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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.”

bride wearing a lace linyage wedding dress standing in a field looking behind her at the groom
Photo Credit || Athena Pelton

How To Shop For Your Wedding Dress: The Three Vs from linyage

Wedding dress shopping… it can be a doozie. While on paper it should be one of the most fun days in your wedding planning journey—rows and rows of beautiful clothing at your disposal, a trusted crew of supporters by your side—in reality, it can be one of the most stressful. Wedding dresses seem to come with their own rulebook that’s pretty foreign to most of us, and everything from the sizing to the terminology to even how to actually shop for them is veiled in mystery (sorry for the pun). So we asked Sarah Hrudka Behlke and Lindsay Ulness, the Read More

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Photo Credit || Weddings by Adrienne and Amber

13 Tips For Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

Writing your own wedding vows is one of the most intimate ways to add a personal and romantic touch to your wedding day. Not to say that we don’t adore traditional vows or think them equally beautiful, but we are keenly aware that they just aren’t right for every couple, especially if they don’t speak to your heart. Vows that you pen yourself are specific to your relationship—whether you share precious memories or illustrate just what defines your love—in a way that adds an extra layer of meaning to your wedding ceremony. However, as you may have already learned, writing Read More

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How To Figure Out Your Charleston Wedding Flower Budget

Bursting at the seams with coastal charm and Southern hospitality, Charleston, South Carolina makes for a blissful location for couples to exchange vows. And what’s a Charleston wedding without custom bouquets full of precious blooms, or sweet floral accents at the ceremony and reception? Believe it or not, it is possible to acquire wedding flowers in Charleston that will blow your mind and not your wallet. To help you save on cash and maximize on the wedding “wow” factor, let’s get up to speed on the overall cost of wedding flowers and how to set your Charleston wedding flower budget. While couples Read More

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A Bride’s Guide To Tipping Wedding Vendors

Zola couples, congratulations on planning your dream wedding with your team of oh-so talented local wedding vendors! Now that you are in the home stretch of finalizing all the last minute details of your soirée, from finishing up your seating chart to scheduling your final dress or suit fitting to wrapping up any DIY projects you have undertaken, one final conversation you and your beau need to have (if you haven’t already) is deciding how and how much you will be tipping wedding vendors. Knowing how to budget for your wedding vendors’ gratuities is a tricky topic to navigate, and is sometimes a Read More

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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 Choose A Signature Wedding Cocktail

Today we’re diving into one of the most fun items on your wedding planning to-do list: creating your signature wedding cocktail. While having a bar at your wedding reception isn’t a requirement, a little libation can certainly liven up the party and give your guests the liquid courage to hit the dance floor in just enough time for “Uptown Funk.” And the best part? You can achieve an awesome array of booze without shelling out major cash on an full-liquor open bar. Many Zola couples opt for the more economical route of serving just wine and beer in addition to Read More

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How To Plan The Perfect Charleston Wedding Weekend

Charleston, South Carolina is consistently ranked one of the best cities in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. The colorful buildings, rich history, and tropical climate make this city a prime destination for tourists and a romantic paradise for engaged couples like yourselves. But a Charleston wedding is incomplete without a weekend of activities surrounding the main event. Read on for Zola’s tips and recommendations for how to plan the perfect Charleston wedding weekend. Planning a stunning wedding weekend takes a bit of know-how, so please take our advice and hire a Charleston wedding planner. We recommend Mike Winship, the 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

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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