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Wedding planning tips, advice from wedding experts, and tons of useful articles to help answer your every planning question from engagement to “I do.”

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Should You Take a Mini-Moon?

If you have any friends who’ve gotten married in recent months or years, you’ve probably heard at least one of them talking about planning a mini-moon. Growing in popularity, a mini-moon (i.e. a short, or “mini,” honeymoon) is a nice solution for couples who want to take a more extravagant trip sometime later on (maybe after they’ve recouped some of their wedding expenses), but still want to celebrate with their new spouse right after the wedding. But what really are the differences between regular honeymoons and mini-moons, and how do you know whether one is right for you? To satisfy Read More

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Best Late Night Wedding Snacks

We can’t deny that food is one of our favorite things about weddings. Rehearsal dinners, hors d’oeuvres, food trucks, carving stations, cheese platters, cake, dessert bars… the list is just about as big as our appetites (can you tell we’re nearing lunch time?). Needless to say, we’re huge fans of surprising guests with late night wedding snacks. We love that more and more brides and grooms are providing late night snacks because, let’s be real, with all of the day’s excitement and a bumping dance floor calling your name, you probably didn’t eat much of your dinner. To keep the party Read More

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Expert Advice: How to Plan a Bridal Wellness Weekend

Budget spreadsheets. Checklists. Dress fittings. Seating charts. Managing the guest list. Playing referee between the mothers. Planning a wedding is a lot of work, no matter how you slice it. And if you and your partner have been shouldering the burden of this work, then you are probably ready for a little bit of “off” time: a weekend without twenty incoming phone calls, dozens of decisions to make, or emotions (yours or others) to navigate. You need a wellness weekend, friend. And what better way to chill out and tend to some pre-wedding personal care than with your BFF bridal Read More

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5 Tips For Picking The Perfect Wedding Shoes

You might have spent months searching for the wedding dress of your dreams. And then, finally, félicitations! You found it. But your ensemble is not complete without the perfect wedding shoes to round out your look. When it comes to finding pumped up (or flat) kicks for the big day, there are quite a few factors to consider. Not sure where to start? If your top criteria is comfort, we’ve got some suggestions for which types of shoes you should focus on. But if you’re open to everything from flip flops to stilettos, read on for Zola’s five tips for picking Read More

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Charlottesville Bachelor Party Ideas

Your buddy is about to head down the aisle, so now’s the time to start thinking about nailing down the details of his Charlottesville bachelor party weekend. Sure, you could just wing it, but you’re a good groomsmen and don’t wanna risk disappointing your soon-to-be-married friend with a bachelor party that falls flat, right? Of course not. Typically that would mean spending a lot of time with Google, but today, you’re in luck: we’re well acquainted with the best places around town to stay, eat, and play. So check out our handy C’ville bachelor party guide, and you’ll be on Read More

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

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6 Stunning Backdrops for Charlottesville Engagement Photos

Feels like a bit of a whirlwind, doesn’t it? It probably seems like just yesterday you laid eyes on each other and fell deeply in love. Now, as you look at your engagement ring and go over the proposal again and again in your mind, you’re in disbelief that this is really happening—you’re getting married! We bet you never want to forget what you’re feeling at this very moment. We also bet that you want to be able to have mementos that bring you back to this special time in your life for years to come. Are we on to Read More

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A Pocket Guide to Tipping Wedding Vendors

You’ve signed the last check, paid the last deposit, purchased the final items, and settled up all the remaining balances…your wedding has been paid for! Or—has it? In the grand scheme of budgeting for your wedding, don’t forget to factor in funds for tipping wedding vendors. While not all vendors expect to be tipped for their services—instead choosing to make their prices reflect all the payment they feel they need—for some it’s an expectation. Confused on which vendors to tip, how much you should tip per vendor (or vendor type), and when to distribute tips? Fear not: we’ve come up Read More

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The Answer to ALL of Your Wedding Shower Questions

A wedding shower is one of those pre-wedding rites of passage that brings both overwhelming joy and twinges of anxiety to every bride and/or groom of honor. An event with decades of history and tradition behind it, everyone worries about the same sorts of things when it comes to wedding showers: how are they supposed to go? Do I have to do it that way? And most importantly, does everyone have to watch me open gifts for hours straight? Well, fret not: we’re here with the full set of answers to satisfy all of your wedding shower questions. We’ll set Read More

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How To Figure Out Your New Orleans Wedding Flower Budget

There are plenty of reasons why you’ve chosen to have your wedding in the spirited city of New Orleans: its vibrant culture, lively music, delicious cuisine, beautiful parks and architecture, and the gorgeous French quarter all majorly appeal to Zola couples. If you have browsed some of our favorite New Orleans weddings, then you’ve likely seen the gorgeous flower arrangements that NOLA florists have created. (If you haven’t, trust us when we say these weddings are worth a look—or two). When it comes down to planning your own special event, the question you’ll undoubtedly face is not which flowers will go best Read More