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Here Comes the Bridesmaid

You’re her right-hand gal ‘til she gets her left-hand ring, so make these 5 ‘vows’ to the bride-to-be

A Cut Above

You’ve gone to great lengths to choose your groomsmen. After all, they’ve been there through thick and thin, and it’s only reasonable that they would be there for you on your wedding day. Show them how much you appreciate their friendship with a thoughtful groomsmen gift they will treasure for years to come. An idea […]

Check It Twice

10-12 Months To Go You’re engaged! Make sure you celebrate with your fiancé, friends and family. Nail down the basics. Where are you getting married? Who’s paying for what? What is your budget? How many guests will be there? Alert the wedding party. Decide who you want in your wedding party and ask them as […]

Getting Hot in the Kitchen

You’re hungry for all things epicurean. As a couple, you watch cooking shows, read cookbooks instead of novels, make hot date night a marathon in the kitchen and converse passionately about your favorite subject: gastronomy. With an appetite of that tenor, only one type of honeymoon will do: something food-centric and culinary focused. To help […]

Real Weddings: Little-Henning

Bride: Meredith Little Groom: Patrick Henning Date: August 20, 2021 Rehearsal Dinner: Brennan’s Hotel/Get Ready Location: Le Pavilion Hotel Ceremony: St. Louis Cathedral Reception: The Civic Theatre 90 Day Planner: Mise En Place, Southern Approach Events Event Design: Meredith Little and Cali Gabrielle Gown: Sarah Seven Custom Bridal Store: Lovely Bride Dallas Men’s Attire: Uncommon […]

Real Weddings: Hahn-Rush

Bride: Jordan Hahn Groom: Stewart Rush Date of Wedding: April 24, 2021 Ceremony Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church on Tulane Avenue Reception Location: New Orleans Board of Trade Photographer: Brooke Boyd Coordinator: Danielle Couturie Papania Bridal Gown: Allure at Linen Jolie Bridesmaids’ dresses: Amsale at Wedding Belles Men’s Attire: Tuxedos from Perlis Rings: Ramseys Diamond […]

Real Weddings: Fowler-Fisher

Bride: Christina Fowler Groom: Phillip Andrew Fisher Date: Feb. 5, 2022 Ceremony location: St. Louis Cathedral Reception location: Arnaud’s Coordinator: Kelly Sherlock Events Gown: Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids’ dresses: Amsale at Wedding Belles Men’s Attire: Perlis Rings: Keil’s Antiques (Bride’s engagement ring) Florist: Dunn and Sonnier Caterer: Arnaud’s Cake: Zoe’s Bakery Groom’s Cake: Haydel’s Bakery Photographer: Greer […]

Getting There

Don’t stress about how you’re going to make it to your wedding. With so many options for couples in New Orleans — whether you want to make it to your ceremony by land, air or sea — you can arrive in style. Each choice has its own charm and beauty and can be tailored to […]

Tuning In

Good music is an important part of any magical wedding. But should you choose a DJ or a band to provide the tunes? The answer depends on many variables that should be considered before making the final decision. First off, pricing. Carolyn Arthurs, owner of All About Events, said she has seen DJs run from […]

Eye of the Beholder

Engagement photos do more than simply announce a couple’s upcoming nuptials. Instead, they can truly capture a couple’s essence. When couples are truly connecting with one another, and when they have fun with the photographer and the process, lovely photos are sure to follow. Here, we chat with three local photographers who share how to […]

‘I Do’ Venues

While New Orleans is known for its historic charm, sometimes a new coat of paint can do wonders for older venues. These quintessential Crescent City wedding venues have gone beyond new paint with a number of renovations that up the ante on distinctive wedding venues.  Columns Hotelier Jayson Seidman has beautifully reimagined the historic Columns […]

Pull into the Station

As sure as your single bridesmaids will be scoping out the potential crush candidates at your wedding, the rest of your guests will be primed to go straight from wed to fed at your reception. After a healthy hiatus, the grazing table, in all of its delicious iterations, is a favorite that’s back en vogue. […]

Buzzworthy Drinks

As the buzz of your wedding builds, you’ve been going to bed with visions of cocktails dancing in your head. In a city where the cocktail culture offers seemingly endless pours, you want the sip service at your reception to be a step above the rest. Wondering how to achieve the kind of libation elation […]

Perfectly Pressed

A three-tier lemon velvet cake with raspberry compote filling, iced with Italian meringue buttercream and accented with beautifully climbing pressed edible flowers, by One Fancy Cake, @onefancycake A true work of art, this four-tier banana cake with dulce cream cheese is covered in charcoal grey fondant and intricately arranged pressed edible flowers, by Chasing Wang, […]

Over-the-Top

Predicted to exceed 1984 with record-breaking numbers of vows, 2022 is shaping up to be The Year of the Wedding. The season’s epic dresses, maximalist cakes and lavish florals channel the attention-grabbing spirit of the ’80s with a modern twist. “Bigger is Better” is back for brides, who are more likely to ditch the traditional […]

A Floral Affair

When local bride-to-be Amanda Lee arrived at the Virgin Hotels New Orleans on Feb. 19, she didn’t quite know what she was walking into. “A fun fact about my shower is that it was a complete surprise,” she says. “I didn’t know much about it. My sister and cousin — who is also my wedding […]

Southern Charm

Printed in rich gold ink and paired with a modern mint leaf liner, this soft white Arzberger stock provides the perfect canvas for a clean and contemporary take on a traditional invitation. Available through Gem Printing, gemprinting.com. This custom designed suite was flat printed on 100% recycled 110 weight paper with a hand-painted gouache metallic gold border and metallic gold envelopes. (The couple […]

Glam Squad

Perhaps it was Kyle Jenner becoming a billionare that inspired others, but there has been an explosion of celebrity makeup brands. The good news is, these products are more than hype. Quality and performance at mostly approachable price points create a host of standout winners.    Honest Beauty Xtreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer A […]

Mane Attraction

Given that celebrities can afford and choose any brand they wish, it is worth taking note of the brands they gravitate towards, especially when they never seem to have a bad hair day. Some of them are even coming up with their own formulations so they can have exactly what they want and then share […]

Star Quality

Heavy stage makeup and grueling schedules take their toll on your skin and actresses and stars in the spotlight, who often find themselves promoting brands, are increasingly taking matters into their own hands. By using their own experiences, they are creating products they want to wear, that will work for them and insisting on effective […]

Bridal Buzz

Top of the Town The Windsor Court Hotel — beloved for its luxe spa, delicious cuisine at The Grill Room and swanky Polo Club Lounge — has received a Gold Badge of recognition from U.S. News & World Report for the 2022 Hotel Rankings as a hotel in the top 10 percent of the best […]

From the Editor

After far too many seasons of cancelations, reschedules, scaling back, paring down and  so much uncertainty, weddings are back and they are bigger and better than ever. It is indeed the Year of the Wedding and we are thrilled to celebrate with you.  We learned so many lessons during the pandemic that will undoubtedly stick […]

Makeup: Heat Wave

As the summer approaches and more events are added to the calendar, you want to make sure your makeup is ready to beat the heat. In this 2019 New Orleans Bride Magazine Summer article, Mirella Cameran shares some products to help us keep our glam. -Kelly Massicot   Keep your makeup on point even on […]

Getting There

Don’t stress about how you’re going to make it to your wedding. With so many options for couples in New Orleans — whether you want to make it to your ceremony by land, air or sea — you can arrive in style. Each choice has its own charm and beauty and can be perfectly tailored […]

Strike a Chord

Great tunes — or musical misfires — can make a wedding unforgettable. We asked local industry experts how to ensure your wedding begins and ends on a high note. Don’t (necessarily) stand on ceremony When it comes to ceremonies, music can set the stage for magical moments. Depending on the couple, that might mean a […]

Captured Moments

We spoke with a few local wedding photographers to get the scoop on current trends and make the most of your photography budget. Since the photos (and associated memories they recall) last long after the actual wedding day, it’s important to find the right photographer for your needs. Here’s what you need to know. Catherine […]

Lovely Locales

When it comes to wedding planning, the details can easily become overwhelming. Thankfully, these New Orleans venues offer a bevy of packages and services — many with their own event coordinators — to ensure that every detail is perfect. The Balcony Ballroom At the Balcony Ballroom, couples have access to elegant open spaces, a new […]

Cocktail Color Story

  MOCKTAILS Providing your booze-free partygoers something hip to sip. Those who choose not to imbibe can still have a mocktail experience that looks, tastes and feels celebratory. Alex Vines, mixologist for Bonfire Events + Catering, suggests going all in on the aesthetic. “Because the alcoholic component is absent, you should have as much fun […]

Let There Be Brunch

  Brunch is basically a good mood on a plate. It’s the happy place of both early birds and night owls, where sweet and savory sing in harmony. What better way to celebrate than when dessert makes perfect sense as a main course? A timelessly classic experience, consider forgoing an evening affair for daytime fare […]

Smooth Operators

White almond velvet cake paired with a praline vanilla buttercream, covered in white fondant with sculptural white fondant accents, by One Fancy Cake, Instagram: @onefancycake Almond cake with Italian cream, fresh seasonal fruit and a light raspberry puree, covered in various shades of blush, accented with rose gold veining and chocolate rose quartz-inspired abstract feathers, […]

Wild Things

A timeless, clustered bouquet showcasing ranunculus, rice flower, Spray roses, dahlias, stock and Butterfly ranunculus in a neutral color combination, by Kim Starr Wise Floral Events, kimstarrwise.com.                               This bouquet features a beautiful collection of eucalyptus, Cymbidium orchids, Shimmer roses, Veronica […]

Center Stage

The wedding fashion forecast for 2022 feels smart, luxe and super sophisticated with looks that break tradition and embrace individuality. Nods to regal style include princess ball gowns, visible corsetry, Regency-era poetic sleeves and sparkling tiaras. Detachable capes, trains and overskirts create transitional, two-in-one looks. Conservative-with-a-twist details like feathers, floral appliques, plunging necklines and sexy […]

Local Luxe

This elegant, letterpress suite contains a mix of tasteful fonts printed on heavyweight stock. The delicate peachy-pink chinoiserie envelope liner is a memorable, surprise element that will undoubtedly stand the test of time, by Scriptura, scriptura.com The Felicity Church invitation suite showcases custom watercolor paintings of the church, white roses, laurel leaves, a map of […]

High Drama

The looks presented on fashion week runways around the world, reflect that we’ve been locked indoors for too long, bottling up our creativity. Now that we are finally in the world again, we are going all out with frosting, glitter, shimmer and shine. Adapt the trend with these makeup picks for up-to-date bridal beauty.   […]

Good Hair Days

Bad hair days are a fact of life. Fortunately — if we choose wisely ­— there is an arsenal of tools and products at our fingertips ensuring some good hair days, too. These all-stars will not let you down on the most important day.   Finally, a lip gloss equivalent for your hair. John Frieda […]

Less is More

Taking care of your skin, the largest organ in your body, is central to looking and feeling your best. Finding a routine that works for you will reap the most rewards in the long run. Here are a few of the best products to consider.   Treat yourself to a weekly soothing mask. Epoch Yin […]

Bridal Buzz

Custom Events Brechtel Hospitality, the owner and operator of Copper Vine, Fulton Alley and Vintage Rock Club, has launched Bonfire Events + Catering. Bonfire’s team of event specialists and culinary experts can provide chef-designed menus by Amy Mehrtens (executive chef of Copper Vine) and sommelier-selected wines and beverages by Lydia Kurkoski (sommelier at Copper Vine) […]

From the Editor

If this season’s wedding gown trends are any indication, weddings are going glam. Regal detailing, loads of shimmer and shine and luxe sophistication abounds and we are here for it. As we learn how to live in this ever-cautious era of pandemic protocols, our celebrations have become more intimate, but we’re putting even more thought […]

Bottoms Up

Someone once said that being in love makes you thirsty. In that case, a honeymoon ought to quench your craving, buoy your mood, wet your whistle and debut a life abundant with toasts and clinked glasses. With that in mind, we offer up an imbiber’s compendium to liquid-y retreats, both alcoholic and otherwise. Whisky In […]

Sizzle Sauce

When it comes to wedding favors, giving something with local flavor is always a good idea. When favors are personalized, it can really add a special touch to your reception. A cute option is personalized Tabasco sauces from Louisiana’s own Avery Island. Choose from miniature 1/8-ounce bottles (144 bottles for $100 or 500 bottles for […]

Real Weddings: Murphy-Miller

Bride: Kelli Murphy Groom: Ross Miller Date: May 29, 2021 Ceremony location: St. Joseph Church Priest: Fr. Andrew Gutierrez Reception: The Balcony Ballroom Gown: Mae Me Bridal Boutique, Essense of Australia Collection Bridesmaids’ dresses: Dessy Men’s attire: Tuxedos to Geaux Rings: Ramsey’s Florist: Grow With Us Caterer: The Balcony Ballroom Cake: Maurice French Pastries (wedding […]

Check It Twice

10-12 Months To Go You’re engaged! Make sure you celebrate with your fiancé, friends and family. Nail down the basics. Where are you getting married? Who’s paying for what? What is your budget? How many guests will be there? Alert the wedding party. Decide who you want in your wedding party and ask them as […]

Real Weddings: Lashgari-Moran

Bride: Ghazal Lashgari Groom: Stephen Moran Date: April 24, 2021 Ceremony location: Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church Reception location: Capital on Baronne Coordinator: Brooke Casey Weddings Gown: Justin Alexander, MaeMe Bridal Boutique Bridesmaids’ dresses: Birdy Grey Men’s attire: John’s Tuxedos Rings: Keith Miller Florist: Bella Bloom Florals Caterer: Marcello’s Cake: La Louisiane Bakery Photographer: KV Photography […]

Real Weddings: Foerster-Chiang

Bride: Anne Foerster Groom: Jason Chiang Date: April 10, 2021 Rings: Boudreaux’s Jewelers Gown: Rita Vinieris Reception dress: Monique Lhuillier Makeup: Sarah Walsh Hair: House of Hair Rehearsal dinner: Metairie Country Club Groom getting ready: Windsor Court Ceremony: St. Anthony of Padua Reception: The bride’s parents’ home in Old Metairie Photographer: Casey McMurray Photography; Second photographer: Mike Lirette Planner: […]

Winsome Venues

  Part of the beauty in having a New Orleans wedding is the plentiful (not to mention gorgeous) locales available for weddings and receptions. With COVID-19 vaccines rolled out, this is sure to be one of the busiest wedding seasons in decades. Venues also are now open for more capacity, so weddings are back on […]

Cookie Confections

  When it comes to planning a bridal shower, one of the main ingredients is desserts. For wedding favors, almost anything locally made will be a hit. Enter these precious cookies from Brown Sugar Boulangerie for either occasion. The locally based, Black-owned cake studio specializes in beautiful custom cakes and other sweet confections. Head chef […]

Bridal Buzz

New Bridal Collection Morilee By Madeline Gardner has released its Spring ’22 Starlight Collection of wedding gowns that pull inspiration from the mystery and beauty of the stars. In addition to luxe fabrics and ethereal movement, the Starlight Collection incorporates mesmerizing details, brilliant reflecting layers and delicate textures. With a hint of whimsy, and the […]

Check It Twice

10-12 Months To Go You’re engaged! Make sure you celebrate with your fiancé, friends and family. Nail down the basics. Where are you getting married? Who’s paying for what? What is your budget? How many guests will be there? Alert the wedding party. Decide who you want in your wedding party and ask them as […]

Saints and Angels

  Makeup by Meggan Ory | Hair by Monique Munoz | Models Roshard Hooper and Georgie Mae Harris for Images Model + Talent | Photographed at Hotel Peter & Paul New Orleans The artfully restored Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, school, rectory and convent at 2317 Burgundy Street has emerged as the Marigny’s destination hotel, bar and […]

Getting There

  Don’t stress about how you’re going to make it to your wedding. With so many options for couples in New Orleans — whether you want to make it to your ceremony by land, air or sea — you can arrive in style. Each choice has its own charm and beauty and can be perfectly […]

From the Editor

Weddings didn’t go away during the pandemic and love was indeed not cancelled. But as vaccines continue to be rolled out and restrictions loosen more and more, we are amid a wedding boom of epic proportions  —  and we’re here for it! This also means it is up to couples to start planning as far […]

Haute Tension

  Dry skin, peeling patches and pimples are visual hallmarks of stress. Thankfully the formerly niche category of anti-stress skincare is burgeoning with solutions and we’ve scooped up the best ones for you.   [gtx_gallery]

Candid Camera

  Now that weddings are back in action, it’s time to start thinking about what type of photography will best capture your Big Day. Of course, every photographer has their own eye, with a perspective that may or may not align with your ideas. Since the photographs will last long after you say, “I do,” […]

