What is more labor intensive than being the editor of a magazine? Being engaged – that’s what! When this magazine hits stands I’ll have been engaged for four months – a quarter of a year – and still won’t have planned most of what everyone will remember from my “big day.” My family lives out of town (in Dallas), and planning a wedding here without my parents at hand has been more difficult than I’d imagined.

Thankfully, having New Orleans Bride at my fingertips has made this process an exciting – not a worrisome – one.

While I know I need to decide on a venue and start coordinating schedules, all I want to do is look at pretty pictures of flowers, jewelry, cakes, fashion, presents, invitations … but what I need to do is make choices. (At least cake choosing comes with tastings!)

From dresses (yours, your bridesmaids’, your mother’s and future mother’s-in-law, your flower girls …) to flowers to rings to “something blue,” there are so many decisions a bride-to-be has to make. No matter whom you turn to, those decisions are ultimately yours – and yours as a couple – to make.

Thanks to your feedback, we’re happy to present you with a magazine that should help in those decisions. We’ve created another fabulous fashion spread in a uniquely New Orleans location, and added more wedding cakes and flowers than ever! Our jewelry spread will tempt both your taste buds and your eyes, especially if you like things that sparkle, and Dee Lane has answered more of your “weddiquette” questions than ever (to get your wedding etiquette question answered, e-mail: etiquette@RenPubLLC.com).

Please let me introduce you to our cover bride Mrs. Erin Doucet Gravois. Please read more about her beautiful local wedding on page 74.

I intend to use my experiences as a bride to continue to improve this magazine. (For instance, we’re planning a feature, “You’re Engaged, Now What?”) If you have any ideas for features, aspects of wedding planning you’d like to see or feedback, please e-mail me: morgan@myneworleans.com.

Congratulations, and enjoy every step along the way – especially those down the aisle!