Author: The Zola Team

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

bride holding pink bouquet and pink signature wedding drink in her hand while smiling for the camera

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

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

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