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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 […]

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 […]

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: 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: 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, […]

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 […]


A showstopping stole sure to become an instant heirloom

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Easy Escape

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

‘Lazymoons’ for Lovers

Relaxing honeymoons for the laid back couple

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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