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When it comes to effective wedding business marketing, it’s either going to cost you MONEY or TIME.

If you find your wedding business gives you a little more time than money on your hands, start using the free marketing power of these websites.  They take a little bit of time to set up and use properly for your wedding business, but they’re well worth the effort.

The Top 14 Websites For Free Marketing

WARNING:  Some wedding directories on this list restrict businesses by country.  Please read each site’s Terms of Service for details.

1.    Wedding Wire

Create a free Wedding Wire account for your business in the US or Canada and start taking advantage of those powerful client reviews immediately.  Brides go to Wedding Wire just to research the experience of other couples.

The marketing benefits don’t stop there.  Move on over to the Pro Forums for power networking and marketing advice from your peers.  Then check out the Wedding Forums and share your expert advice with real brides.  Finally, show off your best work by submitting a real wedding over on the Wedding Wire blog.

2.    Wedding Bee and Wedding Bee Pro

Vendors are welcome to comment on bride blog posts, so long as your comments are not blatant promotions.  Hop on over to Wedding Bee Pro to read blog posts by other wedding vendors.  If you’re ambitious, put in an application to be “Pro.”  It’s a great way to demonstrate your expertise and attract brides for free.

3.    Bridal Tweet

Set up a free profile and you can join in Vendor Discussions, share our own blog posts and interact with real brides.  Check out this awesome article about 7 Ways To Attract More Business With Bridal Tweet for more ideas.

4.    Wedding Mapper

If your business has been mentioned in any wedding on Wedding Mapper, claim it to add photos and a description to go along with your wedding reviews.

5.    One Wed

Create a free business listing to receive “MatchMake” leads and reviews, answer bride questions in the Ask the Experts forum and participate in the Vendor Chat rooms.

6.    Top Wedding Sites

Create a free listing for your business with a link to your website.

7.   Facebook

Profiles are great for connecting with other wedding vendors, pages are excellent for promoting your business, gathering reviews and attracting bride traffic both on Facebook and in the search engines.  This site is a must.

8.    Twitter

75% of the traffic on Twitter DOES NOT come from Twitter users.  What does this mean?

Twitter is actually a search engine.  Other search engines and aggregating sites pick up those tweets and serve them up for hungry searches.  That can equal more website visitors for you.

9.    Google Places

Set up or claim your local business listing on Google and it can be an easy way to get onto Page 1.  Optimize with targeted local keyword phrases, add images and contact information and you’ve got easy, free marketing.

10.    Local Business Directories

Even though #10 isn’t a single website, local business directories can be such an effective form of free marketing that I couldn’t resist mentioning them.

Create free accounts on any or all of the 30 business directories in this article.  Then don’t forget to search for local wedding directories and get a free listing wherever possible.

11.  Green Bride Guide

Free listings for qualifying green wedding vendors in the US, UK and Canada.

12.  Inclusive Wedding Venues

Wedding venues and locations can create a free listing.

13.  Guides For Brides

Free listings for UK wedding businesses.

14.  Reception Halls

Free listings for US wedding venues.

Did I miss a free marketing site you can use for your wedding business?  Leave me a comment and I’ll add it to the list!

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62 thoughts on “14 Websites To Get FREE Marketing For Your Wedding Business”

  1. Cody Caissie says:

    Thank you for the post. I will look into some of these.

  2. Kenny Shem says:

    Nice post.I have a website about wedding videography.To read your I get very good information from this blog.Many many thanks for you to sharing this valuable site.I must check all this sites.

  3. Melissa says:

    For professionals that organize destination weddings and honeymoons, http://www.honeymoonweddingdirectory.com has free listings.

  4. varun mishra says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these websites with us

  5. Klejaun Newsome says:

    Hi,
    THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!! This is awsome. Im on some of the ones you listed but not on most. You will be Blessed for helping out the small guys. I’ll come back and post more if I find any.
    Klejuan Newsome

  6. Gary says:

    Hello, Takara!
    Great article! It really hard these days to find a quality directories. I submitted my website in some of your directories and I am very happy with the result. But some of the directories are not free.. maybe one upon they were :)

  7. Ring Titan says:

    Fantastic list for small businesses to get started building an online presence and generating leads. Thanks for the great resources.

