Month: April 2015

Budget Friendly Honeymoon Tips

Honeymoons can be very expensive. Whether you are paying for the trip yourself, or have created a honeymoon fund so your friends and family can pitch in, finding little ways to pinch pennies here and there can make a world of difference. This is why we’ve put together some tips to help you save money, without you having to sacrifice the big things. Book Early After you get engaged, your focus is on finding a venue, picking a date, and asking your friends to be in your wedding party. During these initial stages, consider looking into your honeymoon and booking your travel early. The sooner you book this trip, the cheaper it will likely be. Flights will be less expensive further out from the travel date, inexpensive rooms won’t be sold out, and you might even find early booking discounts. Traveling During the ‘Shoulder Season’  It’s no secret that if you travel to a place during their off season, your trip will be cheaper. While you don’t want to visit Thailand during the wet season, …

Beginner’s Guide To: Knives

Now that we’ve covered Cutting Boards, it’s time to learn about about their perfect pair: kitchen knives. Slicing, dicing, chopping, and mincing is made easier, faster, and cleaner when you have the right tools. Check out this edition of Beginner’s Guide to figure out which knives are right for you. What is it?  Everyone knows what a knife is… however, kitchen knives are unique. These cutting tools are used to prep food and since each knife is designed to help you achieve a different task while cooking, they come in many different shapes and sizes. There are bread knives, fillet knives, chef’s knives, carving knives, boning knives, cleaver knives, utility knives, steak knives, and paring knives. This list goes on and on. I need this if…  This is not an if. You need kitchen knives for any type of cooking activity, but you don’t need all of them. If you’re a top notch chef your needs will be quite different than if you’re the pasta and chicken kind of cook. Your skill, ambitions, and what you cook in your …

Beginners Guide To: Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are essential tools in any kitchen and while they might seem like a boring necessity, getting the right ones can make a world of difference in your culinary adventures. What is it?  Cutting boards are durable planks designed for preparing food. They are most commonly used as a cutting, dicing, and chopping surface, but can double as serving trays, kitchen décor, or placemats for hot pots or pans. I need this if…  If you do any home cooking or enjoy hosting, you will need a cutting board. They will protect your counter top from unwanted bacteria and destructive knife marks, as well as provide you with the perfect accessory to serve foods that need to be cut at the table, such as bread, meat, and cheese. Which size is right for me?  When it comes to cutting boards, size should be dependent on your kitchen space. Of course, chopping tasks are easier when you have more room to work, and being able to push scraps + freshly cut ingredients to the side while still having space to work is helpful. Bottom …

Planning Ahead with #ZolaCouple Jasmine & Bryce

From grilling outdoors to Sunday trips to their local coffee shop, #ZolaCouple Jasmine & Bryce are getting ready to tie the knot. Their main piece of advice? “Plan a long engagement and do planning steps at periodic intervals.” Check out the rest of their wedding tips (hint: she is a bridal blogger, so she has some good ones) and registry picks below! How did you meet? We met on Match.com in Baltimore City. How did you get engaged? After 5 years together, Bryce simply got down on his knee in the house we bought together. What was the first thing you did after you got engaged? We called our families, met friends for champagne and then had a five-course dinner. Any tips for balancing wedding planning with your everyday busy life? Plan a long engagement and do planning steps at periodic intervals. We got engaged in November of 2013 and will be married in May 2015. We would complete a wedding planning task, wait two weeks, and complete a wedding planning task again. It made an enormous amount of tasks less …

How to Incorporate Wedding Photos Into Your Home

Once your wedding day is over, you’ll have so many amazing memories to look back on — especially with the help of your wedding photos. No matter if you’re splurging on an amazing photographer or simply asking your guests to share their photos with you, those special moments are going to be brought to life with photography. We turned to our friends at Wedding Party for decor tips on displaying your photos in your newlywed home, so you can commemorate and celebrate your big day all year long. When it comes to using your wedding photos as home decor, there’s a number of unique ways you could showcase them. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite ideas below — they strike the perfect balance between unique but tasteful, subtle but statement-making. Don’t be surprised if you’re inspired to put your wedding photos on display all over your home after this! 1. Coffee Table Book The perfect set of coffee table books can really pull the living room together. Why not add a personal touch to your …

