Month: July 2015

DIT: Outdoor Movie Night

August nights are meant to be spent outdoors, so why get stuck inside watching movies on your couch? Recreate the magical feel of those outdoor screenings in the park or drive-in theaters in your own backyard. From a dreamy set-up to tasty twists on movie theater treats, you’ll have the perfect romantic set of for a date night or get together with friends. Makeshift Screen Making a movie screen in your backyard is actually surprisingly easy. All you’ll need is a white sheet, a rope to hang it up, a DVD player (this can be a laptop), a projector, and a sound system. Try to work with what you have – if you have a white wall facing the grass, that can be used instead of the sheet. If there’s a fence, pin the sheet up on the fence. If you want to get a little fancier with your screen, follow these easy DIY Steps. Theater Chic  Backyard movie nights are all about the ambiance. This looks complicated to recreate, but it’s really all about dragging those comfortable cushions or …

How to Save Money as a Wedding Guest

Weddings are not only expensive for the bride and groom – being a wedding guest adds up. From travel to gifts to attire and everything in-between, wedding season can sometimes feel like it’s burning a hole in your pocket. So, to help you all make it through wedding season without stressing about your bank account, we’ve put together a little guidance that will help you save. The Travel Plan your travel early and share costs with friends where you can. Everyone knows that plane fares increase closer to the travel date – so don’t wait to book your tickets. If you have to fly, or even take a train, book your travel as soon as you get the save the date.  As for sharing costs with friends, if you’re driving and have to rent a car, definitely ask around to see if anyone is in the same boat and wants to split the ride. Also, don’t be afraid to snuggle up with some friends. Sharing hotel rooms can majorly cut down on your expenses. The Gift  You don’t …

Live in a City Apartment? Register for These

Registering is exciting – you get to pick all of the things you think you’re going to want in your newlywed life. All of those pretty plates and bowls, top of the line kitchen appliances, picture frames for all of your wedding photos, and that perfect vase you never could afford. Among the excitement, it can be easy to get carried away and forget a very important factor: the size of your home. For many of us, that size is not large. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. As city dwellers, we sacrifice space for location, and it becomes incredibly important that we don’t register for items we’ll never use. If you barely have room to store your off-season clothes, how will you be able to put away boxes of fancy china? Here’s our suggestion: only register for thing you know you’ll use and make sure those things fit in your apartment before asking friends and family to purchase them for you. Need some guidance? Here are our top picks for small city apartments. 5-Piece High End …

Friday Faves

Freaking out about how fast the summer weekends are flying by? To help you slow things down and take full advantage of the remaining summer weeks, we’ve rounded up some inspiring content from the wedding, home decor, and DIY scene. Here are our Friday Faves. The Perfect Beach Picnic  It’s almost August so if you haven’t made it to the beach yet, time is ticking! Get some friends together and post up on a remote strip near the ocean for the day. We wish we could transport straight to this set up in the sand. Charming Thrift Store Styled Home Doing a redesign this summer? Draw some inspiration from this home tour. Stylish and functional, this small space is transformed into an eclectic home for two. All White Everything If you like the look of summer whites, check out this wedding. It wasn’t just the bride in a breezy white gown, all of her bridesmaids and the groomsmen sported that clean summertime look. Salsa Romesco Tutorial  Learn how to make a summertime grilling essential like a pro. It’s so simple you …

Build a Home that Shows Who You are as a Couple: Tips from #ZolaCouple Maddie and David

This #ZolaCouple says planning a wedding is all about working together and building a registry is all about embracing the chance to make your home uniquely yours.  Maddie and David met on a rafting trip and got engaged near a pumpkin patch. While they are tying to knot in less than two weeks, they still took the time to dish on all the wedding planning and registry advice they have for other couples. How did you meet? We initially met on a group rafting trip down the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, GA. It was the summer after my freshman year at Denison University and David had just finished his senior year at Georgia Tech. We up on the same raft and actually didn’t speak to each other the entire time. There was a lot of mutual staring going on. We ended up meeting again at a bar about 6 months later and we immediately clicked. How did you get engaged? It was this past Fall in October 2014. We had a full day planned going to …

