Being a person whose been pretty adament throughout her college career about having a candle pass, I’ve definitely thought about a wedding a time or two. Now I’m not saying I have every detail planned out on a secret Pinterest board, nor do I have a long-term boyfriend to where this could even make a bit of sense, but the idea of one always sounded so precious in my crazy little head.
Since there’s very little chance at that dream of mine ever playing out, for now I get to do the next best thing to actually getting married:
live vicariously through my engaged friends and have a bit too much fun at their weddings find the happy couple the ultimate gift. It’s no secret I love a good gift guide and when Zola reached out to me to let me know of their services, I can’t help but deny I got a smidge giddy. Weddings AND gift giving?? Right up my alley.
Despite me not getting married anytime soon, it doesn’t mean I’m going to leave y’all in the dust and not let you know of cool services! Zola is a full functioning, wedding planning supersite. Not only do they allow you to link your entire gift registry with anything you can imagine, ranging from physical gifts to fun experiences, but you can also do a whole lot more than that, including design a complete wedding website–and it’s free.
By using Zola you can:
- Register for gifts, experiences and funds
- Choose from over over 450 brands ranging from KitchenAid, Parachute, Dyson, Tumi and SoulCycle
- Use their highest-rated registry app on an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch to register at everyone’s convenience
- Personalize everything with notes, images, and a welcome message
- Ship your gifts now or later, or evem digitally exchange for something you love even more
- Allow your guests to go in on an item using Group Gifting
- Receive suggestions for the right number of gifts across different price points based on number of wedding guests using the Registry Planner
- Export a list of who purchase which gift and when for easy thank you note writing
- Get 10% off the entire site for a year to complete your list
I’ve seen some registries that were detailed down to what color embroidery they would prefer but I’ve also seen some that just listed a general gist of what they could use but they didn’t necessarily care what they’d receive.
Personally I would avoid any cliché gifts that have like “Mr. and Mrs.” written on them, but that’s only because I think it’s cheesy and personally would never use them. Instead, I would do embroidered towels with their new couple monogram and some nice soap or wine/cocktail glasses with their initials etched in along with a bottle of wine or their favorite liquor. Both of those options would be very thoughtful and personal and show you took a bit more time and thought about what you think the couple would enjoy.
How Much To Give?
This is definitely a touchy subject, especially for those in their twenties. I know my friends don’t have a ton of disposable income to be gifting out and I’m definitely on a college budget as well! The rule of thumb traditionally was to give a gift that would just about cover the price of your dinner plate, but times have definitely changed. Zola (and I agree) that gift prices should vary based on your relationship with the couple. Obviously if you’re attending their wedding, you probably have a pretty decent relationship with the couple so it’s truly up to you and what you’re willing to spend.
When to Give?
Typically a great time to give your wedding gift is at a shower or party beforehand. If you don’t live in the same city or won’t be attending any other event before the big day, you can always just have it shipped to their house so you (nor the couple) have to worry about lugging gifts around day of!
Brb while I go look at engagement rings on Instagram and of course cheers to the happy couples providing us with open bars everywhere!