Creating your perfect wedding website on Zola doesn’t cost anything. It’s completely free. You heard that right—amongst all the hefty wedding-related expenses like the cake, your dress, and the pricey honeymoon—finally, something that you don’t have to spend money on!
The only exception is if you want a custom domain for your personal wedding website. (i.e. lukeandloreliwedding.com) That comes at a small cost. You also may want to spend some money on professional photos to include on your wedding site, too. (Your engagement photos are perfect if you already have those on hand.)
Here’s everything else you need to know about setting up your wedding website and how much it costs.
A wedding website can showcase all the info your guests need in one handy place: From travel and accommodation information, to your registry links, to fun facts about the bridal party, to the love story about how you and partner met.
As for how you’re going to get value out of it, think of it this way. It’s the chance to expand on what’s printed on your paper invitations without having to spend more money on printing it all up for wedding guests. Plus, it’s handy if you need to send any updates to guests. That way, they can just check online without you having to spend more money on printed-paper and postage.
As the big day gets closer, you can also update the website with the weekend’s schedule, directions, and things to do in the area so you don’t have to print these up for wedding guests coming in from out of town.
Setting up your initial website on Zola.com is free. However, some other domains you might see online do charge you a fee to use them as a host for your wedding website. They may also charge you to create a custom domain. (i.e. bradandjenwedding.com) And finally, there may be a yearly fee to renew your website. Always read the fine print carefully before you hand over your credit card.
To get started on your Zola custom free wedding website, you’ll just need to enter your name and the name of your spouse-to-be, plus the date of your upcoming nuptials. Then you’ll enter your email address and create a password for the account (keep this handy) and choose a custom design template. Then you can customize it with all the wedding details you want like the schedule, travel accommodations, the wedding party, photos, and your registry. If you want a custom domain, you can add one to your Zola site starting at $14.95. You can also redirect a domain you purchased elsewhere to your Zola website. Find out more on how to do that here. (A custom domain for a website usually costs between $10 and $20 a year.)
Engagement Photos: You can use any old photos you have of you and your fiancé for your own wedding website. But professional engagement photos look amazing on your custom Zola template! If you want to have a professional engagement photo shoot and are planning to use some of those photos for the wedding site, expect to spend between $250 and $1,000 for the session and prints or downloads. (Thankfully you can get a lot of use out of these photos. Learn how to get the most out of your engagement photos here.)
Matching Wedding Paper: To create a really seamless look for your big day, you may want your website template to match your save the dates, invitations, programs, menus and more. You can customize everything on https://www.zola.com/wedding/manage/website/manage
Ready to get started on your free wedding website with Zola? Click here.