  8. Louise Dunn says:

    Thanks Stephanie, this is one of the most useful blogs I’ve read on building up your online presence. Many thanks! Louise

    http://www.beaulieuphotography.com

  9. krystal says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these websites with us. I will have a good use of the sites.

  10. Cindy Robson says:

    Thanks for this list. Although I’m located in Australia I will definitely check these out.

  11. katie warr says:

    Hi, just wanted to say great article, although not based in the US or UK i am in the Algarve, Portugal, it is still great for me to get my business listed in a lot of the places you recemmended! I am Sweet Treats, offering candy bars and sweet wedding favours to the great weddings in the sun! Bring on 2014!

  12. Jessi Smith says:

    Awesome article and links. I’m wondering though- how would other vendors rate the pro versions of the websites listed? Has anyone upgraded to the pro versions and do you feel the investment was worth it? There’s all these pages to review and rate our work, it’s too bad there isn’t a page for vendors to rate and review the different listing and advertising pages.

  13. Stephanie:
    Thank you so much for submitting this article. We’ve been in business since April 2012 and have grown rather quickly within 19 months. In doing so, we strongly believe there is always more room for improvement and exposure. Thankfully, we’ve been avid users of FB, twitter and Google +, but we can do better. I missed a simple niche that we were missing out on to get more exposure with and reading your article helped light the fire. Thank you again!

  14. Pamela says:

    Wedding Wire is not reachable for many non US or Canadians users, as they restrict access to their website by geographic filters. It looks that wedding bee is a good opportunity to gain some interest for your wedding business, whether you do wedding planning or wedding photography, just try some of the sites above and stick to 2 or 3, doing more is always a question of available time. Thanks to Stephanie for the inspiring article….

  15. naqim[#]e-kjm.com says:

    Nice list. Saved for later.

  16. I also found this website which I LOVE to submit quotes for leads that come out of the air: Thumbtack.com

  17. Susan says:

    Hello,
    I just signed up for advertising on The Knot and Wedding Wire. It will be interesting to see how much traffic I get. I’m happy to give my honest opinion once it’s in place in 6-12 months. Feel free to contact me!!

    1. I noticed you advertise on the Knot.mis it worth investing in advertising?

  18. Brian kearns says:

    Hi guys this is a great resource, thanks for the help. I tried the link to 30 additional business directories article and the page was gone. thanks keep up the good work

  19. Awesome resources! Also photographers looking to submit to blogs and magazines have to check out this epic site! Makes submission so easy!

    http://twobrightlights.com//signup/index/pa55wrz8uhfbyjq2a518

  20. Ryan says:

    You might also want to check out http://localreviewpro.com and http://etrendify.com. They are both free business listings.

  21. A good list, we would love it if you would feature our site http://www.rightwedding.com in your list. Many thanks

  22. Wedding Buzz says:

    Good list Stephanie. We’ve just launched Wedding Buzz which is a brand new wedding article and guest posting directory for people in the wedding industry looking to promote their business.

  23. Jp says:

    This list is defiantly a good one. Lots of good information. I’ve been a wedding vendor for about a year now and have found my niche (since it pretty much only has me and maybe 4 other competitors) hard to advertise. We are a Custom Wedding App development company. If anyone has ideas on promoting a digital wedding product – I’m all ears! Thanks again for the links!

    1. I would like to know how to contact you JP!

  24. Melissa says:

    The Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Professionals Directory has free listings available for wedding specialists that provide wedding services. Please stop by!

  25. Thanks for this great resource. I’ve been looking everywhere for a comprehensive list of wedding vendor resources, and this is the best one I’ve found. Thanks to all the commenters who have added additional wedding site links too, alot have them have been really helpful as well. Thanks again.

