Since 1996, The Knot has been one of the most popular websites for excited brides-to-be.
The Knot is popular for good reason: it has all the bells and whistles a bride-to-be could want. In addition to a full range of planning tools, The Knot also has enough visual candy to give Pinterest a run for its money. There are photo-based idea boards for invitations, decor, floral arrangements, cakes, hairstyles and more. Then, if you'd like to see how those fancy ideas could come together at your wedding, you can check out the Real Wedding Photos collection to see how other couples' weddings turned out. Set aside some free time, because you're going to need it to make your way through all this content.
The Knot isn't all play, though - remember those planning tools we mentioned? There are to-do checklists, wedding notebooks, personal inspiration boards and features for managing your budget, guest list, RSVPs and gift registry. You can also email Save the Dates with The Knot's email feature.
You can create a personalized website to share details about your upcoming event with friends and family. There are over 100 templates and several color schemes to choose from - and you have the option to upgrade to a personal domain for $19.99 per year. The Knot also allows you to integrate your wedding site with your Instagram account or add photos from an iPhone or Android to create an online photo album.
In addition to the profanity and snark-laced forums, our reviewers came across an article titled "How to Plan Your Wedding at Work (Without Getting Fired)." While we're all guilty of taking the occasional personal phone call or scrolling Facebook at work, scheming to covertly plan a wedding while on the clock is not wise career advice. The Knot could improve its content by opting not to present questionable guidance to its brides-to-be.
There are a few technical downsides to using The Knot. The site contains many ads, which greatly slows down the page loading time. Also, if you spend a few minutes on The Knot without being logged into your account, a Join Now/Log In box will appear and cover most of the content - and it can't be closed unless you do join or log in. Since membership is free, any visitor should be able to comfortably access the The Knot's content without being forced to create an account - a pop-up that can't be closed is a poor vehicle for obtaining more memberships and doesn't provide a user-friendly experience for the visitors who haven't created an account.
Rhona Leffler Olney, MD
5 months ago
Lindsey American Fork, UT
3 years ago