As soon as you get engaged you have A LOT of questions. How much will your wedding cost you? Where should you host your reception? How many guests should you invite? While all the information and research can feel overwhelming, knowing that you can start planning your wedding in ONE place is a major relief. Which is why Zola is always the first site we recommend to couples for everything from your wedding registry to your website, invites, guest list manager and more.
We first became fans of Zola when they launched their wedding registry experience, and we quickly discovered it was the only wedding registry online that had an amazing selection of products we actually wanted to register for (in fact, we still find ourselves shopping on their site for our favorite serveware brands, home decor essentials, and even luggage).
Today, Zola features gifts from over 500 top brands, not to mention gift cards and honeymoon/cash funds with the lowest cash fee you’ll find anywhere (2.5%), all of which make it it easy for guests to contribute towards your dream home or vacation. You can also add gifts from ANY store you love, and with flexible (and free) shipping and returns along with a 20% completion discount for 6 months after your wedding, it makes Zola one of the most well-rounded registry experiences out there.
Other Registry Perks We Love:
- Exchange gifts BEFORE they get shipped to you (and without guests even finding out)
- Manage your wedding registry anytime, anywhere with their 5-star app
- Expert registry advisors that will help you figure out the best items to register for (and how many of each you’ll need)
- Free Thank You Note manager helps you stay on track (you can even shop Zola’s selection here)
The Free Wedding Website Creator
Once your date is set and your wedding registry is ready to go, you’ll want to think about creating a wedding website to share the details with guests. Thankfully Zola makes the process of creating your private, custom wedding website incredibly easy. And the best part? It’s free! Choose from over 300 free website designs (all with matching Zola wedding invitations..but more on that later) and then use their easy drag-and-drop builder to add your wedding details, Zola wedding registry (or your registry from any store), photos, stories, and more. In addition to being easy to build, your Zola wedding website is also a breeze for guests. They can RSVP for your events, purchase a gift from your Zola registry without even leaving your site, and get all your wedding details in one place.
Manage Your Guests and Track Your RSVPs
As you get ready to send your Save the Dates and invites, you’ll want to have your guests’ information (for both your A and B lists, more on that here) readily available. One of the best ways to do this is by using Zola’s Guest List manager. With this innovative tool you can collect guests’ mailing addresses and meal choices, manage RSVPs online in real time, track gifts purchased on your Zola registry, as well as Thank-You notes you still need to write. You can even send RSVP reminders as well as updates on hotel blocks, weather, shuttles, and more.
Invites and Paper
Ideally, your Save the Dates are mailed out 4-6 months before your wedding date (or sooner if you’re having a destination wedding, up to 8-12 months in advance), which perfectly coincides with when you should aim to have your wedding website up. Your Save the Date is the perfect place to share your wedding website url, and what’s great is that Zola has matching options for both. With Save the Dates starting at $0.99 and invites starting at $1.99 (with free shipping and guest addressing), you can also select coordinating enclosure cards as well as menus, programs, and thank you notes. PRO TIP: You’ll want to aim to mail your wedding invitations out 6-8 weeks before your wedding, with your RSVP date 2-3 weeks (or even a month) before.
Wedding planning isn’t easy, but Zola helps make it as simple and streamlined as possible with their entire suite of free wedding planning tools. Click here to get started (and get 50% off Save the Dates with the code WGM50), and learn more about why they’re one of our favorite wedding planning resources out there.