Honeymoon High Jinks

  For dream holidays with friends, your go-to plan for years has been renting snazzy vacation houses to share for communal fun. So, when you sat down to devise your honeymoon a deux, he said: “Let’s get a house somewhere awesome.” You nodded — then frowned. “Wait a minute,” you said, coyly twisting his tie […]

Real Weddings: Schmitt-Lee

[gtx_gallery] Bride: Marissa Schmitt Groom: Doug Lee Date: July 10, 2020 Venue: Longue Vue House and Gardens Gown: Hayley Paige from Linen Jolie Bridal Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Pearl’s Place Groom’s Tux: Theory from Saks Fifth Avenue Groomsmen: John’s Tuxedos Rings: Diamonds Direct Florist: Herbivore Floral Designs Cake: Julie Crawford Photographer: Nina Celie Videographer: Jeff Strout Hair: […]

Flip the Sip Script

  With visions of your dream wedding dancing in your head, you never imagined, “Let’s raise a can to the happy couple!” But, times, trends and hip drinks change — and you want your bar to go with the flow.  Shirin Braden, senior market manager of Moët Hennessy USA, has seen a major uptick in […]

Dinner for One

  You won’t consider your wedding reception a success until at least one of your foodie friends hikes up her dress and stands on a chiavari chair to snap a photo of the hors d’oeuvres. Despite new service challenges, your reception fare can easily be “chair climb worthy” while factoring in a safety-conscious delivery style. […]

Set, Stay, Slay

  The heat and humidity are a torture test for makeup, but brides who make the right choices can look glowing and fresh from morning until night. [gtx_gallery]

Enduring Elegance

A tasteful, embossed ecru stock with black ink, pearlescent lined envelope with matching response cards and informal notes help to complete this graceful suite, by Gem Printing, gemprinting.com These custom invitations, with an illustrated wedding map, were meticulously created focusing on tropical influence and delicate details. Each illustration, font and color choice were tied to […]

Perfectly Imperfect

  Over the past year, couples who didn’t want to postpone or cancel their weddings had to get creative and go with the flow. This styled shoot hosted and photographed by Steib Weddings, embodies the couple that embraces elegant simplicity amid imperfect circumstances. Natural elements and vintage flair enhance the intimacy cultivated in the newly […]

Do Watcha Wanna

  People who live in garden variety cities only have to plan music for their wedding ceremony and reception. In New Orleans, however, there’s a third category of musical fun: the brass band “second line” parade that usually fits right between the two. Second lines, which originated in West Africa and flourished in New Orleans, […]

Real Weddings: McKenzie-McPherson

[gtx_gallery] Bride: Megan McKenzie Groom: Todd McPherson Date: March 6, 2021 Venue: Galeriè de Galatoire Wedding planner/coordinator: Elizabeth Kelleher Gown: Monique Lhuillier Exit dress: Tadashi Shoji Shoes: Sarah Flint Makeup and hair: Andrea Wyman and Abbie Guidry from Studio One 2 One Engagement ring, bracelet, and wedding rings: Friend & Company Officiant/Rabi: John Pitzner Bridesmaids […]

Smooth Operators

  The Louisiana heat is a torture test for hair. The minute you step outside the AC, your hair can turn into a frizzy mess. Fortunately, an updo is a failsafe way of having a good hair day, on your Big Day. Talking to experts, we learned about some of the most popular styles to […]

Real Weddings: Rottier-Castillo

[gtx_gallery] Groom: Joel Rottier Groom: Mario Castillo Date: April 16, 2021 Reception and Ceremony Location: The Chicory Coordinator: The Chicory General Manager Jenna Bonura Attire: Allison Schultze at Knot Standard Rings: Tiffany & Co. Florist: Herb Oldknow, Herbivore Floral Designs Caterer: The Chicory Cake: Bittersweet Confections Photographer: Dark Roux Photography Hair: Xandro Canales of Volume […]

From the Editor

Planning a wedding is challenging in the best of times.  There are so many moving parts and countless opportunities for mishaps. My heart goes out to any couple who had to cancel, postpone and generally rethink the entire concept of their wedding amid the pandemic in 2020 or those facing those choices in the first […]

Bridal Buzz

Wanderlust Beauty Local entrepreneur Mari Alejos-Puente first started Passport Polish in July 2018 with a focus on handmade, vegan and cruelty-free polish inspired by different countries around the world. She launched liquid lipsticks in January 2019, and recently launched traditional lipsticks and gel polishes. Most exciting though, is her new Destination Wedding Collection. It includes […]

New Year, New Skin

When it comes to skincare, there is a lot one can do. The secret however, is to look like you have done nothing at all except be born with beautiful skin and a perfect complexion. That is easier said than done with so many products and devices now available, both in office and at home. […]

Hair-Raising

When life seems overwhelming, uncertain and daunting it can be helpful to step away from the fray and indulge in a little self-care. A relaxing treatment or a fabulous blowout can work as a life reboot and enable us to feel fresh, ready and invigorated to tackle another day. Here are some little helpers that […]

Face Forward

If your beauty routine took a battering along with the rest of your life in 2020, you are not alone. It was difficult to keep up good routines while quarantining, wearing a mask and worrying about what was going on in the world. However, with light now shining at the end of the tunnel, it’s […]

Modern Love

Makeup by Meggan Ory / Hair by Monique Munoz / Models Marcy Dufrene, Andre Bourgeois  / Photographed at The Moore by Twelve Seasons Catering Subtle sparkle, floral appliques and peekaboo lace make these gowns the perfect complement to a modern love story. Trending design details like the sheer corset bodice and square neckline for her […]

Seated Sip Pairings

At many wedding receptions, it’s pretty much an elbow-to-elbow race to the open bar once the I do’s are done. Since current times aren’t well suited for crowding with cocktails, it’s a perfect opportunity to think outside the bar and seek alternative ways to get guests to toast.  “It’s clear that satellite or ‘open bars’ […]

Petit Gâteaux

When you envision your perfect wedding reception, you see a series of wow moments that will have your guests gushing and hashtagging throughout the celebration. You can bet your buttercream that a creative dessert moment is a golden opportunity to impress partygoers, and petite, individual wedding cakes will do just that.  “It’s a great opportunity […]

Lovely Locales

With the introduction of a global pandemic, fiancées around the world have adopted the mantra, “Love isn’t cancelled.” Instead, couples are finding ways to have smaller, more intimate weddings that allow for plenty of social distancing. These local venues provide both indoor and outdoor space — allowing for plenty of elbow room — making them […]

Think Petite

Weddings during COVID-19 have gotten smaller. But, if you ask the experts, that means the wedding photos are getting better. Fewer guests and less pomp and circumstance, some photographers say, creates opportunities for them to capture intimate, unscripted moments that are harder to get when the schedule is crammed. “Small weddings are enjoyable in a […]

Pulling Strings

During the pandemic, wedding receptions have gotten smaller – and quieter. Health restrictions mean crowded dance floors are, temporarily at least, a thing of the past. So when it comes to planning music for your Big Day, it makes sense to focus on the sounds of the ceremony itself as much as the party afterward. […]

Transportation

Don’t stress about how you’re going to make it to your wedding. With so many options for couples in New Orleans — whether you want to make it to your ceremony by land, air or sea — you can arrive in style. Each choice has its own charm and beauty and can be perfectly tailored […]

Real Weddings: Palmer-Bradley

[gtx_gallery] Bride: Angela Palmer Groom: Chris Bradley  Wedding Date: October 18, 2020 Ceremony Location: New Orlean’s City Park (Peristyle) Reception & Catering: Ralph’s on The Park Gown: Allure from Bliss Bridal Bridesmaids dresses: azazie.com Men’s attire: Men’s Warehouse Rings: Kay Jewelers Florist: Crystal Vase Flowers Cake: Swiss Confectionery Photographer: Rae Caroline Photography Makeup: Dee Rouzan […]

Real Weddings: Flumenbaum-Conrad

[gtx_gallery] Bride: Judy Flumenbaum Groom:  Jonathan Conrad Date: March 14, 2020 Event Planning & Design: Karson Butler Events Ceremony & Reception Location: Il Mercato Catering: Joel’s Catering Cake: Bittersweet Confections Gown: Reem Acra Florist: Leaf & Petal NOLA Photographer: Greer Gattuso Band: Groovy 7 String Quartet: NOLA Strings Second Line: Kinfolk Brass Band Rentals: Distressed […]

Six Feet Apart

You’d hoped to visit the thronged markets of Bangkok, the busy streets of Paris or follow that sports team or musical group to several engagements on a mobbed world tour. But, it must be said: now is not the time for crowded honeymoons. Circumstances require that you and your beloved broaden your vacation landscape — […]

Flavorful Favors

When it comes to wedding favors, it’s always a great idea to give something from the heart that is locally made. That way, your guests get a taste of your special city. One such option here in New Orleans is a box of lovely bonbons from Piety and Desire Chocolate. The New Orleans chocolatier hand-paints […]

Planning Pivot

  The coronavirus pandemic has not only caused engaged couples to change their wedding plans, but has also influenced wedding professionals and wedding-related businesses to pivot their offerings. The JW Marriott New Orleans has debuted a new package aimed at helping couples who are planning socially distant and safe wedding celebrations. As we all navigate […]

Invitation Inspiration

This modern invitation letterpressed in black ink is designed by Smock and printed on smooth cotton white 2-ply paper made exclusively at a historic mill in New England. The use of serif and script fonts help define important information without distracting the eye. A blush liner completes the design with a soft touch of color, […]

Bridal Buzz: Bridesmaid Event and Gown Preservation

  From events celebrating your best gal pals to learning how to keep your wedding dress preserved for decades to come, a lot is happening in the New Orleans bridal scene.   First, Wedding Belles bridal boutique on Magazine Street is hosting a Maids + Mimosas bridesmaid event on Nov. 15. The event is solely […]

10 Rules For Healthy Skin

  Summer in the South is like a marathon for our skin. We move between sweaty temps into cold air-conditioning, from salty days at the beach into chlorine-filled hours at the pool. All the while, for some us the only change we make in our skincare routine is adding extra sunscreen and laying off the […]

Dream Honeymoons: Social Distancing in French Polynesia

  French Polynesia continues to invite honeymooners and other travelers to its various islands during the pandemic and beyond. A negative COVID-19 test is required to fly to French Polynesia, as well as a second test a few days after arrival. Toast that new life together from an island like Tikehau. Your honeymoon might go […]

Best Accessories for Bridal Hair

  There was a time when all a bride had to decide was whether to wear a tiara or not.  Nowadays, it’s very much the trend for brides to accessorize their hairstyle and take their overall look to the next level. “Elegant hair pieces such as jeweled pin sets are great for the loosely coiffed […]

Celebrate New Beginnings

Under normal circumstances, after months of wedding planning, of course you’d hanker to hide away in a luxurious retreat with the love of your life to recuperate from all of the wedding activity. But, these days? Now? After staying inside for months and learning to bake banana bread every which way; after standing six feet […]

Taking Flight

Beloved local jewelry designer Mignon Faget has designed a charming necklace that undoubtedly resonates among New Orleanians. The Rebirth Butterfly Fleur de Lis Pendant features a classic fleur-de-lis accented by a small butterfly, and it is available in sterling silver ($65), two tone ($120) or 14K gold ($495). Inspiration for the piece is drawn from […]

Real Weddings: Sargent-Munoz

[gtx_gallery] 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 + Makeup: Glam NOLA

Real Weddings: Roberts-Fayard

[gtx_gallery] Bride: Blakeley Roberts Groom: Tripp Fayard Date: February 8, 2020 Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Getting Ready Location: Roosevelt Hotel Reception: NOMA Planner: Blue Gardenia Events Gown: Savannah Miller at I Do Bridal Couture Baton Rouge Shoes: Jimmy Choo Groom’s Attire: Black Tux Rings: Custom made by a friend – Bob Meadows at Elebash Jewelry Company […]

Real Weddings: Payne-Gandy

[gtx_gallery] Bride: Bethany Payne Groom: Sean Gandy Date: March 7, 2020 Location: Maison Dupuy Gown: Jenny by Jenny Yoo Bridal Men’s Attire: The Black Tux Photographer: Mike Lirette Photography Florist: Fat Cat Flowers Cake: Haydel’s Bakery Hair + Makeup: Nola Bridal Artistry Brass Band: Kinfolk

Real Weddings: Matherne-Wolfe

[gtx_gallery]   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 Springs, Texas Coordinator: Jessica Moore, Something to Celebrate, Austin, Texas Gown: Enzoani Store: Linen […]

Getting There

Don’t stress about how you’re going to make it to your wedding. With so many options for couples in New Orleans — whether you want to make it to your ceremony by land, air or sea — you can arrive in style. Each choice has its own charm and beauty and can be perfectly tailored […]

Musical Memories

There are no rules about music at your wedding. If you want to walk down the aisle to a recording of “Cotton Eye Joe” and hire bagpipers to get the party started during your reception then you go for it. The only “rule” to remember is that the right music can enhance every moment of […]

Snap Chat

There once was a young couple who hired a renowned New Orleans wedding photographer with a fancy office on St. Charles Avenue to shoot their wedding at the New Orleans Museum of Art. A few days before the big event, the renowned photographer’s office called the young couple to say that there’d been an unfortunate […]

Bijou Venues

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 have the added pleasure of hosting a cozy and relaxed event with only their closest family […]

Bye Bye Buffet

Crowding elbow to elbow, mingling by a buffet table and grazing as a group — that reception scenario doesn’t match the 2020 mentality. Although communal congregating may not be the ideal way to feed your guests, there is a groundswell of excitement about innovative approaches to reception cuisine. Consider this pivotal moment a chance to […]

Social Distance Sipping

There’s no denying we all love an open bar at a wedding. But for the time being, we’ll need to pump the booze breaks a bit and come up with inventive ways to imbibe in a socially responsible way. Luckily in New Orleans, where there’s a swill, there’s a way. When your guests arrive at […]

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 with a sponge-painted finish, Gambino’s Bakery, gambinos.com. Three-tiered almond cake filled with fresh strawberries and Chantilly […]

The Perfect Match

Today the ever-classic combination of black and white for the bride and groom continues its reign as the most traditional of color schemes. From season to season, elite designers like Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera punctuate their collections with black accents on white gowns in the form of embroidered lace, beading, belts and bows. For […]

Invitation Inspiration

This modern invitation letterpressed in black ink is designed by Smock and printed on smooth cotton white 2-ply paper made exclusively at a historic mill in New England. The use of serif and script fonts help define important information without distracting the eye. A blush liner completes the design with a soft touch of color, […]

Made to Last

With wedding season coinciding with summer, all brides need to know the secrets to smudge-free make up that won’t melt or streak no matter how high the mercury rises. These top 10 products are sweat-proof, tear proof and have the staying power to keep you looking fresh all wedding long. [gtx_gallery]

Frizz Control

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 style, to stay smooth, calm and collected. Dehydrated hair is frizzy hair, so start with […]

Glow Up

Summer in the South is like a marathon for our skin. We move between sweaty temps into cold air-conditioning, from salty days at the beach into chlorine-filled hours at the pool. All the while, for some us the only change we make in our skincare routine is adding extra sunscreen and laying off the heavy […]

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 — in 2013, while working out of her French Quarter kitchen. “It’s light yet also […]

From the Editor

Over the past few years we’ve frequently seen, read and heard the phrase, “Love is not cancelled.” It was a mantra when the United States Supreme Court ruled same sex marriage legal in all 50 states in 2015. Recently, it applies to the countless couples continuing to move forward with their (safely distanced) weddings amid […]

Real Weddings: Gross-Ehrhardt

[gtx_gallery] Bride: Katelyn Gross / Groom: Ryan Ehrhardt Date of the wedding: May 12, 2018 Ceremony location: Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church / Reception location: New Orleans Board of Trade Gown: Stella York from Town and Country Bridal / Bridesmaids’ dresses: After Six from Bella Bridesmaids / Men’s Attire: Perlis Rings: Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers Florist: Bee’s Wedding and Event Designs […]

Music: Dance the Night Away

When planning a wonderful wedding day, one of the most important considerations is music. A great reception is accompanied by great music. So it’s best to think ahead about what music option is best for you and your guests. As any New Orleanian knows, there is something to be said for live music. This is […]

Real Wedding: Matherne-Jaquillard

  Bride: Miranda Matherne / Groom: Paul Jaquillard Date: April 6, 2019 Ceremony Location: St Patrick’s Church, New Orleans / Reception Location: The Roosevelt Hotel, Waldorf Astoria Ballroom Coordinator: Three Little Words Gown: Martina Liana, Town & Country / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff, Bella Bridesmaids Men’s Attire: Rome’s Rings: Adlers Florist: The Plant Gallery Caterer: The Roosevelt […]

