Month: July 2015

DIT: Outdoor Movie Night

August nights are meant to be spent outdoors, so why get stuck inside watching movies on your couch? Recreate the magical feel of those outdoor screenings in the park or drive-in theaters in your own backyard. From a dreamy set-up to tasty twists on movie theater treats, you’ll have the perfect romantic set of for a date night or get together with friends. Makeshift Screen Making a movie screen in your backyard is actually surprisingly easy. All you’ll need is a white sheet, a rope to hang it up, a DVD player (this can be a laptop), a projector, and a sound system. Try to work with what you have – if you have a white wall facing the grass, that can be used instead of the sheet. If there’s a fence, pin the sheet up on the fence. If you want to get a little fancier with your screen, follow these easy DIY Steps. Theater Chic  Backyard movie nights are all about the ambiance. This looks complicated to recreate, but it’s really all about dragging those comfortable cushions or …

How to Save Money as a Wedding Guest

Weddings are not only expensive for the bride and groom – being a wedding guest adds up. From travel to gifts to attire and everything in-between, wedding season can sometimes feel like it’s burning a hole in your pocket. So, to help you all make it through wedding season without stressing about your bank account, we’ve put together a little guidance that will help you save. The Travel Plan your travel early and share costs with friends where you can. Everyone knows that plane fares increase closer to the travel date – so don’t wait to book your tickets. If you have to fly, or even take a train, book your travel as soon as you get the save the date.  As for sharing costs with friends, if you’re driving and have to rent a car, definitely ask around to see if anyone is in the same boat and wants to split the ride. Also, don’t be afraid to snuggle up with some friends. Sharing hotel rooms can majorly cut down on your expenses. The Gift  You don’t …

Live in a City Apartment? Register for These

Registering is exciting – you get to pick all of the things you think you’re going to want in your newlywed life. All of those pretty plates and bowls, top of the line kitchen appliances, picture frames for all of your wedding photos, and that perfect vase you never could afford. Among the excitement, it can be easy to get carried away and forget a very important factor: the size of your home. For many of us, that size is not large. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. As city dwellers, we sacrifice space for location, and it becomes incredibly important that we don’t register for items we’ll never use. If you barely have room to store your off-season clothes, how will you be able to put away boxes of fancy china? Here’s our suggestion: only register for thing you know you’ll use and make sure those things fit in your apartment before asking friends and family to purchase them for you. Need some guidance? Here are our top picks for small city apartments. 5-Piece High End …

Stefanie Cove’s Wedding Do’s & Don’ts: Make Your Wedding Personal

There are few things more gratifying than seeing a couple’s wedding perfectly reflect their personalities, tastes, relationship, and love for one another. For these do’s and don’ts for making your wedding personal, we’ve turned to celebrity planner and Zola Tastemaker Stefanie Cove to help you to figure out ways to make your day special. 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. 1 | Do Incorporate Elements of Your Heritage A beautiful and simple way to personalize your wedding is to pay homage to you and your fiancé’s heritage. This touch will also make your friends and family feel more at home and involved in your day. For one of our past events, we incorporated a Mediterranean …

Friday Faves

Freaking out about how fast the summer weekends are flying by? To help you slow things down and take full advantage of the remaining summer weeks, we’ve rounded up some inspiring content from the wedding, home decor, and DIY scene. Here are our Friday Faves. The Perfect Beach Picnic  It’s almost August so if you haven’t made it to the beach yet, time is ticking! Get some friends together and post up on a remote strip near the ocean for the day. We wish we could transport straight to this set up in the sand. Charming Thrift Store Styled Home Doing a redesign this summer? Draw some inspiration from this home tour. Stylish and functional, this small space is transformed into an eclectic home for two. All White Everything If you like the look of summer whites, check out this wedding. It wasn’t just the bride in a breezy white gown, all of her bridesmaids and the groomsmen sported that clean summertime look. Salsa Romesco Tutorial  Learn how to make a summertime grilling essential like a pro. It’s so simple you …

Build a Home that Shows Who You are as a Couple: Tips from #ZolaCouple Maddie and David

This #ZolaCouple says planning a wedding is all about working together and building a registry is all about embracing the chance to make your home uniquely yours.  Maddie and David met on a rafting trip and got engaged near a pumpkin patch. While they are tying to knot in less than two weeks, they still took the time to dish on all the wedding planning and registry advice they have for other couples. How did you meet? We initially met on a group rafting trip down the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta, GA. It was the summer after my freshman year at Denison University and David had just finished his senior year at Georgia Tech. We up on the same raft and actually didn’t speak to each other the entire time. There was a lot of mutual staring going on. We ended up meeting again at a bar about 6 months later and we immediately clicked. How did you get engaged? It was this past Fall in October 2014. We had a full day planned going to …

Beginner’s Guide to: Bakeware

Now that we’ve covered the basics of pots and pans, it’s time to take on bakeware. Have you been struggling to figure out what kind of baking sheets and pans you will need in your kitchen? Here’s our guide to help you choose what baking essentials to register for. What is it?  These are food preparation tools, such as tins, sheets, and trays that are used to bake a variety of sweets in the oven. I need this if? We highly recommend that every home is stocked with a series of bakeware. It is a must-have for a fully functional kitchen. Plus, there’s nothing that makes a home more welcoming than having fresh sweets and treats warming in the oven, so you should always be prepared to bake. How many do I need? There are pans, dishes, sheets, and ramekins. We suggest every couple have at least two standard baking sheets, two cake pans, and two ramekin’s. From there, you can start with one of each style listed below and add as needed. What material is right for me? …