Meet a Wedding Vendor in Seattle, WA: Joy (9)

Today’s wedding vendor interview is with Erica and Clare of Joy, a Seattle based company that designs gorgeous wedding evites, websites and apps! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

We are Erica and Clare, two of the engineers at Joy. We’re both romantics at heart with a tenacity for problem solving—which makes designing an intuitive wedding tool a lot of fun.

Joy brings together all the elements of wedding planning, just like a virtual bridesmaid or groomsman!

  • Beautiful Website and App. Joy has a variety of sleek, elegant, romantic, and modern templates that help our couples showcases their personal style on their wedding website and app.
  • Invites and RSVP. Organizing a guest list is one of the toughest parts of planning a wedding. Joy couples can import their whole guest lists at once (or add guests individually through the website and app), customize RSVP questions, send out invites, and track responses.
  • Communication. Joy couples and their guests can personalize messages and announcements. Joy’s smart notification system can be used to send event reminders and ask guests to silence cell phones during wedding events.
  • Wedding Details. Our couples can include wedding schedule locations, times, and maps. Additionally, couples can add hotels, rentals, shuttles, and note fun sightseeing and things for their guests to do. Our couples can also choose to include their gift and cash registries and customized wedding FAQs. Joy is your guests’ one stop shop for all your wedding details!
  • Guest Photo Sharing. Joy guests can upload photos and notes before and during the wedding. Couples can relive their wedding from hundreds of points of view!
  • All or Some. The best part of Joy is that it’s totally custom. Couples can choose which parts of Joy they want to use and customize visibility for each section.

Read the full interview after the cut!

Continue reading

This diverse collection of elegant and on-trend wedding websites comes to us from Riley & Grey. Such beautiful work! Here’s Marissa, founder of Riley & Grey, to tell us more:

I think what we’re most excited about with the new collection is that we captured some really popular and traditional wedding themes, but in a new way. For example, we get tons of requests for vineyard themes. That’s a tricky one, because there are only so many ways you can draw a wine bottle and grapes.

I like the gourmet still-life approach we took because it’s also something you can’t really do on paper, so it’s perfect for your website. And it really brings in the foodie element that most vineyard weddings have too. Another example is the bohemian theme. I’m really proud of the way our team managed to take something like tie dye, which can get really cheese-y, really fast and elevate it so that it could even work for a black-tie boho wedding. Beach is another theme where the umbrella and sand toy imagery that comes to mind first isn’t really what people want for their wedding. I think the subtle waves in our Surf design get people excited for a beach destination without overwhelming the wedding’s brand.

See more after the cut!

Continue reading

Updated: June 2018

The structure of weddings have really stayed the same for decades now, but one of the biggest changes to come along with the internet (woohoo!) was the ability to build a website for your wedding!

Wedding websites (also known as wedsites) are great for collecting all the information that you can’t fit in your wedding invitations: registry information, hotels, directions, information about the couple, and now many wedding website builders support RSVPs online — no need to track down everyone’s RSVP by mail.

While you can choose to build your own wedding website from scratch, generally it’s easy to use a pre-built solution so you can get your wedding website up and running in about a day. Here are our top 5 wedding website generator recommendations, as well as a list of all the ones we’ve considered at the end.

Our favorite sites for creating a website for your wedding:

AppyCouple ($49 – $149 one-time payment)

appycouple.com

A really interesting alternative to having a wedding website is having a wedding app! Since most people use smartphones these days, AppyCouple helps you build a custom wedding app with all the information that you would need on your wedding website (and creates web versions as well, of course). Another plus — tons of great looking themes!


Joy (Free!)

A brand new wedding website builder just launched! We really like Joy‘s feature list — beyond the fact that it’s free (yay!), Joy comes with a ton of features like an app, RSVPs, photo support, and more.


Riley & Grey ($35/month or $240/year)

Riley & Grey is a gorgeous premium option for luxury weddings. While the most expensive option on this list, Riley & Grey has the most modern and glamorous wedding website templates and come with premium features included, like a custom domain and RSVP support.


Wedding Woo ($49/year or $69/two years)

WeddingWoo

WeddingWoo is a new addition to our list, after enthusiastic support in our comments (thanks commenters!) While the templates aren’t the most modern that we’ve found, there are plenty of beautiful options with a lot of great features, like Instagram hashtag and RSVP support. WeddingWoo also has one of the most comprehensive customization ability we’ve seen, which is great for making sure your wedding website looking completely unique for your wedding.


Wedding Window (Free – $14.95/mo – $79/yr)

The newest addition to our list, Wedding Window has improved leaps and bounds over the last few years. We love the modern looking templates that are responsive (meaning it works on computers as well as on your mobile phones — a must for your guests!) Wedding Window also has unique and original site designs.


 

Other wedding website options

There are quite a number of other wedding website generators to choose from other than the above. Other choices:

  • Bliss & Bone ($12/month, 7-day Free Trial) — Gorgeous looking modern templates with RSVP & Guest Management. Highly customizable.
  • Wix (Free) — A full website builder who has added a wedding option — free and seems to be easy to use. Flash options as well.
  • Nearlyweds ($14.99/mo or $99/yr) — Full featured with a lot of design options, though the designs are a little stale.
  • Squarespace ($12/month) — Squarespace has great tools to customize your website but no free option and lacking some wedding features that sites, dedicated to only weddings, would have.
  • eWedding (Free – $7/mo)
  • WeddingDonkey (Free, $10/mo, $15/mo)
  • ZankYou (Free)
  • WedBuddy ($13/month or $75/year)
  • The Knot (Free)
  • MyWedding (Free)
  • Minted (Free) (P.S Check out this blog WeddingLovely wrote on why Minted wedding websites are so awesome!)
  • WeddingJoJo (Free – $14.99/mo)

Are we missing any awesome options? Have you used any of these and have a review? We’d love to hear it and add your thoughts to the post! 

Note: Some links are affiliate links, meaning WeddingLovely earns revenue for the links. This had no basis in our top five site decisions — affiliates were only added after our favorites were determined. The revenue from the affiliate links helps support WeddingLovely and keeps this blog running. Thanks for your support!