Advice: Double Trouble

Q: My invitation to a friend’s wedding arrived, but it’s only for me. My boyfriend and I have been together for almost a year now. Can I just bring him with me? Should I call my friend and ask her if I can? Q: I don’t really know my coworker’s girlfriend; they’ve only been together […]

Lagniappe: Belly Up to the Bubbly

Your Big Day presents countless opportunities to plan big and little surprises for your guests. It’s those moments that make an unforgettable day even more memorable. Delight your guests during the cocktail or wedding reception or perhaps the after party with libations from the Bubble Tap trailer. The charming and highly-Instagrammable vintage canned ham camper […]

Real Weddings: Nelkin-Karam

Bride: Ellie Nelkin / Groom: Zachary Karam Date: October 13, 2018 Ceremony and Reception: Lagonda Plantation Wedding Coordinator: Wink Design and Events- Kim Tran Gown: Suzanne Neville-Wedding Atelier Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Amsale, Dessy Collection, BHLDN Groomʼs Tux: Fellow Menswear Ring: Jack Sutton / Florist: Bella Blooms Caterer: Imonelliʼs  / Cake: Chasing Wang Photography: Greer Gattuso  / Videographer: Andrey […]

Cuisine & Cocktails: Perfect Palate

Food and beverage presentation is key for a truly statement-making wedding. Of course, everything should be delicious, but, as more couples aim to create experiences for their guests, how that food is served is also gaining importance. Michelle Norwood, founder of Michelle Norwood Weddings, has planned nearly 100 weddings since starting her company in 2015. […]

Locations: Get Thee to the Church

The circa-1860s Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church was shuttered in 2001 and sat empty for more than a decade. Today, the historic site is used under a different name: Hotel Peter & Paul and has landed on nearly every “Best of” list across the country for its rooms and the see-and-be-seen Elysian Bar. A […]

Cuisine & Cocktails: Clink and Sip

You’ve tied the knot, now it’s time to tie one on. Give your guests plenty of reasons to clink glasses by setting the stage with creative cocktails spaced throughout the festivities. Here, a few on-trend tips that will have partygoers toasting from “kiss the bride” to “last dance.” Welcome Cocktail Wall For visual impact, a […]

Hair: Mane Event

Haircare products to keep your crowning glory shinin’ and stylin’. [gtx_gallery]

Cuisine & Cocktails: Keep on Truckin’

Why stop the party with the reception? After all, this is New Orleans and after parties are essential. Here are a few of our favorite food trucks that will keep your guests satiated — and the dance party hopping — all through the night. Burgers Ya Heard Made-to-order, gourmet burgers made with seasonal ingredients? Yes, […]

Photography: Moments Captured

Wedding days go by in a blur. That’s why it’s important to have great pictures you can use to look back on the occasion as years go by. But just like anything else with a wedding, you need to find the photographer who is the best fit for you. Style and artistry are not the […]

Gifts: Stock the Bar

Sleek Olivia & Oliver decanter and ice bucket, Bed Bath & Beyond, bedbathandbeyond.com; etched gold double old-fashioned glasses, Hilltop Shoppe, hilltopshoppe.com; stamped Italian marble bee coasters by Gary Schiro, Nola Gifts & Décor, nolagiftsanddecor.com. Ceramic leaf platters handmade by local artist Betsy Lody, Judy at the Rink; floral mugs, Nothing Bundt Cakes, nothingbundtcakes.com; decorative matchbox […]

The Duchess Effect

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT / Elizabeth Melancon MODELS / Ann Smith, Carson Noriega, Morgan Olivier, Mary Leonards for Images MAKEUP / Meggan Ory & Meggan Ory Cosmetics HAIR / Monique Munoz FINE JEWELRY / Boudreaux’s Jewelers LOCATION / Il Mercato New Orleans, A Lower Garden District Venue [gtx_gallery]

Fitness: Work It Out

It might be the idea of being the center of attention for the day or knowing those photos will last forever. Either way, all brides want to look their best on their Big Day. So amidst all the wedding prep, many are adding new fitness goals to their to-do list. Working out can be hard […]

Fitness: Time is on Your Side

Losing weight before your wedding has become as expected as wearing a special dress in some shade of white, but this might be the first mistake that brides make according to trainer and co-owner of Simply Fit, Hudson Ellis. “Not all brides need to lose weight but that doesn’t mean they won’t benefit from a […]

Transportation: Getting There

Don’t stress about how you’re going to make it to your wedding. With so many options for couples in New Orleans — whether you want to make it to your ceremony by land, air or sea — you can arrive in style. Each choice has its own charm and beauty and can be perfectly tailored […]

Beauty: Skin Therapy

Cleanse, brighten, tone and moisturize with products designed to create a gorgeous glow. [gtx_gallery]

Real Weddings: Alder-Fagnani

Bride: Jessica Alder  / Groom: Justin Fagnani Date: April 21, 2018 Ceremony Location: Sully Mansion  / Reception Location: The Parlor at Hotel Pontchartrain Coordinator: Clark and Kelly (Kate Clark + Becca Kelly) Gown: BHLDN Florist: Pistil and Stamen Caterer: St. James Cheese Company  / Cake: Beth Biundo Photographer: Sharon Pye Photography Music: Chapter Soul Second Line / Band: Young Pinstripes […]

Beauty: Planned Primping

When planning a wedding, big or small, there are usually lists of things to do. It’s important however, to build in time for your beauty plan. Having the right treatments at the right time, enables you to enjoy the maximum benefits of all the available skincare products and procedures to create a flawless wedding glow. […]

Honeymoon: Bright Lights, Big City

You were thinking about a deserted island for your honeymoon. Until you weren’t. Because suddenly it sounded really boring to be stuck by yourselves on a romantic beach. You had to have a conversation then, and you asked yourselves, “Are we crazy? Why don’t we want to sleep in a suite on stilts above a […]

From the Editor

There’s nothing like a royal wedding to stoke everyone’s romantic fires. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, were married at St. Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom in May of 2018 and wedding trends were set off around the world. The elegant boat neck Givenchy gown […]

Honeymoon: Deep in the Heart

Planning and executing a wedding and reception is a monumental undertaking, no matter the size. And while the honeymoon exists at the wedding’s conclusion for romance and relaxation, leaving the party to fly to a far destination may be just as stressful, especially if you arrive at an odd hour with sleep on the plane. […]

Hair: Go Big

Last July when Kaia Gerber (Cindy Crawford’s daughter) took to the runway at the Valentino Couture fashion show in Paris, she heralded the return of big hair. The legendary hairstylist Guido Palau created a ‘60s-inspired sky-high and ultra-thick look which apparently took 50 wigs, 250 color processes and 150 hours of prep to create. So […]

In With The New

Wedding planners specialize in curating the perfect Big Day that’s unique to each couple. They have the expertise, local contacts and their clients’ best interests in mind. That’s why it’s important to let the experts handle the details. Here, we speak to three local wedding planners — Amanda Price, owner and lead planner at Amanda […]

Real Weddings: Tullier-Patty

Bride: Molly Tullier / Groom: Charles Patty III Date: March 23, 2019 Ceremony and Reception Location: The Abby Rose Gown: Stella York, MaeMe’s / Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal / Men’s Attire: John’s Tuxedos Bride’s ring: Family Heirloom / Groom’s Ring: Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers Florist: Winn-Dixie Caterer: The Abby Rose / Cake: Mad Batter Bakery Photographer: Mike Lirette Photography Hair: Heather […]

Invitations: Airy Palette

Rich pearlized ivory stock accented with gold foil press, on pocket-style invitation with die-cut enclosures, Exquisite Events, eeinvites.com. Heavyweight paper, printed with cathedral design and gold ink on blush, with metallic gold shimmer envelope, Two Sprouts, twosprouts.com. Heavyweight white cotton stock with letterpress printed in dark green ink, accented with banana leaf liner and pale […]

Location: The Great Outdoors

Here in New Orleans, the two most popular times of year to get married are March through June and October through December, with March and October being the busiest months. This is important to keep in mind when booking your venue, as it may be harder to secure. However, one thing is for certain: These […]

Checklist: Check It Twice

10-12 Months To Go __ You’re engaged! Make sure you celebrate with your fiancé, friends and family. __ Nail down the basics. Where are you getting married? Who’s paying for what? What is your budget? How many guests will be there? __ Alert the wedding party. Decide who you want in your wedding party and […]

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 […]

Advice: Problematic Persuasions

Q: I’m getting married in New Orleans soon and we’re planning on having an open bar, but I have an aunt who can’t hold her liquor — she often even shows up to gatherings drunk. I can’t not invite her to our wedding, but how do I deal with her, or anyone else who gets drunk, […]

Beauty: The Natural Facelift

Inge Theron visited 57 spas, sweated through 32 types of fitness classes, experimented with 25 anti-aging treatments and endured 15 detoxes, all for her column, “Chronicles of a Spa Junkie,” in the Financial Times. After finding herself housebound from an anti-aging procedure, Theron decided to invent her own, non invasive “facelift” — The “workout” by […]

Beauty: Top Tech

Wedding stress and festivities can take a toll on your skin, just when you want to look as flawless as possible. Take advantage of the best new skincare technology to keep your skin healthy and happy. Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly – the company’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, a thick yellow cream, has been popular […]

Hair: Crowning Glory

Your hair is always your greatest accessory, but never more so on your Big Day. Therefore, before choosing between the traditional updo or the blowout, think about which style will complement your dress and wedding style to maximum effect. There are numerous beautiful options to try but read our handy guide below for a head […]

Hair: Great Expectations

Every bride wants luscious locks for parties, photos and of course all those Insta shots. But tresses can become stressed by heated styling tools and product. Treat your hair to treatments that pack a punch.  Dyson Airwrap Style Complete – first the hair dryer, now a styling tool, which you customize with attachments to suit […]

Makeup: New and Notable

With dozens of new beauty products launched every day how can you filter out the heroes from the zeros?  Here’s our guide to the new launches. Benefit’s Brow Contour Pro 4-in-1 Pen – this brow wonder will beat others into submission. It has everything you need for perfect brows in one compact unit.  Click once […]

Gifts: Traditionally Yours

  Embroidered linen hand towels, gold leaf alligator tray and bride and groom painting, nolagiftsanddecor.com; Slant Collections ceramic Mr. and Mrs. mug set, nothingbundtcakes.com; Michael Aram Bittersweet cheese tray with knife and trinket tray, bedbathandbeyond.com; Ann Marie Cianciolo rings: cushion cut prehnite set in 18K yellow gold atop a polished sterling round band (on tray), […]

Invitations: Fanciful Florals

  Heavyweight cotton stock invitation, letter-pressed with charcoal ink and accented with a Chinoiserie bird and bamboo envelope liner, scriptura.com. A heavy bright white vellum stock with a shimmer belly band, featuring a colorful floral accent, gemprinting.com. Flat-printed invitation suite featuring calligraphy and illustations by Sarah Ragan and designed by Lionheart Prints, lionheartprints.com. Destination wedding […]

Big Easy Bridesmaid Bonding

It’s no secret that New Orleans is a hot spot for bridal parties. In addition to our bounty of amazing food and libations, the Crescent City always has something fun in the works. To put it simply, this city knows how to have a good time. From food tours and cocktail classes to spa days […]

Vintage Vows

Models: Stephany Osorto, Russ Vegas, Meggan Ory, Jacquelyn Lindsey Makeup by Meggan Ory for Makeup by Meggan Cosmetics Hair by Monique Munoz Hope Goldman Meyer Fine Jewelry Location: The Seraphim House New Orleans (Top) Willowby by Watters "Thistle" gown with Chiara lace bodice and tulle skirt at Pearl’s Place; Art Deco golden pearl necklace with […]

Cakes: Garden Variety

Floral styling by IRIS floral + event design studio, irisfloral.com Devil’s food cake, filled with raspberry and chocolate buttercream, covered in a poured chocolate fondant, swisscakes.net. Classic almond wedding cake, embellished with scored fondant and accented with brushed gold, haydelbakery.com.  

Cuisine & Cocktails: Sophisticated Sipping

The only words as important as “I do” at a wedding celebration are “the bar is open.”  In a city where cocktail culture reigns supreme, a celebratory reception is a golden opportunity for  couples to showcase their creative spirits. Here, a few tips on how to give your libation-loving friends and family an especially memorable […]

Cuisine & Cocktails: Interactive Eats

With the continual climb of the foodie culture and our collective passion for posting plated images on social media, couples now more than ever are motivated to deliver a memorable reception menu — especially in New Orleans. When it comes to the new and the now trends for 2019, we’ve pulled back the tablecloth to […]

Cuisine & Cocktails: Bridal Brunches

The enchanting Crescent City is a dream destination for a bride to celebrate her engagement with her nearest and dearest. Even the champagne corks seem to fly higher here. When selecting a perfect spot to toast your bridal bliss, consider these lovely newer locales for a day to build a dream on. Hotel Peter & […]

Locations: Making History

The New Orleans Athletic Club has been a New Orleans staple since 1872 and is the third oldest athletic club in the country. Typically, one would not think of an athletic club as the most romantic spot to say, “I Do,” but the NOAC is not your typical gym. It is located in the French […]

Locations: "I Do" Venues

As any married couple will attest, the venue can make or break a wedding. In addition to finding a gorgeous space, it’s important to find a venue that provides top-notch service and all of the elements you want for your Big Day, from delicious cuisine to lighting, music and more. This collection of iconic, modern, […]

Photography: Picture Perfect

New Orleans remains one of the most picturesque cities in America, the perfect backdrop for engagement and wedding photos. Because of its unique and colorful ambience, the city routinely attracts many out-of-town couples for destination weddings. Photographer Bob Bradford has been shooting engagement photos and weddings in New Orleans for 30 years and he naturally […]

Music: Reception Music 101

When Robert Juneau started Decades Music more than 25 years ago, he was pushing vinyl on two turntables at weddings and other events. “I had to carry in crates of records and two huge speakers,” he said, adding that songs were limited. If he didn’t have the record, the song wasn’t played. Today’s DJ has […]

Transportation: Getting There

Don’t stress about how you’re going to make it to your wedding. With so many options for couples in New Orleans — whether you want to make it to your ceremony by land, air or sea — you can arrive in style. Each choice has its own charm and beauty and can be perfectly tailored […]

Real Weddings: Campbell-VanAusdall

Bride: Kara Campbell Groom: Jacob VanAusdall Date: March 24, 2018 Ceremony location: Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church Reception location: Elms Mansion Coordinator: Mint Julep Productions (Day of – Courtney Bryant) Gown: Johanna Johnson from LVD Bridal in Nashville, Tennessee Bridesmaids’ dresses: Nouvelle Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids Men’s Attire: The Black Tux, theblacktux.com Rings: King Jewelers, […]

Real Weddings: Matherne-Schmidt

    Bride: Malayne Matherne Groom: Lt. Jacob Schmidt Date: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 Ceremony Location: St. Patrick’s Church/New Orleans Reception Location: National World War II Museum Freedom Pavilion Coordinator: Brooke Casey Gown: Pronovias at Town & Country Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale at Bella Bridesmaids Mens Attire: Groomsmen, Military Uniforms; Ushers and fathers, Perlis Florist: Poppy […]

Real Weddings: Songy-Bozeman

Bride: Lorilei Songy Groom: William Steven Bozeman, Jr. Date: Dec.9, 2017 Get Ready and Ceremony location: Ritz Carlton Wedding planner: Lulu Alexander, Weddings by Lulu Florist: Erin Steen Invitations: Scriptura Programs: Basic Invite Hair Stylist: Marsha Leyva Makeup Artist: Angelle Bourgeois Bride’s Dress: Essence of Australia from The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Bride’s Shoes: Badgley […]

Real Weddings: Sullivan-Lirette

Bride: Ali Sullivan Groom: Mike Lirette Date: April 8, 2017 Ceremony & Reception Location: Il Mercato Gown: Nouvelle Amsale from Blanc Bridal Couture Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew Men’s Attire: Tuxedos To Geaux Engagement Ring: Leigh Jay & Co. Vintage Jewelry Wedding Bands: K. Miller Gem & Jewelry Brokerage Florist: Iris Cake: Sweet Things & Grill […]

Real Weddings: Verma-Daniel

Bride: Pooja Verma Groom: Bron Michael Daniel Date: March 24, 2018 Ceremony: St Louis Cathedral Reception: Windsor Court Hotel Coordinator: Joli Noce Events of New Orleans and KLS Interior and Design of Florida Gowns: Studio East 6 Chicago Bridesmaid’ dresses: Panache of Chicago Men’s attire: Men’s Warehouse Rings: James and Sons Fine Jewelers of Chicago […]

