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Wedding Rehearsal Dinners: 5 Ideas We Love

Rehearsal dinners are the last thing many couples want to think about when they are knee-deep in wedding planning—it can seem like just another thing to pay for and plan. The key is to make the most of your rehearsal dinner: this post-ceremony-practice event isn’t just a cumbersome wedding custom, but a chance to take some time before your wedding day to relax and enjoy being with your partner and your closest friends and family. To illustrate just how extraordinarily fun this portion of your wedding weekend can be, we’ve put together five wedding rehearsal dinner ideas. They may differ in Read More

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How To Choose Your Wedding Month

Choosing your wedding month and date is a crucial first step in the wedding planning process, along with choosing your venue, photographer, and caterer. The time of year in which you decide get married will dictate a lot of your subsequent planning, and will stick with you for the rest of your life (hello, anniversary). In most parts of the country, the late spring through early fall months are typically thought of as “wedding season,” but there is so much more to it than that. Let’s walk through the year and look at the pros and cons of each potential wedding month. Note: Keep Read More

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The Traditional Hawaiian Wedding Ceremony

Whether you’re from Hawaii or you’ve just chosen it as a wedding destination, incorporating elements of the traditional Hawaiian wedding ceremony into your island nuptials makes for an incredibly unique experience. The Hawaiian ceremony, complete with the kahuna pule or kahu (holy man), makes the whole exchanging-of-the-vows process much more interesting, meaningful, and beautiful. There are a number of different Hawaiian wedding traditions to choose from, and many couples simply select their favorites to incorporate into their vow exchange. Read on for an in-depth explanation of a traditional Hawaiian wedding ceremony, and get inspired to incorporate a few of these special rituals into your big day. Part One: Read More

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Which Type Of Wedding Venue Is Right For You?

Arguably one of the most challenging tasks when begin to plan your wedding is finding the perfect wedding venue. Researching, visiting, and finally booking just one wedding venue that fits your needs, budget, and vision for your big day is no easy feat. To complicate matters even further, often you have no idea which type of wedding venue would be right for you and your celebration. And while searching for wedding venues is often presented as an easy choice, this isn’t true. Not every couple has been dreaming of their wedding since they began dating and not every couple’s style Read More

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Top 10 Maid Of Honor Gift Ideas For Under $100

Your maid of honor works hard. There’s a seemingly endless checklist of tasks on her plate, which she’s graciously making her way through out of sheer love for you, your partner, and your public commitment to each other. Your girl deserves a gift! Few people, other than your soon-to-be-spouse, will share in the joys and stresses of planning your wedding quite like your maid of honor. To thank her for being your confidante, your shoulder to cry on, your BFF throughout it all, we suggest treating this wedding day wingman to a thoughtful and personalized maid of honor gift. That Read More

bride and groom looking into each other's eyes while her veil blows in the wind

6 Romantic New Orleans Wedding Venues

When planning a spectacular wedding in the Crescent City, one of the first tasks ahead of you is to choose the perfect venue. This can be one of the hardest choices you will have to make because there are so many stellar New Orleans wedding venues, and the location you choose will set the stage for your big day. Fortunately, New Orleans is home to some of the most dreamiest locales around, so sit back and check out our round-up of the most romantic New Orleans wedding venues. (Oh, and of course, be sure to use Zola’s Wedding Checklist to Read More

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Wise Tips: Hand-Canceling Wedding Invitations

Since you’ve gotten engaged and started planning your wedding, you might’ve heard about “hand-canceling,” but you probably have no idea what it is and/or whether you should do it. “Canceling” in postal service jargon is printing a mark on top of the stamp as it is processed through the mail, and is used to prevent people from re-using stamps. Nowadays, canceling happens through a machine. But when it comes to your gorgeous wedding invitations, there’s a chance that your envelopes can bend or even rip when they make their way through that machine. Also, if you choose to seal your invitations with wax, Read More

Best Beauty Products For Long-Lasting Wedding Makeup

Brides, you’re going to want wedding makeup that’s gonna last. Don’t freak out, but here’s the truth: all eyes are going to be on you during your wedding day. Your wedding photographer will surely make you and your partner look amazing, but it’s going to be a long stretch from the ceremony to the sparkler send-off. You want your makeup to stay put through it all—the happy tears, the smooching, the photos, the cake cutting, the champagne sipping, and the dancing, which is no easy feat…That is, unless you have the right long-lasting beauty products on call. Check out this list of my favorite bridal beauty Read More

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What Are The Groomsmen Duties?

If you’re having a traditional wedding party, with a group of women as bridesmaids and a group of men as groomsmen, then you might have already selected the lucky souls who will stand beside you at the altar, not to mention help you out with a host of other wedding-related duties. The bridesmaids will most likely help the bride pick out the dress of her dreams, throw an engagement party and/or bridal shower, make the bachelorette party one to remember, and be there to help with those important day-of details. But what about the groomsmen duties? It might seem like Read More

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7 “Something Borrowed” Wedding Ideas

Note: while we will refer to “the bride” here, as the bride was traditionally the subject of this little adage, there’s absolutely no reason that a groom couldn’t follow the same good-luck guidelines. Feel free to interchange “groom” wherever it make sense for you!  You’ve probably heard of the old British wedding tradition where a bride is supposed to wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe,” on her wedding day, right? But if you’re like us, you might be a little clueless as to what this actually means. Ostensibly good luck charms, each Read More