  26. Thanks Stephanie! You guys always know what I’m looking for and somehow you keep popping up in my Google searches. This time though, I shared your link with a group of fellow photographers – we have about 1000 active photographers from here in MN. Great info! I might even share it in the WEVA FB group as well :)

  27. Thanks for sharing your great resources.

  28. Hi Stephanie, – I own a small label designing and creating couture hand knit / hand crochet / hand embroidered dresses – lace dresses perfect for bridesmaids, mother-of-the-bride, and destination weddings. I was wondering if there is a way to advertise locally, as I find that advertising nationwide yields no specific results, as these dresses need to be seen/touched/tried on in order to fully appreciate the beauty. Are there any wedding/bar mitzvah websites specifically in NY/CT/Westchester area.

    Appreciate your help,
    Malvina
    http://www.magtricotes.com
    http://www.facebook.com/MAGTricotes

    1. Hi, Malvina. If they need to be “seen, touched or tried on” in order to be truly appreciated, it doesn’t sound like websites will be the most effective way to go about it. Instead, I’d try getting in front of these brides at:

      - Bridal shows, perhaps sponsoring the fashion show.
      - Private showings at high end boutiques. Perhaps you could partner and have them sell for you.
      - Venue tastings and open houses. You could host a workshop with bridal fashion tips or partner with a planner who is doing so.

      For website advertising, it’s going to be super important that you have gorgeous photos of your gowns, especially if the beauty doesn’t translate as well as it does in person. It’s worth paying for professional photos and having someone model them for you. Video can also be a powerful medium to show off their beauty. (Also a great opportunity to network with other wedding vendors to get this done, hint.)

      Do a Google search for “NYC wedding,” “Westchester wedding,” “Hudson Valley wedding” and other similar terms to see which websites come up. These would be great websites for advertising or even better (and cheaper!) doing a guest blog post in exchange for credit and a link to your site.

  29. I am new in this and I need some help in how to advertice, would love to star for free to see how it goes I make unique realistic sugar flowers, take a look and maybe you can give me some help please! thank you !

    1. I’m not sure what free advertising you’re referring to? We don’t offer advertising on this site.

      This is a list of websites where you can list or promote your business for free, so that’s a good place to start.

  30. Adam says:

    You forgot http://www.WeddingVibe.com – Vendors can list their business free and also submit an exclusive wedding deal for our registered brides :-)

    1. Hi, Adam. Thanks for sharing this free listing resource.

      Can you tell me a little more about the benefits of a Wedding Vibe listing? For example, what makes it different from other directory sites, how many unique visits, etc. Then I can add it to the official list in our article. Thanks!

  31. anooh says:

    thank you for this great tips

  32. MB says:

    Bridal Tweet is NOT free, they will give you 2 months of free trial, but then your credit card will automatically be charged $149.00 per year.

    1. You are correct that Bridal Tweet’s preferred vendor listings are NOT free. However, there are plenty of ways to promote yourself with Bridal Tweet for free, no credit card required.

      More here: http://www.bridaltweet.com/profiles/blogs/6-free-ways-vendors-can-help

  33. great resources. Thanks

  34. Elaine says:

    I found a few you missed. Weddingvendor.com and theweddingvendor.com WedDir.com

  35. Kate Lloyd says:

    I absolutely loved this thought and immediately had the image of a dance floor strewn with those lovely herb salads that we buy these days.
    Imagine the photographs of the Bride and Groom surrounded by Cilantro (Coriander to the UK reader) and Rocket leaves and those pretty little red beet leaves! Ah…. and the scent of the leaves as they tread them under foot. I’m sure there’s a great song to go with it Jeff!
    As always this module is full of simple ideas put over very clearly and practically.
    Thank you so much for reaffirming some of what I’m doing and pointing out some errors as well. I’m looking forward to implementing this (especially the scene with the salad as a key of my wedding albums!!!

    1. [quote name="Kate Lloyd"]
      Imagine the photographs of the Bride and Groom surrounded by Cilantro (Coriander to the UK reader) and Rocket leaves and those pretty little red beet leaves! Ah…. and the scent of the leaves as they tread them under foot. [/quote]

      What a lovely, romantic image! My “dance them through the salad” vision was a different: guests hopping up onto the tables, wading through vats of gooey Caesar salad, wilted croutons and dressing dripping off the bride’s dress.

