Author: The Zola Team

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How To Figure Out Your Charleston Wedding Flower Budget

Bursting at the seams with coastal charm and Southern hospitality, Charleston, South Carolina makes for a blissful location for couples to exchange vows. And what’s a Charleston wedding without custom bouquets full of precious blooms, or sweet floral accents at the ceremony and reception? Believe it or not, it is possible to acquire wedding flowers in Charleston that will blow your mind and not your wallet. To help you save on cash and maximize on the wedding “wow” factor, let’s get up to speed on the overall cost of wedding flowers and how to set your Charleston wedding flower budget. While couples Read More

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How To Plan The Perfect Charleston Wedding Weekend

Charleston, South Carolina is consistently ranked one of the best cities in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. The colorful buildings, rich history, and tropical climate make this city a prime destination for tourists and a romantic paradise for engaged couples like yourselves. But a Charleston wedding is incomplete without a weekend of activities surrounding the main event. Read on for Zola’s tips and recommendations for how to plan the perfect Charleston wedding weekend. Planning a stunning wedding weekend takes a bit of know-how, so please take our advice and hire a Charleston wedding planner. We recommend Mike Winship, the Read More

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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

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9 Tips On What To Wear To Engagement Photos

There are a lot of things to consider when selecting what to wear for engagement photos, especially since the options are quite endless: lights or darks? Bold prints or classic solids? Casual, dressy, or themed? When you’re up against this type of challenge, just how do you pick outfits that you’ll love now and forever? By following these nine tried-and-true tips, of course! #1: Pick Clothes That Reflect Your Personality We know the tendency may be to go all out for your engagement photos, but we’re hear to tell you that’s usually a mistake. First of all, your engagement shoot is Read More

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How To Choose Your Wedding Month

Choosing your wedding month and date is a crucial first step in the wedding planning process, along with choosing your venue, photographer, and caterer. The time of year in which you decide get married will dictate a lot of your subsequent planning, and will stick with you for the rest of your life (hello, anniversary). In most parts of the country, the late spring through early fall months are typically thought of as “wedding season,” but there is so much more to it than that. Let’s walk through the year and look at the pros and cons of each potential wedding month. Note: Keep Read More

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The Traditional Hawaiian Wedding Ceremony

Whether you’re from Hawaii or you’ve just chosen it as a wedding destination, incorporating elements of the traditional Hawaiian wedding ceremony into your island nuptials makes for an incredibly unique experience. The Hawaiian ceremony, complete with the kahuna pule or kahu (holy man), makes the whole exchanging-of-the-vows process much more interesting, meaningful, and beautiful. There are a number of different Hawaiian wedding traditions to choose from, and many couples simply select their favorites to incorporate into their vow exchange. Read on for an in-depth explanation of a traditional Hawaiian wedding ceremony, and get inspired to incorporate a few of these special rituals into your big day. Part One: Read More

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6 Romantic New Orleans Wedding Venues

When planning a spectacular wedding in the Crescent City, one of the first tasks ahead of you is to choose the perfect venue. This can be one of the hardest choices you will have to make because there are so many stellar New Orleans wedding venues, and the location you choose will set the stage for your big day. Fortunately, New Orleans is home to some of the most dreamiest locales around, so sit back and check out our round-up of the most romantic New Orleans wedding venues. (Oh, and of course, be sure to use Zola’s Wedding Checklist to Read More

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8 Unique Charlottesville Wedding Venues

When people think of Blue Ridge weddings, what comes to mind are the plethora of gorgeous Charlottesville wedding venues. For all of the vineyards, estates, farms, and event spaces, Cville has no shortage of places to host your wedding and reception. Though each venue is just as stunning as the next, the city offers plenty of variety for couples of every style, budget, and background. We’ve done the hard part for you by culling from our archives to bring you the eight most beautiful wedding venues for couples who choose to say “I do” in Charlottesville. Old Metropolitan Hall We’ve said Read More

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Top 10 Most Forgotten Wedding Day Details

Some view wedding planning as fun and some view it as challenging, but everyone can agree that it is time-consuming. There are bound to be a few wedding day details that get lost in the cracks when you’re spending all your free time reviewing menus, choosing flowers, wording invitations… the list goes on. It is no surprise then that even the most obvious essentials can be forgotten. Some of these details are minute and can be added to your wedding checklist with ease, but some are so integral that they could possibly cause big issues on your wedding day. So without Read More