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announcements@nolaweddingguide.com Email us or go online for submission details announcements@nolaweddingguide.com See our featured wedding tales Kirbie Guerin & Luther St. James IV Page 32

Rebekah Sadaiappen & Jeremy Pichon Page 62

Patricia Turner & Jason Hudson Page 91

Benita Nwokolo & Michael Chatmon Page 101

Megan Waesche & Michael Allan Johnson Page 113

Leslie Olivier & Matthew Nielsen Page 139

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Letter From the Editor Bakeries

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Handmade: The Local Etsy Presence Venues and Catering Republic Raw Alone At Last Bistro in Bloom

72 Why is Wedding Photography so Expensive? 83 Beauty 90 The Cost of a Louisiana Wedding 97 Bridal Wear 105 Rock & Roll 112 Choosing Your Church 121 Event Planning 126 Accessories 136 Florists 138 Thank You Notes 142 First Glance 152 Behind the Scenes at First Glance 160 Honeymoon and Travel 163 Limousines 166 Maid of Honor Duties 169 Men’s Wear 173 Musicians 174 Wedding bands 179 Photographers 186 Vows and How to Write Them 191 Videographers


in every issue 66 Featured Couple 70 Weddings Announcements 76 New Orleans Venue Guide 94 Venue 411 96 Mackie Says! 104 Wise Bride 116 Bride’s Checklist 118 Louisiana Church Directory 170 Groom’s Checklist 158 Wedding Almanac 194 Directory of Services 197 Budget Planner

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Letter from the Editor Hello and welcome to our Winter 2013 issue! Any longtime Nola Wedding Guide readers will notice some differences in the design and layout of our magazine. In our quest to continue to improve the quality and scope of the publication, we have hired a new art director, Traci Howerton. Traci brings a wealth of talent and a breath of fresh air to us at a time when we all need it. Need I remind everyone that putting out 4 magazines a year is a very ambitious and time-consuming project. Just to clarify, that is one brand new magazine with fresh content every three months. Articles to be pitched, researched and written, pictorials to be pitched, set up, coordinated, shot and edited, ads to be created and revised and so on. It is overwhelming at times and I am thankful to all who sign on for the ride. I want to welcome Traci and thank her for the incredible job that she has done on her first magazine. I also would like to thank Ole Oddlokken for his years of service to the Nola Wedding Guide and my family. He is a gentleman and a great talent. I consider him a true friend! Also, to everyone that goes above and beyond for our pictorials: coordinators, designers, photographers, florists, models, light techs, bakeries, venue owners, dress shops, etc., I say thank you. We could not do what we do without you! Your willingness to always bring more and do more is always tremendously appreciated. You all are the best and I am honored to work with you. The proof is in the pictures! Last but not least, a huge hug to my staff of crazies who give their all every day, Jessica, Kelly, Stephany and Rebecca. I assure you that working with me is no easy feat and they do it…willingly! See you in three months! God Bless,

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MANAGING DIRECTOR Suzy Marks ART DIRECTOR Traci D. Howerton MARKETING DIRECTOR Jessica Bayard SALES DIRECTOR Kelly Massicot AD DESIGNER Stephany Geiling-Cure Contributing Writers Jessica Bayard Louis Dumser Troy Marks Kelly Massicot Jodie Muhleisen Aria M. Mason Allison Rose

NOLA Wedding Guide is published quarterly in January, April, July and October, and distributed in the parishes of Southeast Louisiana. NOLA Wedding Guide is a registered trademark of Troy Marks Media, LLC. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. Any reproduction, in whole or in part, is prohibited without written permission from the publisher. The advertisers in this publication are solely responsible for offers contained in their advertisements. NOLA Wedding Guide does not guarantee, and is not responsible for, any offers made by any of its advertisers.

TROY MARKS MEDIA, LLC NOLA Wedding Guide P.O. Box 640218 Kenner, LA 70065 504.469.7141 www.NolaWeddingGuide.com www.TroyMarksMedia.com On the cover: Alexandria Chaisson Photographed by Stacy Marks

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Handmade: The Local Etsy Presence

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edding planning is in full steam and you and your fiancée are up to your necks in working on ways to make your special day uniquely New Orleans. Many of you ladies and gents have already explored the wonders of the online marketplace that is Etsy.

old New Orleans traditions. Examples of such goods are cake pulls, fleur de lis themed cutlery, china and stemware, Mardi Gras masks and beads, and custom wedding invitations with New Orleans backdrops. Readily available, in many beautiful designs, are second line accessories for the end of your reception or In case you haven’t heard of it, Etsy is an e-commerce ceremony: umbrellas, handkerchiefs and sashes in evsite that offers handmade and vintage items, as well ery hue and variety. as art and craft supplies and recycled or “upcycled” Check out some of the following Etsy products: in effect, a craft bazaar on the Web. Shopkeepers range from professional artists, designers, and photographers to hobbyists who have a flourishing interest in their works. There are also many shops that offer the option of placing a custom order, thereby allowing you to create looks and ambiance that are even more distinctively yours. A great deal of the Etsy trade, and one of their dedicated blogs, are devoted to wedding goods and accessories. They honor and represent every possible wedding color palette and thematic designs. Many of the Etsy craftspeople are working and selling in the New Orleans area. So many of us since the storm have made a point of shopping local to support small businesses in the Greater New Orleans region. Etsy offers the local bride and groom (as well as lovers of the Crescent City who are marrying here) the opportunity to shop Orleanian-themed goods. The way to search for locally made and themed goods on Etsy is to go to www.etsy.com, then look for <More Ways to Shop> on the lower left sidebar, and click on Shop Local, then type in “New Orleans, Louisiana” in the “Where do you want to shop?”. If you were to just specify “weddings” as your search item in the “What are you looking for?” box, that simple search turns up over 2,800 listings. Whew! Where do you go from there? It is a good idea to narrow down your purview to a particular item or items. You can also decide to just investigate the offerings of a particular shop, and favorite the shops so you can get updates as they are published.

vendors:

ArcadiusDog: The home of the abovementioned dog collar and other handmade creations for your pooch. Custom designs are available. AllButFlowers: Brooch bouquets, jewelry, and home and event décor by a New Orleans native. Custom designs are available for all categories of sale. Smanthey: Handmade jewelry made by a New Orleanian who sources materials from here in the city, and donates part of the proceeds to the World Food Program to buy school lunches for students in the Washington, DC area. Custom designs of jewelry are available for bridal parties. TheBackPorchShoppe: Handpainted signs, backdrops and props aged to have a vintage, shabby chic look. Custom designs are available. Wandersketch: Hand painted mugs and china, both vintage and modern, featuring calligraphy and drawings. Custom designs are available to order.

Decorations for the ceremony also abound, with aisle runners and hand painted signs that can feature your names, wedding date, and taglines about your love for one another. Other items to consider purchasing a la carte or custom ordering are jewelry and hair and bouquet accessories for the bride, cufflinks for the groom and groomsmen, and the wedding rings for the couThoughts on goods that might be ideal to find on Etsy ple. Often, since couples purchase the jewelry for the center around unique creations that are fresh takes on bridal party as a thank you gift for standing in their

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wedding, it allows you the opportunity to create a look that best suits the designs of your bridal partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall look. If you want a seersucker dog collar and leash for your furry child to sport in your springtime wedding, Etsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got your back. Item listings you might get the most use out of are NOLA-style gifts for your wedding guests. As wedding favors grow in popularity, it becomes more challenging to find extraordinary ways to thank your guests for being celebratory witnesses to your special moment. Options range from custom mugs and coasters, to pralines and local sweets and are reasonably priced. Centerpieces, with a local twist, are also available for purchase and spare you the task of coming up with a way to craft a look for your reception that represents both of you, your families, and the exceptional beauty of the Big Easy. I hope that Etsy yields some items that add the final touch to making your day as beautiful as possible, and brings art into the heart of the beginning of your union. Aria M. Mason is a local opera singer and owner and artistic designer of Belle Lafaye: Creations by Aria, an online boutique of couture crafts. You can visit her Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/BelleLafayeCreations

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Marriage Licenses When you apply for your marriage license, at least one party must appear in person. He or she must have all the necessary information and documents outlined below. 1. State law requires a cerfitied copy of each party’s birth certificate, if born in Louisiana. Passports are not acceptable. If either party was born out-of-state, a waiver can be submitted. If either party was born out-of-country, a valid passport, naturalization papers, or green card, along with a valid state ID card or driver’s license must be presented at the office, and to a judge to obtain a waiver. 2. If either party is divorced, he/she must present a certified copy of the final divorce decree. 3. If either party is widowed, he/she must present a certified copy of a death certificate. 4. Each party must know his/her social security number, but no documentation is required. 5. Both bride and groom will need to complete a marriage license application; forms can be presented by either applicant in person.

Age Requirements If either applicant is under 18 years of age, but more than 16, the marriage is lawful and a license may be issued if the applicants provide: written consent of both parents (or custodian), or an order from a judge or juvenille court. In the event the applicant is under 16, all the above three things will be required.

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ORLEANS PARISH

License Fee - $27.50 Cash or check CBD:1010 Common St., Suite 1245 ALGIERS COURTHOUSE (Cash Only): 225 Morgan St., Rm 201, Algiers Orleans Parish Police Escorts 504.658.6205

License Fee - $31.25 Cash/check/money order WEST BANK: Jeff. Parish General Government Ctr. 200 Derbigny St., Suite 2300, Gretna EAST BANK: Joseph S. Yenni Building 1221 Elmwood Pk. Blvd., Ste 603-A, Jefferson Police Escorts (Anywhere in Jefferson)

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ST. BERNARD PARISH

License Fee - $25.00 Cash/check 1101 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette Police Escorts

M-F 8:00am-4:00 504.271.3434 504.271.3434

PLAQUEMINES PARISH

License Fee - $25.00 Cash/check Parish Courthouse (Clerk of Court) 301 Main St., Ste. 108, Belle Chasse Police Escorts

M-F 8:30am-4:30 504.297.5180 504.394.0649

ST. TAMMANY PARISH

License Fee - $25.00 Cash only Parish Courthouse 701 N. Columbia, Covington 985.809.8745 Police Escorts

M-F 8:30am-4:30 985.892.8181

ST. CHARLES PARISH

License Fee - $35.00 Cash/check Parish Courthouse (Clerk of Court) 15045 River Rd., Hahnville 985.783.6632 Police Escorts

ST. JOHN PARISH

License Fee - $30.00 Cash/money order Parish Courthouse (Clerk of Court) 2393 Hwy. 18 (River Rd.), Edgard Police Escorts

ST. JAMES PARISH

License Fee - $25.00 Cash only Parish Courthouse (Clerk of Court) 5800 LA Hwy. 44 (River Rd.), Convent Police Escorts

TANGIPAHOA PARISH

License Fee - $32.50 Cash/check/money order AMITE: Courthouse 110 N. Bay St. Police Escorts (Amite) HAMMOND: 318-A NW Railroad Ave. Police Escorts (Hammond)

License Fee - $30.00 Cash only 7856 Main St., Houma Police Escorts

LAFOURCHE PARISH License Fee - $28.25 303 W. 3rd St., Thibodeaux Police Escorts (Thibodeaux) Police Escorts (Other areas)

Cash/check (985) 447-4841 (985) 446-5021 (985)448-2111

WASHINGTON PARISH

License Fee - $30.00 Cash/check Courthouse Bldg., Washington & Main, Franklinton Police Escorts

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A Louisiana license is valid in any parish in Louisiana for 30 days. There is a 72-hour waiting period between the time of issuance and the ceremony. Only a district judge or Justice of the Peace can waive this. Newlyweds should order a certified copy of their marriage license two weeks after the marriage to ensure that the license has been returned and recorded.

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Photography: Stacy Marks Photography Venue: Republic New Orleans Hair/Makeup: Kiss and Make Up Beauty Services Dresses/Accessories: Bridal Boutique by MaeMe & Rhinestone Runway Bouquets: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events Models: Danielle Jacob and Alexandra Chaisson

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Take a tour of the Victorian Era without stepping foot out of the 21st century with these timeless, yet distinctively modern looks, reflective of the vintage-meets-contemporary dĂŠcor of Republic New Orleans. With layered crystal chandeliers, stunning textured draperies and movie worthy murals, Republic New Orleans was the perfect backdrop for this aesthetically enticing shoot.

On Right: Strapless gown with rhinestone bodice, and organza floral and rhinestone skirt, Chandelier earrings and rhinestone bracelet, from Bridal Boutique by MaeMe.


From left to right: Strapless satin ball gown with rhinestone accented neck and waistline, rhinestone bracelet, from Bridal Boutique by MaeMe. Asymmetrical neckline ruched gown with floral accents, Rhinestone hoop earrings and bracelet, from Rhinestone Runway.


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Let us design an unforgettable cake that captures the flavor of your special day. Let us create an elegant courtyard ceremony under a star-filled sky. Let us wed distinction and perfection into a day you will never forget.

Create the wedding of your dreams with the unparalleled service and splendor of The Ritz-Carlton. For a wedding consultation, call The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans at 504-524-1331 or visit ritzcarlton.com/neworleans.

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Receptions Rehearsal Dinners Ceremonies and more..

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Wedding Tales color scheme

Kirbie Guerin & Luther St James IV June 22, 2013

How/When did you meet? We met in the tutoring center at Xavier University in October 2008. We had no idea we were in the same organic chemistry class.

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What was your favorite part of planning? Cake tasting! Did your fiancé help in the planning process? Yes, he discovered the reception venue (the Riverview Room)! And he helped in choosing music, colors, cake, etc. Did you or your fiancé cry (or laugh) during the vows? No, but his eyes were watery as I walked down the aisle. What was your first dance song? Luther Vandross “If This World Were Mine”. At your reception, did you stay in heels or switch to flats? Eventually I switched to green satin flip-flops. I wish I had done so earlier! w w w . n o l aw ed d i n g g u i d e. co m

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In the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, sometimes a couple will only get a few cherished moments to be alone. Most wish that they could escape the festivities, if only for a few short minutes, to breathe in each other and savor the moment and experience. That magical wedding day connection was the inspiration for this steamy shoot. The Hotel Indigo was the perfect sultry venue for our couple to steal away from the crowd and drink each other in, if only for a moment. Photography: Jeff Pounds Photography Venue: Hotel Indigo Dresses and Accessories: Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Tuxedos: Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tuxedos Hair: Whitney Compton, Up â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sa Daisy Salon Makeup: Make Me Up NOLA Models: Stacey Asaro and Kirk Gagnon w w w . n o l aw ed d i n g g u i d e. co m

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Shantung deep v-neck gown with rhinestone belt, Rhinestone medallion earrings and rhinestone bracelet, from Bridal Boutique by MaeMe

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Strapless Grecian gown with rhinestone accents and sheer overlay skirt, rhinestone drop earrings and rhinestone bracelet, from Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Fitted dark gray tuxedo with matching vest and silver necktie, from Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tuxedos w w w . n o l aw ed d i n g g u i d e. co m

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Classic tux with ivory jacket and black bowtie, from Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tuxedos

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“Where the French Quarter Meets the Mississippi...”

Kristy May

Robert Faust Photography

Studio Tran

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David Tompkins Photography

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Nothing says you’re having a “New Orleans” wedding like the Riverview Room. Our location, views and attentive services await your special day. 600 Decatur 4th Level, Jackson Brewery Millhouse New Orleans, LA 70130

504.525.3000

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Alterations 101: Tips for The Perfect Fit by Aria M. Mason

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ou’re on a quest for the dress of your dreams. You’ve found it and it takes your breath away…but it doesn’t quite fit. The salesperson assures you it WILL fit when you head down the aisle. How can you be sure it’s not just a sales pitch? Following the suggestions below can ensure that on your special day, everything looks –and fits- just as it should. Know your size. Bridal sizing differs from sizing for street clothes. Often, it’s two sizes above your regular size. If you’re interested in a particular designer, make sure to view their sizing guide so you can know what to ask for at the boutique. You want the size that comfortably fits the largest part of your body and is as near to your regular size as possible. A dress that is too big will almost certainly need rebuilding if you purchase the sample and you may not like the fit. Similarly, in regards to a dress that is too small, it is difficult (and costly) to let out a dress more than one or two sizes, especially if the fabric offers little seam allowance (such as silk, satin, or velvet) without the original seam line showing. Leave the clamps at Home Depot. Every wedding show brings out those big white clamps to give you the perfect silhouette in the gown. However, sometimes the image in the mirror isn’t what you’ll get once it’s altered. Instead, ask for someone in alterations to come pin the dress, if possible, so you can get a feel for what the actual modifications to the dress will look like.

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or modiste. Be cautious in allowing your alterations to be done by a friend or family member: your wedding dress shouldn’t be someone’s learning curve. Make an appointment. If the boutique offers alterations appointments, I strongly suggest you make one. Find a slot that allows for a full hour; don’t try to squeeze a fitting into an already busy day or your lunch break. Ask the shop to recommend a good time to come in. Alert, kind seamstresses and brides are happy seamstresses and brides! Make an evening appointment on a weekday (avoid Saturdays for fittings if at all possible). You want their full concentration on your dress. Bring your foundation garments and shoes to ALL of your fittings. Yes, this is absolutely necessary. They should also fit correctly. Even if they don’t appear to drastically shape you, your foundation garments (including bridal slip and Spanx) WILL affect the way the dress hangs on your figure. You don’t want to end up with a different fit on your wedding day because of a different bra. Depending upon the cut of the dress, wearing the wrong bra can even affect whether the hem hangs evenly. If you’re not able to get shoes you want before your fitting, wear shoes at the same heel height as your intended purchase and have the hem marked for the next fitting, when you can bring the pair you’ll actually wear. Don’t trip. No, really. If you aren’t confident in your ability to glide everywhere with ease, get your hem taken up to about 1” from the floor. You’ll be at a heightened anxiety level on your big day, and you want to ensure you can remain effortlessly glamorous throughout. If you are wearing a long veil, I recommend trying it on with your dress to make sure the hem of the dress and the fall of the veil correspond. Get fitted later than sooner. Have your fittings –ideally, three- scheduled within two months of your big day. Fitting done too early means that whatever weight you gain or lose during your planning process won’t impact the fit of your dress too greatly. No one wants to be mainlining fried chicken (or the Master Cleanse!) during the most exciting time of their betrothal because they jumped the gun. Your last fitting should be two weeks before your wedding so any problems that arise have enough time to be corrected. Courteous brides get the best fits. It should go without saying, but arrive for your fitting clean, gum and beverage free, and polite. Your tailor will appreciate it. Try not to move around too much while they are pinning: it ensures the most accurate fit and keeps you from getting stuck. Listen with an open mind to their recommendations about your dress- they are professionals who are intimately fa-


miliar with garment construction, and may know of a better way to make the look match your vision. You can get a second opinion after the fact, but hear them out. Take your posse. Have your mom, maid of honor, or a close friend come with you to at least two fittings, especially the final fitting. They bring a valuable second pair of eyes to the gowns’ fit, and spot any problem areas you or the seamstress hasn’t spotted. They will also be able to find out how to best zip, lace, and bustle your gown from the experts, so it can be replicated correctly on your wedding day. If no one can accompany you, ask for the directions to be written down. Test the fit. You want to be able to dance, sit, hug, and walk on your big day. After the dress has been pinned to you and you’re given the all clear to leave the pedestal, take a minute to get down and move around so you can let the seamstress know if adjustments need to be made. I hope this advice allows you to have the best experience possible and find quality, one-on-one service. Happy fitting! Aria M. Mason is the daughter of a bride who made her dress without a pattern, the niece, granddaughter and great granddaughter of modistes, a three time MOH, and has been sewing costumes and gowns for nearly 20 years. You can learn more about her at www.ariamason.com. w w w . n o l aw ed d i n g g u i d e. co m

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Bistro in bloom

New Orleans is known for its rich history and old world architecture. As we walked through the doors of Tomas Bistro in the Warehouse District, we immediately were taken aback with the beauty of the room. The exposed wood and original brick walls evoke a time, in the not so distant past, of grandeur and charm. With the help of some of our wonderfully talented vendors, we bring you new inspiration while still encompassing that timeless elegance that we immediately fell in love with. Photography: Oscar Rajo Photography Venue: Tomas Bistro Hair: Up â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sa Daisy Salon Makeup: Makeup by Meggan Dresses & Accessories: Rhinestone Runway Stylist: Unique Weddings in New Orleans Candles: New Orleans Candlelight Weddings Florals & Structure/Table: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events Place Settings & Ghost Chairs: Perrier Party Rentals Cake: Nikkiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Frosted Fantasies Lighting: Air-Effects Sky Tracker Invitation: Exquisite Events Model: Jacquelyn Lindsey


Satin gown with deep Vneck bodice and layered skirt, Green gemstone earrings and rhinestone bracelet, from Rhinestone Runway


Satin strapless sweetheart gown with rhinestone accents, Green gemstone earrings and rhinestone bracelet, from Rhinestone Runway

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14 Do’s and Dont’s of Wedding Planning Do Operate on the assumption that something will go wrong. It will happen! Enjoy every moment of your day and don’t sweat the small stuff.

by Troy Marks Bring your iPod or create a disc of your favorite music. Pump up the party while you and your girls are getting ready. More fun will be had by all! Set the tone!

Get everything in writing; this is your only protection.

Allow your reception band to be themselves and make the party. You may hate line dances, but the party will suffer if you over manage the playlist

Hire a professional photographer; they will work quickly and allow you to enjoy your day, instead of taking picture after picture to make sure they did not miss it.

Schedule a trial with your stylist prior to the wedding: bring a picture of your gown, hairstyles and make-up ideas, so that the stylist knows what you are looking for

Hire a professional videographer; cut back somewhere else, these memories are more precious than gold.

Get on a fitness plan; bridal bootcamps are all the rage; a healthy body leads to a healthy mind; years from now your children will marvel at how “hot” Mom was

Remember to smile. The bride sets the tone for the whole day. Be thankful. Be happy. Enjoy. You will also get better pictures and a video as well.

Don’t

Ask the caterers to set aside a take-home meal for the two of you. Chances are you will be starving at the end of the day. Plus you paid for it. :) Delegate some responsibility to others; you will need help, as planning is a huge task; if you can afford a wedding coordinator, they are worth their weight in gold. Go on a honeymoon; despite the economy, even a few nights at a local hotel will allow you to escape and enjoy your first days as husband and wife. When the doors open, before you proceed down the aisle, take a few seconds to look at your spouse and relish the moment. Take it all in and create a snapshot in your mind. Hold onto it forever! Wear a comfortable,yet stylish, button down shirt before you get your hair styled on your wedding day. It will come off easily and your photographer and videographer will be capturing all of the special moments leading up to you putting your dress on.

Let friends or family talk you into doing things that you don’t want to do. It is your day. Drink too much early in the day; it will be a long one and you want to remember every detail. Go over 5 minutes when making a toast Buy a smaller size dress and convince yourself that you will lose the weight to fit into it. Rarely happens. Write thank you notes to just the guests who gave you gifts. If the officiant or coordinator at the reception location does a great job, drop a quick line. Always hire the cheapest vendor you can find; chances are you will get what you pay for. Try to please everyone; there will always be someone that is unhappy with their dress, the date, etc...it is your day!

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Dont’s (continued) Wear perfume or cologne at outdoor weddings; bugs will love you. Tan too much as the wedding day approaches. Orange skin on a white dress doesn’t look good on anyone Wear mascara that is not waterproof. ‘nuff said. Forget to have someone on hand who knows how to bustle your dress Hold on to your bouquet when you reach the alter; hand it off to your maid of honor Chew gum on your wedding day Be late; you have paid so much money and have planned meticulously; enjoy every second.

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Wedding Tales color scheme

Rebekah Sadaiappen & Jeremy Pichon July 27, 2013

How/When did you meet? Jeremy and I are both huge Saints fans and met on September 25, 2011 at the Saints vs. Texans game. Jeremy’s brother, randomly came up to me, took me by the hand and told me, “I want you to meet my brother.” He introduced me to Jeremy and we started talking. A week later, Jeremy left for military duty for 6 weeks

and we continued talking throughout that entire time. Once he returned, we started dating and everything else is history. We instantly knew that we were meant for each other. He proposed 6 months later (April 25, 2012) and here we are... We really owe his brother!

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Did your fiancé help in the planning process? Yes. He and I shared ideas about cake decor, favors, invitations, programs (he did an amazing job creating the template for our programs), honeymoon locations, secret service outfits for our ring bearers, music selection, and so much more. What was your favorite part of planning? My favorite part of planning was picking the perfect dress and of course, cake tasting. Can you describe your feelings during your vows? We wrote our own vows and both cried while reciting them. By the end of the ceremony, the audience was in tears too! What was your first dance song? We chose Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey’s “Endless Love”. At your reception, did you stay in heels or switch to flats? I’m super short without heels, so I stayed in them. Plus, Jeremy would have looked like a giant next to me if I wore flats.

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Featured Couple

Suzonne McCrory

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Stacy Marks Photography

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nce again we held our “Featured Couple Facebook Contest” in September and were overwhelmed with the response. Our winning couple, Suzonne & Jay, won with over 500 likes! Suzonne is originally from Alexandria, LA, but grew up in Destrehan, attending Destrehan High School. Jay is from Baton Rouge, LA but went to school in Dequincy, LA. Suzonne is currently a student at Our Lady of Holy Cross College working towards a Master’s Degree in clinical mental health counseling. Jay is an Elvis tribute artist that performs all eras of Elvis’s legendary music career and travels the world performing as The King.

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We asked them about their upcoming wedding on November 8, 2014 and how the planning has gone so far. NWG: How did you meet? Suzonne: I am a huge Elvis Presley fan and have been since the age of 3. My father and I go to this Elvis Festival in Tupelo, MS every year. Jay was a competitor there in the contest. I knew of him, but did not know him personally. Two years ago, I was talking to one of the other Elvis tribute artists and Jay came up and ran his finger down the tattoo on the back on my arm, and asked, “What does that say?” I turned around quickly and said, “It means ‘my life’.”


Jay: From there, we talked for a while and exchanged numbers. At the time I lived in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where I was performing at a theater and she lived in Destrehan, Louisiana. We talked everyday and fell in love with each other over the phone. NWG: Describe your first date. Suzonne: We talked on the phone for about a month, and then we decided that I was going to fly up to Pigeon Forge, so I did and the rest is history. Jay: Because I worked every night, we had to plan something during the day. So we went to Dollywood and rode the roller coasters and Ferris wheels and had a great first date. Suzonne: I do remember one special time I was up there. He sent me on a scavenger hunt and at the end of the hunt there was a ring there. My promise ring was there at the end. He is very good at surprises. NWG: Describe your courtship leading up to the engagement. Suzonne: We started dating in July of 2011. It has been very easy since the beginning. We would talk about marriage all the time and how our wedding would look. We already knew what type of ring I wanted and we would talk about how I would want to be asked. I knew it was coming I just had no idea when or how. Jay: We moved in together and have been enjoying each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been very easy dating her, we seem to get along just perfectly and we have the same wants and goals in life.

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Suzonne: So long story short, we wound up going to Tiffin Inn and had to get people do the Macarena on tape while singing it. The next place it brought us was to Express at Lakeside mall. We had to pick out an outfit and then get dressed in male suit and ties, and get someone that worked there to video us dancing and singing to Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie”. Then we went to Drago’s, and then to Venus Massage Spa and then to the Omni Royal New Orleans. All these places had objectives and clues we had to figure out and do before we could go to the next place. So we had a suite at the hotel and started getting ready. So the last clue said, go out into the courtyard. I walked out and saw candles and a board that had a message on it for me to figure out. It took me forever and I was so hot! Well I figured it out and it said “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” Then he started walking towards me and all of our family was there. So I have that whole day taped with my two friends and the love of my life asking me to marry him. NWG: How has the planning gone so far? Suzonne: Planning is going very well. I like to think I am ahead of the game. We have a lot of things already marked off the list. Sometimes it gets overwhelming and stressful but I know that our wedding day will be a fairytale and beautiful, so thinking about that makes me happy. I look at Nola Wedding Guide and Pinterest everyday it seems. NWG: Tell us about your vendors. Suzonne: Well we are getting married in Baton Rouge at a Plantation. It was the middle point for all of our family. I have always wanted a plantation wedding. I am using Make Up by Meggan for our pictures. Jay: We found our photographer, Mr. Stacy Marks. Who else would we use? He takes the best pictures I’ve ever seen. He seems to bring out the beauty in every photo he takes

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NWG: Any advice for future couples? Suzonne: Communicate, respect each other, trust one another, laugh together not at each other, don’t go to bed angry or hurt, remember your vows, and love deeply. Jay: The best advice I can give to future couples is to make sure the relationship is real; don’t lie to yourself. You know if something doesn’t feel right and if your relationship is hard work then it probably isn’t real. It should come easy with no doubts, just complete unconditional love and trust. Because without those two things, you really don’t have anything at all.

