There is much bigger competition in the wedding site building industry than you might think, thus providing a solid core of features is crucial for any company. Luckily, Wedding Window armed itself with much useful stuff that would satisfy nubile couples. First of all, the site utilizes an advanced HTML 5 editor, meaning that you can do much more than simply fill in blank pages with your details. The drafting page allows simply dragging and dropping new and existing sites on your menu, creating a photo or video gallery and even adding unique applications like a Facebook comment section or a Google map to aid the guests’ navigation. Even with a free account you have enough tools to create your wedding site, with a wide variety of dedicated pages (including a blog, a wedding event list, gift registry, an RSVP, a guestbook and other informative sites). They also boast an impressive amount of planning tools: you can monitor the visitors of your site, integrate a budget tracker for the registry, have a checklist for the upcoming to-dos and so on. Wedding Window even presents the RSVP function for free.
Although you can get a lot out of your free account, the premium version has some superior features worth considering. It has an upgraded RSVP page where you can control the guest’s access to certain events and pages. There are E-cards and save-a-dates available, and only premium members can mass-send email invitations to all guests. Subscriptions promise the ability to use Google Analytics, add social media plugins or create video pages.
Mobile & Apps
During the wedding preparations one might think that full smartphone support isn’t really necessary for your special site. But the truth is that being able to apply changes anytime and anywhere with a few taps on the touchscreen really does come as a relief for most couples. This way you can implement changes the moment you decide to expand the guest list or simply send out a bash of email remainders. This removes some heavy boulders from your shoulders, as you no longer need to dash home to update your wedding site. Wedding Window proudly presents competent support for all the nubile smart-tech junkies. The site you create can be comfortably viewed on smartphones and tablets alike, regardless of their type or screen size. Unfortunately the editing function isn’t cut to the really small screens, so only tablets are fitted with the online builder function, besides desktop computers of course.
Your starting experience with Wedding Window is made to be as pleasant and smooth as possible. Registration is free and you aren’t asked to give out sensitive information; just the basic details, like your name and the domain address. We also wish to comment on the site’s creative authentication system, where you are asked to drag the right symbol into a circle. After the setup process is done, you can start drafting your dream page right away. Wedding Window deserves some praise for the well thought-out editor interface they have. It allows a deep level of customization with the different font settings, background color, style, placement etc. You can add lines and temporarily disable them if you feel so. But even those who just want to scratch the surface of the possibilities, can achieve a splendid result thanks to the included video tutorials.
At first glance you find a very impressive setout of designs with Wedding Window. The site sports around 65 different themes, but we used the term “different” a bit loosely here. The gap between the free and premium content is clearly visible here: while paying users can get their hands on a diverse portfolio of templates – which not only rearrange the layout fully responsively – free users only get the downgraded version of the same design. The offering of designs is also padded out with a large amount of templates that are identical to each other in terms of layout and pattern, with only the background color being changed. Still, the overall quality is high enough to enchant your guest with your creation and as we said, even the premium content is available with a slight downgrade.
Wedding Window promises to give everyone a chance to try the service so they can experience the benefits. For starters, you are entitled to use a free account for a whole year. Although this option comes with some restrictions, it’s more than enough to decide whether you want to invest more time and money into the service. The company even allows a small sneak peek into the premium content with their 10-day trial. This unlocks all the features for you, but there is no penalty for returning to the free version either.
As for the actual premium content, you have two options on your hands: you can pay after each month, practicing a strong supervision over your commitment, or subscribe for a whole year, which will lower the initial cost in exchange. The pay-as-you-go option charges you $14.95 each month, while the annual plan is $79 per year, which comes down to $6.85 for a month. Wedding Window even has extra services: saving your site for the future generation costs $35, a custom domain is $19.95 per year, while extending the storage space for more videos and implementing a hidden copyright is $14.95 respectively.
Knowing the nature of the multi-layered customization and the slight difficulty faced by less skillful users, Wedding Window offers its help wherever it can. Although they can be only reached via email, the system offers this option every time it feels your progress has stalled. They also created the Website Intuitive Support Helper (W.I.S.H for short), which is an instant helpdesk that pops up every now and then. The company’s helpfulness is more than welcomed, as other sites like to cleverly avoid direct contact with their users. The main site is bright, easily comprehensible and has a nice vibe to it. Wedding Window even has a blog section with interesting articles, which makes up for the lack of recent updates on their social media pages.
After thoroughly inspecting Wedding Window, we can give it our recommendation. The site has a nice selection of features and an interface that manages to stay user-friendly in spite of its varied customization possibilities. We enjoyed using the editing interface plus the presence of such unique features as the integrated apps and guest management functions are commendable. Although the service welcomes those who are new to website building, couples who have some experience on the field are the ones who could make the most out of Wedding Window. The design palette is wide and colorful, although a bit repetitive. They can be called customer-friendly, as they not only have a free account that lasts for a whole year, but they present a 10-day trial period. The premium prices are acceptable, although only the yearly plan is worth your money.
- Free and trial account
- Deep level of customization
- Lots of designs
- No mobile building mode
- Repetitive designs