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
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
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
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
Even if you’re a skilled cocktail party hostess, tackling the wedding cocktail hour is no easy feat. For starters, there are quite a few vendors to book and guest flow to consider. Then comes the intricacies of figuring out your floor plan, deciding what to serve, and determining the feel for this portion of your wedding day. On top of all of that, you won’t even be there for most of it (or maybe any of it) depending on your photography timeline, so you won’t be playing host(ess) the way you would any other cocktail party. But, there’s good news: with a Read More
Flower girl and ring bearer. Bouquet and veil. Wedding reception and wine selection. Rarely do you see one of these without the other. But there are a whole lot of decisions to consider when ordering bottles for your reception. That’s why we chatted with David Skurnik, one of the proprietors of The Pinot Project (who wined up our Zola Retreat a few weeks back) to help answer our questions. 1. How do you decide how much wine to order for a wedding reception? If you’re getting married at a full-service wedding venue, they should have you covered on this front. Read More
What makes a wedding memorable (and sometimes overwhelming to plan) are the little details that speak to who you two are. So, we’ve brought in the experts to share their tips on planning one of the most fun parts – the wedding bar! Read up on Wedding Party’s advice on how to make the drinks at your wedding just as special as the big day itself. 5 Smart & Creative Ideas to Elevate Your Wedding Bar You’ve been planning for your wedding day for months, and after you’ve walked down the aisle and said your “I Dos”, the most important part of your big Read More
Even those of us who claim to be winos opt for a pumpkin-esque beer or a hard cider during the fall. ’Tis the season. For those of you who are into creative seasonal crafts or who want to get into them, take a page out of Stephen Vealand and Erica Shea’s book. The two stumbled upon an old fermenter and taught themselves how to brew. Now they are sharing the love with their online store, Brooklyn Brew Shop.