The Best Free Widgets for Your Wedding Website

First comes love, then comes marriage. But somewhere in between comes creating the perfect wedding website, or “wedsite.” (Yes, that’s actually a term—you can Google it).

According to, nearly 70 percent of millennial couples create a website for their wedding. Websites act as an online repository for all the pertinent details about the big day, everything from date and location to hotel information to registries. They’re a helpful information hub for guests and can help cut back on the onslaught of texts, emails and phone calls from curious friends and family members.

Several essential elements go into designing an effective wedding website. Increasingly, couples are choosing to go beyond the basics to create interactive sites that offer friends and family a unique user experience. A growing assortment of tools, widgets, and plug-ins can make your wedsite stand out from the rest. Check out the list below, all of which are free and compatible with a Jimdo website:

Note: It’s really easy to install these tools on your own website. For more information on widgets and installation instructions, check out our post 20 Widgets to Improve Your Website.

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Planning a wedding means making dozens of decisions ranging from the small details (like picking a first dance song) to the big-ticket items (like choosing a venue and ceremony location). Save yourself some anxiety by crowd-sourcing answers to some key decisions. Include a poll where guests can vote for the first-dance song, wedding party entrance music or even meal choices. Poll Maker, Brolmo, and EasyPolls are all good options.

This is an example of a poll widget so guests can vote on aspects of your wedding like your first dance song

Use a free widget like Poll Maker to include a poll on your wedding website.


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Many couples include an “About Us” section that describes who they are, how they met and how their relationship evolved. Make your story interactive by creating an embeddable, scrollable timeline with text, photos, and even video. Try Tiki Toki or TimelineJS.

Online Countdown

Build excitement—and remind guests how quickly your wedding is approaching—by installing a countdown clock. Try Time and Date, Counting Down To, or TickCounter. They let you customize the background and even take users’ time zones into account.

Here's an example of a countdown widget that you can add to a wedding website lets you create a custom countdown widget to count down the days before your big day.

Guest Book

Many of your friends and family will want to share a special message or wish with you ahead of the wedding. Others may have questions to ask. Create an online guest book that allows you to receive and respond to messages publicly. You can use the Jimdo Guestbook element but if you need a more complex commenting system you can use Bravenet or Disqus to interact. Instructions for adding Disqus can be found here.


Your guests may also want to interact with each other via an online forum. This feature can help guests arrange carpools, share tips on what to do in the area, or just get to know each other before the big day. Try Muut, or Nabble.


Remember that many of your guests will be coming from out of town, and won’t know their way around. Help them navigate to key locations like the rehearsal dinner restaurant, ceremony site, and reception hall by embedding a Google Map.

Here's an example of how to add a Google Map to your wedding website

Add a Google Map to your site to make directions to your wedding even easier for guests.

Weather Forecast

Help guests pack and dress appropriately by including a weather forecast widget. Some widgets will even feature multi-day forecasts, such as Accuweather, Forecast and

Pinterest Board

More and more couples are using Pinterest to visualize the look and feel of their perfect wedding, “pinning” photos of flowers, decorations, centerpieces and more to their virtual wedding board. Help guests share your vision by installing a Pinterest board widget. You can even create a group board so that guests can recommend flowers, hair styles, dresses and more. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to take their advice!)


According to, the average couple spent $462 on invitations last year. Save money and paper by creating an online RSVP form. RSVPify allows users to create an online RSVP form that’s embeddable on your own website.

This is a RSVP widget to make it easier for guest to RSVP to your wedding online

Add a widget to your site like RSVPify to simplify the RSVP process.

Social Media Streams

Many couples create a hashtag to promote social-media sharing on the big day—typically, some clever combination of the bride and groom’s first and last names. Embed a Twitter or Instagram feed that will capture all your guests’ tweets and photos that are tagged with that hashtag. It’s a great way to crowdsource candid photos, and it gives your guests the ability to look back on all the fun they had at your reception. Or, if you want all guests to see social-media sharing in real time, try Eventstagram. The tool lets guests snap photos using Instagram and tag them with a hashtag. All the photos are then streamed on the Evenstagram website and broadcast through a projector or TV screen at your reception.


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Photo Sharing

Remember that you don’t need to shut down your wedding website as soon as you say “I do.” Use it as a place to share photos from the rehearsal dinner, wedding, honeymoon and more. Create an online photo gallery or slideshow using Wow Slider, Quick Gallery or Juicebox. Let your guests know that they can check your website for photos by including the URL in your thank-you notes.

It takes time to create the perfect wedding website, complete with interactive features and tools, but remember that it’s well-worth the investment. A robust wedsite can ultimately cut back on costs, answer the steady of stream questions from friends and family, and help ensure that you and your guests have a great experience—one that you can look back on through social media stream and photo albums.

Do you have a wedding-related widget, tool or plug-in that you would recommend? List your favorites in the comments section below.