Author: The Zola Team

superhero-themed cupcakes at a themed wedding

How To Choose a Wedding Theme

\From suits and ties, to skirts and heels, to cake flavors and florals, there’s a lot to think about when planning a wedding. We bet you’ve already begun thinking about your wedding theme, whether consciously or not. Just to be clear, when we say “theme” we don’t mean you and your spouse-to-be have to throw on Mickey Mouse ears and set your first dance to “It’s a Small World” (although Disney weddings are definitely a thing). We’re simply referring to the style and tone of your event based on your location, wedding season, and a number of other personal factors. Read More

wine barrels used as ceremony decor holding flower arrangements at the outdoor altar
Photo Credit || Holly D. Photography

Napa Wedding Trend: Wine Barrel Wedding Decor

If you’re getting married in Napa, chances are you’ve got wine on your mind. In the heart of wine country, how could you possibly pass up a wedding venue that not only offers a beautiful backdrop of rolling hills and vineyards, but also serves top-notch vino? Yeah, neither could we. For those of you marrying at a Napa winery, wine will obviously be a huge part of your nuptials, but in more ways than you might think. In ode to that illustrious libation, incorporate wine barrels into your ceremony or reception décor and add a rustic element to your soirée. Read on for Read More

Free Save the Dates and Invitations: *Everything* You Need To Know

First of all, thank you for your interest in Invites + Paper, our brand-new, beautifully-curated collection of save the dates and invitations. We’re pretttttty excited about this launch, so much so that your first order up to $200 is on us—as in, totally free. To take advantage of this offer, please follow these steps: Email freeinvites@zola.com with the subject line “free invites” In the body of the email, all you have to include is the email address associated with your Zola account (though feel free to introduce yourself and say hello). If you don’t have a Zola account yet, click Read More

Weddings at Magnolia: Charleston’s Most Romantic Venue

A drive down Ashely River Road will take you by some of the most beautiful and notable plantations in South Carolina, but none we’ve seen top the grandeur of Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. “Charleston’s last Romantic garden” is overflowing with natural beauty, just as this type of garden should be. Characterized by overgrown flora and meandering paths (as opposed to their French counterpart’s more manicured look), romantic gardens allow their inhabitants to surrender to their surroundings, and we couldn’t think of a more, well, romantic location to host a Charleston wedding. Trust us when we say that a setting this stunning was Read More

Wedding party outside Christ Episcopal Church

The Most Beautiful Churches in Charlottesville to Wed

While many Charlottesville couples choose to take their vows amid sweeping vineyard views or surrounded by the Blue Ridge mountains, there are still plenty of brides and grooms who are committed to having a church wedding. There are a number of beautiful and historic churches in Charlottesville, so to lend a hand to those couples who still haven’t decided on a place of worship for their nuptials, we’ve done a bit of research and scoured our archives for the most beautiful churches in Charlottesville at which to say “I do.” UVA Chapel 1619 University Avenue Charlottesville, VA 22903 We’d be remiss to talk Read More

How to Elope in San Francisco

Thinking of a sunny San Francisco elopement for you and your love? Then, my friend, you have come to the right place. While we here at Zola are unequivocal fans of all things weddings, we believe that the perfect wedding is yours, no matter what that journey from “yes” to “I do” looks like. For couples who want to skip the fanfare of a large, traditional wedding, an elopement is an awesome and equally romantic alternative. But how does one—or two, rather—elope exactly? That’s where we come in. As you might have already discovered, a romantic San Francisco elopement, although less Read More

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

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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

Top 4 Urban Wedding Venues in San Francisco

Oh, San Francisco weddings, the things you do to us. The West coast couples posed against stunning backdrops. The wedding décor that takes our breath away time and time again. The talented local wedding vendors whose creations make our hearts skip a beat. It’s safe to say we’re obsessed. But if we had to pick one element of San Francisco weddings that tops all the others, we’d tell you that urban wedding venues take the wedding cake. Located in the heart of the city and reflective of the hip, culturally cool San Fran aesthetic, urban venues are a popular pick Read More

5 Charleston Wedding Shower Themes and Ideas

Charleston, South Carolina has often been ranked as one of the most beautiful cities to visit in the U.S. If visitors aren’t totally enchanted with the shops and boutiques, local eateries, and historic homes, then the stunning ocean views and world-famous, Spanish-moss-covered live oak trees will certainly win them over. Needless to say, Charleston is a fabulous location for any bride’s or couple’s wedding shower. Thanks to an abundance of color and culture, you won’t be hard-pressed to find things to eat, see, and do in this gorgeous port city. Read on for five fun and locally-inspired Charleston wedding shower Read More