Bridal Briefs: New Orleans wedding events, trunk shows and news


Bridal Sale

On Nov. 12, Town & Country Bridal is holding a sample sale. “We went a little EXTRA at New York Bridal Fashion Week,” says the company’s Instagram page. “So many new gowns are coming your way. We have to make room!”

This makes like-new designer gowns available to customers for up to 75 percent off. The post also says that this sale includes accessories, jewelry, bridesmaids, mother of the bride and flower girls in addition to the bridal gowns available.

No appointment is necessary for this sale, and the company says it is on a first come, first served basis.


Bride on TV

Starting next week, Nov. 6 – 8, New Orleans Bride magazine and Let Them Eat Cake editor Melanie Warner Spencer can be seen each morning on WWL-TV discussing all things etiquette for the Morning Show’s special, three-part etiquette series. You can catch Spencer Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the 7:30 a.m. half hour. Monday’s chat will focus on thank you card etiquette.


The Big Fake Wedding

The Big Fake Wedding is a national event that travels all over the country. This  “not wedding” acts as an alternative to the traditional bridal show and holds over 30 events each year in 25 major cities. On Dec. 7, the event is headed to New Orleans to hold Big Fake Wedding New Orleans at the Beauregard-Keyes Historic House & Garden. This event gives vendors an opportunity to showcase their work at an actual vowel-renewal ceremony for a real couple. Attendees will witness the ceremony and participate in a reception filled with food, music and entertainment. Tickets are $25 and include food, a signature drink and a swag bag. Click here for more information and to buy your ticket.



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Perhaps the only child in Louisiana history to be born to a mother with absolutely no culinary skills at all, Jyl Benson began cooking in self-defense at the age of six. She is 13 years younger than her closest sibling so her parents were tired and paid little attention as she use the household kitchen as per personal laboratory, sometimes with disastrous outcomes. Her skills have improved greatly over the years and kitchen fires are a thing of the past. She began her editorial career in 1990 with The Times Picayune and served as a regional reporter covering the southeastern United States for both The New York Times and Time magazine. She wrote "Galatoire's Cookbook: Recipes & Family History from the Time-Honored New Orleans Restaurant" (Random House 2005), as well as several cultural, historical and architectural guides to New Orleans. She served as editor-in-chief of Louisiana Cookin’ magazine from 2009 to 2011 and founded Louisiana Kitchen & Culture magazine in 2012. Sheis a dining columnist for St. Charles Avenue, Acadiana Profile and Louisiana Life magazines, a frequent contributor to New Orleans Magazine, and the author of "Fun Funky, Fabulous: New Orleans Casual Restaurant Recipes" (2015, Pelican Publishing) and "Louisiana's Tables" (2017, Savory House Press).