Honeymoon: Getting Lit on the Lake

When most of us think of Vegas for bachelorette parties, it’s lights, gambling and shows. But it’s easy to add some pampering and relaxation along with Thunder from Down Under. Lake Las Vegas in neighboring Henderson and only 30 minutes from the Strip, making it a perfect landing pad for a wedding party. The planned […]

Honeymoon: Honeymoon Like a Headliner

Follow in the footsteps of your favorite yesteryear movie idol or modern day television (or film star) muckamuck at one of these glitterati-tested resorts. For Couples With a Penchant for Vintage Films: Hotel Valley Ho Scottsdale, Arizona Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner had so much fun at their wedding reception at Hotel Valley Ho in […]

Lagniappe: High Spirits

Customized koozies, matchbooks and candies are always a hit at weddings, but some couples are opting to send guests home with a parting gift that has a personal, New Orleans-style twist — cocktail mixers. Cocktail + Creative (cocktailcreative.biz) provides cocktail mixers in a wide variety of flavors and sizes. “We typically like to use fruit […]

Get Lit

Gemstone-inspired Kendra Scott candles great for gifting

Check It Twice

There’s a lot that goes into wedding planning, so don’t feel bad if you’re having a hard time keeping track of it all. Use our handy checklist to stay organized

Going South

The Southern Hotel for your post-wedding getaway

Wildlife Wonderment

Honeymoon adventures for animal-loving couples

Real Weddings | Schexnayder-Laiche

Bride: Emily Schexnayder Groom: Robert Laiche Jr. Date: July 14, 2017 Ceremony Location: St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church Reception Location: Magnolia Plantation Gown and Bridesmaids: The Bridal Boutique by Mae Me Men’s attire: Johns Tuxedos Rings: Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers Florist: Villere’s Florist Cake: Haydel’s Bakery Photographer: David Braud Photography Videography: Scott Alwert Productions Hair: […]

Real Weddings | O’Brien-Hyde

Bride: Maegan O’Brien  Groom: Henry Arthur Hyde III Date: February 24, 2018 Ceremony and Reception: Maison Lafitte Coordinator: Elizabeth Burkhardt Events Gown: Wedding Belles Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids Groomsmen: Tuxedos to Geaux Rings: Anton’s Fine Jewelry Florist: Lakevue Florist, Jan Hunter Caterer: The Lakehouse Cake: Mandeville Bake Shop Photographer: James Shaw Photography, James Shaw Hair: Tribe […]

Real Weddings | Hull-Kohn

Bride: Kristen Hull Groom: Michael Kohn Date: May 23, 2014 Ceremony and Reception Location: Race + Religious Coordinator: Elyse Jennings Gown: Jenny Packham at Everthine Bridal Boutique Bridesmaids: J. Crew Groomsmen: John Varvatos Rings: De Beers Florist: Kim Starr Wise Caterer: Palate New Orleans Cake: The Royal Cakery Photographer: Greer Gattuso Hair and Makeup: Blush […]

Real Weddings | Frilot-Crosby

Bride: Caroline Frilot Groom: Tac Crosby Date: May 16, 2015 Ceremony and Reception Location: New Orleans Country Club Planner: Ruby and Pearl by Sapphire Events Florist: Mitch’s Flowers Caterer: New Orleans Country Club Cake: Royal Cakery Photographer: Sarah Becker Photography Hair and Makeup: Beverly from John Jay Music: New Orleans’ Finest and BRW Band   […]

Real Weddings | Breland-Rome

Bride: Camille Breland Groom: Gregory Rome Date: March 16, 2018 Ceremony: Rayne United Methodist Church Reception: Pavilion of the Two Sisters at City Park Coordinator: David Naron, Oxford Floral Gown: 2-piece (Watters top, Town & Country skirt), Town & Country Bridesmaids: Bill Levkoff, Bella Bridesmaids Groomsmen: Traditional white tie, Perlis Rings: 1.5 carat square-cut emerald […]

Getting There

A handy guide to New Orleans’ many options to get you and your guests to and from the wedding

Setting the Soundtrack

What to know about planning your wedding music

Picture Perfect

Tips From the Pros

Unmistakably New Orleans

Ceremony and reception locations with quintessential New Orleans flair

Sweet Seraphim

Historic Tremé home doubles as exclusive and decadent wedding and events space

Southern Comfort

Take your hors d’oeuvres to the next level with elevated takes on Southern classics

Toast to Tradition

Cheers to the classic cocktail, which adds fun and history to your fête

Big Easy Bites

An elegant approach to Crescent City cuisine

Fanciful Fondant

Artful variations on fondant frosting that take the cake

FROM THE EDITOR

  There is something quintessentially New Orleans about a classically-styled wedding. With a ceremony set in one of the city’s countless historic churches, a second line to or during the cocktail reception and a big party in a hall with Old World glamour, there’s no way a couple can go wrong. That’s the great thing […]

Acts of Grace

Late invitations, distant friendships and last-minute elopements

Basics Master Class

Start an at home skincare regimen now and get your Big Day glow on

Maximum Effect

Products to calm, brighten, hydrate and perfect skin

To Tan or Not To Tan

An expert guide to getting that sun-kissed bronze look, sans harmful rays

Crunch Time

30-day wedding workout

Glitter Everywhere

How to incorporate this shimmering trend into a timeless look

High Impact

Makeup that works covers, protects, works double-duty and stays put

The Classics

Timeless hairstyles for wedding day glamour

Topping it Off

The best accessories for bridal hair

Spirit of Giving

Gifts for him, her and them

Eternally Chic

Classic stationery with enduring appeal

Bridal Bliss

Relax, restore and rejuvenate at these top New Orleans spas.

Elevated Elegance

Tradition trumps the sheer and sensual with an emphasis on pared-down dresses and frothy ball gowns that reflect romance, femininity and tenderness.

Shimmering Simplicity

Diamond and pearl adornments to complete your wedding day look

From the Editor

When my husband and I got married in 1998, there were seemingly a lot less options, not only for locations, but also pretty much every other aspect of the wedding. For example, until the 2000s, I’m convinced there weren’t any cake flavor alternatives beyond white cake with white buttercream frosting. Today, couples have countless choices […]

Advice: Wedding Shower Etiquette

Q: My soon-to-be sister-in-law wants to throw me a bridal shower, but my mother says family members (even ones who aren’t family yet) shouldn’t throw showers. Is this true? If so, why? Tradition says that a shower shouldn’t be thrown by the bride’s immediate relatives, including future in-laws, because it might give the impression that […]

Pre-Wedding Yoga

Even the most laid-back brides find planning a wedding stressful at some point. Consider squeezing the ancient practice of yoga into your hectic schedule and breathe in the benefits. Reconnect and release stress New Orleans yoga instructor Brooke LeBourgeois with Reyn Studios says she loves working with brides. The mood-enhancing and stress-busting practice is known […]

Barely There Beauty

These days, an effortless, barely-there look is the most coveted. Blemish-free glowing skin, thick lashes, a voluminous pout and the idea that all you had to do was swipe pretty colors across your lids, cheeks and lips and presto — perfection. This barely-there look, however, is the hardest to achieve. It’s all about investing in […]

Shred for the Wedding

When Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima is preparing for a show, she hits the ring. Lima is one of many stars who chooses former champion boxer Michael Olajide Jr., to whip her into shape at his boxing gym Aerospace, based in New York and recently opened in Los Angeles. In New Orleans, more and more […]

Makeup Must-Haves

1. The New Smoky Eye Brides can create a softer version that suits their skin and eye tones by considering a wider color palette. Jewel-tones such as royal blue, plum and green as well as gunmetal greys and golden bronzes are alternatives and those with a touch of shimmer catch the light and add glamour. […]

Color-Treated Bridal Looks

For the lucky few, their hair enhances their skin tone, brings out the colors in their eyes and reflects the light for perfect shine. Most of us look to our hairstylists to play with color and masterfully add whatever touches will give our natural beauty a boost. “If you are fair, go for a warmer […]

Hostess Must-Haves

Two piece marble board set features gold-foiled textured raw edge and spreader with netted gold handle as well as white marble paddle serving board with copper plate initial inlay with metal spreader at The Basketry. Monogrammed European linen hemstitched dinner napkin and fringe cocktail napkin at The Linen Registry. Wooden cake knife and serving spade […]

Art Deco Wedding Invitations

Printed on white shimmer stock in gold and black inks, the invitation features a geometric border and clamshell duogram at Gem Printing Co. Pearl white, heavyweight stock engraved and foil stamped in sun gold ink at Scriptura. Champagne Art Deco wedding suite, on cotton stock featuring a sparkling gold frame and champagne pocket-fold at Megan Jewel Designs. […]

Personalizing the Décor on Your Big Day

If you’re a bride-to-be, you’ve probably considered that this celebratory, romantic, fun-filled occasion isn’t entirely about you (even though you are, of course, the main attraction) and your soon-to-be-betrothed. Your wedding day is also about sharing your union with family, friends and other loved ones, while offering them a good time and the chance to […]

Golden Age Wedding Fashion

Models Hedy Rose Kraft, Alexandra Chaisson, Kristin Brooks for Aboutfaces MTM, Taylor McLellan Makeup by Meggan Ory  |  Hair by Monique Munoz  |  Fine Jewelry by Jack Sutton Production Assistant, Christine Williams Matthew Christopher “Arya” Duchess satin trumpet gown with hourglass seams, Basque waist and Mikado organza double ruffle horsehair trim at Pearl’s Place; Platinum […]

Wedding Day Jewelry

Makeup by Meggan Ory, Hair by Monique Munoz, Model Kendall Mickal 18k white gold Tom Mathis earrings with 2.33 carat pear-shape diamonds with accent diamonds; filigree antique platinum ring with diamonds; platinum Art Deco ring with 1.5 carat center stone with sapphire and diamond accent stones at Symmetry Jewelers & Designers. Estate 18k white gold […]

Take the Cake

Square and round three-tier cake, bottom tier has a painted glitter chevron pattern, middle is luster dusted in metallic gold and top tier has effervescent metallic dots. Inside is a traditional almond cake with fillings including passion fruit butter cream and toasted almonds, Chez RuRene Bakery, Inc., facebook.com/Chezrurenebakery Four-tier almond cake filled with layers of […]

Wedding Brunch

Planning morning or afternoon wedding festivities? Experts say an event that ends before sunset calls for a fresh-as-daybreak drink menu. Here are several ideas to delight your guests in a dazzling daytime setting. Wyeth Metz, Catering Sales Manager-Wedding Connoisseur at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, suggests starting with a few classics to set the tone for […]

Breakfast for Dinner

If there’s one thing everyone knows about you as a couple, your single favorite weekend activity is brunch. You love the ambiance, the energy, and of course, the morning buzz. Since you early birds and love birds could live in a happily-ever-after nest built on breakfast food alone, why not think outside the menu and […]

Food Truck Eats

You’ve decided to pull out all the stops to create a wedding that’ll have your guests talking about how festive and unique it was long after the last glass of champagne is emptied. Add an instant fun factor and opt for an unexpected twist to traditional catering by incorporating your favorite food trucks into the […]

‘Lazymoons’ for Lovers

Relaxing honeymoons for the laid back couple

Easy Escape

A pre-wedding getaway in Destin will help you relax and reconnect

Big Day Bundle

Of all the important decisions a couple has to make ahead of their Big Day, the venue is perhaps the most meaningful and the most difficult. To help make sure the location for your wedding serves as a reflection of your personal style as individuals and a couple, we’ve compiled this list of nine one-stop […]

Picture Perfect

You have the dress, venue, cake, flowers and food, plus all of the other details essential to creating the perfect wedding. But if you step back, what’s going to be left when all is said and done? For a lot of couples, hiring a wedding photographer ends up being an afterthought. However, New Orleans photographers […]

Check It Twice

There’s a lot that goes into wedding planning, so don’t feel bad if you’re having a hard time keeping track of it all. Use our handy checklist to stay organized

The Perfect Wedding Day Entertainment

Planning a wedding is no easy task, but all the stress is worth it when your wedding is remembered as the party of the century. And what party is complete without music? Whether you’re looking for classy jazz, a hip DJ or a high-energy party band, your choice of entertainment will greatly determine your guest’s […]

Wrapped

A showstopping stole sure to become an instant heirloom

Wedding Transportation

Don’t stress about how you’re going to make it to your wedding. With its numerous options for couples in New Orleans — no matter if you want to make it to your ceremony by land, air or sea — you can arrive in style. Each choice has its own charm and beauty and can be […]

Real Weddings: Hoddinott-Richardson

Bride: Shelley Hoddinott Groom: Tyler Richardson Date: October 1, 2016 Ceremony location: The Peristyle in City Park Reception location: Pavilion of the Two Sisters Coordinator: Unique Weddings Gown: Bride’s Mother’s Custom Wedding Gown from 1981 Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bella Bridesmaids, Dessy Men’s attire: New Orleans Tuxedos Rings & accessories: 3.2 carat marquise engagement ring, wedding bands, […]

Real Weddings: Pera-Goldstein

Bride: Katherine Pera Groom: Louis Goldstein Date: September 2, 2017 Ceremony location: Stella Plantation Reception location: Stella Plantation Coordinator: Carolina Parrone Gown store: Shareen Bridal Gown designer: Petra Willowby Bridesmaids dress store: BHLDN Bridesmaids dress designer: Watters Men’s attire: The Black Tux & Ted Baker Rings: Artistic Jewelers Florist: Poppy & Mint Floral Co. Caterer: […]

Real Weddings: Ritchey-Kern

Bride: Claire Ritchey Groom: Andrew Kern Date: April 16th, 2016 Ceremony location: Jackson Square Reception location: The Elms Mansion Coordinator: Emily Sullivan with Emily Sullivan Events Gown: Liv Harris designed exclusively for VOWS Bridesmaids’ dresses: Dessy, online Men’s attire: NOLA Couture and Men’s Warehouse Rings: Homsy Jewelry Florist: Fat Cat Flowers Caterer: The Elms Cake: […]

Real Weddings: Tanner-Menard

Bride: Annemarie Tanner Groom: Cody Mitchell Menard Date: May 21, 2016 Ceremony location: St. Louis Cathedral Reception location: Omni Royal Orleans Wedding coordinator: Michelle Waguespack (mother of the bride) Gown: David Tutera gown from Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique Bridesmaids’ dresses: Dessy dresses from Bella Bridesmaid, Baton Rouge Men’s tuxedos: Michael Kors Tux from Squires […]

Arnaud's Count's Room

Located in the historic French Quarter, Arnaud’s Restaurant has been serving the people, and visitors, of New Orleans since 1918. Owner Arnaud Cazenave made it his mission to serve quality Creole cuisine to his guests, with an unforgettable experience. The event coordinators who organize private parties and events, accommodating anywhere from 12 to 220 guests, […]

Tie One On

Consider bow ties with NOLA ties for your beau

Check It Twice

There’s a lot that goes into wedding planning, so don’t feel bad if you’re having a hard time keeping track of it all. Use our handy checklist to stay organized

London Calling

A New Orleanians’ guide to a fun and fabulous honeymoon across the pond

Anglophiles in the Isles

Discovering the mystery, beauty and romance of the United Kingdom beyond London

Bridal Resources

to help you with all your wedding planning needs

Fantastic Voyage

Transportation basics to get you (and your guests) to the church on time

Musical Composition

Planning the perfect soundtrack for your Big Day

Photographic Memory

Expert advice on getting wedding photos that last a lifetime

Modern Love

Nine chic, contemporary spaces for a New Orleans wedding that wows

Down in the Treme

The Monastery brings a modern, gothic style to New Orleans weddings

Make It A Double

Classic libations to start the celebration

Marriage and Mimosas

The growing popularity of daytime brunch weddings

Small Packages

If variety is the spice of life, small plates are the way to go

Connect the Dots

Three divine cakes with style and major flavor

Sparkle and Shine

Feast your eyes (and ears and arms) on diamonds for days, sapphires with shimmer and emeralds that will make you green with envy

Romance on Royal

Combine the city’s rich history, unique Creole culture and jazz traditions, add an architectural gem like Latrobe’s on Royal, then mix in dazzling diamonds and fresh frocks to create an unforgettable celebration

Light My Fire

Plan the perfect prelude to your wedding with an elegant, romantic engagement party

Botanical Bounty

Plant the seeds for a fabulous wedding fête with pretty papers

Stay Golden

Add a glimmer of gold and a whisper of whimsy for magical wedding gifts, sure to please

Mane Attraction

Must haves for healthy, happy hair on your wedding day

The Long and Short of It

Choosing the best wedding ‘do for hair any length

Makeup Magic

The season’s hottest makeup for you and your maids

Now Trending

Stay on point with runway makeup that carries timeless appeal

One-Two Punch

Sincare that plumps, covers, protects, nourishes and soothes

Skincare 101

Get back to basics with a regimen that will serve you up to and beyond the Big Day

Last Minute Fixes

Troubleshooting products to get your skin ready for its close-up

Tech-Savvy Skin

High-tech treatments for a flawless, fabulous face

Digital Matters

What to do about technology and social media on your Big Day

From The Editor

One of the many reasons New Orleans is among the most popular places in the country to get married is its wealth of locations to fit every couple’s personality. From the romance of centuries old buildings with exposed brick and gas lanterns to dazzling modern and contemporary spaces, there is a fit for everyone’s needs […]

Bountiful Baubles

Diamonds and pearls to polish off your Big Day look

Easy Does It

Vintage inspired dresses, classic jewelry and natural beauty combined with an effortless, laid-back approach create the perfect blend of romance and elegance.

