All posts tagged: Beginner’s Guide

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 …

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? …

Beginner’s Guide to: Pots and Pans

A kitchen essential, no home can go without a simple set of pots and pans. From searing steak to sautéing vegetables, cooking pasta, and warming up soup, these instruments are necessary for all of your culinary endeavors. What are they?  Pots and pans are food preparation tools intended for use on a cooktop. I need this if?  If you have a kitchen in your home, with a stove, and cook even once a month, you need this. How many do I need? Pots and pans come in many different shapes and sizes and are quite versatile so many of their uses overlap. If you are an experienced chef, you might need a larger variety (6-8) than a beginner cook (2-4) would require. We recommend a bare minimum of two pots and two pans – a large and small size of each. What material is right for me? Pots and pans can come in a variety of different materials. From nonstick coating to enameled cast-iron, there are many options to choose from. When deciding what is right for you, consider what …

Beginner’s Guide: Coffee Makers

If you’re like us, you love nothing more than waking up to that cup of coffee in the morning, which makes your coffee maker an integral appliance in your kitchen. So, to help you pick the right one for your registry, we made a quick guide to walk you through the options. What is it? Coffee makers are an appliance that allow you to brew coffee in your own home. For many people, they are the most used item in their kitchen. I need this if… You need this. Period. How many do I need? You really only need one coffee maker, but if you’re an avid coffee drinker, it doesn’t hurt to double up. This way you can make that slow drip coffee on the weekends and get out the door quickly with your single serve cup during the week. Which kind is right for me? 1. French Press This accessory brews a very strong cup of coffee. It’s easy to use – boil water, mix with coffee grounds in the french press, let …

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 …

Beginners Guide To: Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are essential tools in any kitchen and while they might seem like a boring necessity, getting the right ones can make a world of difference in your culinary adventures. What is it?  Cutting boards are durable planks designed for preparing food. They are most commonly used as a cutting, dicing, and chopping surface, but can double as serving trays, kitchen décor, or placemats for hot pots or pans. I need this if…  If you do any home cooking or enjoy hosting, you will need a cutting board. They will protect your counter top from unwanted bacteria and destructive knife marks, as well as provide you with the perfect accessory to serve foods that need to be cut at the table, such as bread, meat, and cheese. Which size is right for me?  When it comes to cutting boards, size should be dependent on your kitchen space. Of course, chopping tasks are easier when you have more room to work, and being able to push scraps + freshly cut ingredients to the side while still having space to work is helpful. Bottom …

Beginner’s Guide To: Casual Dinnerware

One of the most common categories you’ll see on just about every wedding registry is dinnerware. Although a basic necessity, choosing what type of dinnerware and how many settings to register for can be overwhelming. Let’s break down this everyday must-have with today’s Beginner’s Guide. What is it? You know the basic answer to this question – it’s the plates and cups you use to eat your meals. But do you know exactly what items comprise a set? An everyday dinnerware set consists of 4-5 pieces, including a dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl, and cup/saucer or mug. Another characteristic of casual dinnerware is that the design is versatile enough to use everyday. How many should I register for? The general rule of thumb is to have 8-12 settings worth of casual dinnerware to allow for a group of guests (as well as the occasional broken plate or glass). Remember, 8-12 settings means 32-72 pieces. So when you see a 16-piece set, you’ll need to register for 2-3 sets. If you’re starting from scratch, we recommend registering for …