Month: May 2018

interior of Old Metropolitan Hall with long dinner table set with tall flower arrangements, candles, and place settings

Charlottesville Rehearsal Dinner Spaces on the Downtown Mall

Charlottesville is well known for its restaurants and is a prime destination for self-proclaimed foodies (in fact, this city ranked 14th in the nation for most restaurants per capita in 2013). But C’ville isn’t known just for its quantity of restaurants, but for the quality of those eateries as well. Which is why this city is a wonderful place for engaged couples (that’s you!) to host their weddings and all of the fun events before and after the ceremonies—including the rehearsal dinner. To give you an idea of what your Charlottesville rehearsal dinner could look (and taste) like, we’re highlighting the most Read More

bride and groom sitting on adirondack charis in front of a green hedge toasting glasses of bourbon

5 Signature Drink Ideas for Charleston Weddings

When you picture your Charleston wedding, you might envision moss-draped Live Oaks and wrought iron gates. Maybe you think of the sea breeze in your hair and sand between your toes on Charleston’s lovely beaches. Or perhaps the colorful facades of the old Rainbow Row homes are what come to mind. Whatever scenario plays out on your wedding day, we’re sure cocktails will be a part of it. The Holy City’s drinking culture stretches back to pre-Prohibition era, making a signature drink or two practically a necessity for Charleston couples. Since the South has a rich history with spirited libations, choosing a signature Read More

Zola paper wedding invitations and save the dates including the Blake Frame and the Woads Frame designs

How To Choose Engagement Photos for Your Paper Suite

Props to you: you wisely decided to spring for engagement photos to document your days post-proposal when you walked around deliriously happy and the phrase “cost per head” wasn’t rattling around in your brain like a marble in a jelly jar. After carefully deciding what to wear on your engagement shoot, we bet you looked glowing, gorgeous, and totally in love. Now, apart from framing a few of those lovely pics for your living room gallery wall, what else are you going to do with your engagement photos? Put them on your save the dates and wedding invitations, of course! Read More

Zola paper wedding invitation and two save the date cards in Sparrow Bloom design in color Cranberry
Save the date and matching invitation in Zola's Sparrow design

Save The Date Wording Examples

So now that you know a bit more about STDs (it still doesn’t get old)—that’s save the dates, for those of you who are new here—let’s talk about how to actually write this thing. Save the date wording should be short and sweet, and communicate just the basic information guests need to know: who is getting married, where, and when. The save the date should prompt guests to do the following:  Check their calendars. Write down your wedding date on said calendar. Begin to think about attending your wedding, especially if travel is necessary. You should also make it clear to Read More

Zola paper wedding invitations with coordinating response cards and envelopes in sage green, black, and purple floral motif

The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Invitation Wording

Incorrectly wording a wedding invitation isn’t the worst thing you can do, but commit a simple spell check error and you might as well wave your wedding dress or tuxedo shirt like a surrender flag and head for the hills. Sorry, did we make you nervous? Don’t be. Here are a few wedding invitation dos and don’ts to keep in mind, organized by the different wording components such as names, dates, and times, along with examples to steer you in the right direction. Use the below links to skip to the exact wording guidance that you need:  The Dos and Read More

wedding invitation suite with dark gray envelopes and white calligraphy

The Anatomy of a Wedding Envelope

This isn’t rocket science, folks—a wedding envelope is not that much different than a regular old envelope in terms of what you write on it and how you use it. But a wedding envelope DOES enclose and transport a very valuable piece of paper: your wedding invitation. So at the risk of being extra informative, we’ve broken down exactly what you should write on (or stick to) your wedding envelope and where, so you can craft your wedding envelopes with peace of mind. Come on: envelope with us! Anatomy of a Wedding Invitation Envelope: Return address Your guests are being Read More

bride and groom walking through a vineyard in napa valley wearing a fedora and floral headband

Tips On Eloping In Napa Valley

You’ve just gotten engaged and everything is wonderful. No, fabulous! Perfect, even. Until you remember you’ve got a wedding to plan. Photographers, and caterers, and venues, oh my! It’s enough to make even Dorothy do a 180 on that yellow brick road. But don’t start clicking your heels just yet. We’ve got you covered with some helpful tips on planning a stress-free, romantic elopement in Napa Valley so you and your partner can focus on what’s really important: each other. The 411 On Eloping So, what does eloping really mean? Elopement is when you and your spouse-to-be decide that instead Read More

Paper wedding invitation and response card with envelopes sold on Zola in the Violin Portrait design

The 3 Things You Need To Know About Response Card Envelopes

We’ve already given you the general rundown on wedding invitation response cards: what they are, what they should include, and how you should word them. But if you’re knee-deep in wedding invitations right now (we hope not literally, although you never know), you probably need all the advice you can get on the finer minutiae of your invitation suite. Fear not: here is all you really need to know about the response card envelopes. 1. Include Postage If you want your guests to actually put your response card in the mail and send it back to you, then you’re going Read More

Zola paper wedding invitation and RSVP card in the Paros design
The "Paros Landscape" matching invitation and RSVP card from Zola

The 411 on Wedding Invitation Response Cards

An important piece of your wedding invitation set, but one that rarely gets a lot of spotlight, is the response card you include for guests to send back indicating their “yay” or “nay” to your invitation. Response cards (with postmarked return envelopes) are necessary unless you choose to include RSVP contact info on your invitation or facilitate responses online. Order response cards when you order your invitations to keep things coordinated and make sure everything is ready to mail together. Although they don’t involve nearly as much information, you should think carefully about your response card wording to make the Read More

wedding invitation suite in cream with romantic details and many colorful stamps

Wedding Invitations: Postage Pointers

This is it, almost-married-couples: you’re at the finish line in your wedding invitation journey. You’ve pinpointed your wedding invitation style. You’ve selected a stunning, coordinated design for your invitation suite. You’ve crafted your guest list (using Zola’s Guest List tool, if you’re smart) and ordered the proper number of cards and envelopes. You’ve sent out your save the dates. And now, finally, you’re ready to send our your wedding invitations—huzzah! But there are just a few last things you should keep in mind when it comes to actually mailing those bad boys that we think you should know about. You don’t Read More