*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
There’s always people like me at every wedding, people who have never been “gift people.” In terms of receiving, getting random stuff has always frustrated me because 1. I should (and often don’t) pretend to like it, and 2. I have to find somewhere to put it. And as for giving? I’m just thankful I don’t celebrate any holidays that require gifting because it’s just not how I do. Needless to say, shopping for birthdays and weddings has been really complicated… or it was, until I learned we were partnering with Zola Registry and suddenly I realized that there is a place that can make gifting feel seamless, not sterile. Here’s how:
1. Everything in one place
Zola is about options. Like most registries, they’ve got a plethora of traditional gifts to choose from (you can browse from over 250 brands and 16,000 products). But unlike most registries, they go way beyond that: from experience gifts to honeymoon funds, there’s no need to set up three separate registries just to have everything in one place.
And if you’re not sure what exactly it is you want to be registering for to begin with, but hate the standard “must have” lists, Zola has a gigantic list of curated gift collections tailored to various styles, price points, and interests to help you get started. Maybe you just moved in together and aren’t sure what your combined style is yet, or maybe all your Craigslist cookware is just straight up falling apart but you’ve never thought about what you’d buy in its place. You can peruse your options (from style profiles like Modern French Country to interests like fun and adventure to brands you’ve maybe never heard of) and register for the kind of style you want. As an added bonus, Zola’s Planner Feature serves as your virtual registry planning friend; it can even help you figure out how many gifts you need in each price range based on the number of guests attending your wedding. Boom.
2. go big with a little help from your friends
Two words: Group. Gifting. Look, maybe I can’t afford that badass bar cart for you, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t rather get that for you than a salad spinner. Now, I (and all the guests who think similarly) can each pitch in on Zola. Your guests know you’ll think of them with every use, and you can get pieces that you actually need—even bigger ticket items—without feeling guilty. Oh, and you know how much it sucks to try to split a dinner bill eight ways? Group gifting with Zola has all the math included, so you don’t have to use a calculator, and everyone’s chipping in fairly.
3. zola will keep you on track
Whether or not you’re the type of person who wants to control all the things, or the type who needs someone to keep you in line, Zola’s got you covered. They offer two excellent tech features that help keep your registry moving: Control Shipping and Thank-You Note Manager. Want to choose when you receive your gifts (so nothing arrives when you’re on your honeymoon)? No problem. Need someone to remind you when thank you cards are due? Zola can do that, too. And if you’re feeling like you need just a little bit more support, there’s always Zola’s Registry Advisor, aka your personal assistant for registries. This is a real life person (not a bot) who can answer all of your questions and even help import any other registries you might have.
4. exchanges Made Easy
Here’s the thing about online shopping: sometimes, mistakes are made. Maybe you’ve put together a registry and accidentally asked for the wrong thing without realizing it because… life. (It’s not like you’re busy or anything.) Well: Zola’s Online Swap feature makes it easy to exchange gifts before you ever receive them (no shipping required) or convert gifts you’ve received into store credit so you can get something (anything) else.
5. This Registry is made for walking
As just about everyone who has planned a wedding in the last fifty years knows, wedding planning doesn’t mean the rest of your life has magically stopped happening. Zola gets this, and they recently made their site super mobile friendly complete with an iPhone/iPad app that makes dealing with your registry something you can do from wherever life takes you (like the line at your local coffee shop). Not to mention, your also busy partner (ahem) can engage with the mobile site from wherever they’re living their lives.
So this is you: in the thick of wedding planning and looking for a wedding registry that just makes sense. Zola Registry is user-friendly for everyone, super customizable, and will keep track of everything for you. That way you can get busy focusing on the eight thousand other wedding related things you’ve got going on.
*A Practical Wedding 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 January 6, 2016 and April 4, 2016. Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account four weeks after a couple’s registry is published live.