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Spooky, Socially Distant Date Night

  This month, Built Story, a self-guided tour marketplace outlet, released a new self-guided tour of the best-decorated “spooky” homes around New Orleans. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, a self-guided and socially distant activity is welcome. And this…

Dream Honeymoons: Hawaii is Welcoming Travelers

  Hawaii, with its coterie of enchanting islands, opened up to visitors on Oct. 15. A panoply of its best hotels prepared to greet honeymooners with characteristic aloha spirit, re-opening with classic Hawaiian flair. While the two-week quarantine rules remain…

Refined Simplicity

  Two-tiered, almond pound cake iced with American buttercream, in stucco and marble, adorned with sugar dragees, by Swiss Confectionery, swisscakes.net. Three-tiered devil’s food cake, filled with raspberry cream cheese and iced with white buttercream icing, covered in fondant. Decorated…

Wediquette Wednesday: Can we cancel our wedding and elope?

  Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)  …

Safety First

  New Orleans is slowly but surely loosening COVID-19 restrictions, but being cautious, wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing and practicing social distancing is still essential to everyday life. In a city that likes to throw a party for…

A Few Socially-Distant Resources

  When the coronavirus pandemic first shut down the city in March, we put together a few resources to help couples continue their planning while social distancing at home. At the time, we're sure everyone thought we'd be back to…

Real Wedding: Sargent - Munoz

    Bride: Elizabeth Claire Sargent Groom: Saul Henry Munoz Jr. Date: June 14, 2020 Ceremony Location: City Park, New Orleans Coordinator: Ibay Photography Gown: Galina at David’s Bridal Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal at David’s Bridal Men’s Attire: Macy’s Rings: Kay Jewelers Florist: Kim through Ibay Photography Photographer: Ibay Photography Hair…

Intimate I Do's

  Smaller weddings have become more popular over the past several years, and this shift couldn’t be more welcome in the age of social distancing. Not only do couples reap the benefits of a more cost-effective venue, but they also…

Beat The Heat

  Whether you like to wear your hair in big, bouncy curls or super sleek, as soon as the humidity hits around 60 percent you’ll start to see the dreaded halo of frizz.  Pick products to match hair type and desired…

Simply the Best

  Each year, Conde Nast Traveler hosts a reader’s choice list where readers from around the world vote on their favorite locations, destinations, hotels and more. For another year, New Orleans has made the list of top destinations in the…

Petite Fête

  This week, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art announced a new event package tailored specifically for events during the pandemic and its continued restrictions. The Ogden’s “Petite Events” are set to be intimate gatherings with customizable options to match…

Spice It Up

  One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking of the Big Easy is the food. Whether it’s for a family get-together or even a wedding-related party, everyone wants to know what’s on the menu. (Kelly here:…

It’s a Tailgate Date

  Over the past year, dealing with the coronavirus and navigating staying at home, Let Them Eat Cake has given readers a few date nights in options. But, now it’s football season and though we can’t all cheer at home…

Dream Honeymoons: Elks, Ski Jumps and Snowshoes in Wyoming

  You knew you couldn’t go wrong when you saw photos of Four Seasons Jackson Hole, which anchors the foot of Jackson Hole’s Rendezvous Mountain with the gravity of a grove of colossal pine trees. Though not pint-sized, it evokes…

Bridal Buzz: Bridal events, trunk shows and gift options

  Though there are still hoops to jump through when planning your wedding during coronavirus phases and reopenings, some bridal boutiques are easing the transition with incentives and trunk shows events. Today, Sept. 28, through Oct. 5, Pearl’s Place on…

Pennant of Love

  Sometimes, it’s hard to believe when something good comes out of a year filled with pandemics, civil unrest and Mother Nature wreaking havoc across the country. But just as New Orleanians have in the past when faced with hardship,…

Real Wedding: Matherne - Wolfe

  Bride: Mallary Matherne Groom: Dr. Ryan Wolfe Date: Postponed due to COVID (original date April 4, 2020) Actual wedding date: June 13, 2020 Ceremony Location:  Camp Lucy Sacred Oaks, Dripping Springs, Texas Reception Location: Camp Lucy Sacred Oaks, Dripping…

This Season's Bridal Buzz

Heaven Scent The all-natural perfume company dubbed Smoke Perfume & Co., opened its first storefront location in The Good Shop in the Lower Garden District. Founder Kathleen Currie first developed her signature Smoke fragrance — featuring vetiver, citrus and jasmine…

Dream Honeymoons: Get Thee to an Island

  When travel returns and you feel safe — craft your own honeymoon fairytale with a stay at these far flung island escapes. Whether you wish to rekindle the flame, woo the crush or ask for her hand, these seaside…

A Lasting Romance

  Enduring a pandemic isn’t exactly the most romantic couple’s activity – especially a couple who was planning to wed after the coronavirus hit. Many a campaign by national brands and local wedding professionals alike champions the call that “love…

Timeless and Classic

  There are almost as many hairstyles for brides as there are dresses and engagement rings, so the decision as to which one to wear can be fraught with anxiety. Luckily, we are on hand to showcase the best bridal…