The majority of a couple’s wedding budget is spent on the venue, with the second biggest expense being the food and drink ­— especially in New Orleans. With that in mind, we’ve expanded our offerings on the subject in our new “Cuisine and Cocktails” section in the Details department.
Beginning on page 87, contributor Emma Sloan — who has written food fodder for the Southern Foodways Alliance’s “Gravy,” publication and for Vice’s food channel, “Munchies” — leads us through a host of delectable down-home favorites in “Southern Comfort;” offers up ideas for stocking the perfect New Orleans-style craft beer bar in “Beer is for Lovers;” and presents five crowd-pleasing, miniature Southern snacks that’ll have your guests chasing the hors d’oeuvers tray all night. New Orleans is of course known for its fantastic food and top-notch cocktails, so our new section offers couples ideas, practical information and tons of inspiration.

Speaking of inspiration, in this issue’s ethereal fashion spread, we are transported to an enchanted forest. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” our bride and groom wander the forest in a dreamlike state of bewitched intrigue. Don’t fret, the story has a happy ending and will provide dreamy inspiration for your Big Day.

This issue celebrates not only nature, but also natural beauty. In “Five Pre-Wedding Workouts,” reporter Anne Roderique-Jones spotlights workouts that will have you wedding dress ready in no-time. Beauty editor Mirella Cameran gives us her top picks for clean and green makeup and skincare products in “Clean Beauty,” on page 28, so you can sport a fresh natural glow on your wedding day and beyond.

Are you worried about getting to the church on time and through the reception without incident? Then you’ll want to proceed directly to page 46 to read tips from four of New Orleans’ top wedding planners. Reporter Amy Gabriel gets the scoop on what these pros wish every bride would do for her wedding.

Settle in with a glass of wine or bubbly and dig into this new issue. I recommend doing so at the Parlor Bar in the Henry Howard Hotel or at the Ace Hotel. Both magnificent spaces are both featured in our “Locations” section and are but two of the many must-visit venues in town to consider for your wedding festivities.

Let’s plan a wedding!   
 

P.S. Visit Let Them Eat Cake (www.myneworleans.com/Blogs/Let-Them-Eat-Cake/), the official blog of New Orleans Bride Magazine for more tips and trends, trunk shows and other events, plus advice, ideas, inspiration and interviews. It’s all of the bridal buzz you can use, five days a week.