All posts tagged: wedding season

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 …

How To Create 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 …

Zola x RabLabs

We’re always on the look out for cool statement pieces to make our wedding registries’ pop and these unique designs by RabLabs’ Anna New York are just that. We reached out to the designer, Anna Rabinowicz, for a behind-the-scenes Q + A all about these incredible registry must-haves. And of course, her answers are as interesting as her work. How did you learn to start making home products? I’ve always been interested in the intersection of science and art. I began designing prosthetic knees and devices for cardiac bypass surgery and this love of biology and nature segued into my company today. I focused on natural materials and biological inspiration, first with our geode coasters and expanded from there. How did I actually learn? Through great amounts of research into each material I work with, often inventing the process to manipulate the components in a new way. Take the Espera collection, for example, inspired by a sea fan that I found in my father’s study, which led me on a multi-year academic research project to examine the …

How To Survive Wedding Season

It’s officially here! Even if the weather doesn’t feel like it yet, wedding season is in full swing for the next four months. Read on for Zola’s expert tips and tricks to surviving it all. Get Organized Organization is key to surviving wedding season. Between all the rehearsal dinners, bachelorette party planning lunches, bridesmaid dress fittings and the actual weddings, you’re about to have a lot of events in the cal. Be sure to use an organizational method that works for you so you can stay on top of all the appointments and ensure you don’t oversleep the weekend of Dani from work’s shower. Budget Accordingly Weddings get expensive and not just for the father of the bride. It’s true: flights, hotels, transporation and gifts can all add up for us guests way beyond what we initially imagined. By this point, you probably have some idea of which weekends to reserve for destination weddings, showers and bachelorette parties. We suggest taking an honest look at the next four months and allocate funds for each. Factor in all possible expenses, even pre-party manicures so there …

Last-Minute Wedding Registry Updates Before Wedding Season Starts!

It’s almost here! Your wedding, that is. And as if you didn’t have enough to do before the Big Day (final dress fittings, not getting fired from your job, etc.), here are the last-minute wedding registry updates we recommend. They’re fun and stress-free, we promise. Enjoy! Make Sure You Have Gifts at Every Price Point This pro tip is especially true since we are right in the middle of Shower Season. Typically, wedding shower gifts are significantly less expensive than wedding gifts. With this in mind, make sure you register for enough $50 and under price point presents. Think: kitchen accessories and barware to match all your new appliances. Add Gifts Your Guests Want To Get You It’s all about you (and your fiancé, of course), but your guests have their own tastes too. Check out Zola’s specially-curated list of the top gifts guests love to give. We’re pretty sure you’ll love them just as much as your guests do, too. Keep Adding More As if you didn’t have enough all already! As your wedding approaches, your wedding registry gifts are quickly getting scooped up. Make …