Melanie Warner Spencer

Melanie Warner Spencer is editor of New Orleans Homes and New Orleans Bride and managing editor of Louisiana Life and Acadiana Profile. For more than 20 years, she has covered news, lifestyle, design and entertainment at various publications, including as the design columnist at The Austin American-Statesman, a senior staff reporter at The Houston Chronicle and as the editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Houston Brides magazine. Her work also has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post and Reuters in the United States and across the globe and she is a regular guest expert on WWL-TV/WUPL, New Orleans’ CBS Affiliate. Melanie is editor of several books, including "Craft: The Eat Fit Guide to Zero Proof Cocktails," and Renaissance Publishing's "The Essential Louisiana Cookbook" and "The Essential Louisiana Seafood Cookbook." She is a contributing author to "Cherchez la Femme: New Orleans Women," a photographic exploration of how New Orleans women have shaped the city by Cheryl Gerber published by University Press of Mississippi and Renaissance Publishing's, "Essential New Orleans: 15 Places We Love." An award-winning fine art and editorial photographer, Melanie has been honored by the Texas Press Association for her editorial photography, by the Press Club of New Orleans for writing and editing and by the International and Regional Magazine Association for writing, editing and photography. Most recently, Melanie exhibited a piece in a group satellite show of Prospect New Orleans, a citywide contemporary art exhibition. Melanie is past-president of the Press Club of New Orleans and a current board member. She is also a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and registered with the Yoga Alliance. When not making magazines, Melanie enjoys cooking, hiking and biking, trying out new restaurants, yoga, taking road trips with her husband and caring for their diabetic rescue cat, Mr. Percy. You can reach Melanie at (504) 830-7259 or melanie@myneworleans.com.

From the Editor

Often, we hear that it’s all about the dress when it comes to planning...

Along the Way: Party Animals

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Wediquette Wednesday: What are my best man obligations outside of the bachelor party?

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Wediquette Wednesday: Can we bring our children to my niece’s wedding if they aren’t listed on the invitation?

  Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one...

Wediquette Wednesday: How much is too cheap for a wedding gift?

  Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one...

Last Indulgence: Gentle Cycles

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Bon Vivant: Cozy Countdown

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Editor’s Note: Holidays at Home

In 2014, I was invited to my first Réveillon dinner at the home of...

Note de l’editeur

A few years ago, I was at a boucherie and not long before the...

Wediquette Wednesday: How do I turn down a wedding day heirloom?

  Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one...

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