Month: July 2015

Friday Faves

Happy Friday! To get your weekend started off right, and hopefully inspire your wedding planning, home decorating, and summer hosting activities, we’ve rounded up our favorite posts from the blogosphere. These are our Friday Faves. Relaxed, Colorful Boho Chic  A relaxed and fresh style full of flea market finds, antiques, and Mexican textiles – we love this light and breezy interior. Check out the home tour for more photos. Blissful Ranch Wedding  There’s something about being outside, in the middle of the wilderness, with big open sky and all of your friends and family that really inspired us. Valerie and Read More

2 Dads + 4 Kids: #ZolaCouple Juan and Patrick

When Juan Luque and Patrick Duffy fell in love in 2008, marriage and family both seemed like distant dreams. Without the legal right to marry in their home state of Florida, first came love and then the baby carriage. With IVF and the help of a surrogate, Juan and Patrick welcomed their son Lorenzo in December of 2011. In April of 2013, their brood quadrupled in size when triplets Lily, Liam and Leo were born – again via surrogacy.  Since then, there hasn’t been a dull moment for the two dads, who document their adventures on their Facebook page  2 Dads Read More

Guest Etiquette: How Much to Spend on a Wedding Gift

Here at Zola, we take a lot of calls from wedding guests who are struggling to choose that perfect gift for a happy couple. Something we hear over and over again is the simple question of ‘how much should I spend?’ As experts in the field of wedding presents, we know a thing or two about this topic so to help you out we’ve answered the most common question we hear. Here’s your full guide to how much you should spend on the gift. I’m a coworker, acquaintance, or distant relative, how much should I spend? You should aim to spend around $50. Read More

Minimalist Wedding Registry Picks

Obsessed with that stripped down look? Even if you are against clutter, fear useless items, and do not care much for material possessions, a wedding registry is a necessity. For those who love having a sparse home with only the bare essentials, we’ve put together a list of must-have gifts that are perfect for your taste and needs. Fortessa Dragonfly 20-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 4 Sleek and slender, these simple utensils can make a big statement. Made from polished stainless steal, they can be used for everyday meals and dinner parties with friends. Acaciaware Baguette Tray with Dipping Bowls  Read More

Tips for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

If you’ve decided to write your own wedding vows but have found yourself struggling to transform those powerful emotions into coherent thoughts, you’re not alone. Many brides and grooms struggle to find those perfect words to express just how much they love each other on their special day. To help you get past your writing block, we’ve teamed up with our friends at POPSUGAR and their associate news editor, Laura Marie Meyers, to bring you a few tips. Her personal story and advice should help you get that pen to paper. My husband and I wrote our own wedding vows, and those words Read More

Friday Faves

TGIF! Whether you have summer Fridays and are glancing at this while on the beach, or are still in the office and can’t wait for 5 p.m. to roll around, we want to get your weekend started off right. Well, you’re in luck with this inspiring content from the blogosphere. This week we’re all about summer weddings. From flowers to beverages to table settings, here are our Friday Faves. A Whimsical Photo Booth  With an outdoor setting, it’s easy to get creative with your photo booth. We loved this idea of decorating an old van or bus and think it’s perfect Read More

Meet the Maker: Chris Earl

Once in awhile we come across a product collection that is so unique it make us curious about its origins. Chris Earl’s collection is one of these. An up-and-coming furniture maker and designer based in LA, Chris produces mugs, bowls, serving trays, and other homeware goods that bring a natural, modern aesthetic into any space. While we initially fell in love with his design-forward wooden and ceramic accessories, we soon learned his story and became inspired by his brand. Originally from Papua New Guinea, his work channels his diverse lineage and personal history. We reached out to learn more. How did you Read More

Recipes for your Waffle Maker

Thinking about registering for a waffle maker? This kitchen appliance is more versatile than you might think. To inspire your future waffle iron creations, we’re bringing you a series of recipes that prove you can never get too creative. Waffled Churro French Toast Sticks  French toast has never looked so charming or tasted so good. Make this finger food in your waffle iron on weekend mornings to start your day off right with a sugary sweet treat. Get the recipe here. Spanish Chicken and Frittata-Waffle Tapas Spanish tapas that will wow your dinner guests. If you love chicken and waffles, it is Read More

Zola How To: Using the External Import Tool

One of the great benefits of registering with Zola is being able to build a wedding registry that has everything all in one place. You can perfectly organize and register for gifts, experiences, and cash funds all on a single page. And we’re not just talking about gifts that we offer here on our site. You can actually add items you love from ANY store on the web. So if you’ve created a registry and are struggling to add that vase you love that’s only available somewhere else, we have you covered. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to use our external import Read More

Beginner’s Guide to: Pots and Pans

A kitchen essential, no home can go without a simple set of pots and pans. From searing steak to sautéing vegetables, cooking pasta, and warming up soup, these instruments are necessary for all of your culinary endeavors. What are they?  Pots and pans are food preparation tools intended for use on a cooktop. I need this if?  If you have a kitchen in your home, with a stove, and cook even once a month, you need this. How many do I need? Pots and pans come in many different shapes and sizes and are quite versatile so many of their uses overlap. Read More