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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.”

Charlottesville Bachelorette Party Ideas

She’s bought the dress. She’s found the caterer. She’s analyzed each minute detail. Let’s face it—she’s probably a little stressed. Give the bride a respite from all that planning with the perfect weekend getaway: a little wine, a little relaxation, and a whole lot of bridal bonding with her best friends in Charlottesville, VA. The city of Charlottesville is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The local culture is rooted in tradition but has a modern sensibility. Home to the University of Virginia, it possess a rich intellectual and cultural life, as well as strong ties to Read More

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The Shocking Truth About Getting Engaged

If you’re like 40% of Zola couples, you became (or will become) engaged during the magical window of the calendar year we know as Engagement Season: the roughly twelve weeks between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. What’s even more overwhelming than the engagement wildfire that will soon begin sweeping through your social media is the number of couples who began planning their weddings BEFORE a proposal was even uttered…60%! Based on a survey we did of over 1,000 engaged and newlywed couples, Zola’s got all the dirt on how real-life couples actually approach the thought of marriage during a long-term relationship. Read Read More

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Wedding Centerpieces We Love

In need of floral centerpiece ideas for your wedding but don’t know where to start? We’ve gone through our favorite Zola weddings in search of the most show-stopping wedding centerpieces for any aesthetic: feminine blooms in shades of blush, rustic-chic vessels, jewel-toned tablescapes, ultra-glamorous towering centerpieces—we’ve got ’em all. Scroll on for major wedding floral and décor inspiration. Bring on the Blush: Pink-Hued Wedding Centerpieces Understated and supremely elegant, a palette of blush, peach, pink, and white has dominated popular wedding décor for a few years now, and it’s not hard to see why. These feminine colors pair wonderfully with metallics Read More

La Vache Microcreamery caramels as part of Charlottesville wedding favors

Charlottesville Wedding Favor Ideas

So, your wedding is in Charlottesville and you’re trying to find a way to send your guests off from your big day with a little “thank you” for being a part of it. Wedding favors can be difficult to choose, but Zola is here to help. Our advice? Buy local. Charlottesville has so many incredible local farms, artisans, and producers; we promise this town won’t let you down. Impress your friends and family by offering them a wedding favor that will remind them of the great memories they made in Charlottesville during your wedding weekend. We hope you and your Read More

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How To Give A Great Wedding Toast

Wedding toasts are tricky. You’ve got a lot of different people to please, and couples are extra-sensitive on their wedding day—after all, they’ve got a whole room of the most important people in their lives looking at them. Because of this, there’s a lot of pressure on these speeches. Best case scenario, a wedding toast is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tell your best friend, sibling, parent, or relative how much you love them and their new partner. But worst case, you’ll be remembered for stammering and sweating your way through a speech that seems to ramble on for ages—or worse, Read More

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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

groom surrounded by groomsmen all in tuxedos in black and white

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