With just six weeks to go, it seems the list of questions we have about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s wedding is growing longer by the minute. Who will be Meghan’s maid of honor? Will the Spice Girls really perform at the reception? How many of Harry’s exes will be in attendance? And, perhaps most pressingly, what will Meghan’s dress look like? Though there’s a good chance we won’t find out the answers to any of those until May 19, that hasn’t stopped lovers of all things royal from speculating—and now, they’ve got a new, pretty believable theory about which designer Meghan has chosen to dress her on her big day. Continue reading →
Café lights were twinkling in this clear frame tent at Hidden Pond, concluding a beautiful ceremony and reception. The greenery and pink roses next to the candles filled the venue with romance – a night surely no one will forget!
The choice of lighting, table runners, and pops of pink and red under this tent captivated guests. The beauty and poise at this reception filled the air with romance, making the night magical and memorable.
A gorgeous look at this tented reception at Parsons Beach in Maine, where the drizzly day didn’t hold anyone back. The bright green lawn matched the greenery draped along the tables perfectly, and the twinkling café lights strung underneath the tent lit up the evening!
Watercolors with gold accents throughout The Thompson Inn brought the venue to life during this ceremony. The purple table runner that peeked through the greenery combined with the flickering gold candles matched the cake perfectly, giving the atmosphere the feel of nature blooming.
A ceremony at Fort Foster surrounded by friends, family, and the Portsmouth Harbor truly couldn’t be any more special! The greenery and the garden chairs at the KCC allows the beauty of the outdoors to be come alive inside, while simultaneously illuminating that cozy feel.
A beautiful garden party themed ceremony at a private residence in Kennebunkport, ME was the perfect location to celebrate. This color palette used certainly emphasized the natural beauty surrounding the location, along with the choice of using farm tables and a wine barrel bar.
A couple of years back, I flew to Paris for the wedding of a dear friend. I spent untold amounts on plane tickets, staying in a little boutique hotel in the Marais, and all the obligatory gallivanting, eating, and drinking this type of trip inspires. We danced until 7 a.m. and watched the sunrise over the Seine. Emotionally, it was extremely worth it; financially, not so much. A freelancer at the time, I came home to a bright-red negative number in my bank account and immediately started hustling for gigs, any gigs.
Why am I telling this story? Because I’ve since learned that weddings — even ones where you have to fly to Paris — don’t have to be a financial burden on the guest. There’s an oft-cited survey from The Knot that found guests spending an average of $118 on a gift, $321 on travel, $322 on accommodations, and $81 on attire, with a grand total of over $800 spent per guest on each occasion. If you analyze these costs, you’ll find many avoidable expenses. Continue reading →
Zola started as an online registry, but you added some new services this year. Why the expansion?
We noticed people were using six to eight different apps for wedding-planning tasks; we wanted to put them all in one place so you just need one service. We created over 30 wedding website templates that couples can choose from, a guest-list management tool where you can keep track of RSVPs and people’s addresses, and a customizable to-do checklist where you answer a few questions about yourself and then we generate a list of what you need to get done and when. Continue reading →