Weddings have always made me cry. My own wedding was a simple and intimate affair, which is good, because at 25 years old, my event planning skills weren’t yet well-practiced. While my Big Day was a lovely event, knowing what I know now, after attending countless weddings as a more mature adult, I would do a few things differently. For example, I’ve seen the impact of adding in little details that tell the couple’s story. Seemingly small touches, such as hiring a jazz manouche band for the ceremony to commemorate the couple’s first date on Frenchman Street or serving a dessert at the reception inspired by the restaurant where they got engaged, invite guests into their world and add another layer of love and romance. That said, even a short, sweet city hall wedding can evoke tears when it’s so obvious that two people who love one another are saying  “I do.” Whether your dream nuptials are a glammed up affair for 500 or a simple exchange of vows in your favorite outdoor space, you’ll glean inspiration from these pages. For our fashion spread on page 38, we took over the Columns on St. Charles Avenue to imagine a lush, romantic Southern Modern wedding. The grounds and interiors of the beloved hotel have been given a soulful makeover and we are here for it. Couples can deck out the various spaces at the hotel with personal touches or leave it as is and have a stunning event either way. From venues like the Columns and your Big Day makeup to dessert at the reception, we hope you use this issue as a resource for making your wedding dream a reality. Cheers!


On Jan. 5, join us at the Higgins Hotel for the New Orleans Bride Magazine Bridal Show. Meet the city’s top wedding professionals in a festive setting to plan your wedding. Visit brideneworleans.com for tickets, pricing and more information.