From the Editor

When my husband Mark and I got married, it was 1998, and bachelorette parties were relegated to a fun night out with the girls. My bridesmaids gave me gag gifts and then we hit our favorite bars and clubs for the next few hours. Since then, bachelorette festivities have grown into full-fledged weekends, often in far flung locales. In this issue, we have several stories dedicated to myriad fun things you can do with your bridesmaids. From weekends filled with activities including cocktail and cooking classes, spa days and city tours to some of the best bridal brunches in New Orleans, plus a bachelorette bash in Vegas, there is something for every girl gang. Is there such a thing as a bachelorette party reunion? If not, I’m considering starting that trend.

For our fashion feature in this issue, we spent the day at the historic, circa-1800s Saraphim House in Tremé. The owners of this stunning private home make it available on select dates throughout the year for weddings and events. It is a study in the art of elegant decay and we are thrilled to share it as the backdrop to our spread of gorgeous, vintage-style gowns.
Discovering new health and beauty products and techniques is a hobby of mine, so when our beauty editor Mirella Cameron told me about Saks Fifth Avenue’s new FaceGym, I had to learn more. Get the scoop on page 24, where Cameron lets us in on the philosophy and technology, plus the secret to how we can get and use the techniques and tools, even before FaceGym is available at the New Orleans Saks.

This issue is truly jam packed with everything you need to plan a beautiful Big Day. Dig in and, as always, be sure to share your weddings with us either by tagging us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or emailing us to request a submission form.

Congratulations and savor the moments leading up to the event in the coming months, because it’ll go by faster than a bachelorette weekend in Vegas.

Let’s plan a wedding!

P.S. Visit 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.