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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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How To Give A Killer Best Man Speech

Let me guess: if you’ve made it here, you’re a best man (or a best woman), and you’re nervous. First off, congrats on this special role of honor! You’re gonna do great. But if you’re freaking out about pulling off all of your groomsmen duties, especially having to write and deliver a best man speech at the wedding, we understand. There is an art to the best man speech. Too far in any direction, and a bad speech can negatively alter the mood of a wedding in a snap. But before we make you even more nervous, take a cleansing Read More

Wedding Invitation Wording 101

Your wedding invitations are the only thing your guests see before the big day arrives, so crafting thoughtful invites is a great way to get your guests pumped for the upcoming celebration and share a hint of what’s to come. So it’s essential that your wedding invitation wording be on point—you don’t want any blunders here. Here are the four jobs your wedding invitation wording has to do:  Convey all the critical information about who’s getting married, when, where; Recognize the hosts of the wedding and/or the parents of the couple, if desired; Convey the tone and formality of the Read More

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Top 10 Tips For DIY Wedding Flowers

Choosing DIY wedding flowers can be a great way to save money on your big day, but let us give one word of caution: this task isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of work to create all of those centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres that you’ll need for your wedding day, and our guess is that your time is precious. Think you’re up to the task? As anyone will tell you—especially local wedding florists who know the ins and outs of the business—having a solid plan and knowing what you’re getting into are the keys to success. To help you prep, Read More

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The Ultimate Food-And-Drink-Pairing Cocktail Hour

Ding ding ding! It’s five o’clock (somewhere?), and it’s time to talk about cocktails. And weddings. Because that’s what we do around here. So settle in, because today we are taking a two-handed approach, with a glass in one hand and an hors d’oeuvre in the other. For a post-ceremony indulgence that will knock the socks off of your wedding guests, a food-and-drink-paired cocktail hour is a one-two punch for the senses. The name pretty much sums it up, but this type of cocktail hour service pairs a tasty, small bite of food with its perfect alcoholic complement. A food-and-drink-paired Read More

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Use Zola To Plan Your Wedding Online in 10 Steps

In an era where you can order paper towels while waiting in line for your coffee that you ordered from an app that you downloaded while walking from your battery-powered car’s parking spot to your remote coworking space where you attend meetings via free video conferencing (whew!), you should be able to plan a wedding online. This is the digital age, in which we can do almost anything from our smartphones. Gone are the days of wedding planning that require a binder full of print-outs and a million sit-down meetings. But what are the best websites and tools out there Read More

5 Things To Know About Barn Weddings

Who doesn’t love a good barn wedding? The rustic details, high ceilings, and beautiful countryside views make these venues one-of-a-kind, and here at Zola we can’t get enough of them. Like all wedding venues, however, barns come in all shapes, sizes, and states of repair. As much as we love their aesthetic, they aren’t without their drawbacks. To help you cover your bases and avoid any “If only I’d known…” moments, we’ve done the research and compiled a list of everything Zola couples should consider when planning barn weddings. 1. Barns May Not Have Heating or Air Conditioning Half the reason couples swoon over Read More

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Engagement Photos

In the last decade, taking professional engagement photos have become a right of passage for newly engaged couples, earning a place in the standard wedding planning checklist alongside choosing a caterer or tasting cakes.  We love that more and more couples are taking advantage of this new tradition, so much so that it’s not uncommon for a wedding photographer to include an engagement photo session in their packages. But while your engagement photos will most likely end up on Mom and Dad’s mantle and most definitely on your save the dates, (check out our post on how to select the best engagement Read More

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Top 10 Signature Drinks For Summer Weddings

So, you’re having a summer wedding? With tons of beautiful flower options during the warmer months and outdoor wedding venues calling your name, it’s easy to get caught up in the heat (hehe) of the wedding-planning moment, but let’s remember one thing for just a second: your wedding guests are going to be hot. They’re going to be thirsty. So whatever other planning detail you’re focusing on right now, put it aside for a moment—it’s time to think about how to keep your summer wedding cool and refreshing. That’s right. We’re talking signature wedding drinks. Whether you’re a bourbon lover, wine Read More

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The 15 Most Gorgeous Free Wedding Fonts

Calling all DIY types! If you’re planning on designing, printing, or otherwise making any portion of your wedding invitations, paper goods, or signage, you’ve probably been on the hunt for the perfect wedding font. The typography you choose when designing your wedding materials, whether it’s a cocktail napkin, a save the date, or ceremony program, can be of vital importance. Your wedding font can communicate volumes about the style, mood, and tone of your big day—so we’re here to help you choose wisely. We’ve rounded up 15 of the most gorgeous, creative, and eye-catching free wedding fonts to make your Read More

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9 Tips For Great Bridal Makeup by Charlottesville Makeup Artist

Getting married? Terrible at makeup? If you happen to be one of those brides who has little to no makeup experience, you might be getting rather nervous about how your wedding day beauty routine is going to go down. Bridal makeup is important for making sure you look like the natural, beautiful woman you are in your wedding photographs (rather than a washed-out apparition or a shiny disco ball), so it’s wise for you to think ahead about your bridal makeup at least a little bit. But before you actually begin sweating, hold up: one of our favorite Charlottesville makeup Read More