Month: July 2015

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Five Wedding Gift Trends for the Modern Couple

Lucky for you, 2016 is all about individuality and letting your personality shine, especially when it comes to weddings. We’re here to officially announce that the constraints of convention are no longer—just because your mom did it, doesn’t mean you have to. Your wedding is, definitively, the time to stand out and create an event that’s an extension of who you are by putting your touch on everything from the welcome bags to the wedding vows.  There’s no need for that singular expression to stop at your registry. Modern brides are balking at tradition and choosing gifts that speak to who they are and fit into their lifestyle. So go ahead, skip the fine china. Here are five wedding gift trends you should consider for your big day: It’s All About the Experience: Fact: your guests want to give you gifts, and they’re going to do so whether you register for specifics or not. But maybe decking out your place isn’t quite up your alley—the Konmari method of de-cluttering is trending after all. If the …

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Unique Wedding Menu Ideas

The food you serve at your wedding doesn’t have to be the typical steak, chicken, or fish catering options. Mix up your wedding menu by offering unique eats. Here are some of our favorite ideas. Local, Organic Eats  Ditch the stuffy catering and embrace this unpolished, natural look. Serve seasonal foods from local vendors for a delicious dinner menu. The farm to table trend is a great one – not only do the fresh ingredients taste better, but they are better for you. Looking for some recipes to try at home before organizing the meal for your big day? We love Southern Living’s list of 49 Summer Farmers’ Market Recipes and simply adore this Grilled Rosemary Skewer of Steak Wrapped in-Pancetta and Sausage Recipe from Food52. Laid Back Taco Truck  Easy to serve, easy to eat, and even thinking about it makes our mouths water. A great summertime idea is to serve this crowd favorite from a food truck. This is not exactly a novel concept in the world of wedding planning – food trucks have become increasingly trendy in recent years …

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New Beginnings, Newly Decorated with Homepolish

Whether you’re moving in for the first time or are just rearranging things a bit after your big day, we are big believers in fresh décor for newly married couples. To help you turn your newlywed home into your ultimate sanctuary, we’ve teamed up with the interior designers at Homepolish. Here’s how it works… What is Homepolish? Homepolish is an interior design service that is doing away with the traditional interior design model, skipping the commissions and product markups, and transforming homes and offices across the country. Their mission? To help you live and work in a beautiful space. Homepolish brings you you interior design consultations for an affordable, flat hourly rate. How does it work? It’s easy. The process starts with a one hour consultation where you get to know your designer and fall in love with their ideas. You will discuss goals, needs, and wants. From there, you can decide to purchase additional design time to fit the size and bandwidth of your project. What Cities does Homepolish work in? With Zola, you can …

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Registry and Wedding Planning Advice from #ZolaCouple Leanne and Lio

This #ZolaCouple has a real NYC love story. Leanne and Lio met at a karaoke night at a bar in the Lower East Side. Their fourth date was shacking up for a couple of days during Hurricane Sandy. They weathered the storm, and a long distance relationship between New York and London, all to get engaged at their favorite restaurant on the Bowery a year and a half later. They have built an inspiring registry perfect for a small city apartment, so we reached out to them for some advice on wedding planning, moving in, and registering. How did you meet?  Leanne: I met Lio on a Monday night in October 2012 at Arlene’s Grocery’s live rock band karaoke in the Lower East Side of New York City. I was too shy to sing that night, but Lio got up on stage and sang with the rock band, and we started dancing and sharing our love for great rock and roll music. We went on some amazing dates for the next couple weeks, until hurricane Sandy hit New York City and Lio …

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Friday Faves

Happy Friday! To get your weekend started off right, and hopefully inspire your wedding planning, home decorating, and summer hosting activities, we’ve rounded up our favorite posts from the blogosphere. These are our Friday Faves. Relaxed, Colorful Boho Chic  A relaxed and fresh style full of flea market finds, antiques, and Mexican textiles – we love this light and breezy interior. Check out the home tour for more photos. Blissful Ranch Wedding  There’s something about being outside, in the middle of the wilderness, with big open sky and all of your friends and family that really inspired us. Valerie and Taylor got married in the Texas desert for a truly intimate ceremony and reception. Check out more of their photos here. Funfetti Cake Batter Popsicles Your favorite birthday cake in popsicle form. This is the perfect dessert for summer get togethers. Get the recipe here. Summer Soirée Table  Outdoor eats on a white, linen table cloth. This shoot by SF Girl by Bay inspired us to have some friends over, fill the table with cheese and …

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2 Dads + 4 Kids: #ZolaCouple Juan and Patrick

When Juan Luque and Patrick Duffy fell in love in 2008, marriage and family both seemed like distant dreams. Without the legal right to marry in their home state of Florida, first came love and then the baby carriage. With IVF and the help of a surrogate, Juan and Patrick welcomed their son Lorenzo in December of 2011. In April of 2013, their brood quadrupled in size when triplets Lily, Liam and Leo were born – again via surrogacy.  Since then, there hasn’t been a dull moment for the two dads, who document their adventures on their Facebook page  2 Dads + 4 Kids. Longtime activists in the fight for gay marriage in their home state of Florida, Juan and Patrick were finally able to wed when Florida became the 36th state to legalize gay marriage in January 2015.  They added special touches to their day with handmade floral arrangements, having their children as the wedding party, and a food truck for bites throughout the night. Much like with their wedding, Juan and Patrick had unique …

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Guest Etiquette: How Much to Spend on a Wedding Gift

Here at Zola, we take a lot of calls from wedding guests who are struggling to choose that perfect gift for a happy couple. Something we hear over and over again is the simple question of ‘how much should I spend?’ As experts in the field of wedding presents, we know a thing or two about this topic so to help you out we’ve answered the most common question we hear. Here’s your full guide to how much you should spend on the gift. I’m a coworker, acquaintance, or distant relative, how much should I spend? You should aim to spend around $50. While there is no set rule for how much any guest should spend on a gift, we like to give this guideline based on average spending habits of guests. If I’m a close friend or relative of the bride or groom, how much should I spend? We suggest aiming for a present in the $100-$150 range or more. How much you spend should definitely correlate to your relationship with the couple. If you are a close …