For the past four years, when the calendar changes to Jan. 1, we have taken a look back to reflect on the past year. A lot happened in 2019. Between the color trends and date night ideas, we also took a look at some of the more serious elements of a wedding.

Our first 2019 spotlight brings us back to our series on name changes. As time passes and the world progresses, changing your name when you are married has become more of a choice than a given, and women and men are opting for different options when they tie the knot. But, changing your last name is something that requires legal steps. (Kelly here: As I mention in the first part of the series, I have gone through the process of changing my last name and it was much more of a headache than I expected.) Take a look at part one here, and follow up with part two, which discusses hyphenating your last name.

Though difficult to research depending on the tradition, our Cultural Tradition spotlights have always been a favorite of “Let Them Eat Cake.” When I (Kelly here) dove into the world of the STARZ series “Outlander” (it’s lifechanging and you need to immediately begin after you finish reading this blog), I knew straight away I had to discuss the traditions displayed in season one, episode seven – the wedding episode. There is a beautiful moment in the wedding scene that involves a traditional Celtic handfasting ceremony. It was lovely and we wanted to learn everything we could about the tradition. Click here to read the full story.

Any repeat reader of “Let Them Eat Cake” knows each Wednesday is Wediquette Wednesday. We cover a plethora of topics from whether or not it’s OK to wear black to a wedding and how cheap is too cheap for a wedding gift. A few that are our favorites are the ones we believe every bride (or groom) may ask themselves: How much should a person spend on an engagement ring? And What do I do if I don’t like my engagement ring?

A few of our other favorites include the logistical pairings for your wedding attendants, our top wedding celebration locations and each time Pantone releases their color of the year.


Additionally, this year we marked the fifth anniversary of “Let Them Eat Cake.” It has been an amazing adventure; one that we can’t believe has already made five complete years.


Kelly here: This blog has been an absolute joy to write and I can’t wait to see where it goes in the next year. I’ve learned so much about a field I’m passionate about, and I hope we’ve brought a little wedded joy to you as a reader.

Melanie here: When we launched this blog five years ago, it was to fill in the gaps between issues of the twice yearly, New Orleans Bride Magazine. There were always so many things happening in New Orleans’ wedding scene throughout the year, but we didn’t have a place to regularly share all of it. I couldn’t be happier at how positively you, our readers, and local wedding professionals have responded over the years. Thank you for spending time with us each day! Cheers to five years and many more!