4 Steps to Registry Success with Zola

Creating your gift registry can be, in a word, overwhelming. Whether starting from scratch or adding to your own collection of home goods, we can all use a little help in curating the right selection of items. So, the experts at Zola are giving us a hand!

PLUS: sign up for a registry with Zola and you’ll get a $25 credit* to their shop!

Make your registry personal. It should be just as special as your big day! Customize it with notes, special collections, pictures, and a custom URL.

Mix and match the right gifts for your dream home and your lifestyle. Choose from:

  • Mix it up with traditional gifts and timeless homewares, memorable experiences, and honeymoon and cash funds.
  • Splurge a little! Mark pricier items for Group Gifting, so multiple friends can contribute.
  • Plus, don’t forget about that handmade item from your local store that you can add to you registry with the “Add to Zola” button.

Make it easy on yourself and let technology do the heavy lifting. (We love that Zola’s features make registering and everything that comes after stress-free).

  • The apps: Register on-the-go with the Zola iPhone app (complete with a barcode scanner + real-time gift notifications) or on your couch with the iPad app (which lets you virtually register in-store with 360° feature).
  • Control shipping and virtually exchange gifts: Get notified when a gift is purchased, then decide if you want to ship it now, hold for later, or convert it to credits.
  • Thank-You manager: Zola makes it easy to send thank you notes. Export a comprehensive list of who bought you what  and when (they even include addresses), so all you’ll need to do is express your heartfelt thanks and drop it in the mail!

Get inspiration and help when you need it. Starter Collections will kick start your inspiration. Browse curated collections based on the essentials, your style, or interests.

  • Get ideas on everything from date nights to registry essentials, plus see what other couples are registering for on Unveiled.
  • A little overwhelmed? Zola’s Registry Advisor is always there to help you and your guests, and will even import your other registries.

*Once Wed readers will receive $25 to spend on Zola when they set up their wedding registry on Zola. New registries must be started (but not necessarily published) between now and 12/31/15. Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account 4 weeks after a couple’s registry is published live.

Creative and Art Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Styling: Ginny Branch and Ginny Au| Food Styling: Katelyn Hardwick | Products: Zola

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09.14.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Customizable Wedding Invitations from Basic Invite

Selecting your wedding stationery can be an overwhelming task. There are so many designers and companies out there, all offering different packages, options and inserts, and so on. And, it seems that while there are many choices available, the individual styles are limited in their customizable details and color palettes. Our newest sponsor, Basic Invite, combats those difficulties and makes finding the right wedding invitation easier for you!
To start, Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers essentially unlimited color options for wedding invitations (and all of the matching pieces), along with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 160 different color options, allowing you to make sure the card is exactly how you want it, down to the smallest detail. You are no longer limited to a handful of pre-selected color palettes that are never quite right!

As with any online shopping experiences, choosing your wedding invitations online can bring a different type of stress: what exactly will those invitations look like? Basic Invite is one of the few stationery websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation, so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality, before you have to place an order for 200 invitations.

Along with wedding invitations, each of the Basic Invite wedding invitations are part of a matching set so a couple can keep the same design on the Save The DateWedding Invitations, RSVP, Direction, Reception, Accommodations, Registry, Menu, Program, and Thank Yous. Visit Basic Invite to find your wedding invitations with ease!

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09.12.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Delicate Bridal Boudoir from Jose Villa

Film photography is such an art form, and we’re totally inspired by this delicate, elegant bridal boudoir session from Jose Villa. This gorgeous set of images celebrates one of the most exciting moment in a woman’s life, and with simple lace lingerie, natural hair and makeup, and her delicate veil, it couldn’t be more perfect.

For more elegant bridal boudoir inspiration, see this lace session here, this beautiful at-home session, and some gorgeous ideas from Girl with a Serious Dream.

Photography: Jose Villa | Hair & Makeup: Mar of Team Hair & Makeup | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Veil: Vera Wang | Lace Robe: Girl With a Serious Dream

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09.11.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Wedding Day Essentials from Laura Geller


Plan as much as you want, inevitably something will go wrong on your wedding day. While we can’t control the weather and the fact that the caterer is suddenly MIA, we do have a few suggestions for creating an (almost) flawless occasion that are simple and small enough to fit into your bridal clutch:

Keep breath fresh and ‘I Do’ ready with floss, a travel-sized toothbrush, and mini-bottle of mouthwash. Having a compact-sized sewing kit will keep any last minute hems and straps in their place while safety pins make tricky zipper pulls a cinch! Ask your bridesmaids to help you carry an emergency stash that includes stain remover, static guard (for winter weddings), and a lint roller, as well as extra hair pins, earring backs, and a bottle of clear nail polish.

For brides hosting a tropical destination wedding, make your make-up work overtime by opting for primer and foundation that already contains SPF like this Spackle Treatment SPF 30 Make-Up Primer from Laura Geller to protect skin from the sun’s rays and provide the perfect canvas for a long wearing make-up application.

If an unexpected guest arrives (i.e. a wedding day blemish) take cover with a lightweight concealer like the Easy Cover Up Hydrating Concealer Crayon  from Laura Geller that delivers natural, undetectable coverage in a creamy, blendable stick formula.

Last but not least, make every kiss count and prevent feathering – no, not a reference to Aunt Jo’s exotic attire – we’re talking about the unsightly lipstick faux paus that occurs when your lipstick settles into the crease of your lips or onto your face. Before applying your favorite lip color, simply prep lips with the Ultimate Lip Spackle from Laura Geller to keep your pucker game going strong.

Photo 1 (Photography: Elisa Bricker | Hair and Makeup: Lora Kelley), Photo 2 (Photography: Joey Kennedy | Makeup: Lora Kelley | Hair: Yolonda Jones), Photo 3 (Photography: Lauren Balingit)

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09.11.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog