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Monday, January 16, 2017

Wedding Resources: New Orleans

Words by Jennifer Stein

New Orleans is the perfect location for a wedding as unique as the city itself. In the Crescent City, a wedding is more than just a one-day event – it’s a weekend celebration. An incomparable blend of Southern hospitality, world-famous cuisine and vibrant culture will make your special day in New Orleans one you and your guests will never forget.

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There is no shortage of extraordinary wedding venues in New Orleans. In addition to more than 900 beautiful churches, the city boasts some of the most impressive and romantic settings for your one-of-a-kind ceremony. Exchange vows beneath the shade of centuries-old live oaks, on a rooftop terrace overlooking the skyline, or tucked away in a French Quarter courtyard with fountains and exposed brick. Historic plantations and Mississippi riverboats provide an enchanting backdrop for both the ceremony and reception. In New Orleans, the possibilities are endless.

The rich history of New Orleans lends itself to several classic wedding traditions. For a great way to get the girls involved, incorporate a wedding cake pull during the reception. Cake pulls are small charms or favors attached to a ribbon and tucked inside the cake. Each charm represents a way of wishing friends luck on their future endeavors. Many brides also choose to surprise their husbands with a Groom’s Cake – a separate, smaller cake of his favorite flavor that features his sports teams, hobbies or interests.

With over 37,000 hotel rooms, 1,400 restaurants, and a countless number of attractions in the New Orleans metropolitan area, your guests will be eager to make their way to the Big Easy. Most guests won’t hesitate to book their stay (perhaps even adding a few days to their trip) so they can fully experience the essence of the city. They can sip café au lait while browsing miles of charming boutiques and antique shops or admiring the work of local artists. Many iconic landmarks are just a short walk through the French Quarter or accessible via streetcar, so getting around is a breeze. With your guests taken care of, get ready to eat, drink, and be married!

In New Orleans, there’s something for everyone. Celebrate your wedding weekend with a bridal jazz brunch or a fun night out on Bourbon Street. Enjoy live music at a Frenchmen Street club or explore the outdoors on a swamp tour. Savor the flavor of New Orleans at your reception with an assortment of mouth-watering regional fare – from jambalaya to seafood gumbo, bread pudding to Bananas Foster. Keep the dance floor rocking with entertainment from a local band. To wrap up your special day, head out in style in a horse-drawn carriage or leading a traditional Second Line.

In a city known for its celebrations, your wedding is sure to be one fantastic party. Plan your wedding in New Orleans – where the good times always roll.

For more information on saying "I do" in New Orleans click here, or visit the New Orleans CVB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

Photos courtesy of: Studio Tran (1st) and New Orleans CVB (2nd-4th)


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