Check It Twice

There’s a lot that goes into wedding planning, so don’t feel bad if you’re having a hard time keeping track of it all. Use our handy checklist to stay organized

Melt-Proof

10 Essential makeup products to beat the heat

Prep Work

Heat-proof skin for a flawless glow on your Big Day

Sweet Farewell

Artisanal honey makes goodbye a little sweeter

Big Easy Bonding

Staycation in New Orleans before heading out on the honeymoon

Great Escapes

High and low honeymoon options for every couple

Bridal Resources

to help you with all your wedding planning needs

From the Editor

Some lovebirds opt for simplicity, whereas others adore the concept of more is more. The good news is neither is wrong and it’s entirely up to the couple, their personality, preferences and budget to decide how minimal or maximal they want to go on their Big Day. In this issue, we’re celebrating the less is […]

Minis and Multiples

Travel-sized versions of the best beauty products to keep you glam from the aisle to the isles

Guests and Dress

When to bring a plus one and dress codes for every type of wedding

What Lies Beneath

How to buy your critical undergarments

Streamline

High-tech workouts and apps that fast-track you to fitness

Classically Beautiful

Bridal hair that stands the test of time

Stay Golden

Gilded gifts for your maids or yourself

R.S.V.P.

Invitation suites to suit every couple

Let Them Eat Cake!

A lavish Marie Antoinette-inspired wedding day set at Stella Plantation, fit for a queen

Sweet Simplicity

Three delectable, minimalist cakes

Gather Round the Table

Family-style service at your reception

Belly Up

Four hot cocktail trends for wedding receptions

Good to the Last Bite

Fab after-party food to keep your guests fed and fueled for the night

Big Day Benevolence

White Hall Plantation offers southern-style charm with a side of charitable giving

Historic Charm

Wedding venues and places to prep steeped in history and beauty

Straight Shooters

Tips from the pros choosing your photographer

Get into the Groove

Great audio and killer bands are the keys to getting people on the dance floor

Exit Strategy

Getaway cars, trolleys and carriages to carry you away in style

Mane Attraction

The best hair styles for your hair type

Monograms and Matrons

Rules of the game for hyphenated monograms, married maids and men of honor

From The Editor

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 […]

Max Factor

Beauty innovations that will keep you looking good from engagement to honeymoon

Pre-Wedding Workouts

Five Crescent City studios get you in shape for the Big Day

Naturally Beautiful

Your guide to barely there bridal make up

Big Day Bliss

Top tips from four New Orleans wedding planning pros

Gifted Giving

Gorgeous gifts for the registry or your wedding party

Clean Beauty

Eco beauty has never been more affordable or effective

Inviting Occasion

Stationery suites to suit every couple

Wedded to Wellness

Honeymoons that start you off on the right track

Something Blue

A pop of color and sass adds personality to your wedding day ensemble

Check It Twice

There’s a lot that goes into wedding planning, so don’t feel bad if you’re having a hard time keeping track of it all. Use our handy checklist to stay organized

Lacroix-Doyle

Bride: Carrie Lacroix Groom: Matthew Doyle Date: Oct. 10, 2015 Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church Reception: New Orleans Country Club Coordinator: Evie Hunnicutt, Sapphire Events Gown: Carolina Herrera, Ultimate Bride Chicago Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung, Nordstrom Men’s Attire: Durand’s Tuxedo Consultants Rings: David Liska Custom Jeweler, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Florist: Ambrose Gardens Caterer: New Orleans Country […]

Naturally Sweet

Simply delicious cakes embellished with fresh florals add natural beauty to your nuptials

Southern Comfort

Down-home favorites get a sophisticated Big Day makeover

Beer is for Lovers

Say I-Do to brew with a New Orleans-style craft beer bar at your reception

Dressed Rehearsal

Miniatures of your Southern fried favorites for the cocktail reception or passed hors d’oeuvres

Acing It

New Ace Hotel has cool to spare and is the perfect place for pre- wedding primping

Luxe Locales

Hotels, halls, plantations and other places for everything from the rehearsal to the reception

Snap Chat

How to ensure you get the wedding photography of your dreams

Pump Up The Volume

Brides getting hitched in New Orleans — a city known for its music — will want to devote some extra time into planning the perfect soundtrack. This doesn’t have to be high-pressure and is probably one of the most fun parts of wedding planning. Music is universally appreciated and there are so many ways to […]

Stylish Getaway

Sweet rides for you, your spouse and your guests

Enchanted

As cupid casts his spell on you and your betrothed, visions of gorgeous gowns dance in the forest's shadows

Bridal Resources

to help you with all your wedding planning needs

From The Editor

In many ways, a wedding is like a play or movie. Makeup, hair, lighting, wardrobe, music and setting the stage are just a few of the essentials that must be in place for the show — or wedding — to go off without a hitch. We can’t think of a more appropriate location for a […]

Questions and Quandaries

Road closures, mother-of-the-groom dresses and junior bridesmaids

Beauty Breakthroughs

10 skincare products to correct, perfect, target and tone

Dress Code

Stunning outfits to take you from the engagement party to the honeymoon

Fast-Track Hacks

Tone up and slim down with targeted moves to look best in your wedding dress

Setting the Tone

5 Exercises to Tone Your Upper Body and Trim Your Waist

Trend Watch

Contouring, nude lips and feline eyes offer wow factor

Makup Magic

Miracle products to correct, conceal, cover and contour for a flawless face

Hairstyles that Contour

Picking a ‘do for your Big Day that flatters your fabulous face

Runway Report

The hottest hair for brides-to-be

Give and Receive

The Crescent City is also the Creative City with gift shops to be found in every neighborhood

Bridal Bar Crawl

Beauty bars for your wedding wants

Opening Night

Gowns float and diamonds shine against the filtered light and timeworn walls of the Marigny Opera House. It’s a show-stopping marriage of rustic and refined — prepare for your curtain call.

Rock Opera

Dazzling diamonds and glittering gems that will bring down the house

This Land is Your Land

The most fabulous Honeymoon destinations across America

Check It Twice

There’s a lot that goes into wedding planning, so don’t feel bad if you’re having a hard time keeping track of it all. Use our handy checklist to stay organized.

Lavished with Love

A multi-million dollar dessert to celebrate new beginnings

Get Naked

Natural, rustic and deconstructed, naked cakes have gone from trendy to timeless

Best Catch

Crawfish, oysters, shrimp and more bring Gulf Coast fare to your wedding festivities

Get Ready and Get Hitched

Luxe locales for every aspect of your Big Day

Photo Op

A guide to the most iconic places to take proposal, engagement, wedding and post-wedding shots.

Hey, Mister DJ

From apps to vinyl New Orleans’ DJs are spinning your wedding guests right round on the dance floor

Radar Love

Hot rods, sports cars and other exotic cars will make your Big Day getaway unforgettable

Lavelle – Olinde

Bride: Lauren Lavelle Groom: Louis Olinde Date: March 27, 2015 Ceremony: St. Anthony of Padua Reception: The Westin Grandballroom Wedding Dress: The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Florist: Frederico’s Family Florist Cakes: Zoe’s Bakery Photographer: Eau Claire Photographics Videographer: Complete Weddings & Events Hair: Whitney Lowe […]

Cowdin – Lynch – Calahan

Bride: Destiny Cowdin-Lynch Groom: Blaine Calahan Ceremony: May 24, 2014 Ceremony & Reception: Latrobe’s on Royal First Look: Louis Armstrong Park Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham, Kelly’s Closet, Atlanta Georgia Hairpiece: Jenny Packham, Kelly’s Closet, Atlanta Georgia Bridesmaid’s dresses: Jenny Yoo, Bella Bridesmaid Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Bride’s Ring: Custom designed by bride and made by […]

Carter – Shoemaker

Bride: Genny Carter Groom: Barr Shoemaker Date: March 21st, 2015 Ceremony Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Reception Location: The Roosevelt, New Orleans Wedding Planner and Designer: Elyse Jennings Weddings Gown: Monique Lhuillier from their flagship store in New York Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse Rings: Juniker Jewelry Co. (Jackson, MS) Florist: Bella […]

Doussan-Ewbank

Bride: Susie Doussan Groom: Philip Ewbank Date: May 16, 2015 Ceremony: St. Patrick’s Church Reception: New Orleans Museum of Art Coordinator: Sapphire Events, Jack Kane Wedding dress: Yvonne Lafleur Bride Shoes: Kate Spade Bridesmaid’s dresses: Individually selected by each bridesmaid Men’s Attire: Philip wore a Brooks Brothers tuxedo, the groomsmen wore tuxedos from Perlis Rings: […]

From the Editor

Not all brides are like New Orleans brides. I was struck by this notion recently while second-lining on a blissfully cool evening en route to a friend’s wedding reception. The happy couple had just declared their “I Dos” and along with the rest of the bridal party, family and friends, I shimmied to the sounds […]

Best Guests

The tricky business of allowing, bringing and being plus-ones

Scent of a Woman

Three fab fragrances that’ll linger in the heart and mind of your spouse

Posture Primer

Quick fixes to look long and lean on your Big Day

Sole Mate

A guide to finding the shoe that fits

Put Your Best Face Forward

Expert advice for wedding makeup that beats the heat

Summer-proof

10 products that won’t succumb to even the most sweltering temps

Crowning Glories

Four Fabulous Updos for your I Do’s

Elegant Restraint

Hit refresh, formally speaking, with snowy gowns and white dinner jackets adding to the mix of classic pastel gowns and solid dark tuxedos.

Knockout Nudes

Neutral shades radiate understated glamour. Add gilt in the form of golden and bejeweled hair accessories for goddess-like flair.

Dress Your Tresses

Don’t leave your locks to the last minute

Frosted

Diamonds (and pearls) are still a girl’s best friend

Finely Finished

Flavor, texture and embellishment combine to create exquisite confections

Pulling Up to the Station

From bourbon bars to crepe carts, local weddings are embracing the food and beverage station trend

Go Modern

Two suites with uber-sleek, modern flair

Chock Full ‘O Chic

The Chicory’s expansion offers couples new New Orleans flavor with historic industrial edge

Places and Spaces

Renovations, expansions and new venues provide something for every Big Easy wedding

Glam It Up!

Marry metallics with fabrics and finery for him, her and home

Local Licks

New Orleans’ wedding singers make beautiful, funky and fun music for every aspect of your Big Day

Timeless Sophistication

Stylish wedding trends that make the photographs even more stunning — and seriously fun

Land, Air and Sea

Getting to your wedding festivities and staging the getaway with style and panache

Cream of the Crop

Écru, cream, ivory and beige bring classic flair to your nuptials

Adventures by the Month

A guide to best places for your honeymoon, summer through winter

Gifting Your Gals

A sweet bag of treats for your maids

Next Day 911

New Orleans has been known to get the best of even the most experienced revelers. In the words of notable tippler Ben Franklin, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When that fails, offer your guests this cheeky, but helpful Hangover Kit.   Drinking: know your limit! And don’t forget to eat […]

Just Do It

Honeymoons that go beyond the lounge chair

Perfect Timing

Your beauty countdown to the Big Day

Hairapy

Picking the best hairstyle for your face shape

Weather-Proof Your Makeup

Whether you’re outside in the blistering sun or second lining in the French Quarter make sure your makeup stays flawless all day

Par Excellence!

The best baubles for your registry

Blossoming Confections

Floral cakes add a touch of romance and whimsy to your wedding festivities

Shimmer and Shine

Bridal bijoux with big day flair

Setting the Tone

Bridesmaids dresses in an array of flattering hues and styles to complement your ladies in waiting

Love in Bloom

On her: “Sandrine” mermaid wedding dress with sweetheart neckline, floral lace bodice and ruffled skirt from the 2015 St. Patrick Barcelona Collection at Southern Bridal; Diamond tennis necklace, 20 carat, at Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers; On him: Jean Yves three-piece steel gray tuxedo at Ladies & Gents Formal Wear; “Locule” blue sapphire cufflinks and tuxedo studs […]

Getting Hitched Without A Hitch

Wedding planners, counselors and brides offer their advice

Guest Stars

A peek inside three hotels that will keep your loved ones comfortable, pampered and well-rested for your wedding celebration

A Sense of Place

10 wedding venues with beauty, style and Big Easy flair

Local Flavor

Farm-to-table fare gives guests true taste of New Orleans

Let's Dance

Set the mood for your wedding festivities with tips from the experts

Get Them to the Church

Trends in cars for couples

Real Wedding: Williams-Anselmi

                                Bride: Jennifer Williams Groom: Brady Anselmi Date: January 5, 2013 Ceremony: House of Blues Reception: House of Blues Coordinator: Chloe Tassin with House of Blues Catering: House of Blues Gown: Pronovias at Imaginations Bridal, Brookhaven, Mississippi Bridesmaids Dresses:  Dessy […]

Real Wedding: Eagan-Ellis

                            Bride: Mallory Eagan Groom: Joshua Ellis Date: March 29, 2014 Ceremony: St. Anthony of Pauda Reception: The Ritz Carlton Hotel Coordinator: I Do Events Catering: The Ritz Carlton Hotel Gown: Justin Alexander at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim […]

Real Wedding: Desselle-Young

                                    Bride: Brandi Desselle Groom: Lonnie Young Date: October 11, 2013 Ceremony: Camellia Garden in New Orleans City Park Reception: Pavilion of the Two Sisters Catering: Pavilion of the Two Sisters Gown: Yvonne La Fleur at Yvonne La […]

Real Wedding: Christens-Alcazar

                                  Bride: Kara Christens Groom: Orlando Alcazar Date: March 8, 2014 Ceremony: Audubon Sea Lion Exhibit Reception: Audubon Tea Room Catering: The Audubon Institute Gown: Vera Wang Luxe, Vera Wang, Toronto Bridesmaids Dresses: JLM Couture Alvina Valenta Maids New […]

Real Wedding: Bradley-Shirer

                        Bride: Kimberly Bradley Groom: Chris Shirer Date: November 2, 2013 Ceremony: Bayou St. John Bridge Reception: The Pitot House Catering: Casey Chermaine with Chicken Scratch Gown: Galina from David’s Bridal Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal Collection from David’s Bridal Men’s Attire: John’s Tuxedos Rings: […]

A Vehicle Built for You

How to choose your wedding wheels

Sing, Dance and Be Merry

What music to play at your wedding and how to get the best people to do it

Dishes They'll Love

Caterers share their most popular appetizers and entrees.

Time to Celebrate

10 places for an unforgettable wedding reception in New Orleans

How to Get the Best Wedding Photos

A little research and planning can lead to a beautiful wedding album.

Get Ready in Style

Make the prep time before your wedding a day of luxury in one of these three New Orleans hotels.

Menswear 101

Help your man find a look that suits him.

Royal Beauty

Channel your inner princess with the season’s most romantic gowns in Cinderella silhouettes and modern shades.

Aisle Style

Rainbow shades from pale to bold enhance the color potential of the big day’s style statement palette.

Baubles for the Bride

Spice up traditional wedding jewelry with colorful stones.

Take the Cake

The wedding cake is probably the biggest dessert decision you’ll ever make, and you can’t go wrong with these three beautiful cakes.

From the Editor

I’m writing this note with exactly 59 days until my own wedding.  I’ve already spent hours addressing invitations and thank you notes, and I spent a solid afternoon talking with my mom about the shape of my wedding program. Since I was coordinating my own wedding while working on this issue, I can promise you […]

How To Find Your Glam Squad

Our guide to finding the best hair and makeup stylists

A Guide to Hairstyles and Necklines

Choosing a wedding hairstyle to go with your dress is harder than you think.

Go Retro

Try the hairstyles of yesteryear for a touch of vintage on your wedding day.

How Do I…?

We asked local makeup experts questions you’re probably already wondering about your wedding day makeup.

Blissful Gifts

Gifts from local businesses add New Orleans panache to your newlywed home. Leave a hint for your family and friends that these pieces would look great in your married life.

