Traditional & Contemporary

New Orleans: Old, New, Borrowed, Blue


March 17, 2020
Words by New Orleans & Company
Photos courtesy of New Orleans & Company

You’ve probably heard of the tradition of needing “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” for your wedding day. This saying comes from an Old English rhyme that names the four items a bride should include in her wedding outfit to ensure good luck in marriage. Over time, couples have put their own spin on these items – from an antique rosary wrapped around a bouquet to matching blue cuff links for two grooms. For an even more unique twist on these lucky charms, why not let your wedding destination provide all four? Read on to learn how to honor this tradition the New Orleans way.


The French Quarter is not only one of the most romantic places in New Orleans, but also one of the oldest. With intricate iron balconies, flickering gaslights and carriages rolling by, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Uptown and in the Garden District, you’ll find stunning Greek revival mansions beneath centuries-old oak trees. You can even get married in The National World War II Museum for a wedding truly steeped in history.


Just like a great wedding, New Orleans excels at blending traditional and contemporary. Look no further than the Arts/Warehouse District for refined modern spaces. This hip neighborhood is home to art galleries, modern fusion restaurants with award-winning chefs and trendy hotels. If you’re looking to bring “something new” to your wedding, the team at New Orleans & Company can assist in contacting hotels and venues for your group of 10 or more.


“Laissez le bon temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”) is much more than a saying in New Orleans – it’s a way of life. People are always up for a good time, enjoying delicious food and drinks and lingering longer with friends. Incorporating New Orleans’ joie de vivre into your wedding celebration will ensure that your guests make memories to last a lifetime.


Music is a part of every celebration in the Crescent City. While New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, it’s also home to incredible zydeco, funk and blues. Incorporate music into your wedding with a second line, your own parade led by a brass brand. New Orleans & Company can connect you with partners that specialize in second-line coordination, as well as offer planning assistance to help make your dream wedding in New Orleans a reality.

For free hotel quotes and complimentary wedding planning assistance, contact New Orleans & Company’s wedding specialist, Rachel Funel, at or 504-566-5018. For more inspiration and information on weddings in New Orleans, visit

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