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Tory Burch Home is Here! Here Are Our 5 Favorite Pieces

You’ve probably walked in her iconic flats, stashed your essentials in one of her sophisticated handbags, or zipped yourself up in one of her chic party dresses. If this iconic designer fills your closet, it’s time for her to fill the rest of your home, too. That’s right—you can now register for all things Tory Burch Home at Zola (and we’re the only registry where you can do so). Tory Burch Home is inspired by Tory’s lifetime love of home decor and international travel souvenirs. Her biggest inspiration for the line was her mother and the antique ceramics they collected together as a child. From vibrant green dishes to hand-painted glassware and charming cocktail napkins, Tory Burch Home features a range of first home must-haves. Not sure where to start? Take a look at our top five favorites. 1. Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch Lettuce Ware Collection Created in collaboration with storied ceramicist Dodie Thayer, these charming pieces bring the elegance of 1960s Palm Beach right to your home. They’re designed for everyday use, so yes, …

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DIY Wedding Calligraphy Tips

Calligraphy is a beautiful way to add elegance and flair to your wedding invitations. The envelopes you choose for your invitations are the first impression you make on your guests—so make that impression a lasting (and stylish) one with custom calligraphy! We asked the experts at Wedding Paper Divas to share their top calligraphy tips, so you can make a beautiful impression on your wedding guests and set an elegant tone for your big day! DIY Calligraphy Calligraphy is an ancient art form that requires skill and practice; however, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn. If you have plenty of time before you need to send your wedding invitations, consider brushing up on your calligraphy skills and trying it out yourself. You can learn by watching calligraphy videos or even taking an online class. Even if you don’t have a calligraphy pen with an angled edge, you can trace or copy your favorite calligraphy fonts with these easy steps: Start by choosing a font or style you like. Look at examples for inspiration and to see how the …

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3 Must-Know Tips for Holidays With the In-Laws (or Soon-to-Be)!

Photo Source: Youtube The holidays can be a mix of emotions for couples all over the world. For new couples, the stress to impress may be even greater. We surveyed over 650 engaged and just-married Zola couples to hear how they are spending the holidays this year. When we asked how couples felt about spending the holidays with their in-laws, more than half said they love their in-laws as much as their own parents! To our surprise, only 4% of all couples said they need to have an emergency exit strategy in place. Not bad, not bad. Regardless if you get along well with the ‘rents or not, we’ve gathered a few noteworthy tips to help you master holidays with the in-laws this season! Don’t Arrive Empty-Handed Bring your favorite dish, a small gift, or a bottle of wine to show your appreciation! Even better, consider gifting them with a one-month wine subscription from Winc. It’s the thought that counts! Ask Questions Asking questions is one of the best ways to show you’re interested and …

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It’s Pre-Engagement Season!

It’s Pre-Engagement Season Recently we surveyed over 1,000 newlywed and engaged couples about pre-engagement. You might know pre-engagement as the relationship stage when a bride-to-be (or groom, for that matter!) is feeling in limbo waiting for their S.O. to get down on one knee. You probably experienced it yourself, and considering the holiday season is the most popular time to get engaged, we bet you have at least one friend going through it right now. The truth is that most couples today are planning for their future together before they become officially engaged! In fact, almost 100% of couples broach the subject of marriage before putting a ring on it, and the vast majority have dreams about what their big day will be like, from the dress to the decor. Our survey also found that 60% of couples plan some part of their nuptials before becoming engaged. From scheduling a potential-pre-proposal manicure, to creating a secret (or not-so-secret) Pinterest board, pre-engagement activity is real. Here are some other stats from our survey: Pre-Proposal Planning 94% …

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Wedding Registry Hacks

How to get exactly what you want for your wedding is one of the frequently-asked questions from our Zola couples and we completely understand why. It’s not everyday we get to ask for whatever we want from our nearest and dearest (and coworkers, family friends, Great Aunts we’ve only met once, the list goes on). So here’s our expert advice on how to check gifts off the perfect wedding registry. Ask and You Shall Receive Don’t be shy! First-timers may feel a bit of pressure to register for what they think they’re supposed to register for, instead of registering for what they actually want. This is a huge mistake! If you don’t register for what you want, you won’t get what you want. It’s that easy. Personalized Notes In order to effectively make your case for why you need that Vitamix or swanky coffee table, add a personalized note on your wedding registry explaining to your guests how each gift will fit into your new life as a couple. It takes few extra minutes, but it is totally worth it …

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Zola Loves Squarespace

When it comes to planning a wedding, ease is absolutely everything. That’s why we’re so excited to announce our new integration with Squarespace! With a single click, you can now add Zola to your Squarespace wedding website. Register for gifts, experiences, and funds all on a beautifully designed site and mobile app. See how it works below: