A Reason to Celebrate


The year 2020 was a trying time for everyone, especially engaged couples trying to navigate saying, “I Do,” in this new COVID normal. But throughout the year, we at “Let Them Eat Cake” worked hard to bring our readers all the resources they could ever need.

In addition to celebrating a new year, today is the “Let Them Eat Cake” 6th anniversary. Six years ago, we brought a crazy idea to reality, with the hope to give New Orleans brides – and those visiting from other locations – the tools they need to create the perfect Big Easy wedding.

As we start this new year and a new year of LTEC, we’re looking back at our most popular blog posts of 2020.

First, and probably not surprisingly, the most popular article this year is a COVID-related Wediquette Wednesday. Each Wednesday Melanie, our resident etiquette expert, New Orleans Bride Magazine and LTEC editor, answers wedding etiquette-related questions from readers, coworkers and even questions that pop up during conversations. In November of last year, Wediquette explored the question, “How do we tell guests about the dress code change due to postponing our wedding?”

“Encourage guests to shop their own wardrobe, so that they don’t feel obligated to purchase something new for the event,” suggested Melanie in the Wediquette answer. “Then let them know you are excited to see them on your Big Day.” ” Click here to see Melanie’s full answer.

In addition to our most popular Wediquette, another Wediquette Wednesday question made our top five articles for 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has brought up questions for everyone involved in a wedding and recently a reader asked Melanie, “What do we do about gifts for a wedding postponed due to COVID?” To see Melanie’s answer, click here.

Like many things in New Orleans, one of our top five blogs involved the Carnival season. (Remember the Carnival season? That blissful time before we realized a global pandemic would change everything!) First, we highlighted a few ways to add some Mardi Gras flair into your proposal or wedding-related festivities. Because who doesn’t love a good costume or glitter moment that comes with every Carnival season?

Another blog highlighted an artist’s and local boutique owner’s pivot (the word of 2020) that lent families, couples and everyone in between the opportunity to bring a bit of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival home with them. Fleurty Girl owner Lauren Haydel partnered with Nan Parati, the woman behind the iconic Jazz Fest performer signs, to bring these one-of-a-kind signs to the people of New Orleans who were missing out on Jazz Fest – some for the first time in the festival’s history. We’re not sure Nan and Fleurty Girl are still selling these signs now, but in the event that Jazz Fest is cancelled again (Kelly here: my worst nightmare), maybe the duo will bring back the popular item and newly engaged couples can decorate their fest from home layout with something personal.

Lastly, we’re not surprised our top five posts rounded out with a real wedding. Reagan Charleston of Bravo’s “Southern Charm New Orleans” married her husband Reece Thomas in December of 2019 and early in 2020 we highlighted her elegant nuptials at the New Orleans Board of Trade. You can click here to see the full wedding images and details.


Thank you, dear reader, for sticking with us another year. We hope the webpages of “Let Them Eat Cake” bring you joy, inspiration and a little sign of hope during these difficult times and for years to come.




Kelly and Melanie







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