Are My Zola Orders Still Coming? And Other FAQs about COVID-19 and Shipping

With stay-at-home mandates in place, factories are closing amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Find out answers to all your questions about Zola orders and shipping with our FAQs.

By Nikki Ridgway

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Photo by Apollo Fotografie

Planning A Wedding During A Pandemic: Every wedding planning journey has its twists and turns. To make sure your path is as smooth as possible and to help you keep an eye out for tiny potholes and giant roadblocks, always follow the advice of your local health guidelines and the recommendations set forth by the CDC. The state of the pandemic can change quickly, but by staying informed, you can make it to your destination—wedded bliss—without a hitch.

Like so many of our couples, we’ve been following the updates about the COVID-19 crisis daily (hourly, right?), and adjusting to lots of new normals. We’ll stay home until told otherwise, but we’re also thinking ahead to how Zola couples and the business will be affected in the coming months.

One obvious area, though it doesn’t normally get a lot of airtime, is operations. We’re so proud of the logistical gymnastics that goes into our “ship anytime” promise to couples. We know it’s a feature you love. Right now, however, some brands are experiencing inventory issues due to the impact of COVID-19. We’re working hard to take care of your orders, and appreciate your patience during this time.

Here’s a bit more about what we know, and what to do if your item is on backorder or has longer than normal ship dates.

How are the stay-at-home measures affecting Zola?

Zola teams in NYC, Charlottesville, and Montreal are all self-isolating and working from home. As we said, some of the brands we carry are experiencing inventory issues as a result of COVID-19.

This will inevitably mean longer than usual ship dates—you may have noticed updated shipping info in your registry. For any in-progress orders, you’ll get a note from our customer service team with a new backorder date. Most important: Your order is safe and we have all the info we need to send it out as soon as possible.

How will I know if my item is delayed?

We always notify couples about backorders and will continue with this communication, though inevitably at a higher volume than normal. If you get an email like this, know that it’s an FYI and you don’t need to do anything. Maybe just rearrange some furniture or make space in your cupboards for your newest addition.

Do I need to change anything on my order?

Not a thing. The order is in and doesn’t need repurchasing. It’s just a matter of getting it to you as quickly as possible. Unless something changes on your end (an address, timing, etc.), we’ll process and ship the item with the existing delivery instructions.

Can I get a refund if I don’t want to wait?

Absolutely. If you’re canceling an item you personally purchased, we’ll refund your original payment. If you change your mind about an item bought by someone else, you’ll receive Zola Store Credit. This never expires and can be used on any product and promotion on Zola.com.

Can my guests still purchase things off my registry?

Yes! Even with the possibility of delayed shipping times, this doesn’t affect what your guests are able to purchase. Your registry is in tact and we are still accepting all orders.

We totally understand that this is a frustrating and sometimes stressful ordeal. As always, we’re here to help you as much as possible. If your registry orders are affected, or you just need some advice, please get in touch anytime. You can email support@zola.com or call 1 (408) 657-ZOLA (9652).

Any updates on holiday shipping?

We're so glad you asked! Due to the impact of COVID-19, orders may be slightly delayed. We want to be as transparent as possible that there's some possibility for delays across the shipping industry with our vendors.

We recommend shopping a little earlier this year to give your shipments a bit more time if needed. Look for the gift box icon on Zola product description page as that will give you our best estimate to order by for arrival by 12/24.

As always, we are here for you! If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at support@zola.com.

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