Month: May 2015

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Friday Faves

It’s almost the weekend – and it’s a long one this time. Yes, the unofficial start to summer is finally here with Memorial Day! So, to get you through those last few hours until you’re free to run to the beach, barbecue with your friends, and drink a lot of rosé, we’ve brought you our favorite posts from the blogosphere to inspire your Memorial Day celebrations. Grand Canyon Weekend Getaway For those of you that use long weekends to explore, this post is for you. Because mastering the 72 hour trip is something we all are trying to accomplish, and seeing the amazing parts of the United States is so worth the trek, we loved World of Wanderlust’s amazing photos from the Grand Canyon. A Delicious Berry Dessert  Hosting over Memorial Day weekend? This might just be the perfect desert for you to serve. When we think of raspberries, we immediately think of summer. This Raspberry Trifle Recipe we found on Camille Styles is just the right mixture of sweet and tart flavors in easy to grab …

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Tips and Tricks: 5 Hacks to Personalizing Your Wedding

Today’s couples want their big day to be a reflection of who they are. According to The XO Group, personalization is on the rise and brides and grooms are increasingly choosing venues and styles that are unique to them. So if you’re looking to ditch the typical ceremony and make sure everything about your wedding day is authentically you, this next post in our ‘Tips and Tricks’ series is for you. Here are five important hacks that will help you stay true to who you are on your wedding day (and might also end up saving you some money!). 1| Order From Your Favorite Local Restaurant Want to serve a delicious meal that reflects the type of food you actually like? Ditch the wedding caterer and their five course pre-plated dinner and reach out to your favorite local restaurant. Order in bulk and have a buffet style dinner with only your favorite dishes. 2| Celebrate in Your Own Backyard  You don’t need a large banquet hall or hotel event space to throw a beautiful wedding. …

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Zola How To: Registry Planner 101

We talked to our couples and quickly learned that one of the biggest things newly engaged duos struggle with is knowing how many gifts to add to their registry. If that’s something you’re asking yourself then you’re in luck because our Planner feature will tell you just that! Now available on your desktop browser and Zola Mobile App, Planner will recommend the number of gifts you need across each price range ($ to $$$) based on the number of guests attending your wedding. Here’s how it works: 1| Create A Registry Step one is (not surprisingly) create a registry so you can start adding gifts. Think about how you two will use the different rooms in your newlywed home and create collections to group them by theme. 2| Find the Feature  From your registry page, click on ‘Planner’ in the second dropdown menu, and it will bring you to a screen that looks like this: 3| Guestimate Guest Attendance   Enter in the number of wedding guests attending your wedding, and we’ll tell you if you have enough gifts, or need …

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A Lesson on Styling Your Coffee Table

Looking to liven up your living room? Add that touch of color or personal style by dressing up your coffee table. It could be as easy as swapping out a few items, or adding a beautiful flower arrangement. Here are some ideas for how to turn that blank canvas into a work of art. Layer with A Tray Add a large tray to your coffee table. This will allow you to group all décor into a set region and leave the rest of the table open for use. Put your artistic pieces on top of the tray, layer books, and add candles. We love Eccolo’s Chevron Tray for a pop of color in any home. If you’re going for organized-chic, this is the way to go. Add Decorative Accents No matter what your tastes, make sure that these objects vary in size and height. Look for glass or ceramic sculptures that catch your eye, the perfect bowl or large candle, or a piece of coral that is just right for the room. Add multiple items that only …

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Stefanie Cove’s Wedding Do’s & Don’ts: Deciding On Size

When it comes to your wedding, the planning process can be full of difficult situations that are tough to navigate. From cutting down your guest list to simply staying organized, brides and grooms can drive themselves crazy trying to reconcile what they want vs. what they think is polite. Luckily for you we’re kicking off a series to help direct you through the do’s and don’ts of wedding planning with celebrity wedding planner, event guru, and Zola Tastemaker, Stefanie Cove. First up: How to manage your guest list. Stefanie has established herself as one of the preeminent event producers in the world. With 15 years combined experience in the hospitality and event planning industries, and as the managing partner at Yifat & Oren Associates, Stefanie has unparalleled knowledge of how to seamlessly orchestrate an event, domestic or destination, from inception through completion. Molly Sims, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, and Behati Prinsloo all count Stefanie as their meticulous yet calm wedding planner extraordinaire. One of the hardest things my clients are faced with is the size …

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DIT: Unique Backyard Gardening Ideas

Get down and dirty, together. Start the summer off right by transforming that little bit of soil or terrace space in your home into a luscious garden full of color. You’d be surprised at what you can do with the items you already have in your home. Transform everything from your kitchen colander to your old set of tea cups into planters, swings, or bird feeders, with these DIY tips. Colander Planter Don’t just use your colanders for draining pasta. Take them outside, fill them with soil, and plant your favorite herbs or flowers in them. These can be perfect flowerpots since they already have holes to make them easy to water and are sturdy enough to withstand rain and dirt and mud. Garden Swing Ever day dream of lying outside, in your bed, in the garden? You and your fiancé can have perfect summer time bliss and really enjoy your garden with this hanging bed. If you have an old mattress lying around, you will just need pallets, some extra lumber, and study rope. DIT by …

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Friday Faves

Another Friday means another beautiful weekend ahead! To get you through the last day of your week, we’ve put together some of our favorite posts from bloggers we love. Browse through our Friday Faves to help inspire not only your wedding planning, but also your summer weekends to come. Heart Pounding Wedding Moments Caught on Camera Anticipation, excitement, nervousness, and of course uncontrollable love. These are the emotions that fill brides and grooms on their wedding days. Sometimes they are hard to capture, but Cup of Jo rounded up 10 amazing photos that say it all. Ready to get those anxious jitters about your big day? Check the full collection of photos out here. The Perfect Bohemian Backyard  The team at Sterling Social transformed a simple backyard into a Boho oasis, and we loved it. Every little detail was attended to, and the result was a perfect mix of playful summer fun and edgy wooden and whicker décor. Get inspired for your backyard makeover with these photos. The Perfect Summer Dessert  Not that you can’t eat …