All posts tagged: wedding planning tips

bride in white robe surrounded by bridesmaids in blue pajamas getting ready before the wedding

Expert Advice: How to Plan a Bridal Wellness Weekend

Budget spreadsheets. Checklists. Dress fittings. Seating charts. Managing the guest list. Playing referee between the mothers. Planning a wedding is a lot of work, no matter how you slice it. And if you and your partner have been shouldering the burden of this work, then you are probably ready for a little bit of “off” time: a weekend without twenty incoming phone calls, dozens of decisions to make, or emotions (yours or others) to navigate. You need a wellness weekend, friend. And what better way to chill out and tend to some pre-wedding personal care than with your BFF bridal Read More

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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

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

5 Ways To Cut Wedding Costs

It’s not breaking news—we’ve said it here a hundred times—that (most) weddings cost a lot of money. But any wedding planner worth his or her salt will also tell you that, with a few smart moves and some ground-laying decisions, you can still throw an incredible, memorable wedding that guests will rave about for years while sticking to a reasonable budget. Perhaps the most important step you can take in planning your beautiful, budget wedding is to decide which 2 or 3 part of the wedding experience are most important to you and your partner. Whether it’s a gourmet meal, a Read More

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7 Steps To Planning Your Own Personalized Wedding

If you’ve decided to forego hiring a wedding planner and are planning your own wedding, we salute you. But as you’ve probably figured out by now, the task of planning the largest, most high stakes party you’ll ever throw can be a struggle for many couples. And while the wedding itself should pale in comparison to the awesome marriage that follows, Zola knows better than anyone how much time, preparation, and patience it takes to plan a wedding. Throughout this planning journey, it’s important to not lose site of the real reason you’re doing this: to host a celebration that’s Read More

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How To Embrace Being A Pregnant Bride

First off, it sounds like double congratulations are in order! Joining futures with your partner can’t get more real than raising a child together, and being a pregnant bride gives you all the more reason to celebrate with your friends and family as you exchange vows with the love of your life and prepare to start a family. Maybe you didn’t expect to be pregnant when you pictured your wedding day years ago, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the beauty, grace, and gentle power possessed by all pregnant women as a bride. And since you’re probably planning more than just Read More

two brides kissing in wedding gowns on a wooden walkway in a tropical Charleston field

How To Plan The Perfect Charleston Wedding Weekend

Charleston, South Carolina is consistently ranked one of the best cities in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. The colorful buildings, rich history, and tropical climate make this city a prime destination for tourists and a romantic paradise for engaged couples like yourselves. But a Charleston wedding is incomplete without a weekend of activities surrounding the main event. Read on for Zola’s tips and recommendations for how to plan the perfect Charleston wedding weekend. Planning a stunning wedding weekend takes a bit of know-how, so please take our advice and hire a Charleston wedding planner. We recommend Mike Winship, the Read More

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Tips On Eloping In Napa Valley

You’ve just gotten engaged and everything is wonderful. No, fabulous! Perfect, even. Until you remember you’ve got a wedding to plan. Photographers, and caterers, and venues, oh my! It’s enough to make even Dorothy do a 180 on that yellow brick road. But don’t start clicking your heels just yet. We’ve got you covered with some helpful tips on planning a stress-free, romantic elopement in Napa Valley so you and your partner can focus on what’s really important: each other. The 411 On Eloping So, what does eloping really mean? Elopement is when you and your spouse-to-be decide that instead Read More

a dinner table for a wedding rehearsal laid with colorful tablecloth, flowers, and a bottle of rose wine with a chalkboard sign

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

groom holding a bride in front of a field with a tree with orange flowers

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