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Wedding Announcements OCTOBER 2013 Germaine Gross & Paul Banks Sabrina Abrishamchian & Barry Butera, Jr Lindsay Belmont & Chase Favre Sarah Folse & Brian Dochterman Michelle Labruzza and Joey Meerman Karen Martin & Mark Hintz Stacy Gold & Jody Erwin Allison Blanchard & Jacob Shields NOVEMBER 2013 Lindsey Bourgeois & Paul Bertuccini Trang Nguyen & Tung Nguyen Megan Whitmer & Brian Seay Anna Glynn & Juan Pereira Laurie Weimer & Henry Schexnayder Ana Gutierrez & Danny Trosclair Marsha Fernandez & Brian Wadsworth Reagen Nolan & Danny Robinson Molly Perrin & Clayton Broom DECEMBER 2013 Jeanne Macksound & TJ Koger Nicki Mohr & Jason Hall Jennifer Jacques & Joseph DiLeo III Justine Camalo & Henri Hebert JANUARY 2014 Natalie Bordelon & Chad Zignes Casie Depreo & Matthew Mang Frances Guitierrez & Kurt Zeringue Kathleen Carroll & Bryan Stutts Taylor Ruiz & Layne David FEBRUARY 2014 Jessica Rome & Joshua Gros Jennifer Pumilia & Jeremy Lass Brittani Adams & Brandon Myers MARCH 2014 Jenna Miller & Brian Ryder Monica Wright & Christian McMahon Ashley Costanza & Aaron Rose Emily Maurer & Jeff Songer APRIL 2014 Barbara Scott Setner & Parker Payne Jessica Clements & Kerry Sima

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Carrie DeLuca & Austin Glahn Gretchen Moskau & Brandon Felder Amanda Price & Joey Prendergast Courtney Sample & Matt Zachman MAY 2014 Megan Wilderotter & Asa Ackerson Tracey Zimmerman & Riley Dennig Jihan Coye & Ryan Robinson Stephanie Lopez & Patrick Calvo Laney Pizzolato & Ricardo Rivera JUNE 2014 Katherine Kinler & Doug Miller Calli Baio & Josh Legendre Brandi Blanchard & Robert Bozzelle Katie Davis & Tyler Jensen JULY 2014 Hollie Nolan & William Collins-Dean Katie Rushe & Allan Beaucoudray


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Why is wedding photography so expensive?

by Louis Dumser, Photography by Louis

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worked for over a year with a seasoned wedding photographer to gain experience. I learned what to shoot and how to shoot it. Weddings are very fast paced events, with a critical timeline and stress on top of stress. Lighting is paramount and we must learn to adapt to a range of lighting situations instantly. A ceremony in a church is quite different than an outdoor ceremony, just as a reception in a hotel ballroom is much different than a reception in a French Quarter courtyard. There are no do-overs. We must also learn to anticipate where and when the next great image will come and capture that moment. Capturing great photos for people to cherish for a lifetime will always be its own reward, but don’t think it is easy money. There is a reason that most professional photographers do not shoot weddings! We have put years of training, effort and money into learning how to be the best photographer for your wedding. Once I had some experience, it was time to buy my own professional camera equipment. Two camera bodies, four or five lenses, four flash units, flash triggers, equipment cases, light stands and modifiers, and the never ending odds and ends, like batteries, and sync chords, not to mention back up equipment. A seasoned wedding photographer can easily have $25,000 to $30,000 or more, invested in their equipment to insure that you have high quality images. This equipment must be updated, maintained and kept in great working order at all times, which translates to additional funds for upkeep and repairs.

Advertising can get costly. The NOLA Wedding Guide’s bridal shows are a great start. A professional website is a must and has to be set up and maintained. Photographers have to finance various types of advertising and marketing campaigns such as bridal shows, print ads, on line wedding planning websites, tradeshow displays, business cards, and brochures. We also spend many hours maintaining a social media presence and networking with other wedding professionals. Now I’m ready. I have experience, pro camera gear, fast computer, business is set up, and marketing is done. Now the clients are rolling in. Consultations with couples to understand their vision for the day, help them develop a photographic timeline for the wedding, address any questions they might have regarding coverage, go over the contract with them, and explain services can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours and is an important service. Assuming the consultation goes well and the client decides to book, then more time is spent corresponding about details.

So now I have some experience and some professional equipment. I’m ready to go, right? Not yet. Now it’s time to order my computer. Not just any computer. This computer must be capable of handling multiple large images at one time and drive powerful editing software. The monitor must be excellent for photo viewing and editing and should have great image quality, and color accuracy. Technology changes quickly and requires constant updating. I also have several external drives for easy portability like hurricane evacuations. Next on the list, business set up. Things like legal assistance, sales tax, property taxes, income taxes, payroll taxes, occupational license, liability and equipment insurances, business registration, legal forms, accounting services, banking services, office space, office equipment, portfolio displays, large print displays, sample wedding albums, all add up fast. At this point, I better find some clients.

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Let’s do some shooting A bridal session may take 1.5 hours to shoot and an additional 1.5 hours back at the office editing the images. Then, I burn a disc for the client and another disc for back up and schedule an appointment to pick up the disc. An engagement session would involve the same work flow.


Once the bride views the images and chooses a print to display at the wedding, I retouch the image and have it printed and mounted so it will be ready for framing and schedule an appointment for print to be picked up. The big day is here In preparation for the wedding day I pick up my suit from the dry cleaners, grab my share everything cell phone, put some premium gas in my dependable car, and head for the hotel to pay for parking. Finally, the fun part is about to get started. 7 hours of continuous wedding day coverage and before you know it, it’s back to the office. Over the next couple days, I spend approximately 10 hours editing the images from the wedding day. I also spend a couple of hours creating an on-line gallery so that the newlyweds along with their families and friends can view and order prints directly from my website via password. Now it’s time to call the clients and schedule another appointment to pick up their disc with the high-resolution images and print release letter. We can now discuss moving forward with album options. After a few months of previewing the images, the client will contact us with a list of images they want to use to create the album design. This is when I wear my graphic design hat. I spend about 4 to 6 hours designing each wedding album personally. I do not use album templates. The client receives a proof of their album and has a chance to suggest changes to the design. Once the album design is agreed to, we discuss album cover options. This step can take quite a bit of correspondence back and forth via email. I will usually mock up a sample of the cover to give the client a visual.

Wedding

Make it a

Hamptons to remember at the

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emember Hampton Inn Hotels & Suites of New Orleans when planning your wedding. We’re here to make your day memorable. We’ll treat your guests like family because we love having you here.

Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center 1201 Convention Center Blvd. 504-566-9990

A historic landmark perfect for weddings up to 400 guests, full-service catering & honeymoon suites

Hampton Inn Garden District 3626 St. Charles Ave. 504-899-9990

A boutique hotel in the heart of the Garden District overlooking St. Charles Avenue & the streetcar line

Now the album is off the photo lab to be produced. In 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the cover choices, the album is ready. A final appointment is scheduled for the client to pick up the finished product.

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown/ French Quarter

More things to consider:

Guest rooms near the French Quarter, just steps away from Canal Street & world-famous Bourbon Street

The second photographer (if included) needs to be paid. Weddings are on the weekends so wedding photographers do miss quite a bit of family time.

226 Carondelet St. 504-529-9990

Hampton Inn & Suites Elmwood 5150 Mounes St., Harahan 504-733-5646

And lastly, wedding photography is seasonal. Not many people plan weddings during hurricane season, Mardi Gras, the Jazz Festival, the French Quarter Festival, LSU and Saints home games. There is a lot of time, expense, and dedication that goes into professional wedding photography. Being a photographer is not a “get rich quick” job. Almost every photographer I have ever known, myself included, is in it simply for the love of what we do. The money just makes it possible.

In the heart of Elmwood Business Park, close to area wedding reception halls

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New Orleans Venue Guide Andreas Restaurant

Bourbon Orleans Hotel Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower, Guest Accom. Capacity: Reception Style: Orleans Ballroom/250; St. Ann Cottage/75 Amenities: Most inclusive, call for details Price Range: Food pkges start at $55/person; Bev pkges start at $26/person Deposit: Yes, 25%

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower, Catering Capacity: 5-500 Amenities: Linens, Silver, Lighting, Chairs, Tables, etc. Price Range: Starting at $25/person Deposit: Yes Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Not Provided

Catering: Provided

Music: Not Provided

3100 19th Street, Metairie, LA 70002 (504) 834.8583

717 Orleans St. New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 523-2222

www.andreasrestaurant.com

www.BourbonOrleans.com

Contact person: Tia Sommerville nolandreas@aol.com

Sales@BourbonOrleans.com

Cedar Grove

Chateau Golf & Country Club

Tchoupitoulas Plantation Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Parties, Corporate Capacity: 400 Amenities: Tables/linens, Chivari Chairs/ Chair ties, Centerpieces, votive candles, Parking Attendants, Greeters Price Range: $48-$70/person Deposit: Yes, $1000 Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided*

Music: Provided**

*Premium bar included on most events **Music provided on most events

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower, Bridal Luncheon Capacity: 400 Grand Ballroom, 250 Grand Salon Amenities: Most inclusive, call for details Price Range: $48-$62/person Deposit: Yes, $500 Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Not Provided

6533 River Road, Waggaman, LA 70094 (504) 431-5743

3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner LA, 70065 (504) 467-1351

www.cgtplantation.com

www.chateaugcc.com

Contact person: Jill Mercer info@cgplantation.com

Contact person: Elle McCaffery banquets@chateaugcc.com

Chateau LeMoyne

Crystal Plantation

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Post Wedding Brunch, Guest Accommodations, Bridal Suite Capacity: 75-100 Amenities: Linens, Tables, Chairs, China, Silver, Glasses, Votive candles Price Range: Starting at $65/person Deposit: Yes, space rental due at signing Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Not Provided

301 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70112 (504) 648-1203 Contact person: Margaret Covert margaret.covert@ihg.com

www.hi-chateau.com

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Anniversary Capacity: 400 Amenities: Ivory Table Linens, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Parking, Full Wait Staff, Police Security Price Range: varies Deposit: Yes, $500

Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Call

Music: Call

Please call for details on catering, alcohol and music

2306 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119 (504) 821-5009 info@degashouse.com

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Music: Provided

2716 Indiana Ave, Kenner, LA 70062 (504) 467-1636

www.thecrystalplantation.com

English Turn Country Club Services: Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower, Private Dinner Capacity: 650/Cocktail; 300/Seated Amenities: Tables, Chairs, Silver, Crystal, China. Some packages: Linens/Chair Covers Price Range: $30-$120/person Deposit: Yes, 25%

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Showers, Bed & Breakfast Capacity: 300 Amenities: Call for details Price Range: Call for details Deposit: Call for details Catering: Call

Alcohol: Provided

Contact person: Donnie Thomas donnie@thecrystalplantation.com

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Alcohol: Provided

Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Not Provided

One Clubhouse Drive, New Orleans, LA 70131 (504) 392-2200

Contact person: Racheal Apken or Katie Davis racheala@englishturn.com

www.Englishturn.com


Federal Ballroom

Four Points by Sheraton Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Showers, Guest Accommodations Capacity: 200 Amenities: Linens, Silver, Lighting, Chairs, Tables, etc. Price Range: $25-$75/person Deposit: Yes, 25%

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner Capacity: 400 Amenities: Most inclusive, call for details Price Range: call for details Deposit: call for details Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Provided

147 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 587-2088 marketing@securitycenter.com

www.federalballroom.com

Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

6401 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie,LA 70003 (504) 885-5700

www.fourpoints.com/neworleansairport

Galvez Restaurant

Hamption Inn Convention Center

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Showers, Brunch Capacity: 275 Amenities: Linens, Silver, Chairs, Tables, Glassware, Votive candles. For Rental: Lighting, AV Price Range: $60-$120/person Deposit: Yes, 25-50% Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Not Provided

914 North Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 595-3400 Contact person: Tara K. Cartner events@galvezrestaurant.com

www.galvezrestaurant.com

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Showers, Guest Accommodations Capacity: 450 Amenities: Tables, Chairs/ties, Linens, Silver, Candle Votive Centerpieces Price Range: $59-$61/person Deposit: Yes Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

www.neworleanshamptoninns.com/new-orleans-weddings

Hotel Indigo

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Provided*

*We Offer Commercial Free Music With Over 100 Stations

2203 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 648-2878

Contact person: Alexandra Cocco Alexandra.Cocco@interstatehotels.com

www.GardenDistrictHotelNewOrleans.com

Hotel Mazarin Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower, Guest Accom., Engagement/Anniversary Parties Capacity: 132 Seated/175 Standing Cocktail Reception Amenities: Most inclusive, call for details Price Range: $85-$100/person Deposit: Yes Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

730 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 200-3111

www.hotelmazarin.com

Impastatoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant Services: call for details Capacity: call for details Amenities: call for details Price Range: call for details Deposit: call for details

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower Capacity: 30-1500 Amenities: Linens, Silver, Lighting, Chairs, Tables, etc. Price Range: $75-125/person Deposit: Yes, 50% Alcohol: Provided

*We can book your talent for you

Music: Not Provided*

225 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 310-4988

Contact person: Chloe Tassin chloetassin@livenation.com http://specialevents.livenation.com/venue/house-of-blues-new-orleans-new-orleans-la

Music: Not Provided

Contact person: Rachel Olavarrieta Rachel.Olavarrieta@hotelmazarin.com

House of Blues

Catering: Provided

Music: Not Provided

1201 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 293-1200 Contact person: Amanda Baker abaker@highpointe.com

Services: Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Showers, Guest Accommodations Capacity: 55 Seated/85 Standing Cocktail Reception Amenities: Linens, Silver, Lighting, Chairs, Tables, Centerpieces Price Range: $29/person Deposit: Yes Catering: Provided

Music: Not Provided

Catering: call for details Alcohol: call for details

Music: call for details

3400 16th Street, Metairie, LA (504) 455-1545

www.impastatos.com

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Venue Guide Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar

Jefferson Orleans South Services: call for details Capacity: call for details Amenities: call for details Price Range: call for details Deposit: call for details

Services: Cocktail Style Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Showers, Bachelorette/Bachelor Party Capacity: 150-500 Amenities: Basic Linens, Tables Price Range: Food starting at $36/person, Bar $18-32/person Deposit: Yes, 50% Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Provided*

*In house music provided; band or DJ extra

620 Decatur Street 1A, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 333-6914 Jaxbrewerybar@gmail.com

Catering: call for details Alcohol: call for details

2536 Edenborn Ave., Metairie LA, 70002 (504) 454-6105

www.jeffersonorleans.com

www.jacksonbrewerybar.com

Louisiana Castle

Magnolia Plantation

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Juliet Bridal Suite for couple on wedding night Capacity: 300 Amenities: Most inclusive, call for details Price Range: Starting at $875 (elopement) See web site for details Deposit: Yes Catering: Provided*

Alcohol: Not Provided**

Music: Provided

Music: call for details

Services: Ceremony, Reception Capacity: 100 min/600 max/300 Seated Amenities: Most inclusive, call for details Price Range: $32-$52/person Deposit: Yes, $500

Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Provided

*We can provide catering or you can bring your own **You can bring your own/we can refer

New Orleans Area (504) 455-8700

818 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, LA 70123 (504) 733-5020

Contact person: Dolly castleinfo@aol.com

Contact person: Colette Sterbcow or Sue Long

www.LouisianaCastle.com

Catering: Provided

info@magnolia-plantation.com

www.magnolia-plantation.com

Steamboat Natchez

Pat Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the River

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party Capacity: Varies Amenities: Linens, Silver, Glassware, Chairs, Tables Price Range: Call for details Deposit: Yes

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner Capacity: 400 Amenities: Most inclusive, call for details Price Range: Starting at $59-$89/person Deposit: Yes, $2000

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Provided*

Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Not Provided

*Jazz Band

600 Decatur, Ste. 308, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 569-1431

600 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 561-1200

www.steamboatnatchez.com

www.www.patobriens.com/patobriens/NO-private_parties/

Contact person: Melissa Eilers melissa@glnosc.com

Catering: Provided

Presidential Palace

Ritz-Carlton

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower Capacity: 500; Seated 250 Amenities: Most inclusive, call for details Price Range: Packages start at $8000 Deposit: Yes, $2000

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower/Tea, Guest Accom. Capacity: 800, Seated 475 Amenities: Most inclusive, call for details Price Range: $100-$175/person Deposit: Yes, $5,000 min.

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Provided

Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Not Provided

1800 Vintage Drive, Kenner, LA 70065 (504) 467-3500

921 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112 (504) 670-2837

www.PresidentialPalace.com

www.ritzcarlton.com/neworleans

Contact person: Phil/Diana Daigrepont ThePresidentialPalace@gmail.com

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Catering: Provided

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Republic

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party Capacity: 125-400 Amenities: Tables, Chairs, White Linen, Chair Covers, Centerpieces Price Range: $59-$65/person Deposit: Yes, $3,000

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Engagement Party, After Party Capacity: 500 Amenities: Most inclusive, call for details Price Range: $10,000-$25,000 Deposit: Yes, 50%

Alcohol: Provided

600 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Music: Not Provided (504) 525-3000

Contact person: Mary Quarls maryq@riverviewroom.com

www.riverviewroom.com

Catering: Provided

828 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 528-8282 Contact person: Jessica Talazac Jessica@republicnola.com

www.republicnola.com

Rock n Bowl

Royal Palm

Services: call for details Capacity: call for details Amenities: call for details Price Range: call for details Deposit: call for details

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower, Bach. Party Capacity: 867 Amenities: Linens, Silver, Chairs, Tables, Large Dance Floor, Separate Cake Room, Large Layout Ideal for Large Weddings Price Range: Starting at $25/person Deposit: Depends on Party Size Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Not Provided*

*We will assist with booking, if needed

3016 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118 (504) 861-1700 Contact person: Genese Moore events@rocknbowl.com

Catering: call for details Alcohol: call for details

www.royalpalmfpc.com

Royal St. Charles

Rosyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jazz Hall

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Guest Accommodations, Bridal Dressing Room Capacity: 200 Amenities: Silver, Chairs, Tables, China Price Range: $40-$60/person, bar avg. $28 Deposit: Yes, 25% Alcohol: Provided

Music: Not Provided

Music: call for details

1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA 70058 (504) 644-4100

www.rocknbowl.com

Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

*Resident DJs are available for additional fee; we can assist with band bookings as well

Services: Ceremony, Reception Capacity: 300/Reception; 200/Ceremony Amenities: Tables, Chairs, Linens, China, Glass, Silver Price Range: Starting at $52/person Deposit: Yes, 25% Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Not Provided

135 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 207-8907

500 Valence Street, New Orleans, LA 70115 (504) 896-7679

www.royalsaintcharles.com

www.Rosysjazzhall.com

Contact person: Brittani Adams badams@nohotelconsult.com

Contact person: Steve Zweibaum steve@rosysjazzhall.com

Southport Hall

Southern Oaks Plantation

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower Capacity: 900/Main Room, 100/Glass Atrium Front Bar Amenities: Linens, Lighting, Chairs, Tables Price Range: $35/person Deposit: $300-$500

Services: Ceremony, Reception Capacity: 400 Amenities: Most inclusive, call for details Price Range: Dependent on date, time, number of guests, call for details Deposit: Yes, $1500 Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Provided

7816 Hayne Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70126 (504) 245-8221 weddings@southernoaksplantation.com

www.southernoaksplantation.com

Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Provided

200 Monticello Ave, Jefferson LA 70121 (504) 835-2903 Contact person: Jay Bagnetto info@newsouthport.com

www.newsouthport.com

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Catering: Provided

Taravella Manor

The Four Columns

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower Capacity: 50-250 Amenities: White Linen, Chair Covers, China, Silverware, Glassware, Chandeliers Price Range: $30-$50/person Deposit: Yes, $600

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower Capacity: West Room/600, East Room/200 Amenities: Linens, Silver, Lighting, Chairs, Tables, etc. Price Range: Varies Deposit: Varies

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Provided

Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Not Provided

5240 Taravella Road, Marrero, LA 70072 (504) 340-7797

3711 Westbank Expressway Harvey, LA 70058 (504) 340-4109

www.taravellamanor.com

www.fourcolumns.com

Contact person: Kyle Winkler or Erika Mcfatter recepwtions@taravellamanor.com

Contact person: Brittany Smith john@fourcolumns.com

The Ridgeway

Tomas Bistro

Services: Ceremony, Reception Capacity: 100-350 Amenities: Tables, Chairs, Standard Linens, Chairs Covers, Sashes, Centerpieces, Elegant Backdrop Price Range: Dependent on date, time, number of guests, call for details Deposit: Yes, $1000 Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Provided*

*Based on date availability

Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower Capacity: 350 (using all rooms) Amenities: Linens, Silver, Chairs, Tables, Lighting, etc. Price Range: $45-$100/person Deposit: Yes, 25% of base food cost Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Not Provided*

*Can be provided for an additional charge

2431 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70001 (504) 833.2800

755 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 527-0942

www.partyplannersinfo.com

www.tomasbistro.com

Contact person: Gina Mendez sales@ridgewayinfo.com

contact@tommysrestaurantgroup.com

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Trinity Banquets and Receptions

Services: Small Ceremony, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Luncheon, Bridal Shower, Guest Accommodations Capacity: 100 Amenities: Linens (depending on location), Chairs, Tables, Silver, Lighting Avail. Price Range: Call for details Deposit: Yes

Services: Ceremony Chapel, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower Capacity: 50-500 Amenities: White Linen, Chair Covers, China, Silverware, Glassware, Chandeliers Price Range: $30-$50/person Deposit: Yes, $600 Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Provided

1000 Caruso Blvd, Suite 201, Slidell LA 70461 (985) 726-0178 Contact person: Kyle Winkler, Owner catering@trinitybanquets.com

www.trinitybanquets.com

Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

*Unless it is house music

Music: Not Provided*

316 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 207-5173

Contact person: Catering Sales Office gsoleads.02030@starwoodhotels.com

www.wfrenchquarter.com

W Hotel New Orleans Services: Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Shower, Bridal Luncheon, Guest Accommodations, Bach. Party Capacity: 500 Amenities: Linens, Silver, Chairs, Tables, Lighting Available Price Range: Call for details Deposit: Yes Catering: Provided

Alcohol: Provided

Music: Not Provided

333 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 207-5173

Contact person: Catering Sales Office gsoleads.02030@starwoodhotels.com

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Beauty 411: Hot Hair and Makeup Trends With the change in weather comes a change in trends. It is out with the bright Summer and in with the warm, rich Winter. When planning your wedding, matching the season in all aspects of your big day is a must. This year, the wedding world is seeing tons of trends not only in color and theme, but in hair and make up! So you have all of the latest trends, we asked our hair and make up experts some tips and tricks for the upcoming winter season! We spoke with the fabulous ladies of Amber Buxton Salon and Kiss & Makeup Beauty Services and asked them to give you the latest on fall hair trends. NWG: Are there any certain styles that are more popular for the winter? Amber Buxton Salon - “This winter, I’m predicting a lot of soft toussled texture and natural volume. The styles are moving away from the overly teased up “prom” hair and moving to more soft volume. The updo’s will be much softer with natural waves. Perfect curls are out. The braid trend is still in so you will see a lot of girls keeping their tresses at longer lengths.” Kiss and Make Up- “I would have to say that winter weddings in New Orleans gives you the okay to wear your hair down! Some of our brides think that the heat is too much for a down look for their wedding day. Winter we see more of the all down with big barrel curl look.” NWG: What about trends in hair color? AB- “Ombre is out and balayage is in. For blondes and redheads think honey, champagne, and cinnamon. Brunettes are turning away from the gold and warming it up with bright auburn accents or striking cool undertones. Just remember not to go so dark that it looks unnatural. It’s all about enhancing your natural color this season. Balayage, hand-painted highlights, help keep things soft and low maintenance.” K&M- “Winter is always darker hair. We find summer to be where you want to get extra highlights and have that beachy look, but winter we definitely see richer more chestnut colors.

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NWG: How can brides make sure their hair is perfect for the wedding day? AB- “I try to remind my brides that although they are growing their hair out for their big day, it’s very important to keep their hair trimmed. I recommend every 6-8 weeks get a mini trim (around 1/4th-1/8th of an inch) depending on how healthy their hair is. The week of the big day, I love to do either a color gloss or a clear gloss to add vibrancy to the hair. Redken Shades Eq is amazing for camouflaging lifeless dull hair. Its also great for adding in different tones (gold, red) to the hair without being stuck with it permanently.” K&M- “Dirty hair is always best, believe it or not! A great tip for our brides, is if you have to wash your hair the day of your wedding just use shampoo. The oils in your conditioner really don’t help your style to last all night. NWG: Are their certain products you recommend for readers to use? AB- “There are a ton of products on the market that are sure not to break the bank. For fine hair, Redken Body Full Volume Amplifier - great for adding light texture - and the Redken Wool Shake - I LOVE THIS STUFF! For course/dry hair, S-Factor Flat Iron Spray. Not only do I use it for flat ironing, but I also spray it in the hair while doing some blow outs - careful not to get it near the roots since it is an oil based product. For curling hair (a must for the season), use a good thermal setting spray such as Redken Spray Starch. A product a little easier to work with is Rusk Thermal Flat Iron Spray.” K&M- “Dry Shampoo is our BEST FRIEND at Kiss and Makeup. That and a freeze spray works miracles on making your hair look super clean and lasting all night. Isn’t that what every bride wants? :)” After getting the latest in all things hair, we turned to Makeup by Meggan and Make Me Up Nola to guide you to the perfect fall makeup looks, plus products they love and tips to keep your face clean and beautiful. NWG: What are the latest makeup trends you are seeing?


Make Me Up Nola- “Trends right now are bold lips and false eyelashes.” Makeup by Meggan- “For eyes, it’s grey and black smoke! The look of “smoke” around the eyes gives a mysterious, romantic look to your makeup. For lips, rich cranberry and plum shades have definitely been seen up and down the runways this fall! NWG: Are there certain colors or shades to be on the lookout for fall? Make Me Up Nola- “Fall colors are all over the place, but mostly BOLD including deep plums, dark reds, bright pinks, and oranges. Makeup by Meggan- “Grey, brown, cranberry, plum, red and silver!” NWG: What new products are you in love with for fall? Make Me Up Nola- “We love Magnolia Makeup’s Lip Fix. It is actually a tub of lipstick that you put on once and it stays all day long without sealing.

Magnolia is a local company, which of course we always love! We also love the Glominerals Hydrating mist, which is applied as a sealer all over the face to seal the foundation and make it almost waterproof.” Makeup by Meggan- “ My favorite mascara right now is Bare Minerals Lash Domination! I can’t get enough! The brow wiz pencils from Anastasia Beverly Hills are the best brow pencil ever made!” Expert Tips on the best ways to clean and protect skin: = Get facials = Clarasonic Brush = Deep exfoliation treatments It is imperative to discuss colors and styles with your hair and make up artists in order to keep on trend and create the perfect look. Hopefully these tips from our favorites in hair and make up will help you with your winter wedding look. Special thanks to Makeup by Meggan, Kiss & Makeup Beauty Services, Amber Buxton Salon, and Make Me Up Nola!

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45% of couples spend at least $10,000 on their wedding each year

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14% of couples spend over $25,000 on their wedding each year

Attire & Accessories 79% of couples spend an average of....................$1,400 Beauty & Spa 67% of couples spend an average of............................$100 Entertainment 40% of couples spend an average of..........................$1,000 Flowers & Decorations 67% of couples spend an average of............$1,200 Invitations 80% of couples spend an average of...................................$750 Jewelry 80% of couples spend an average of......................................$3,300 Photography & Video 46% of couples spend an average of...............$2,000 Planner/Consultant 21% of couples spend an average of..................$2,500 Gifts & Favors 70% of couples spend an average of............................$550 Venue, Catering & Rentals...................................................................$10,000 90

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Patricia Turner & Jason Hudson March 16, 2013

How/When did you meet? We actually met through a mutual friend on MySpace; a little out there but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true. We dated for four years while I was attending college in Texas. We were 400 miles apart the whole time we dated.

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What was your favorite part of planning? My favorite part of planning the wedding was knowing that it was all for a celebration of our life together. I enjoyed thinking about our friends and family being there to see Jason and I make a promise to love each other forever. Did your fiancé help in the planning process? Jason helped so much. He helped me make decisions on the food and cake. He even searched for the DJ and videographer. Can you describe your feelings during your vows? I cried as I started walking down the aisle. I thought I could hold it in but I didn’t. We did laugh during the vows. I could not get the ring to go on his finger and it made both of us giggle a little. What was your first dance song? Our first dance song was “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Michael Bolton. At your reception, did you stay in heels or switch to flats? For the ceremony and reception I wore white and silver wedge sneakers. They had spikes and crystals on them. They were comfy and they suited my style.

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Venue 411

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n South Peters Street in the Warehouse District, lies a hidden gem in the wedding venue industry. An unassuming façade belies a beautifully unique “Victorian meets Contemporary” décor and an entrancing ambiance. Republic New Orleans is known by many as a great place to catch a concert or to dance the night away to the hottest DJs in the country, but they are also rapidly becoming a top wedding venue. NOLA Wedding Guide was fortunate enough to do a fashion shoot at Republic New Orleans and speak with Jessica Talazac, Director of Special Events, about the venue, and the company’s philosophy on the wedding industry. NWG: How long has Republic New Orleans been in business?

NWG: How long has the venue been available to brides? Jessica: 8 years

Jessica: Republic New Orleans opened its doors right after Hurricane Katrina, in December 2005.

NWG: What types of services can you provide for a wedding?

NWG: Give us some background on the venue.

Jessica: Receptions, ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and wedding after parties.

Jessica: The Montgomery family built the warehouse space that Republic now occupies in 1852, and it was

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used to store coffee close to the Mississippi River. The warehouse sat dormant for years until it was renovated for the 1984 Worlds Fair. Shortly thereafter, Oliver Stone took his turn with the space, developing it as a set for his critically acclaimed “JFK”. The venue then became a bastion for rock music, hosting bands such as the Foo Fighters, Better Than Ezra, and The Strokes. Today, the venue features exposed wooden beams, original brick walls, striking goldbeaded curtains and gorgeous crystal chandeliers, creating a stylish and tasteful atmosphere perfect for your New Orleans reception.

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NWG: What separates you from other venues? Jessica: Republic New Orleans is a very unique venue that offers an extensive array of flexible options, allowing you to customize your wedding so that it is one-of-a-kind. We pride ourselves on being a nontraditional venue that strays from the cookie-cutter ballroom setting. Republic enhances our historical setting with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems to provide an overall vintage style for the modern bride. NWG: As far as weddings are concerned, do you have any advice for prospective brides? Jessica: The week leading up to your wedding should be a time of happiness, not stress. While the DIY trend is hot right now, make sure to not overload yourself with projects. Choose vendors you trust to execute your vision so you can focus on pampering yourself for your big day. NWG: Is there anything else that you want our readers to know about Republic New Orleans? Jessica: At Republic New Orleans, our entire staff exudes southern hospitality in a young, vibrant atmosphere. If you’re looking for the type of wedding that will leave guests exclaiming that it was “the most fun wedding they’ve ever been to”, then look no further than Republic. We specialize in making sure our clients and their guests have the time of their life.

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Mackie Says! You Can’t Go Wrong with Eating Clean

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believe that nutrition is the biggest determining factor of overall health. It can protect us against chronic diseases, aid in maintaining a healthy weight, provide fuel for our bodies, provide us with energy and help us sleep, look and feel better.

• Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. This is where the fresh produce, lean meats, poultry, fish, whole grains and low-fat dairy products are usually located. Spend little time in the center isles of the grocery. This is generally where the majority of the processed foods can be found.

With so much nutrition information out there, it is hard to sort fact from fiction. One tip that you can’t go wrong with is to “Eat Clean”. This means eating whole foods that are closest to their natural state. Here are some good clean eating nutrition tips:

• Eat more fruits and vegetables. They are low in calories; yet full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Consume a variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

• Start by eliminating processed and refined foods from your diet. These foods are basically striped of nutrition and are typically higher in fat and calories. Read labels, be informed and know what you are putting into your body. Labels with too many unfamiliar ingredients should be a sign to avoid that particular food.

• Replace unhealthy saturated and Trans fats with healthy fats. Unsaturated fats and Omega -3 fatty acids may help to lower cholesterol as well as one’s risk for heart disease. Some good heart-healthy fat choices are olive oil, canola oil, avocado, nuts and nut butters, seeds and fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, albacore tuna and sardines. • Drink more water and green tea. Green tea is full of antioxidants and poly-phenols that may aid in weight loss, lower cholesterol and protect us against certain kinds of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and dementia. • Avoid added sugars. These types of sugars are added during processing, not naturally occurring sugars like those found in fruit and milk. Those foods with a lot of added sugar usually have a substantial amount of calories. I call these “empty calories” because they provide no real nutrition, only calories. Examples would be: regular soft drinks and candy. • Don’t fixate on calorie counting. Focus on eating the right foods and everything will fall into place. Jodie Muhleisen RD, CSSD

“Mackie Says!” is a recurring feature in the NOLA Wedding Guide, and include priceless words of advice from Mackie and his staff for brides who want to look their best on their big day.

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our wedding pictures are a way to relive the special moments of your wedding day for years to come. When your photographer gives you the finished pictures and it is time to get them printed, you have an important decision to make: you can either get them printed at a drugstore/discount department store or you can have them processed by a professional lab. Though the drugstores may have slightly cheaper prices, the professional lab has the more experienced staff that is dedicated solely to the printing of images. The professional labs do not have seasonal employees who get limited training. They also do not sell anything else other than photo processing. Primary Digital Imaging is a local imaging lab based in Kenner. They work with most of the professional wedding photographers in the city and have been in business for over 50 years. They are committed to providing the highest quality, color photographic services, along with dependable delivery and outstanding customer service. Robbie Holland, with Primary, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your wedding is one of the biggest events in your life. You hired many professionals to make the event as special as possible. As a professional lab, we are making sure that you get the very best quality from your images. This is our primary focus. We are not a store with a lab in the back. Our equipment is state-of-the-art and our staff is fully trained to make sure that the images are printed correctly. Your photographer took extensive time to edit your images, giving you the very best. Therefore, you should make sure that those images are of the highest standard.â&#x20AC;?

Operating Hours 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday Saturday (by appointment only) Lab/Mailing Address 3550 Williams Blvd. Suite A Kenner Louisiana 70065 Phone Numbers 504-468-3750 504-468-3751 (Fax) 800-535-7799 (Toll Free)

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Benita Nwokolo & Michael Chatmon July 27, 2013

How/When did you meet? We met August of 2001 as college freshmen at Southern University and A&M College. However, we did not start dating until November of 2004.

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What was your favorite part of planning? My sister assisted me heavily in my planning. My favorite part of the planning was getting to interact with my sister as much as I did. Did your fiancĂŠ help in the planning process? Honestly, he did not. Michael allowed me to have the vision I wanted to create for our special day.

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Did you or your fiancé cry (or laugh) during the vows? My fiancé’ and I smiled during our wedding vows. What was your first dance song? We danced to Anthony Hamilton’s “Her Heart” At your reception, did you stay in heels or switch to flats? I switched to flats for my wedding reception

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Wise Bride

“Wise Bride” is a recurring feature in the NOLA Wedding Guide, and includes helpful tips and advice from our “Wise Bride.”

Q: I am the fourth daughter in my family to get engaged and my mother and father are so great to offer to help pay for my wedding. My sisters have been great as well, offering advice and support. However, it’s as if all of them feel that they are such “experts” on weddings, and they are being so overbearing to the point that I’m about to just elope! I’ve spoken to my fiancé about this and he thinks we should just go away, just the two of us, and get married. I don’t care if I have a big wedding, but I don’t want to break my family’s hearts either. What should I do? - M. Archer, New Orleans, LA

more relaxed attitude towards what can be used as a wedding dress. However, it is not alright for your mother to wear a wedding dress unless you specifically give her permission. You can tell her that you want her to be happy about her dress, but that you would rather her be in a different color and style. Honesty is always the best policy.

A: First of all, it is YOUR day and YOUR wedding. If you really feel good about eloping, then by all means, do it! It seems like you just need to sit your family down and tell them exactly how you feel. They love you very much and just want you to be happy, but if you don’t speak up, you will let yourself down and them as well. Maybe get them all together at a family dinner and thank them for being there for you, but let them know that you need them to allow you to make your own decisions towards your wedding. Maybe offer to borrow ideas from them and make them your own. They will most likely appreciate you letting them in on how you feel and you will have a happier planning experience. Q: My fiancé is insisting that he carry his cell phone on him the day of the wedding. I keep telling him that everyone who is important will already be at the wedding, so why would he need to make a call. Is there any etiquette rule against him having the cell phone in his inner coat pocket? - S. Grainger, Metairie, LA

Q: I am trying to figure out what time I should start my reception. I am having a traditional Catholic ceremony and the church is about a half hour away from the reception venue. I just don’t want my guests showing up too early or me to arrive too late. - R. Perkins, Montgomery, AL A: Traditional Catholic ceremonies last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. If you are going to take pictures after the ceremony, you should allow another 15-30 minutes for that in addition to the drive time to get to the venue. Your guests will arrive prior to you typically, so you want the venue open for them. It’s a safe bet to have your reception start about an hour and a half from the start of your ceremony. Q: I am a music teacher and a cantor for my church. I would love to sing for the parts of the mass for my wedding. Is that tacky or seem self-indulgent? - A. Florence, Berkshire, CA A: It is perfectly fine for you to sing for your own wedding. If there is a way for you to sing on the alter, that would be best. The entire day is about you and your husband to be, so a little self-indulgence is allowed. It is a beautiful way to celebrate your love.

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A: There is no special etiquette for the groom or bride with cell phones except the standard silence all ringers and sounds. The phone may interfere with a portable microphone from the priest or minister during the ceremony, and that could be an annoyance. Also, if your videographer puts a microphone on your fiancé to capture the vows, the phone could possibly interfere with that, and cause you to have undesired popping sounds on your finished video. It’s best to leave the phone with a family member until the reception, at least.


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Just like your love, Rock n Roll will never die! With this fun and playful shoot, we evoke the sprightly spirit of Rock n Roll in a venue that knows all about that iconic music genre: Southport Hall. With the help of the always amusing Boogie Booth, our two brides let loose and rock on in glamorous dresses fit for the rock goddess in all of us!

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Choosing Your Church

by Jessica Bayard

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ew Orleans is a very spiritual city, containing many different houses of worship. While there are a plethora of options in which to hold your wedding ceremony, it can be a daunting experience to try and pick the perfect space. There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the perfect church for your ceremony: sentimentality, location, appearance, capacity, and budget. Sentimentality The best place to start is your current place of worship. In the Catholic and Jewish religion, it is traditional to hold your ceremony in your current parish or synagogue. If you do not regularly attend church, start at the church located in the parish in which you grew up. It may be a very comforting experience to choose a venue that has a special meaning for you. Being in a familiar place will lessen the wedding day jitters. Location Picking a venue that is readily accessible to you, your groom and your guests is key. Your church should be close or within a reasonable distance from your reception venue. Parking is another factor to consider when choosing a church. Your older guests will certainly appreciate it. Another consideration is the neighborhood that surrounds the church. The church may be beautiful, but if it’s in a bad part of town, you must consider the safety of your guests and their belongings. Appearance The church choice sets the tone for your wedding, so it’s important to match the look or ambiance of the venue, to the overall theme of your wedding. The size and length of the aisle, stained glass windows, and woodworkings, all attribute to the overall appearance of a venue. We are fortunate to have newer, modern themed churches in our city, but if you want that authentic New Orleans feel; you may want to do the Cathedral or one of the older churches in the city. Capacity Capacity may be the most important consideration for choosing your church. If you have a smaller number of guests, a huge church may look very empty.