Invite with Style

Classic or trendy? Luxurious or simple? Whatever design you choose, your wedding invitation is a preview of your wedding style.

Late-Night Bite

                                Your guests will need a pick-me-up after your reception. Bring in a hot dog cart by Lucky Dogs for an iconic New Orleans snack. Lucky Dogs, 517 Gravier St., (504) 524-6010, luckydogs.us.

Check It Twice

There’s a lot that goes into wedding planning, so don’t feel bad if you’re having a hard time keeping track of it all. Use our handy checklist to stay organized.

Don’t Forget the Small Stuff

Thinking about a cigar bar? Want to include your dog in the big day? These New Orleans businesses offer services to turn your good wedding into a great wedding.

Wedding Etiquette Questions Answered

What you need to know about invitation wording, how to wear your rings and more

Under-The-Radar Honeymoon Spots

While they may not be typical, these five locales are ideal for celebrating marriage bliss.

Recording in New Orleans

For a city richer in homegrown music than, arguably, any other city in America, New Orleans has been slow to build the kind of industry “infrastructure” characterizing major recording hubs. Big-name record labels – most notably Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group – that have long been at home in, say, Nashville, have […]

Manners and Marriage

My fiancé and I are planning an unconventional wedding – carnival-themed and under a big top. How can I express that in our invitations so that our guests know what to expect and include everything that needs to be there without it looking overloaded or sending the wrong message? With so many choices that go into […]

The To Do’s Before the I Do’s

Wedding planning is supposed to be fun, but it can get overwhelming. Use our guide to stay organized so you can enjoy your engagement.

Wedding Favor Idea: Dessert Table

A dessert table is a fun alternative to the expected wedding favor. The table featured here includes chocolate foil balls, mini meringues, rock candy sticks and yogurt-dipped pretzels. Graceful Events, (504) 723-2906, graceful-events.com.

Honeymoon Options on Every Continent

Planning a honeymoon shouldn’t be a minefield, but it sometimes feels that way. In an age of bridezillas and their over-the-top weddings, a honeymoon should be a time to relax, be romantic and maybe climb a mountain with your new partner. Since you have got the whole world to choose from when planning your honeymoon, […]

Local Wedding: Arceneaux – Rudd

  Bride:  Aimee Arceneaux  Groom:  Jason Rudd  Date:  June 14, 2013  Ceremon y: St. Ma ry’s Assumption Catholic Church Reception: Audubon Tea Room Gown: Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique Short Reception Dress: I Do Bridal Couture Bridesmaids Dresses: Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique Men’s Attire: Navy suits at Jos. A. Bank Men’s Ties: Custom from Rome’s Tuxedos […]

Local Wedding: Bouie – Roland

Bride: Dana Bouie Groom: Anthony Roland Date of wedding: April 21, 2012 Ceremony location: Riverview Room Reception Location: Riverview Room Coordinator: Classic Weddings and Events by Susan Gown: Casablanca Bridal at Lasting Bridal Couture of Addison, Texas Bridesmaids dresses: Bari Jay at Lasting Bridal Couture of Addison, Texas Rings: Gordon’s Jewelers Florist: Nola Flora Caterer: […]

Local Wedding: Pierce – Orgeron

Bride: Bree Pierce Groom: Nicholas Orgeron Date of wedding: May 18, 2013 Ceremony location: Community Bible Church in Cut Off, La. Reception Location: Chateau De Bayou Restaurant Gown: David’s Bridal Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal Men’s attire: Elaine’s Rings: Birdsall Jewelry Caterer: Chateau De Bayou Restaurant Cake: RJR Cake Shop Cake stand: Custom made by the […]

Local Wedding: Favret – Daigle

       Bride      : Sarah Favret       Groom      : Patrick Daigle       Date            of           wed ding     : April 19, 2013      Ceremony          location    : St. Ma ry’s Assumption Church     Reception        Location   : The Chi cory    Coordinator   : Karin Favret    Gown   : Winnie Chlomin dress at Olivier Couture    Bridesmaids      dresses  : Pearl’s P lace   Men   ’s attire : J ohn’s Tuxedos  Rings : Angelique’s  Florist : Bella Blooms Floral  Caterer : The Chicory  Cake : The Sweet Life Bakery  Photographer : […]

Want to feature your wedding in our magazine?

Want to see your wedding on these pages and share your big day with our readers and the city of New Orleans? To be considered as a featured local wedding in New Orleans Bride magazine, mail a CD with high-resolution (4×6/300dpi) photographs. Below is a helpful checklist to double-check you have all the correct materials. […]

Vintage Vows

Vintage-Inspired Gowns for the Southern Bride

Big-Day Dining

There are lots of options for the wedding menu.

All About Booze

When it comes to bar service, Arbo says her clients often pick two or three signature cocktails, with retro favorites like the Manhattan, Sidecar and Sazerac topping the list. She serves the drinks in ornate glasses to carry out the mood. As receptions have grown to include such “extras” as second lines, Mardi Gras masks […]

10 Places for a Wedding Reception in New Orleans

New Orleans knows how to throw a good party, so it makes sense there are plenty of places to choose from when looking for the perfect place for your wedding reception. Here are 10 places that will help you have a great time. 1. Broussard’s Though the classic New Orleans restaurant was founded in 1920, […]

Photography Tips from the People Snapping the Photos

How do you find the best photographer for you? We asked several New Orleans photographers what they think all brides need to know. Think Style First, Logistics Second Photographers agree that the most important factor in selecting a photographer is the style a couple prefers. “As a bride, your most important purchase is your photographer,” […]

7 Spots for an Engagement Shoot

Before you make your final decision, Corine Tran of Studio Tran Photographers recommends that couples do their research ahead of time so they are prepared for the venue’s policies and costs. The venue may offer a discount or waive the photography fee if you are also having your wedding there. For comfort during the session, […]

What to Know Before Booking Your Wedding Entertainment

There are three components to a memorable wedding reception, says Scott Schmidt, lead singer of New Orleans-based band The Boogie Men: 1) a venue that has good food and drink and is easily accessible; 2) a crowd that’s game for a good time; 3) and perhaps most important, quality entertainment. “Everything else – flower arrangements, […]

What Music To Play and When To Play It

Whether you opt for a band or a DJ, here are eight songs that are essential for any memorable wedding reception. First dance: “At Last” by Etta James What better song for your first dance as a couple than one of the most romantic songs of all time? Garter/removal toss: “Pour Some Sugar On Me” […]

Book Your Ride

Plan ahead for smooth transportation on the wedding day.

Suit Trends for the Groom

When it comes to the groom and his men, it’s ok to sway from the traditional tuxedo.

Where to Host a Post-Wedding Brunch

Chateau Golf and Country Club 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner, (504) 467-1351, chateaugcc.com At Chateau Golf and Country Club, both members and nonmembers can book post-wedding brunches, says Elle McCaffery, who works at the club. The dining room’s Sunday brunch menu changes weekly, and during a three-hour brunch, more lunch-type items are added in later in […]

Bridal Resources

to help you with all your wedding planning needs

From the Editor

Since the last issue of New Orleans Bride, I have been in the craziness of my own wedding planning. My fiancé and I got engaged in August 2013 after a lovely dinner at Coquette, and since then I have been planning my big day. I now have an even better understanding of what it takes […]

The Glam Plan

Make a plan to get your best self for the big day.

Eyebrows: should you Wax, Thread or Tweeze?

Eyebrows are often overlooked in regular beauty regimes, but they do more than you might think: Your brows shape and frame your face and make a big difference in defining your look. A strong, natural brow is big in the beauty world right now, but thicker brows take just as much work as highly plucked […]

How Do They Do That?

Must-have hair secrets from the pros

A Quick Guide to Beachy Curls

The wind-swept, big hair of Victoria’s Secret models are always a popular look, whether you want them for your wedding day or bridal shower. Tammy Toca, owner and stylist at La Riviera Salon & Spa, gave us the lowdown on creating the curls: “Use a curling iron, following these directions: dry the hair until damp […]

Use What You’ve Got

How to make the most of your favorite features

What color lipstick should you use?

Makeup icon Bobbi Brown once said if she “had to teach someone just one thing about lip color it would be to find one that looks good when you are wearing absolutely no makeup.” The point here is that the color should match your skin tones and coloring, more than anything else you put on […]

Gifts All Around

Whether you’re looking for something special for your groom, your guests or yourself, there are plenty of options for gifts with local flare.   A perfect gift for the groom, this antler pen set is the epitome of style. Friend & Company, 7713 Maple St., (504) 866-5433, friendandcompany.com.   Plate your hors d’oeuvres in these […]

Repondez S’il Vous Plait

Invite your guests to your wedding with a piece that shows off your style as bride and groom.

How to Add Some Color to Your Wedding Cake

Your wedding cake doesn’t have to be completely white. These bright cakes show your wedding day dessert can be just as sweet in your favorite color. The pale blue fondant with white present-style wrapping ribbons, bows, white piping dots and handmade white roses make this sweet treat stand out. Cake by Sucré. The pale yellow […]

Diamonds are a Bride’s Best Friend

Add some diamonds to glamorize your wedding look.

Bridesmaid Dresses Your Friends Will Love

    • Ivory chiffon gown by Jim Hjelm at Town and Country • Ivory crinkle chiffon dress by Lela Rose Bridesmaids at Southern Bridal • Encore by Watters lace dress with keyhole back at Town and Country • Jim Hjelm crinkle chiffon gown at Pearl’s Place • Pink and rose bi-color strapless gown by […]

Big Day Desserts

No celebration is complete without dessert. Enjoy a slice of sweet from a beautiful wedding cake.

Delectable Diamonds

Diamonds are like the icing on the cake for a perfect wedding.

Editor's Note

Less than a year ago, I moved to New Orleans from a Midwestern college town, a place very different from here. Thanks to New Orleans’ historic buildings and amazing slices of culture everywhere you look, I often have “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I live here” moments. That’s what happened on the day we […]

How to Get Perfect Wedding Hair

Long gone are the days when a bride would only have to decide whether to wear her hair up or down, straight or curly. Like skin care, today’s hair care benefits from many scientific advances and offers brides more ways to achieve the most gorgeous tresses imaginable. We spoke to some local experts to get […]

Ways to Get in Shape for the White Dress

As a bride, the goal of losing weight and getting in shape for the big day, seems to be one of the most difficult things of all to achieve and can cast a gloomy pall over the whole wedding planning process. But it shouldn’t be the miserable experience you expect it to be. If you […]

Makeup Ideas from the Pros

Even if you’re an expert at putting on eyeliner, or you know the best way to apply bronzer, it can be hard to get the exact look you want without the help of a professional. We asked four makeup artists to reveal some of the secrets of their craft and how they used them to […]

Give a Little Bit

Thank your wedding party and loved ones for joining you on your special day.

So Inviting

Set the tone for your wedding with invitations that reflect you and your groom.

Maid to Order

                Bari Jay Petal Pink twist-front Bella chiffon gown with crystal bead detail and optional shoulder straps at Pearl’s Place; Venus iridescent rose ruched chiffon short dress at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe; Cotton Candy chiffon short dress with spaghetti straps and contrast empire bow at Linda Lee […]

Romantic Renaissance

Fabulous gowns steal the show when form meets fashion to create stylish and stunning silhouettes.

The "New" Rehearsal Dinner

Explore your range of options for a memorable (and delicious) evening.

The Great Outdoors

New Orleans is home to many idyllic settings for an al fresco fête.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Photographer

Local experts share some thoughts and tips.

Victoria Bard & Cuong Tran

Bride: Victoria Bard Groom: Cuong Tran Date: December 8, 2012 Ceremony: Popp Fountain at City Park Reception: Panda King Coordinator: Maria Tran Gown: Jasmine Bridal from Pearl’s Place Bridesmaids Dresses: Alvina Valenta from The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Rings: Minh Chau, Symmetry Jewelers Florist: Eufloria Designs Caterer: Panda King Cake: Chez Pierre, Bunny Barletto Photographer: […]

Amanda McIntyre & Alex Wood

Bride: Amanda Lynn McIntyre Groom: Alex Brennan Wood Date: February 23, 2013 Ceremony: St. Anthony of Padua Reception: Chateau Estates Country Club Gown: Yvonne LaFleur from Yvonne LaFleur Bridesmaids Dresses: Sophia Tolli from The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Men’s Attire: Rome’s Tuxedos Rings: Raymond’s Jewelry Creations Florist: Kathy Thaller Caterer: Chateau Estates Country Club Cake: […]

Super Showers

Think beyond the living room for your bridal shower.

Vacate and Celebrate

Whether you hope to honeymoon in Indiana or Belize, local travel agents can help you find the perfect escape

Local Professionals Answer Your Wedding Music Questions

Think of your wedding music as the soundtrack to your most romantic occasion. You’ll want to personalize it to your taste, of course, but also provide some crowd-pleasing hits for your guests after the ceremony is over and everyone is ready to let loose on the dance floor. We asked Jim Dunegan of X-Pert Productions, […]

The Manners of Getting Married

There are a lot of etiquette questions that come up during wedding planning. We’ve got a few answers for you.

What to Do When: Our Helpful Wedding Checklist

How early should you make a guest list? When do you book a second line? Use this wedding checklist to make sure you don’t skip major steps before you put on the white dress.   10-12 Months Before __ Have the “who pays for what” conversation and set your budget. You can’t do anything until […]

Tiffani Reding & Michael Amedeo Jr.

Bride: Tiffani Marie Reding Groom: Michael Mark Amedeo Jr. Date: March 23, 2013 Ceremony: The Riverview Room balcony Reception: The Riverview Room Gown Designer: Jim Hjelm Blush from The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Bridesmaids Dresses: Venus from The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Men’s Attire: Black suits from John’s Tuxedo Rings: Stanley Jewelers, Inc. Florist: Grow […]

Real Wedding: Scarlett Reeves & William Thomas

Bride: Scarlett Reeves Groom: William Thomas Date: May 12, 2012 Ceremony: Preservation Hall Reception: The Napoleon House Gown: Privately designed in Bogota by Martha Ferro Rings: Brent&Jess Florist: Tommy’s Flower Shop Cake: Le Croissant D’Or Caterer: Napoleon House Photographer: Shoot 2 Studios Hair: Bridget Cordes from Bella Brides Music: Personal setup at the reception, Faux […]

Angel Webb & Kyle Suggs

Bride: Angel Webb Groom: Kyle Suggs Date: March 24, 2012 Ceremony: Jackson Square Reception: Ralph and Kacoo’s Gown: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal Bridesmaids: Dillard’s Men’s Attire: Calvin Klein from Men’s Warehouse Rings: Gold was contributed by family members, then melted down and reformed into gold wedding bands by Martin’s Diamond Gallery Cake: Swiss Confectionery […]

Exciting Eats

Consider all your options when choosing the meal for your nuptials.

Editor’s Note

Sometimes the most often said phrases – never mind that we roll our eyes when we read or hear them – ring the truest. So now it’s my turn to use one: Saying goodbye is the hardest part. When I started with New Orleans Bride, it was June 2006 and Bride was only a 29-page section, editorially […]

Pamper

After months of planning and making decisions, your wedding day is finally in sight. In the run up to the big day, don’t forget to build in enough time to enjoy one of the best parts: that last bit of pampering. As Virginia Walker, co-owner of Spa Manhattan (1901 Manhattan Blvd., Building B, 200B, Fountain […]

Prep

It’s easy to get jealous of your favorite celebrity when you see her walking down the red carpet with flawless skin and perfect teeth. While you may not be famous, it’s still possible for you to get that same look for your walk down the aisle. You can take advantage of all the amazing procedures […]

Polish

Take a look at any model on the runway, and it’s easy to see what a huge difference great makeup can make. Those same models are almost unrecognizable when caught dressed-down and makeup free. Just like on the runway, eyes will be on you as a bride, so it’s natural to want to enhance your […]

Presents with Presence

Give your loved ones a keepsake from the big day.

Please Join Us

Request the honor of their presence with these impressive invitations.

Embrace Your Inner Lace

Stay timeless yet trendy with these classic looks.

Love Conquers All

Eclectic meets romantic when Race and Religious serves as the backdrop for these gorgeous gowns, flowers and accessories.

Best Made Plans

Professional event planners share their tips.

Tamar Gregorian

graceful event productions

Etiquette Answers

Brush up on your wedding manners with the answers to these common questions.

Take

Hand-spun, fresh cotton candy is a fun alternative to the usual favor. You can customize your order to match the theme of your wedding with dozens of colors, flavors and presentation options. POOF Gourmet Cotton Candy, 345-2766, facebook.com/POOFGourmetCottonCandy

Post Proposal Pointers

If you’re still in the early stages of your engagement, make sure you complete these eight things before you launch into full wedding mode. If you’re closer to the big day, check this list to make sure you didn’t miss any key steps. 1. Talk logistics. Who is paying for your wedding? What is the […]

Make the Weekend Last

Plan some activities for your guests during your wedding weekend so they get the full New Orleans experience.

