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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 …

Perks of Registering Early

Registering early is a blessing in disguise for those of you who are recently engaged. (Congratulations, by the way!) Right now you are most likely very, very overwhelmed. You have seemingly endless things on your plate, from nailing down a wedding date to returning phone calls from friends who heard the news on Facebook. Oh and you could also use a few moments to enjoy being engaged, too. Your to-do list is growing by the day so let’s get down to business – make sure you set up your wedding registry as soon as possible!

How-To: Build and Receive Your Dream Wedding Registry

How to get exactly what you want for your wedding is one of the most frequently-asked questions by our Zola couples. We completely understand why—it’s not every day you get to ask for anything you want from your nearest and dearest (and coworkers, family friends, great aunts we’ve only met once, etc.). So here’s our expert advice on how to get the most out of your 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. You may feel pressure to get your mother’s favorite china, for example, or the bread box your grandmother swears by. But ask yourself what you want and what you’ll use. Are you mostly gluten-free? Then what’s the point of a bread box? Sit with your fiancé, take a look around your apartment or house and hone in on what you want and need. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Want a …

‘Tis The Season! The Final Stretch of Wedding Season, That Is…

You don’t have to look at a calendar to know that we are smack-dab in the final stretch of wedding season – we all can just feel it. Of course there are other signs, like a dwindling bank account and added fatigue on Mondays this month compared to those from the beginning of the season, too. We’ve compiled the best tips on how to make sure you survive and enjoy the rest of wedding season this year. Get Organized  By this point, you have a pretty good idea of the wedding travel you will be doing in the coming months. Take some time to confirm (and confirm again) that you have your flights, car rentals, hotels and any other logistical and travel-related details all squared away. This will alleviate stress and spare you from any major last-minute expenses. Stay Hydrated Travel, summer heat, running around town, last-minute errands, drinking and dancing are all going to dehydrate you this season so make sure you drink up! Water, that is. Group Gifting Group gifting is our favorite wedding guest hacks because …

Photography Tips for a Smooth Wedding Day by Astrid Photography

Photos by Astrid Photography We are so excited to welcome the lovely Astrid, one of Washington DC’s Top Wedding Photographers! Here to share pro tips for the big day, keep reading for incredible photography insight to get the most out of your wedding day. Meet Astrid, International Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Q: Tell us about yourself A: I am Astrid, an international wedding photographer based out of DC. I have a deep love for traveling, home decor, fashion, entertaining and all thing food! Cheese boards are my love language. Q: How did you get into the wedding photography business? A: I got into wedding photography when I started my blog (before blogs blew up!) back in 2008. I was taking photos of my friend’s kids and posting about them on my blog and Facebook. As we know what happens with the power of social media, the more I posted, the more people saw my work and next thing I know I have many inquiries for weddings, family photos, events…etc. I never could have dreamed that …

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 …