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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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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

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Top 10 Tips for International Newlyweds Moving in Together

Getting married and moving in together is a huge step for any couple. But crossing borders—or even oceans—to share a life together in the United States is an even bigger milestone. Immigration is one of those unromantic but incredibly important conversation topics that’s better discussed sooner rather than later. This may be a cliché, but it’s true: communication is key to a long and happy relationship, especially when the topic is so complex and the stakes are so high. To help facilitate your immigration heart-to-heart, we’ve asked the experts at Boundless the top 10 questions from international newlyweds who are Read More

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Top 10 First Dance Songs

You’ve heard it a million times, but it’s true: your wedding day day will pass by in a blur, leaving you dazed and unable to recall the tiny details you were planning for months. There is one moment in the day, however, where time might seem to stand still: the first dance. Yes, it is as gushy and romantic as it sounds, and we are all about it. Whether you choose a song from a special moment in your relationship, one that speaks to your feelings for each other, or just an old favorite ballad, picking out your first dance song requires Read More

Bride and groom doing their first look

The Introverted Bride Guide

If your party anthem sounds more like Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” than Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” this one’s for you.  If you’re an introverted bride, it’s easy for you to feel somewhat conflicted about your rapidly approaching wedding day. On the one hand, you’re giddy with excitement over the thought that you’ll soon marry the love of your life. You’re likely also excited about the chance to spend time with your closest friends and family, some of whom you haven’t seen in years. But we know you can’t ignore that hint of dread at the prospect of being in the Read More

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Top Honeymoon Destinations for Every Personality Type

The vacation wizards at Honeymoons.com are back with us again, folks—this time sharing the top honeymoon destinations couples should consider based upon their personality type. Don’t we all love a personalized recommendation based on exactly who we are at our core? Well read on, you individualists—find out where you and your beau should head as soon as the confetti has been swept up. Every couple has their own unique personality, which means the perfect honeymoon ideas are different for everyone. For an outgoing, museum-loving couple, the ideal honeymoon idea might involve a big city, with lots of museum-hopping and nights Read More

woman holding plate of fried chicken, bean salad, and green salad at a potluck wedding

The Pros and Cons of a Potluck Wedding

The concept of a potluck wedding may seem crazy to some, but this reception idea is gaining traction—and there’s good reason why. Couples choose to have a potluck wedding in order to save costs, include more friends and family in their day-of activities, offer a wider variety of dishes to their hungry guests, and create a shared sense of community. But…a potluck? At a wedding? How does that even work, you might ask, scratching your head? And does this concept take the act of cutting costs a bit too far, verging into tacky or uncouth behavior on the part of the Read More

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Kids At Your Wedding: Yay or Nay?

Chicken or fish, band or DJ, church or outdoor ceremony…there are certain binary decisions that seem to stand the test of time when it comes to wedding planning. One of the perennial questions couples must ask themselves when crafting their guest list is whether or not they plan to invite children to their wedding. While it might seem like a fairly simple decision to breeze through on your to-do list (which you’re definitely using Zola’s Wedding Checklist tool to help you with, right?), the choice to have kids at your wedding or not is more tricky (and emotionally loaded) than Read More

Ceremony at Historic Rice Mill

How To Choose A Wedding Venue

You don’t have to be purchasing a piece of real estate to know that “location, location, location” matters. One of the first tasks you’ll need to accomplish after saying “yes!” (after popping the bubbly, of course) is to decide where you and your partner want to get married. The where will then help you to narrow down the when, which may vary based on your wedding venue’s popularity and availability. But how does one go about choosing a wedding venue? Finding the perfect wedding venue to fit your budget, your schedule, and your tastes can be a daunting task, but consider us here Read More