Beyond the Dress

Investing in the right intimates will make you feel good from the engagement party to the honeymoon.

A Few Favorite Rings

Your engagement ring and wedding band will stay with you forever. Find the pair that suits you.

Sweet Reward

Treat your guests to a tasty piece of cake or two.

A Location Built for You

Find a reception spot that matches your personality.

Say Cheese!

Photographers share a few of their favorite wedding day shots and why they love them.

Morgan Packard & Michael Griffith

Bride: Morgan d’Lane Packard Groom: Michael Franklyn Griffith Date: March 24, 2012 Ceremony: Peristyle at City Park Reception: The Great Lawn at City Park Coordinator: Terry Cambise L.L.C. Wedding & Event Consulting Gown Designer: Platinum Style gown by Priscilla of Boston Bridesmaids Designer: Dessy Bridesmaids Boutique: Town & Country Rings: Vintage lavender sapphire and baguette […]

Carla Hood & Roy Arriola Jr.

Bride: Carla Danette Hood Groom: Roy Anastacio Arriola Jr. Date: Oct. 6, 2012 Ceremony & Reception: Bea Field Alumni House, Tulane University Campus Coordinator: Vicki Evans, RSVP, LLC Gown Designer: Marisa Bridals Bride’s Necklace: Symmetry Jewelers Gown Boutique: Pearl’s Place Cake: Dwayne Brown, DMB Cakes Caterer: Elizabeth Anderson Catering Florist: Grow With Us Florists Photographer: […]

Lindsey Buonagura & Cameron Himel

Bride: Lindsey Alexandra Buonagura Groom: Cameron James Himel Date: Dec. 30, 2011 Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church Reception: The Blue Room in The Roosevelt New Orleans  (A Waldorf Astoria Hotel) Coordinator: Terry Cambise L.L.C. Wedding & Event Consulting Gown Designer: Jasmine Gown Boutique: Pearl’s Place Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm Florist:  Bella Blooms Floral Cake: The […]

Jennifer Brizzolara & Adam Wells

Bride: Jennifer Brizzolara Groom: Adam Wells Date: Sept. 24, 2011 Ceremony: The Cabildo Reception: The Presbytere Coordinator: Merideth Reed, Belle Soiree Weddings Gown Boutique: David’s Bridal Bridesmaids Dresses Boutique: David’s Bridal Rings: Engagement: Zales, Wedding: Aucoin Heart Florist: Le Grande Caterer: Capdeboscq Catering Cake: Swiss Confectionery Photographer: Sam Gregory Photography Videographer: Dyle Films Hair: Flawless […]

Lindsey Amedeo & Charles Gerkin Jr.

Bride: Lindsey Kathleen Amedeo Groom: Charles Claude Gerkin Jr. Date: Nov. 16, 2012 Ceremony: St. Jane de Chantal Catholic Church Reception: Vintage Court Coordinator: Yvonne Hulsey Gown Boutique: David’s Bridal Bridesmaids Dresses Boutique: David’s Bridal Bride’s Rings: NMC Diamonds Groom’s Ring: Brent&Jess Fingerprint Wedding Bands Florist: CJ’s Florist of Covington Caterer: Vintage Court Cake: Cocoa […]

Bridal Resources

To help you with all your wedding planning needs

Odds and Ends

Stationery designs you won't want to miss!

Editor’s Note

As I was preparing for my wedding, a dear friend gave me two pieces of advice: Make sure to eat rich food the week of your big day or you’ll be sick after the rehearsal dinner; and, if nothing goes wrong, no one will have anything to talk about. I agree with the first point […]

Pamper

Whether it’s a detoxifying body wrap or the perfect shade of rose-petal-pink nail polish, reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve put into planning your wedding with some serious pampering and relaxation at a top-notch spa. For the ultimate indulgence, schedule a massage, facial and mani/pedi so you’ll feel refreshed and renewed. Book your […]

Prep

Bridal beauty goes beyond your finding your dream dress and achieving perfectly coiffed hair and flawless glamorous makeup. Ensure you’ll be ready for the big day by planning well in advance. Presenting your most beautiful self means staying healthy, feeling confident and exuding a glow that emanates from within. From setting fitness goals and maintaining […]

Polish

Just like fondant on an expertly decorated wedding cake, hair and makeup complete the look of your wedding attire; your cake would be just as delicious without the cake’s decorations, but lacking that extra “wow factor” you want when celebrating such a momentous occasion. You have spent months scouring bridal boutiques in search of the […]

To Give, Sublime

From shower gifts to honeymoon planning, these local vendors have the perfect present for any wedding occasion.

So Inviting

Whether you and your fiancé are summer chic in red, or classically black-and-white, or into sealife or scrolls, these local vendors have the perfect invitation suites to take you from showers to luncheons to the wedding day and beyond – don’t forget the thank-you notes.         This “Enchanting Suite” from the Emily Post […]

Shake it Up!

                    Persimmon, mango, tangerine and mulberry sound exotic but are just a sampling of the hot colors, short styles and cool fabrics available for your wedding party attire. Tangerine silk chiffon gown by Liz Fields at Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique; Bella Maids persimmon strapless stretch […]

Field of Dreams

Beautiful gowns, jewelry and bouquets showcased at Pontchartrain Vineyards to make your wedding fantasies come true.

Luxe Locations

Hold your wedding reception, engagement party or cocktail party at any of these lovely local settings.

Take

Maybe you’re full of love, champagne or wedding cake, but you can’t possibly refuse room for bite-sized pieces of sweetness. Lucky You! Candy Catering offers deluxe candy tables in custom colors, designs and themes to sweeten up any occasion; they also offer professional cotton-candy spinning and gift boxes and bags. Pictured here are some mint […]

Hitting the Home Stretch

9 things to check off during the last month before the big day

Milton Walker

Alert Transportation

Transportation

Chris Bonomolo Bonomolo Limousines Inc.

Bridal Resource Directory

BEAUTY, HEALTH & FITNESS American Laser Skincare 504-887-0727 americanlaser.com Exceptional Dental 504-340-9696 504-469-6333 drbourg.com One to One Personal Training 985-640-0391 504-481-5083 renfrochristine@yahoo.com   BRIDAL CONSULTANTS Graceful Event Productions 504-723-2906 graceful-events.com   old.new.blue. Weddings 504-665-0863 oldnewblueshop.com Terry Cambise LLC 504-259-6815 www.terrycambise.com   CAKES/PASTRIES Bittersweet Confections 504-484-0780 bittersweetconfections.com   Haydel’s Bakery 504-837-0190 haydelbakery.com La Louisiane Bakery 504-739-7872 […]

From now on

How to create the wedding registry that will make you happy

How I Matched Your Mother

Ladies, brides, maids – step away from the magazine. I mean it. Hand it to your fiancé and never look back. Instruct him to remove these pages and, having read them, burn them. Or eat them. Just so long as you can never read these words. Seriously. OK, gentlemen. Is your fiancée out of the […]

Picture Perfect

Experts’ tips on choosing the photographer who’s right for you.

Pride of Place

How to choose your wedding locations, according to the experts

Not Just Noshes

7 catering choices to suit your cravings.

The Icing on the Cake

Whether your style is cute, quirky or classic (or a combination of all three), these local shops can help you customize the perfect dessert to make your wedding as sweet as possible.

In Full Bloom

These stunning rings will grow with you from engagement through the rest of your lives.

Want your wedding featured in New Orleans Bride?

If you would like to have your wedding consider for a feature story in New Orleans Bride email our Editor Morgan Packard at Morgan@myNewOrleans.com for all the details.

He asked to Marry YOU!

   I normally write about Southern traditions, but today’s blog is about something very non-traditional; dramatically changing your appearance for the day of your wedding.  The desire to lose weight before walking down the aisle is a topic for discussion that occurs often between myself and the Brides who hire me to plan their weddings.  […]

Randy to the Rescue: TLC's Ultimage Bridal Event

If you’re a bride-to-be and have access to TLC, chances are you’re a fan of Randy Fenoli. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps “Say Yes to the Dress” does. Star of the TLC hit series, Randy Fenoli helps countless brides find perfect dresses at New York City’s acclaimed Kleinfeld bridal salon. Randy’s passion […]

Wedding Specials

Check out theses great Bridal Specials from the New Orleans Area! Olivier Couture Bridal Boutique 1901 Highway 190 Suite 24 Mandeville, LA  70448 Phone: 985-674-7906 info@oliviercouture.com www.oliviercouture.com Hayley Paige Wedding Gown Trunk Show at Olivier Couture on Friday, September 14th & Saturday, September 15th!  {Appointments Required} THE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE BY MAEME 3331 SEVERN AVENUE METAIRIE, […]

Perfect Presentation

The radiant luster of pearls and the shimmering sparkle of diamonds reflect the luxurious extravagance of our New Orleans bride.

Indulge: Treats for the Sweet

On the sweetest day of your life, share your happiness with your loved ones in the form of a delightful dessert.

View: What Is a Picture Worth?

The top 10 questions to ask before you hire a photographer or videographer

Celebrate: The Power of Place

Unforgettable ceremony, reception and rehearsal spaces sure to leave a lasting impression.

Dine: Nibbles Needed

Try though they might, wedding parties cannot subsist on cake and champagne alone – and we don’t recommend it in any case.

Sparkle: Wrap It Up, I'll Take It

A jewelry box holds a world of possibilities; peek into more than 16 filled with gorgeous pieces at local purveyors and choose your favorite. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to find your favorite wrapped up for you soon.

Make a List and Check It Twice

1. Ten to 12 months before your wedding date, visit and book your ceremony and reception locations before they become unavailable. 2. Figure out who is paying for what and start planning a budget 10 to 12 months before the wedding. 3. Six to nine months before your wedding start researching prices and locations for […]

Verify: Legal Matters

Get your ducks in a row before you walk down the aisle.

Transport: Your Carriage Awaits

5 ways to “get you to the church on time.

Party Like It’s …

Six ideas for an exceptional celebration

Listen: Time to Face the Music

A guide to finding the right fit

Shine: Merry Maids

Designer styles in a variety of lengths and countless shades complement the fashionable bride and her maids

Luxe Locations

Hold your wedding reception, engagement party or cocktail party at any of these lovely local settings.

Bridal Resource Directory

            BRIDAL CONSULTANTS Graceful Event Productions 504-723-2906 graceful-events.com   One Stop Events (504) 669-5141 onestopeventshop@yahoo.com   Plan B Weddings/Events 504-684-4484 planbweddings.com   Weddings by Anthony Lala 504-908-4804 weddingsbyanthonylala.com   Weddings by Janie Glade 504-875-1718 weddingsbyjanieglade.com               CAKES/PASTRIES Bittersweet Confections 504-484-0780 bittersweetconfections.com   Melissa's Fine […]

Real Weddings Intro

There are many ways to showcase a wedding, but none takes the breath away more than pages of beautiful photos. On the next several pages you’ll find photographs that display the most romantic, innovative and personalized local weddings. Turn this page to find inspiration for your own upcoming wedding, a future event or even to […]

Bloom: Spring has Sprung

Vibrant hues bring warmth to a wedding taking place in even the coldest of months. Blending oranges, yellows and reds with delicate feathers and greenery are among this year’s spring bouquet and boutonniere trends. Here are nine locally designed arrangements.

Take: Gifts for Guests

In addition to the wonderful memories you’ve created at your wedding, make sure you leave a good taste in your guests’ mouths. Old. New. Blue (6117 Magazine St., 655-0863, OldNewBlueShop.com) offers a variety of wedding services, including consultations, nuptial necessities and accessories (cake pulls, lingerie and even shoes!). Shown here is a fluffy, decadent Neopolitan […]

Advise: Etiquette

All of your wedding protocol questions answered – no matter how awkward.

Aimee Barousse

full-service coordinators

Beauty: Prep

A bride-to-be has tons of projects, large and small, to consider. There is the ceremony, the reception, the dress, the food and, of course, the style and décor of it all. But feeling like your best, most put-together self tops the importance of the day you’ve worked so hard to prepare. Self-improvement sometimes takes the […]

Beauty: Polish

Thanks to talented local New Orleans hair and makeup artists, putting your best face forward has never been so easy. Use the resources below to find and fine-tune your dream look. Ashley Merritt and her partner Kisha Williams own The Makeup Lab Artistry (By appointment, 843 Carondelet St., Studio 4, 666-3795, TheMakeupLabArtistry.com), a hub for […]

Give: All Wrapped Up

Local gift ideas for everyone who has given so much to you.

Invite: RSVP No Regrets

              The wedding invitation you choose says a lot about your personality and style. Whether you want a simple, elegant design or one that’s elaborate and extravagant, there are countless options to warmly invite your guests and announce your marriage to the love of your life. Left: Printed in […]

Editor's Note: Tact

I would like to take a moment to talk about tact. Webster defines it as: 1) sensitive mental or aesthetic perception and 2) a keen sense of what to do or say in order to maintain good relations with others or avoid offense. When it comes to anything wedding-related, it seems that people loose all […]

Beauty: Pamper

For lots of women, stress levels rise as the big day approaches. Try winding down instead, trusting that you’ve taken care of everything else the best you can, so you can fully enjoy taking care of you. These following salons provide the premium comfort and spoils that should accompany a bride wherever she goes. Spa […]

New Orleans Bride Showcase January 11, 2012

Join New Orleans Bride for its 2012 Bridal Showcase at Hilton Riverside, New Orleans located at the end of Poydras Street at the River on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Visit with numerous bridal vendors, register for great give-a-ways and spend an elegant evening planning your special day.   For […]

December Bridal Specials

  A Royal Coach Limousine 22201 MCH Rd Mandeville, LA 70471 985-875-0723 info@myroyalcoach.com www.MyRoyalCoach.com ***Call Today to book your Holiday transportation. Christmas or New Years Eve***  (Just imagine, as a bride or a groom, arriving at your wedding venue in a comfortable, stylish, luxurious limousine, town car or even a Rolls Royce.  If you have […]

Old. New. Blue. Opens Uptown

Old. New. Blue. has opened on Magazine Street providing wedding consultation services, nuptial necessities and bridal accessories ranging from cake pulls to lingerie.  Jane Glade and her daughter, Marylyn Rigby opened Old.New.Blue. as a way to help couples express the experiences most important to them and make available gifts from five major religions and a […]

2012 Bridal Showcase

2012 New Orleans Bride Event of the Year - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

Luxe Locations

Hold your wedding reception, engagement party or cocktail party at any of these lovely local settings.

Seriously, It's Your Day

By the time you read this, my fiancé and I (and our families) will be less than 300 days from our wedding. I know that seems like a long time but, as any soon-to-be-married person can tell you, no amount of time seems like enough. As engaged couples hear again and again: Don’t stress about […]

Beauty: Pamper

Every bride wants to feel like a pampered princess on her big day, but the weeks leading up to the wedding are also an important time to wind down, de-stress and enjoy. Plus, the benefits of pampering are not only for mood; the skin and body will also be grateful for the treat. These insider […]

Beauty: Prep

With the big day approaching, there are so many things on the bride’s mind: the dress, the flowers, the first song, the ceremony – but you can’t forget to put yourself first. From brightening up your smile to getting rid of pesky facial hair, here are some helpful and easy ways to “prep” and look […]

Beauty: Polish

Two of the biggest decisions a bride will make are hair and makeup styles. She will want to exude glamour and beauty but still look like herself, finding the balance between natural and dramatic. For hairstyles, Kelly McDonald from Get Polished (1920 Magazine St., 301-0316) says that “elegance is always key. Soft golden highlights and […]

Documenting the Big Day

Celeste Mackenroth Dream Catcher Photography and video

Capturing the Moment

Chad Dyle of Dyle Films

Ask Dee Lane

All of your wedding etiquette questions answered – no matter how awkward.

Cross It Off

7 "To-Dos" before your “I Dos”

Take

The exquisite packaging, which can be coordinated with your wedding colors, eludes to the tasty temptation within: a medium white chocolate fleur-de-lis in all its decadent glory from Southern Candymakers (334 Decatur St., (800) 344-9773 or 523-5544, southerncandymakers.com). But don’t stop there – visit Southern Candymakers online or in person to view all of their […]

From the Heart

These gift ideas are great ways to say “thank you.”

Come as you Are

Whether you prefer traditional and classic or bright and colorful, the perfect wedding invitation embodies both the couple and the ceremony. Here are some examples from local stationers that run the gamut from understated to eclectic.

