Month: May 2015

Beginners Guide To: Bar Glasses

For the couple that loves to entertain, having the right bar glasses on your registry is a must. At Zola, we’re firm believers that what you serve the drink in is just as important as the drink itself. So, to help you avoid serving your friends mojitos in wine glasses, we’ve put together a guide of everything you need to know about adding barware to your wedding registry. What are they?  Bar glasses are glasses specifically designed for wine and cocktails. They come in a series of shapes and sizes, specifically crafted for different liquor and mixed drinks. I need this if…  You love to entertain or kick back with a glass of wine together after a long day of work – basically, they’re an essential to any wedding registry. How many do I need?  While you want to have more than the simple tumbler, you don’t need to have every cocktail glass on your registry checklist. Consider your favorite drinks (martinis, champagne, margaritas – the list can go on and on…) and what you like to serve guests when you entertain and …

Friday Faves

Just a few hours to go before it’s the weekend! It’s Friday, which means it’s time for our roundup of the blogosphere’s best. Get inspired by this week’s wedding and lifestyle picks. Romantic Boat Houses Is there anything more romantic than a boathouse in summer? They are the best kind of shelter from the blazing sun or occasional summer shower. We loved Remodelista’s list of their favorite summer boathouses because everyone needs to get excited for those weekends on the lake. Flower Crown Wedding Veil Forgo the traditional veil and wear a beautiful flower crown on your wedding day. It’s fresh and chic look if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Backyard Bonfires We think backyard fire pits and bonfires on the beach are one of the greatest things ever. Coco + Kelley’s post shows us how to stay cozy and keep that party going even when the temperature drops. Beach Bellini Sorbet Take that favorite summer drink and turn it into a delicious dessert. Easy to make and simple to serve, this Beach Bellini Sorbet makes our mouths water and inspires our dinner menus …

5 Tips to Planning Romantic Weekend Getaways

Looking to escape the buzz of the city, stress of work, and wedding planning? Turn the world off for just a few days by escaping with your fiancé on a simple weekend getaway. Summer is the best time to get out and adventure, so if you’re working on mastering that 48 hour trip and plan on spending some romantic one-on-one time with your other half, we have some tips for you. Pick Somewhere Remote Find a hidden beach, get away in the woods, or even visit a random town that’s not a typical weekend destination. This way you’ll avoid crowds and get to enjoy each other’s company without all of the noise and distractions. Make it a Surprise  If you can, make your trip (or part of it) a surprise. Tell your fiancé to pack a bag, but don’t tell them where you’re going. The anticipation will add an element of flirtation and excitement that you’ll both love. Travel Close to Home  Forty-eight hours is not a long period of time, so don’t get overly ambitious and end …

Seasonal Sips: Springtime Cocktails

It’s spring and that means one thing – time to play outside! There’s nowhere we’d rather be right now than soaking up some rays at a rooftop bar or lounging on a restaurant patio. But for those nights when staying in is way more appealing, try concocting one of these seasonal beverages and embrace the taste of spring. Just be sure to take it outside (hey, a fire escape counts!). Blueberry Mojitos The combination of tart berries and cooling mint is unbelievably refreshing. Try serving up these Blueberry Mojitos to your girlfriends in the Billy Cotton Water Goblets so that the pink color really pops. Blackberry Thyme Champagne CocktailThere’s no better time of year for fresh fruit. Bulk up your beverage with juicy blackberries and a sprig of thyme in lieu of a straw for a cocktail that’s (almost) too pretty to drink. When these Blackberry Thyme Cocktails are served in stunning crystal Waterford Lismore Connoisseur Straight Sided Tumblers, bubbly never looked so good! Blood Orange Negroni The classic Negroni is a strong mix of gin, vermouth and Campari. This version gets a lightened-up makeover …

Outdoor Dining: Our Must-Haves for Setting Your Summer Table

Looking forward to hosting outside this summer? Make sure you register for all of the essentials to set that whimsical dinner table in your backyard. These are our top 10 outdoor dining must-haves. 1| Canvas Home’s Dauville Salad Plate, Set of 4  For a simple setting that still sparkles, layer plain white plates (like these Fortessa’s Cassia 16-Piece Place Setting) with these elegant small plate with metallic accents. 2| Rosanna’s Luxe Moderne Double Old Fashioned Glass 4-Piece Set While you can definitely use these as drinking glasses, they might be even more perfect as candle holders. These charming cups have light golden accents that will bring an additional glow to your table. (We also love Rosanna’s Luxe Moderne Flute 4-Piece Set to serve that bubbly in!) 3| Brooklyn Slate’s Slate 4-Piece Beverage Coaster Set  For your summer beers, mojitos, or cold glasses of iced tea, these coasters will protect your outdoor furniture and they add a bit of texture to your dinner table. If you’re choosing not to use a table runner, spread these across your table and use them …

Unique Cash Funds that Might Inspire You

Long gone are the days when asking for cash gifts at a wedding was frowned upon. Now, modern couples that have no need for extra dishes or additional kitchen supplies have made wedding cash funds common place. You’ve probably already considered a honeymoon fund, but we’ve seen some of our couples create awesome and unique cash funds, so we’re bringing you our favorite ideas to help inspire you. House Down Payment Ask your friends and family to help you buy that dream home you’ve always wanted. This will be the biggest investment you will make as a newlywed couple, so create a cash fund to help you with the down payment. Children’s College Fund It’s never too early to start thinking about your children’s college funds – no matter how long you’re planning to wait until having kids. Your friends and family will love helping you invest in your children’s future. Wine For all the dinners and get-togethers to come, create a fund to start a small wine cellar. Wine is an investment, so with the cash people have …

Life on Your Own Terms: Advice from #ZolaCouple Carly & Fabrizio

Newly married #ZolaCouple Carly & Fabrizio share a love of traveling and are big believers in exploring on your own terms. So, when the two got engaged, they decided to take their time with wedding planning and left 16 months to prepare for their special day. Well, the big day has just passed, and since they’ve now kicked off their first days as newlyweds, we figured we’d tap into their wisdom to hear their lessons learned on planning a wedding and managing their registry. Not surprisingly, the duo highly suggests cash funds – they loved being able to ask their guests for gifts to help fund more exciting life adventures! How did you meet? Short answer: Craigslist. Long answer: I was subleasing my apartment before traveling abroad, and he was coming into the country and looking for an apartment for the summer. My parents met Fabrizio at the end of the lease and really liked him. They insisted I buy him a beer to thank him for helping them move all my things out of the apartment. I did, and we became …

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 …

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. …

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 …