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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

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 …