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 so that other local brides can learn from you!

Comb-pletely Perfect
For 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 small pearls to the veil to make it my own.

I got her permission before doing so (since I was only borrowing it for the day) and she agreed. I added over 400 tiny pearls to the veil and it turned out great. My mother in law loved it and was impressed by my talent. This was a win-win for me: I won her approval and got the veil I wanted. I also didn’t have to spend hundreds of dollars purchasing a custom veil. Now that’s what I call a bargain.

Latosha Thomas

Something Old and Something New

My theme was based around my own personal heritage and tradition. I wore the same double drop diamond necklace that my grandmother wore on her wedding day and that my aunts, mother and own sisters wore for their wedding day.

Additionally, I was also wearing my mother’s mantilla veil that she wore when she married my father!

Also, my father wore the same tie he wore when he married my mother.

My ceremony and reception were held at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, my alma mater.
I also added a fun touch from my employer, the Walt Disney Company! We have “hidden Mickey” icons throughout our parks and resorts. Our cake featured a hidden Mickey in the icing!

Julie Willoz

W is for Wedding
My cathedral length veil had a monogrammed W. I was Williamson; he’s Wendt. It looked great and will be a nice heirloom in lieu of wearing “my mother’s dress” (Her dress is beautiful, but I have about 20 pounds on her and who knows whose genes gave me these boobs).

Caroline Williamson Wendt

Photography is Forever
As a fine art wedding photographer (, I wanted my guests, who came from all over the world, to have something they can keep forever that showed my own love for art and New Orleans. I framed my favorite images of musicians, City Park and the French Quarter and placed them on tables for guests to take home. The printing and framing took a lot of time, but they really added to the decor and everyone loved them!

Nicole Marie

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