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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. […]

Big-Day Dining

There are lots of options for the wedding menu.

Vintage Vows

Vintage-Inspired Gowns for the Southern Bride

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,” […]

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, […]

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 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

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 […]

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 […]

Repondez S’il Vous Plait

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

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 […]

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 […]

Use What You’ve Got

How to make the most of your favorite features

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 […]

How Do They Do That?

Must-have hair secrets from the pros

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 […]

The Glam Plan

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

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 […]

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