Beginner’s Guide to: Bakeware

Now that we’ve covered the basics of pots and pans, it’s time to take on bakeware. Have you been struggling to figure out what kind of baking sheets and pans you will need in your kitchen? Here’s our guide to help you choose what baking essentials to register for. What is it?  These are food preparation tools, such as tins, sheets, and trays that are used to bake a variety of sweets in the oven. I need this if? We highly recommend that every home is stocked with a series of bakeware. It is a must-have for a fully functional kitchen. Plus, there’s nothing that makes a home more welcoming than having fresh sweets and treats warming in the oven, so you should always be prepared to bake. How many do I need? There are pans, dishes, sheets, and ramekins. We suggest every couple have at least two standard baking sheets, two cake pans, and two ramekin’s. From there, you can start with one of each style listed below and add as needed. What material is right for me? …

Five Wedding Gift Trends for the Modern Couple

Lucky for you, 2016 is all about individuality and letting your personality shine, especially when it comes to weddings. We’re here to officially announce that the constraints of convention are no longer—just because your mom did it, doesn’t mean you have to. Your wedding is, definitively, the time to stand out and create an event that’s an extension of who you are by putting your touch on everything from the welcome bags to the wedding vows.  There’s no need for that singular expression to stop at your registry. Modern brides are balking at tradition and choosing gifts that speak to who they are and fit into their lifestyle. So go ahead, skip the fine china. Here are five wedding gift trends you should consider for your big day: It’s All About the Experience: Fact: your guests want to give you gifts, and they’re going to do so whether you register for specifics or not. But maybe decking out your place isn’t quite up your alley—the Konmari method of de-cluttering is trending after all. If the …

Unique Wedding Menu Ideas

The food you serve at your wedding doesn’t have to be the typical steak, chicken, or fish catering options. Mix up your wedding menu by offering unique eats. Here are some of our favorite ideas. Local, Organic Eats  Ditch the stuffy catering and embrace this unpolished, natural look. Serve seasonal foods from local vendors for a delicious dinner menu. The farm to table trend is a great one – not only do the fresh ingredients taste better, but they are better for you. Looking for some recipes to try at home before organizing the meal for your big day? We love Southern Living’s list of 49 Summer Farmers’ Market Recipes and simply adore this Grilled Rosemary Skewer of Steak Wrapped in-Pancetta and Sausage Recipe from Food52. Laid Back Taco Truck  Easy to serve, easy to eat, and even thinking about it makes our mouths water. A great summertime idea is to serve this crowd favorite from a food truck. This is not exactly a novel concept in the world of wedding planning – food trucks have become increasingly trendy in recent years …

New Beginnings, Newly Decorated with Homepolish

Whether you’re moving in for the first time or are just rearranging things a bit after your big day, we are big believers in fresh décor for newly married couples. To help you turn your newlywed home into your ultimate sanctuary, we’ve teamed up with the interior designers at Homepolish. Here’s how it works… What is Homepolish? Homepolish is an interior design service that is doing away with the traditional interior design model, skipping the commissions and product markups, and transforming homes and offices across the country. Their mission? To help you live and work in a beautiful space. Homepolish brings you you interior design consultations for an affordable, flat hourly rate. How does it work? It’s easy. The process starts with a one hour consultation where you get to know your designer and fall in love with their ideas. You will discuss goals, needs, and wants. From there, you can decide to purchase additional design time to fit the size and bandwidth of your project. What Cities does Homepolish work in? With Zola, you can …

Registry and Wedding Planning Advice from #ZolaCouple Leanne and Lio

This #ZolaCouple has a real NYC love story. Leanne and Lio met at a karaoke night at a bar in the Lower East Side. Their fourth date was shacking up for a couple of days during Hurricane Sandy. They weathered the storm, and a long distance relationship between New York and London, all to get engaged at their favorite restaurant on the Bowery a year and a half later. They have built an inspiring registry perfect for a small city apartment, so we reached out to them for some advice on wedding planning, moving in, and registering. How did you meet?  Leanne: I met Lio on a Monday night in October 2012 at Arlene’s Grocery’s live rock band karaoke in the Lower East Side of New York City. I was too shy to sing that night, but Lio got up on stage and sang with the rock band, and we started dancing and sharing our love for great rock and roll music. We went on some amazing dates for the next couple weeks, until hurricane Sandy hit New York City and Lio …