Author: The Zola Team

4 Fun Ways to Ask Your Bridesmaids

After you say “yes” to spending forever with your partner, it’s your turn to pop the next big question to your closest friends: “Will you be my bridesmaid?” Sure, an old-fashioned phone call would do the trick, but why not do it in style? Spoil your gals with these four creative ways to ask your potential bridesmaids if they’ll be part of your commitment crew. Psst! Click the link in the header to find these awesome bridesmaids’ gifts on Zola. 1. Tote Bag Bridesmaids need to carry a lot of stuff, and most of it is for you: extra bobby Read More

boho bride and groom dancing in a garden

Top 10 First Dance Songs

You’ve heard it a million times, but it’s true: your wedding day day will pass by in a blur, leaving you dazed and unable to recall the tiny details you were planning for months. There is one moment in the day, however, where time might seem to stand still: the first dance. Yes, it is as gushy and romantic as it sounds, and we are all about it. Whether you choose a song from a special moment in your relationship, one that speaks to your feelings for each other, or just an old favorite ballad, picking out your first dance song requires Read More

Bride and groom doing their first look

The Introverted Bride Guide

If your party anthem sounds more like Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” than Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” this one’s for you.  If you’re an introverted bride, it’s easy for you to feel somewhat conflicted about your rapidly approaching wedding day. On the one hand, you’re giddy with excitement over the thought that you’ll soon marry the love of your life. You’re likely also excited about the chance to spend time with your closest friends and family, some of whom you haven’t seen in years. But we know you can’t ignore that hint of dread at the prospect of being in the Read More

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5 Bridal Shower Ideas We Love

Calling all party-prone ladies: it’s bridal shower time! Usually the responsibility of the maid of honor, the bridesmaids, and/or the groom or bride’s mother, today’s best bridal showers go beyond the traditional luncheon and borderline-humiliating games (sorry not sorry, toilet paper dress). Host a shower that the lady of honor will remember forever with one of our thoughtful bridal shower ideas that won’t break the bank. If you do happen to have a couple of spare Benjamins burning a hole in your pocket, more power to you (and, hey, hit us up when you’re treating to happy hour). But for showers Read More

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7 Steps To Planning Your Own Personalized Wedding

If you’ve decided to forego hiring a wedding planner and are planning your own wedding, we salute you. But as you’ve probably figured out by now, the task of planning the largest, most high stakes party you’ll ever throw can be a struggle for many couples. And while the wedding itself should pale in comparison to the awesome marriage that follows, Zola knows better than anyone how much time, preparation, and patience it takes to plan a wedding. Throughout this planning journey, it’s important to not lose site of the real reason you’re doing this: to host a celebration that’s Read More

The Quintessential Charleston Wedding Welcome Bag

As a gracious Southern couple, we know you and your partner would like nothing more than to personally welcome each and every guest to your Charleston wedding. Unfortunately, with so many guests and so much to do, you simply won’t be able to spend time individually greeting all of your friends and family. So give them the next best thing: thoughtful Charleston wedding welcome bags stuffed with essential, local goodies. They’ll adore these take-home favors and appreciate the personal touch as they kick off your wedding weekend. Short on ideas? We won’t leave you hanging. The Zola team has come up five Read More

Styled shoot bride in front of Boone Hall Plantation

Top 10 Historic Charleston Wedding Venues

If you and your partner want to celebrate your nuptials in a city steeped in history, you’ve come to the right place. Founded in 1670, Charleston’s past is about as storied as they come. From stately mansions and antebellum plantations, to timeless inns and society halls, the Holy City boasts some of the most historic (and beautiful) wedding venues in the world. And what’s more romantic than saying “I do” in a city that’s witnessed centuries of love stories? Because gorgeous, antiquated buildings are a dime a dozen in this Southern town, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten Read More

A Bridesmaid’s Guide to Jewelry

Hey, bridesmaid! Yes, you, with the gorgeous new frock and the important wedding coming up. As a bridesmaid, you’ve got lots of responsibilities ahead of you including planning your bride’s bachelorette weekend, posing in lots of photos, and helping her keep her cool during the planning process. Bridesmaid-ing (we’ve just made it a verb) isn’t easy, but it’s not so bad when you get a new outfit from the experience, is it? While your bride might gift you and the other commitment crew gals some earrings or a necklace to wear on the big day, she may just as well Read More

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Top 10 Signature Drinks For Summer Weddings

So, you’re having a summer wedding? With tons of beautiful flower options during the warmer months and outdoor wedding venues calling your name, it’s easy to get caught up in the heat (hehe) of the wedding-planning moment, but let’s remember one thing for just a second: your wedding guests are going to be hot. They’re going to be thirsty. So whatever other planning detail you’re focusing on right now, put it aside for a moment—it’s time to think about how to keep your summer wedding cool and refreshing. That’s right. We’re talking signature wedding drinks. Whether you’re a bourbon lover, wine Read More

Rose and peony bouquet with palmetto rose detail

Charleston Wedding Trend: Palmetto Rose Details

Few things are more quintessentially Charleston than palmetto roses, those imperishable flowers woven from the fronds of South Carolina’s state tree. If you’ve ever visited the Holy City, you’ve undoubtedly been approached by a vendor peddling these makeshift blooms, although you may not know their significance. Legend says that during the Civil War, Southern women would make roses from palmetto fronds to give to their sweethearts as they left for the war. The palmetto rose, pinned to the man’s lapel, was supposed to symbolize what Carl Carlton sang about more than one hundred years later: everlasting love. Needless to say, you’ll Read More