10/20 Real Bride Valerie: Websites … To Pay or Not to Pay?

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Affiliate Disclaimer NewIn this day and age, a wedding website is nearly mandatory. It is so much easier than relying on word of mouth for your registry, or having an additional card printed with travel and accommodations information tucked into your invites.

Real Bride Valerie used Appy Couple for her wedding website

There are so many beautiful and user-friendly free websites available out there from places like Wedding Wire and The Knot, that paying for one seems to be an unnecessary expense when you’re planning a wedding with a broke-ass budget.

I would be lying if I said the fact that I work in web development didn’t influence my decision to pay for our wedding website. That truly is a large part of it. It’s what I do for a living, and I felt like I needed to step it up a bit.

After doing a ton of research, I ended up going with Appy Couple, and couldn’t be happier. It was really important to us that an app version be available. Loading a browser on your phone, typing in the URL and wedding info to view a sketchy responsive version of a free website wasn’t my ideal situation. Appy Couple obviously provides you with a desktop website version, but you can also download their app and enter a five digit wedding code and view the site on a surprisingly well-designed app.


I have to tell you, my expectations were pretty low. They have a beautiful website themselves, so I had my fingers crossed, but once I actually got into the dashboard, viewed the designs and checked out how they looked on mobile, I was glad I made the decision to throw a few extra bucks at our website. For 500 designs, there was a one time fee of $39, brought down to $30 by a promo code. So worth it!

A lot of the available features were things that I liked in separate apps out there, but combined into one — like a photo gallery live stream you can use during your reception, and a convenient guest list feature (which, btw, makes the fourth time I’ve transferred our guest list to a different tool). The guest list controls the events each guest sees which is great for bachelor/bachelorette party, bridal shower and post-wedding brunch guests. Not only does it give your guest the date, time and place, but you can customize with a ton of little widgets that provide as much information you’d like to share, such as whether it’s an open bar, what’s on the menu or the ceremony schedule.


Our website is still in its infancy — we’re still 12 months out! — but it’s been a ton of fun playing around with different photos, and different designs. I’m really excited to hear what our guests think!

Have any BAB’s out there shelled out cash for their website? Was it worth it?

Valerie Bruce is a Real Bride Contributor for The Broke-Ass Bride. Shameless Wisconsinite, die-hard Packers fan, and forever Milwaukee-proud. Content Strategist, Fitbit-er, and a super slow, yet persevering, runner. Oxford comma enforcer and crafter extraordinaire. Eater, quasi-chef, and food Tweeter. Tweet along @eatinginmke.
  • Julie

    I used a free wedding website but I can definitely see why someone would pay a little extra to have more functionality/make something really theirs. I’m sure your guests will be grateful to have such an awesome resource available to them!