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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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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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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

wedding ceremony between a man and a woman under a live oak tree in South Carolina

Top 10 Southern Wedding Traditions

The South is steeped in elegance, beauty, grace, and—the part your grandmother will never let you forget about—tradition. It should come as no surprise that a truly Southern wedding is one that reflects all of these things and allows a couple to honor the past while celebrating the future. Although there are so many to choose from, here are some of our favorite new-old Southern wedding traditions. 1. Outdoor Weddings It’s hard to say no to an outdoor wedding below the Mason-Dixon line. From garden weddings to ceremonies on the lawns of beautiful estates, many couples uphold the Southern wedding tradition of celebrating marriage in the great 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

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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

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Dos and Don’ts Of Wedding Guest Fashion

Wedding season is just about to kick into high gear, and with all those invites on your fridge, you’re probably asking yourself a few questions: what do you want for dinner in four months? Do you have a plus one? And most importantly, what are you going to wear? Since we can’t help you out with the date situation, we’re happy to provide some wedding guest fashion tips. Here are a few critical do and don’ts to ensure you are faux pas-free and win the award for best dressed. Read on for our rules of women’s wedding guest fashion—so you’ll never Read More

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Top 10 Most Forgotten Wedding Day Details

Some view wedding planning as fun and some view it as challenging, but everyone can agree that it is time-consuming. There are bound to be a few wedding day details that get lost in the cracks when you’re spending all your free time reviewing menus, choosing flowers, wording invitations… the list goes on. It is no surprise then that even the most obvious essentials can be forgotten. Some of these details are minute and can be added to your wedding checklist with ease, but some are so integral that they could possibly cause big issues on your wedding day. So without Read More

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Top 10 Ways To Cut Alcohol Costs At Weddings

You’ve already booked your wedding caterer—congrats! Now comes the fun (and truly crucial) part: alcohol. Hosting an open bar at your wedding is a huge expense. On average, couples hosting a 200-person, four-hour wedding reception will spend upwards of $8,000 for a fully stocked open bar. If your jaw just dropped, know that ours did too when we first heard that astounding number. If you’re a couple on a budget (and aren’t we all?), don’t despair—there are plenty of awesome ways that you can cut alcohol costs without totally eliminating the booze. 1. Offer Signature Cocktails A fabulous way to personalize your drink Read More

197 Love Stories, from Zola and Modern Love

From November through Valentine’s Day, we collected tons of love stories in collaboration with Modern Love, the hit podcast based on the New York Times’ weekly reader-submitted essays that explore relationships of all kinds. From lovebirds to BFFs, we invited everyone to record their story on our Registry on Wheels or send in a voice note for a chance to win $2,500 in Zola gifts. Check out what happened next: The “How We Met” Stories On a trolley, in the cheese aisle of Trader Joe’s, at a bar (can’t go wrong with the classics), the list goes on… The Friends-Turned-Lovers From neighbors Read More