Author: Peyton Kramp

How to Find Your Newlywed Home Scent: Tips from the Founder & CEO of Red Flower

Your spouse-to-be’s a minimalist. You’re a maximalist. They love pops of color. You’re a fan of neutrals. Merging tastes with your spouse-to-be can be difficult, especially when you’re deciding on the perfect scent for your home. So we went to Red Flower, a body care and beauty product company with an emphasis on wellness and the environment, and chatted up their founder and CEO, Yael Alkalay. Find out how to find the right essence for you as a couple, secrets about their candles and more. 1. What advice would you give to an engaged couple looking to choose a scent for their newlywed home? What a fantastic question! You want to find a scent that makes the you both feel at home, as well as one that represents long-lasting union, a bond. Scent is a wonderful way to share and communicate without words and so many factors affect how a couple might experience scent (time of day, proximity to water, size of space to name a few). I recommend thinking long term, so look for …

Zola x Paperless Post: Matching Wedding Websites and Invitations

Overwhelmed with wedding planning? We hear you. From venues and flowers to wedding paper and websites, all the decision-making can be dizzying. Thanks to our latest collaboration, we’ve made one decision much easier for you. We partnered with Paperless Post on a collection of website designs and matching wedding stationary, like save the dates and invitations. We’ve got five beautiful options with tons more on the horizon. Take a peek. Are your nuptials in New York, San Francisco, or Washington D.C.? Don’t miss these elegant designs inspired by those cities’ skylines. If you’re all about the gold, try Josephine Baker. For our floral-loving couples, meet Fleurs Sauvage. Take a look at all of Zola’s wedding website designs here. Don’t forget—they’re all free to use!

How to Pick Your Father-Daughter Dance Song

Picking THE song for your father-daughter dance can be a real head-scratcher. There are a lot of feels in the air that day. So do you go sentimental? Or do keep things fun and upbeat? We get it, it’s a difficult decision. So here are a few tips to help guide your song search. Step one: Pick your mood. Make this a joint decision with you dear old dad. Would you both rather jump around and get silly? Or would you like to keep it elegant and nostalgic? Settling on this will help narrow down your song options out there. Step two: Practice, practice, practice. Whether you’re doing a traditional slow dance or full-blown choreographed routine, it never hurts to rehearse. Even if you do it just once or twice (or take a dance lesson), it’ll cut down on any jitters or potentially awkward moments. Step three: Share the love. Do you two not enjoy the spotlight? Consider inviting other couples—the groom and mother of the bride, the groom’s parents—to join you on the dance …

Wedding Wine Q&A with The Pinot Project

Flower girl and ring bearer. Bouquet and veil. Wedding reception and wine selection. Rarely do you see one of these without the other. But there are a whole lot of decisions to consider when ordering bottles for your reception. That’s why we chatted with David Skurnik, one of the proprietors of The Pinot Project (who wined up our Zola Retreat a few weeks back) to help answer our questions. 1. How do you decide how much wine to order for a wedding reception? If you’re getting married at a full-service wedding venue, they should have you covered on this front. But, if you’re bringing all the wine to your own reception, like my wife and I did, assume you’ll need roughly half as many bottles as people attending your wedding, split 50/50 between white and red. If you’ve got a really fun crowd coming to your party, you might even want to have a few extra bottles behind the bar. The last thing you want is to run out of wine! You should also have …

New on Zola: Exhale Fitness Classes and Spa Services

Attention, engaged couples: You can now add Exhale fitness classes and spa services to your Zola wedding registry. From engagement to post-honeymoon, Exhale has something for every step of your wedding. Fitness Class Packs Stay fit with your significant other, maid of honor, or entire wedding party with Exhale’s award-winning barre, cardio or yoga classes. Facials Give your skin a wedding-ready glow. From acne to sun damage, Exhale’s facial therapy addresses every skincare concern. Fusion Massage Treat yourself to a session of wedding-planning relaxation with curated sessions that help relieve pain and restore your body (and sanity). Bridal Boot Camp Calling all those brides shedding for the wedding… Choose from Exhale’s 6- and 12-week programs, both of which include a series of classes, facials, weekly check-ins and more that’ll leave you toned, tightened, and refreshed. Ready to add some Exhale goods to your registry? Edit Your Registry

Science: Wedding Planning Is Stressful

Being engaged is supposed to be a happy, celebratory time. But the truth is, after you say “yes” and finish a glass of champagne, it’s time to plan the wedding. And while that sounds like a whole lot of fun to some, it can typically be a stressful, time-consuming task to most. We wanted to know, just how stressful is wedding planning really? So we surveyed 500 engaged and newlywed couples nationwide and found that 96% of them find wedding planning stressful, leaving 4% of these people either lying or superhuman. Here are a few additional insights from our study and a fun infographic posted below: 86% of respondents suffered on average 3+ stress-induced symptoms, including skin breakouts, hair loss, loss of sex drive, insomnia, headaches 47% of couples considered eloping or getting married at city hall 71% of those surveyed said wedding planning was more stressful than major life events, like buying a home, and finding a job On average, couples used 3+ resources to plan their wedding, like spreadsheets, Google Docs, apps, services, …

A Bride Tells All: Everything You Need to Know About Your Wedding Registry

Confession: I started our Zola wedding registry the morning after we got engaged. I know that seems crazy, but my fiancé and I knew exactly which part of wedding planning I’d be most excited for long before he popped the question last August. As a home editor, I’ve spent most of my career online shopping (for work, of course), searching for luxe bedding, fun throw pillows and pretty plates. I’ve been picking and choosing favorites for years, and now I was psyched that it was finally my turn to shop for myself. And not so surprisingly, it was tougher than I thought it would be. But I did learn some super helpful tips in the process that proved to be the key ingredients to nailing our perfect-for-us registry. You’re making the registry for your future home, not your current one. When you’re looking around your tiny apartment or starter home, it can be hard to see the need for twelve place settings or a 10-cup coffee maker. My mom told us to keep in mind …