Author: The Zola Team

Ceremony at Historic Rice Mill

How To Choose A Wedding Venue

You don’t have to be purchasing a piece of real estate to know that “location, location, location” matters. One of the first tasks you’ll need to accomplish after saying “yes!” (after popping the bubbly, of course) is to decide where you and your partner want to get married. The where will then help you to narrow down the when, which may vary based on your wedding venue’s popularity and availability. But how does one go about choosing a wedding venue? Finding the perfect wedding venue to fit your budget, your schedule, and your tastes can be a daunting task, but consider us here Read More

ocean-side altar for elopement

How To Elope In Miami

You said “yes” (or maybe you ugly cried some resemblance of an affirmation), and you were thrilled. Wedding, here you come! But as you began thinking about planning the ultimate wedding celebration, perhaps you found yourself less and less excited about a grandiose affair. The truth is, not every couple wants an extravagant wedding with an enormous wedding party and more guests than you could possibly greet in one evening. For some, an intimate elopement with only your nearest and dearest is far more appealing. And for some, speaking your vows against the backdrop of sun, sand, and surf is Read More

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Awesome Groomsmen Gift Ideas Under $50

There’s nothing more exciting than planning one of the most important days of your life with your closest friends by your side. But we know better than anyone the cost of modern weddings. So how do you say “thank you” to your groomsmen (and groomswomen) while also staying on top of that wedding budget? After showcasing the best wedding venues  in our markets, giving you the 411 on florals, and guiding your selection of envy-worthy wedding registry items, Zola’s back with some awesome gifts for the groom’s commitment crew. Even better? These gifts are all under $50 each. Read on for awesome Read More

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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

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

engagement photo shoot by a lake in a white dress

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

bride and groom looking into each other's eyes while her veil blows in the wind

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