High School Musical To Wedding Bells: #ZolaCouple Mychael & Sarah

#ZolaCouple Mychael & Sarah go way back. From a friendship that flourished during their high school musical (South Pacific), to years of staying in touch during college and a year abroad after, this couple is ready to tie the knot! Get to know Mychael & Sarah and check out their awesome registry style. How did you meet? We met in high school during the musical ‘South Pacific.’ I played one of the lead roles of Lt. Joseph Cable, while Sarah was in the chorus ensemble. After watching other people do my makeup a few nights in a row, Sarah realized they were doing it wrong – my face was orange. Sarah knew she should intervene. How did you get engaged? Months before the proposal, we were visiting a church that our Pastor was being installed in. As the announcements were being presented to the congregation, congratulating a newly engaged couple, I whispered to Sarah: “You know I’d never propose to you in a church, right?” And so the months of misdirecting her began. On February 23, 2014, I took Sarah to the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., where we went to the top of the …

One Week To Go! Meet #ZolaCouple Tara & Gerald

#ZolaCouple Tara & Gerald lived on the same block for just shy of a decade before actually meeting. Though they exchanged glances while Tara was out walking her dog or both were at the gym, it wasn’t until Gerald mustered up the courage to talk to Tara that they finally connected. As Tara said, “it only took a decade.” Better late than never! Get to know this NYC couple as they count down the week left to their wedding and see what they put on their awesome registry. How did you get engaged? We got engaged in Bora Bora. On a misty day midway through the trip, Gerald surprised me with a proposal as I was overlooking Mount Pahia and Otemanu from their bungalow. What was the first thing you did after you got engaged? We jumped off our dock and went for a swim in the lagoon. Any tips for balancing wedding planning with your everyday busy life? Make a list with responsibilities and timelines early on after you get engaged. And then get going! It will inevitably be stressful so embrace …

Romance Abroad: #ZolaCouple Keith & Katherine

Who knew a California flag could be such a great conversation starter? #ZolaCouple Keith & Katherine would know, as they bonded during their semester abroad in Rome over the fact that both went to school in sunny Cal. With only 29 days left until their May wedding, get to know this couple and their wedding planning and registry tips. How did you meet? Both of our architecture schools (Cal Poly and Northeastern) shared a school in Rome for study abroad. Katherine lived down the hall from me and walked past my room everyday. I had a California flag hanging on my wall, it was a great conversation starter. How did you get engaged? We were in Montreal on a Valentines Day long weekend adventure. What was the first thing you did after you got engaged? Went out for an amazing Montreal/French dinner. We didn’t have a reservation, but a large party cancelled theirs and we were seated at a huge round table at the head of the restaurant. Any tips for balancing wedding planning with your everyday busy life? Stay true to what …

A Timeless Tradition Reimagined: Zola Launches First-Of-Its Kind Apple Watch App

For the always-on-the-go couple, planning a wedding can be stressful. Here at Zola, we strive to give newly engaged duos an alternative to old fashioned wedding registries by providing an experience that can keep up with their modern lives and fit into their daily routines. We started Zola with a desire to simplify the wedding planning process and believe that designing solutions that address existing pain points with technology is a key component to achieving this goal. This is why we were excited to build an extension of the Zola app for the Apple Watch. Charles Scalesse (our Principal Mobile Engineer) and I designed the Zola Apple Watch App around our couples. And while we’ve come a long way from my Casio calculator watch in 5th grade, we wanted to share some unique insight we gained through the design process in order to explain how and why we built this app the way that we did. Limitations Are Our Friend How is this device different from a smartphone or tablet and how does that affect how couples will use it?  …

Concerts, Costa Rica & Chicken Parm: #ZolaCouple Erica & Ross

A blind date. Drinks. Dinner. Coffee. That is how #ZolaCouple Erica & Ross met, and the rest is history. Whether it’s marathoning Netflix TV shows, cooking up paleo chicken parm, or road tripping to Big Sur for camping + hiking, this couple knows how to make the most of their time together. Get to know them, take notes on their wedding tips, and get inspired by their registry picks!   How did you meet? OKCupid! (The old Tinder). Ross came upon Erica’s profile and messaged her. They went out for drinks, which turned into dinner, which turned into coffee 🙂 The rest is history. How did you get engaged? We were on vacation in Costa Rica, traveling through the Monteverde Cloud Forest, when our tour guide said we were going to stop at a resort for lunch. The guide suggested that we take photos of this adorable little hand-painted chapel before we ate. When we went inside, we saw that the chapel had breathtaking views of the landscape and was decorated with rose petals and candles and champagne. There was …