Love Blossoms

Bright colors are a staple for summer weddings. Using vibrant hues for the big day, brides can personalize bouquetsand boutonnières with exotic flowers to match their own taste. Here are nine local takes on summer’s best blossom arrangements. 

Lay on the Luck

Lucky bamboo and the luckiest of insects – the ladybug – showcase diamond jewelry that any bride would feel blessed to wear.

Let them Eat Cake

Whether your preference is traditional or playful, New Orleans has many options to fit your event.

Fancy a Feast?

Five of the city’s best catering services fit for a bride.

Lovely Locations

Find the ideal setting for your wedding close to home.

Bridal Resource Directory

          BRIDAL CONSULTANTS The Bride’s Lounge504-301-0316thebrideslounge.com Weddings by Janie Glade504-875-1718weddingsbyjanieglade.com …………………………………………….BANKING Fidelity Homestead800-220-2497fidelityhomestead.com …………………………………………….CAKE/PASTRIES BITTERSWEET CONFECTIONS504-484-0780bittersweetconfections.com MELISSA’S FINE PASTRIES504-472-8572melissasfinepastries.comSwiss Confectionery504-522-7788swisscakes.net…………………………………………….CATERING catering d’orleans504-427-7751cateringdorleans.com …………………………………………….FLOWERS carrollton flowers504-866-9614carrolltonflowermarket.com Grow With Us Florist504-837-9449growithus.com FABULOUS FLOWERS504-909-0253fabulousflowers.us NOLA Flora504-891-3333nolaflorashop.com PREFECT PRESENTATIONS504-522-7442perfectpresentationsflorals.com THE PLANT GALLERY504-488-8887 or 800-545-2499theplantgallery.com …………………………………………….GIFTS/REGISTRY ADVANTAGE BRIDAL310-371-2060advantagebridal.com Auraluz Children’s and Linens504-888-3313auraluzlinensgifts.comJudy at the Rink504-891-7018judyattherink.com ORIENT EXPRESSED504-899-3060orientexpressed.com Party Cup Express504-835-5465partycupexpress.com Slumber Parties […]

Countdown to the Big Day

I’m still more than a year from my wedding date, and yet I’m already feeling the fluttery feelings in my stomach associated with excitement and panic. I’m counting on feeling those butterflies as I walk down the aisle, waiting to see the man who will soon be my husband; I’m counting on those pesky flutterbyes […]

pamper

With all the inevitable stress that goes into planning a wedding, brides can sometimes lose sight of what a joyful time it should be. The weight of decisions and the pressure of fulfilling a lifetime of expectations can seem insurmountable; that’s why it’s crucial for brides to take some much-needed (and deserved) time to relax […]

prep

If there’s only one day in a woman’s life when she wants to look her very best, there really is no question: It’s her wedding day. While style, hair and makeup decisions will be crucial on the big day, every bride will also want to be in her best physical shape, which can mean preparing […]

polish

After months of planning and preparing, the big day arrives. The final touches for your perfect wedding look are some of the most important: hair and makeup. You will want to look flawless, but you’ll also want to look like you. Here are some tips to find your perfect bridal look. For a glowing face, […]

give

from me to you

invite

come one, come all

ask

ask the experts: wedding planners

advise

All of your wedding etiquette questions answered – no matter how awkward.

power planning

9 tips – from shots to shoes – to check off before your “I Dos.”

take

wedding favors

sparkle: light my fire

Warm up your wedding look with these glowing jewels.

indulge

back to classic

dine: the catering conundrum

Choosing the cuisine for your wedding amid an embarrassment of riches.

celebrate: special settings

Look no further for the perfect place for your reception.

bloom

floral fixation

dream

portraits of a princess bride

New Orleans Bride 2011 Bridal Showcase

Join New Orleans Bride for its 2011 Bridal Showcase at Pat O’s on the River and The Riverview Room located at the Jax Brewery on Wednesday, Jan. 12th, 2011, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Visit with numerous bridal vendors, register for great give a ways and spend an elegant evening planning your special day. […]

editor’s note

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 […]

makeup matters

Three looks and tips to ensure you look your best.

coiffure creations

No matter the length, treat your tresses to a beautiful style.

slice of style

Use these summer fashions to brighten up your wedding party.

style ’scape

An often-overlooked (but always crucial) element to a great wedding environment is the style of tabletops, be it for the bridal luncheon, shower or the wedding reception itself. The tabletop should reflect the theme, style and mood of the event as well as the tastes of the couple – but with all the stress of […]

wedding favor

Customize cups like these or choose from a wide array of stock designs that Party Cup Express ((800) 299-4332, www.partycupexpress.com) prints in-house at their location Uptown, just off River Road. Known for the Mardi Gras Throw Cup™, they also print cozies, napkins and light-up drinkware; all perfect toasting options for your big celebration. 

check and mate

What to do before your “I Dos” – 9 tips for your time.

weddiquette

All of your wedding etiquette questions answered – no matter how awkward.

newport to point clear

Two “starter” destinations to celebrate your new start

the right soundtrack

Here in New Orleans, music is life, and picking out the right music for a wedding – your wedding – is a challenge. But don’t worry, New Orleans is a musical treasure chest, and hundreds of gems lie within your reach just waiting to provide the perfect soundtrack for your big day.  You want everyone […]

april showers bring summer flowers

Flower trends this summer range from bright and bold to crisp and clean; either look is sure to make a splash at a warm-weather wedding.

Belle du Jour

The historic perfection of Dr. Richard N. Sherman’s Bywater home and garden creates a scene reminiscent of silk gowns, antique jewels, fragrant blossoms and romantic rendezvous, perfect for the New Orleans bride.

confection perfection

A wedding cake is the symbol of your love and the centerpiece of your celebration. A tasting and design collaboration with New Orleans’ finest pastry chefs guarantees a sweet finale.   Melissa Samuels’ menswear-inspired cake for the stylish groom is chocolate chiffon soaked in Kahlúa filled with chocolate mousse and caramel hazelnut jam at Melissa’s […]

the tastiest of treasures

Enjoy the sweet seduction that these local jewelers have to offer.

Editor's Note

I have always considered winter and spring in New Orleans our city’s most beautiful seasons. As I type, there’s a beautiful pink, orange and violet sunset out my window, and I’m looking forward to curling up in a blanket in my backyard in front of a fire with a hot toddy. There are few things […]

makeup matters

Tips for putting your best lip, eyes and skin forward on the big day

stylish snapshots

Use these looks as a guide to outfitting your party.

set your style

Tabletops for every taste.

a bride idea

Whether you choose subtly hued blooms for your winter fête or splashy, punchy perennials, the perfect bouquet evokes the most elegant of memories on your wedding day. 

an ivory shade of pale

Muriel’s perfectly situated balcony, Jackson Square and its old-world environs set the stage for a stunning selection of slim, sophisticated ivory gowns that reveal – in their pale off-white shades and ethereal layers – the romantic charm of this uniquely New Orleans backdrop. By Lisa TudorMakeup by Cat Wall AschaffenburgHair by Erin Moreau for Spa […]

Wedding Favor

Festive and elegant, and in colors that go with any palette, these favor boxes from AdvantageBridal.com can be filled with delicacies or gifts of your choosing, leaving your guests with a keepsake of your perfect day.

to-dos for your “I Dos”

9 tips – from shoes to smiles – to keep you heading in the right direction as your big day approaches.

weddiquette

All of your wedding etiquette questions answered – no matter how awkard.

honeymoon in south america

A honeymoon is a way to decompress and explore an exotic, unknown destination. With a summer wedding, and a less than favorable currency exchange to the dollar, we looked toward South America with a plan that balanced city and country, fancy and rugged. We began locally at the Windsor Court Hotel. A second day stay […]

sugar, spice & everything nice

Treat yourself to one of these sparkling pieces of local jewelry for the perfect finish to the day that starts the rest of your life.

diary of a wedding cake

Behind the scenes with the star of the reception.

New Orleans Bride – Bridal Showcase 2010

Join New Orleans Bride for its 2010 Bridal Showcase at Pat O’s on the River and The Riverview Room located at the Jax Brewery on Thursday, January 7th 2010 from 5pm to 8pm.  Visit with numerous Bridal vendors, register for great give a ways and spend an elegant evening planning your special day.   For […]

Editor's Note

Summer in New Orleans, while often fraught with weather worries and days so humid you swear you can see water in the air, is also a beautiful time to plan and have your wedding!     Most people know that June has always been a popular month to wed. Thanks to the song “June Bride” from […]

Luxe vs. Lean

Over the past few years, wedding budgets have ballooned to amounts unimaginable by most brides’ grandparents. Lured by the lavish nuptials they see in magazines and on television, many brides begin planning their weddings with visions of luxury dancing in their heads.    For a lucky few, those visions can become reality. Brides and grooms with […]

The scent of a woman

Choosing the perfect wedding day fragrance

Take a bite of Manhattan

For some couples, honeymoon destinations in far away places with exotic-sounding names have great appeal. The idea of an active getaway with diving, hiking and exploration certainly has appeal. Others want to do no more than toss a towel on beach, lather on the sunscreen and read a good book (something most couples don’t have […]

One night only

A blend of ethereal beauty, ultra glamour, and sparkling jewels unveil spectacular bridal fashions that are simply works of art Photographed by Theresa CassagneFashion Editor: Tracee Dundas | Make-up: Booth Pohlmann Hair: Erin Moreau of Spa Isbell | Hair Pieces and Extensions provided by Fifi Mahony’s | Models: Kim and Misty Ormiston Shot on Location […]

A budding romance

Fall in love with bright perennial blooms and ladylike pastels for your big day in the coming warmer months.

The best laid plans

Counting down the days to your wedding

Weddiquette

I would like to have an “adult-only” wedding but I know a few guests that won’t understand that the “and guest” on the invitation means “not your child.” How can I politely make it clear that I want a kid-free wedding and reception? There is no faster way to open a can of worms than […]

Music Notes

Before my father married my mother, he presented her with a would-be romantic pre-wedding gift: a music box. But not having put too much planning into this present, he made a mistake. My mom recalls, “When I wound it up and opened it for its twinkling performance, the song ‘Yesterday’ by the Beatles filled the […]

Something Borrowed

Below, you’ll find ways that New Orleans brides personalized their local weddings. “Borrow” their ideas and make your own special day even more touching – then submit your ideas to MyNewOrleans.com so that other local brides can learn from you!

Something Borrowed Entries

We are looking for ideas from your wedding!

Something Borrowed

Comb-pletely PerfectFor my wedding back in September 2002, I decided to incorporate a piece from my in-laws’ wedding more than 30 years prior. My mother in law wore a simple veil attached to a beautiful pearl-covered comb. I loved the comb but the veil was too plain for me. So, I decided to add some […]

Ask the Experts: Bridesmaids

Being picked as a bridesmaid is a tremendous honor – an honor that’s usually bestowed upon close friends, sisters and other relatives of the bride. The details of a wedding are important, and if you’ve been chosen as a bridesmaid you should be flattered, not frazzled.    While you may have to take orders from the […]

Weddiquette

Q: I am getting married in the town where my fiancé and I grew up, hundreds of miles from New Orleans, where we now reside. My mother and sister are helping out with so much and I’m almost worry-free. I do have one worry: I would like to know how I can politely ask for […]

Best Laid Plans

24 to 18 months prior to wedding datel Announce engagement.l Determine wedding style, budget, ceremony and reception site.l Develop a system to keep track of details.l Select wedding date.l Begin compiling guest list.l Decide on a wedding consultant.l Visit reception sites; interview caterers and book your selections.l Gather referrals for musicians, florists, photographers and other […]

A Novel Idea

1. White hydrangea, purple tulips, purple ranunculas and Lisianthus buds by Dunn and Sonnier.   2. Blue hydrangea, white sweet peas, blue iris, peonies in blush adorned with looped curly willow, wrapped with crystals and pearls by Kenner Florist. 3. Freedom Roses, Lisianthus, Billy Balls and Saladago by Audubon Flowers. 4. Yellow calla lilies, red […]

Carpe Diem…

Belle du Jour (above) Diamond white, strapless, sweetheart neckline, dotted organza gown with ruched wrap bodice and self sash by Melissa Sweet from Town & Country; single strand white and tan coin pearl necklace; yellow button pearl earrings; and platinum, fancy yellow radiant cut, 4.06 ct total weight diamond engagement ring, all from Boudreaux’s Jewelers; […]

Honeymoon Snapshot: Out of Africa

In Ernest Hemingway’s time, safaris were demanding, tough and took a month or two. Today, a safari is a honeymoon done in just under a week in total luxury, without losing a bit of the sense of adventure. If you can stretch yours to 10 days, you can add a tour of Victoria Falls and […]

Picture Perfect

Choosing a photographer for your wedding isn’t like choosing your location, bakery or menu. The photographer is the person in charge of capturing the special moments of your wedding – the ones you see and the ones you may miss. Richard Najdzion of Cowboy UP Photos reminds his brides that, “Having an open dialogue with […]

It’s Party Time!

Chaos is king as the big day draws ever closer. Friends and relatives can’t help being underfoot, unintentionally contributing to the lovely knot of stress living between your shoulders, and all the women in your life struggle to find common ground outside of yourself. Groups of acquaintances are beginning to clash or section off. You […]

Countdown to Beauty: All Eyes on You

Planning a wedding can be a hectic, crazy process that might leave you stressed out and not exactly looking your best, but here is an essential beauty timeline that will ensure you’ll be gorgeous for your wedding day, just in time for all eyes to be on you. 6 Months PriorSix months away might seem […]

A Fairytale Beginning…

Fashion Editor: Tracee Dundas  Make-up: Celeste Louapre for Make Me Up Hair: Ashley White for Albert Brown Salon  ModelS: SueEllen Soto from Victor’s International, Rachel Cannata and Chris Howard Shot on Location at Destrehan Plantation Regal BeautyIvory beaded, lace appliqué gown with cap sleeves and keyhole back and empire waist with silk ribbon, netted tulle, […]

Sparkle and Rhyme

From the first rose petal that slips through her tiny fingers to fall beneath the feet of a walking bride, a little girl dreams of her wedding and thinks on this rhyme: “Something old, something new,  Something borrowed, something blue, And a silver sixpence in her shoe.” To carry these items brings luck, with “something […]

A Palette of Petals

Enchanted eveningPink roses, magenta Gerber daisies and orange Enchantment lily bouquet by Kori’s Floral, 701 David Drive, Metairie, 818-2644. Roses are redRed rose bouquet by The Plant Gallery, 9401 Airline Highway, 488-8887. Lovely lily grassDusty miller and lily grass greens, purple flowering kale and white hypericum bouquet by Dunn & Sonnier, 2138 Magazine St., 524-3235. […]

Personalizing Your Wedding

"I wanted something a little different,” says Francesca Valles, a New Orleans bride-to-be who hails from California. She’s showing her ring to two of her bridesmaids as they try on dresses at Pearl’s Place in Metairie. She proudly holds out her left hand, which is decorated with her antique-cut sapphire and diamond engagement ring, and […]

Fit to be Wed

So, you’ve got the ring, you’ve got the guy and now comes the wedding. Everyone is going to be looking at you. But not just you – the most beautiful version of you. The perfect dress, the perfect hair and the perfect shoes all can make you the most beautiful bride on your wedding day. […]

Will Power

There are many other documents that are much more prevalent and can be more important than a matrimonial agreement. A properly drafted Last Will and Testament is important for everyone, married or not. Many couples believe that since they have little in assets at the start of the marriage, they will not need a Will. […]

‘Til Debt Do You Part

Marriage is about many things. Many hopeless romantics get lost in the fantasy and splendor of it all. But some forget, marriage also involves the merging and protection of assets, being able to protect your money and having to share it with another person who might be hiding his or her own financial woes. There […]

Take a sip!

In a city that’s constantly celebrating, a wedding is no small occasion. There arecountless details to plan – the budget, the band, the location, the guest list, the dress. And there’s one guest who’s no longer hanging out in the background. The Wedding Cocktail is now approaching center stage, no longer the understated, polite fellow […]

Belle Couture

Brides today have more choices than ever before; there are destination weddings, pre-honeymoon getaways, eco-friendly invitations and even couture gowns to fit the unique wishes of a bride-to-be. Ladies looking to have a dress made just for them can visit a custom gown designer and select every last detail, from cut to color to embellishment. […]

Vow to Wow

INTRIGUING BEAUTYIvory, vintage lace A-line gown with strapless sweetheart neckline, Swarovski crystals and pearls, satin band and antique-like broach by Pronovias from Bustles & Bows. 14 K white gold and 10-mm pearl and double diamond circle earrings; 12-mm white Chinese freshwater pearl strand; and Tom Mathis designed hand carved 18 K white gold, palladium, round […]