you are solely looking for a website to host your wedding website, we recommend Minted! It just really depends on what you are looking for in a planning website. All three of these platforms include stationary and print options, and ⅔ also include apps, which may be an important feature to some couples! Keep in mind that there are a handful of other options for couples to choose from as far as wedding planning and website building go, we just wanted to dive deep into three of the most popular options! 

When it comes to planning your big day, wedding websites are like your trusty sidekick, making everything way easier. They can help you create a fabulous website, find top-notch vendors, manage your registry, handle RSVPs, and more. And when it comes to getting your hair and makeup sorted stress-free, Updos For I Dos is your go-to, friend! With almost 20 years of experience, we've got your back from the moment you inquire to the finishing touches on your special day. Let us make your wedding planning journey a breeze by clicking the link here! Happy planning!

Cover Photo Credit: Urban Row Photography