      Thanks for sharing this, Kate!

  36. Bob Mackowski says:

    Were this video and Week 4 Part 3 uploaded or encoded differently? I’ve been able to download all the videos successfully except these two.

    They’re all MP4 but those two won’t open on Quicktime on my Mac. I’d like to avoid downloading another video player if possible.

    Did anybody else have a problem with this?

    1. [quote name="Bob Mackowski"]Were this video and Week 4 Part 3 uploaded or encoded differently? [/quote]

      Hi, Bob.

      I double-checked the encoding on the Week 4 Part 1 and Part 3 videos, and it’s standard AVC 264, encoded the same as the others.

      Are you getting any particular error? Are you using a different computer, or did you have a problem during download? It could be one of those Mac to PC issues, and you might try downloading the problem videos again.

      If anyone else is having a problem, please let me know and we’ll look into it further.

      1. Bob Mackowski says:

        It says that I “May need to install additional software to open this type of file.” All of the downloaded videos work fine except for Week 4 Parts 1 & 3. I already tried downloading them twice but maybe I’ll try again.

        I can just watch them online if you don’t figure them out. I had hoped to save them all for future reference.

        1. Bob Mackowski says:

          I guess the third time was the charm. They downloaded fine this time. Thanks for your response.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for giving us great resources! I am going to get busy on posting right now!

  38. Anonymous says:

    Wedding Connections was founded in 1996 as a wedding resource guide. We have been offering free listings to professional wedding vendors as a way to get in front of the engaged couple. Take a moment and stop by, find yourself in the listings or send us a note and we can add your wedding related business.

  39. Anonymous says:

    The site for destination wedding photographers and venues is All destination weddings at http://www.all-destination-weddings.com/
    they list established destination wedding professionals on the site for free but needs to be a member.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Great list! Will definitely check these sites.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Excellent list. ReceptionHalls.com has been offering free listings for US venues since 1999. Free listings include venue information, website links, photo galleries, menus, customer testimonials and access to real-time statistics and lead information.

  42. Anonymous says:

    There is no guarantee of back links from publishers for your Ezine Articles submissions, however there is real benefit from Google as a result.The links are followed and helps rank for your keywords.
    Google Places is very important if you want page one and you need to encourage clients to leave a review.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    Great Article – Thanks for the tips!
    http://www.InclusiveWeddingVenues.com, just launched. It is a searchable directory for Wedding Venues. Wedding venues can sign up online to get listed for Free.
    Thanks!

  44. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome! Thank you so much, Stephanie, for this info ~ You ROCK! :lol:

  45. Anonymous says:

    I love this article. So many great tips! I have a lot of work to do now…

  46. Anonymous says:

    Pretty thorough list of links. I’ve visited a few in the past but you’ve offered insight to the potential of a few that I had no idea was available. You also motivated me to clean up my Google Places listing. Thanks!

  47. Anonymous says:

    Rocking post, J&S! Thanks for giving so much to me over the past few months. It’s an honor to be on your list (and I don’t say that kind of thing!)

    Barry

  48. Anonymous says:

    Great list! What are your impressions on how useful the The Knot is with its forums and businesses connecting with brides through their website?

    1. Hi, Takara!

      The short answer: it really depends. The Knot certainly gets a lot of traffic, but you have to have just the right combination of bride, ad and marketing message to get noticed by the paid advertising. This may change because I hear The Knot is adding reviews, which is what makes Wedding Wire so powerful.

      The reason The Knot doesn’t make this list is because the advertising there isn’t free. The best FREE marketing on The Knot happens in the chat rooms when brides recommend you, but vendor participation is not allowed.

      If you do advertise on The Knot, make sure you carefully track your website visitors with Google Analytics to see how it’s working.

  49. Anonymous says:

    The Green Bride Guide also offers free listings, if your business qualifies. You must offer carbon-neutral, or eco-friendly products and services.

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