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Always account for your invited guests bringing a date and even though the amount of people you invite won’t necessarily attend, you must account for all of them when choosing the venue. Budget Most churches charge you to have your ceremony take place there. In the Catholic churches, it is usually a lesser fee if you are a member of the parish in which you wish to marry. Some churches can be upwards of $3000, so make sure that you have appropriated the proper funds for the venue. Also, a small stipend or tip may be expected for the priest to perform the service. Remember, too that the bigger the church, typically the bigger the rate and you also may have to add more floral arrangements, which also adds to your budget. Some churches don’t allow flowers, while others will provide them for you. Always ask when booking the church. Whichever church you choose, make sure that you are comfortable with the people who run it and the priest, rabbi, or minister that will perform the ceremony. You will want to be stress free when you are going through the ceremony. It is the biggest moment of the day and it should be as perfect as possible.

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How/When did you meet? We met September of 2008 in Denver, CO at a costume party.

What was your favorite part of planning? My favorite part of the planning was seeing everything come together. I wanted everyone to have a good time.

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Did your fiancé help in the planning process? Nope. Did you or your fiancé cry (or laugh) during the vows? We both cried and laughed during the whole ceremony. What was your first dance song? We did a surprise, choreographed dance to LMFAO, “Sexy and I Know It.” At your reception, did you stay in heels or switch to flats? I changed into white cowgirl boots.

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The Bride’s Checklist 12 Months

c Get ready to plan your wedding using NOLA Wedding Guide and www.NolaWeddingGuide.com c Choose a wedding date, carefully considering weather and holidays. Consult the local Convention & Visitors Bureau for special events in NOLA. www.NewOrleansCVB.com c Determine a wedding budget with help from family and your fiancée. Consider the size and formality of the event. c Decide on the number of guests you can invite to your wedding, then decide how many guests each family can invite. c Select and book the date/time for your wedding at the church, synagogue or other appropriate venue. c Collect price lists from vendors, such as photographers, caterers, florists, limousine companies, musicians, and other services. c Discuss and plan a rehearsal date and location, and book it. Plan for 1-3 days prior to the wedding date. c Together with your fiancée, meet with the clergyman, judge or other officiant to select a service and discuss the ceremony. In some faiths, pre-marital requirements may need to be met. c Choose a color and theme for your wedding and reception. Choose your maid of honor and bridesmaids. c Select and order your wedding dress, veil, and accessories. Be sure to allow a minimum of three months for the delivery of your dress.

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c Consult with your bridesmaids about price and style of dresses, shoes, and accessories, and make selections. c Create a guest list and mall “Save the Date” cards. c Start discussing and planning your honeymoon. c Book and reserve vendors after careful consideration of style, cost, and availability. Here’s a brief list of vendors to book ahead of time: Photography & Video (schedule engagement photos), Limousines (and transportation for your bridal party), Caterer, Florist, Reception site, and Musicians or DJ. c Get connected online! Go to www. NolaTaggedBrides.com for details on how to get your own wedding webpage.

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c Get registered! Choose your household items, china, crystal and flatware patterns at local and online stores. c Complete your guest list. c Order invitations, announcements, and thank-you notes. Ask about turnaround time for the style you are choosing. c Begin shopping for your trousseau.

c Consult with the florist to decide on the floral arrangements for the wedding and reception. c Have the mothers of the bride and groom choose their dresses. c Arrange music with your church and select songs for your reception dances. - Confirm the delivery date for your wedding dress and bridesmaid’s dresses.

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c If you are having a second line parade through the city, check with local law enforcement for a permit. c Buy stamps for your invitations. c Start addressing your invites and announcements. c Reserve any rental equipment you will need (don’t forget tents for outdoor weddings). c Schedule bridal formals with your photographer.

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c You may submit either an engagement photo or wedding photo to the newspaper for publication. wIf you choose your ENGAGEMENT photo, submit a 5x7 or 8x10 glossy black & white photo to the newspaper. (Wedding photo submissions are 1 week prior to wedding).

cComplete your honeymoon plans and make reservations. c Select a bakery and choose your wedding cake. Don’t forget about the cake pulls and groom’s cake. c Plan the details of the ceremony and reception. Discuss vacation time with your respective employers.

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c Buy the Groom’s wedding ring. Order engraving. c Mail your invitations at least four weeks, no later than three weeks, before the wedding. c Buy your gift for the groom and gifts for bridesmaids, flower girl, junior bridesmaids, etc. c Have the final fittings for your dress and bridesmaid’s dresses.

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Apply for your marriage license.

c Arrange hotel accommodations for our-of-town guests and attendants. c Begin changing your name and address on all necessary documents (see list right). Begin gathering your honeymoon clothes. Apply for a passport if necessary for your trip.

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c Complete your trousseau. c Contact all of your vendors to clarify the date, time location and details of your wedding. This is important. c If you or your fiancée are from out of town, send announcements to local newspapers. c Plan the seating arrangement for the reception, and make name cards if necessary for the bride’s table, as well as immediate family and attendants. c Give your caterer an estimate of guests you are expecting. c Check on all accessories or any ordered items you are waiting for. c If you choose to publish your wedding photo rather than the engagement photo, submit to the newspaper at this time.

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Louisiana Church Directory Catholic Churches Christ The King Church 535 Deerfield Road, Terrytown 70056 504.361.1500 www.ctkterrytown.parishesonline.com Holy Name of Jesus 6220 LaSalle Place, New Orleans 70118 504.865.7430 www.hnjchurch.org Immaculate Conception (Jesuit Church) 130 Baronne Street, New Orleans 70112 504.529.1477 www.jesuitchurch.net Mary, Queen of Peace 1501 West Causeway Approach, Mandeville 70471 985.626.6977 www.maryqueenofpeace.org Mater Dolorosa 1228 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans 70118 504.866.3669 www.neworleanschurches.com/materd/materd.htm Our Lady of Divine Providence 1000 North Starrett Road, Metairie 70003 504.466.4511 www.oldp.org * six month advance notice for marriages Our Lady of Guadalupe Church 411 North Rampart Street, New Orleans 70112 504.525.1551 www.judeshrine.com Our Lady of Lourdes 2621 Colonial Boulevard, Violet 70092 504.281.2267 www.olol-church.com *six month advance notice for marriages Our Lady of Perpetual Help 1908 Short Street, Kenner 70062 504.464.0361 www.archdiocese-no.org/olphlachurch *8 month advance notice for marriages Our Lady of Prompt Succor 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette 70043 504.271.3441 www.olps-chalmette.org *six month advance notice for marriage Our Lady of Prompt Succor 146 Fourth Street, Westwego 70094 504.341.9522 www.neworleanschurches.com/olpswego/olpswego.htm Our Lady of the Angels 6851 River Road, Westwego 70094 504.436.4459 Our Lady of the Lake 312 Lafitte Street, Mandeville 70448 985.626.5671 www.ollparish.info

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Our Lady of the Rosary 3368 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans 70119 504.488.2659 www.ourladyoftherosary-no.com *6 months advance notice for weddings/extensive online info St. Agnes 3310 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson 70121 504.833.3366 www.stagnesjefferson.org St. Angela Merici 901 Beverly Garden Drive, Metairie 70002 504.835.0324 www.stangela.org St. Anthony of Padua 4640 Canal Street, New Orleans 70119 504.488.2651 www.neworleanschurches.com/stanthony/stjanthony.htm St. Augustine 1210 Governor Nicholls Street, New Orleans 70116 504.525.5934 www.staugustinecatholicchurch-neworleans.org St. Benilde 1901 Division Street, Metairie 70001 504.843.4980 www.stbenilde.org St. Catherine of Siena 105 Bonnabel Boulevard, Metairie 70005 504.835.9343 www.stcatherineparish.com St. Christopher 309 Manson Avenue, Metairie 70001 504.837.8214 www.stchristopherschool.org/stchristopherchurch.html St. Clement of Rome 4317 Richland Avenue, Metairie 70002 504.887.8721 www.scrparish.org St. Cletus 3600 Claire Avenue, Gretna 70053 504.367.7951 http://stcletuschurch.myownparish.com St. Dominic 775 Harrison Avenue, New Orleans 70124 504.482.4157 www.stdominicparish.com St. Edward the Confessor 4921 West Metairie Avenue, Metairie 70001 504.888.0703 www.steddy.org *6 Month notice in advance St. Francis of Assisi 631 State Street, New Orleans 70118 504.891.4479 www.stfrancisuptown.com St. Francis Xavier 444 Metairie Road, Metairie 70005 504.834.0340 www.stfrancisxavier.com www. n o l a we d d i n gg u i d e. co m

St. Joan of Arc 529 West 5th Street, LaPlace 70068 985.652.9100 www.sjachurch.com St. John the Baptist 1139 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans 70113 504.919.0848 www.neworleanschurches.com/stjohnno/stjohnno.htm St. Joseph 1802 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans 70112 504.522.3186 www.stjosephchurch-no.org St. Leo the Great 2916 Paris Avenue, New Orleans 70119 504.945.8750 www.neworleanschurches.com/StLeo/index.htm St. Louis Cathedral 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans 70116 504.525.9585 www.stlouiscathedral.org St. Mary 1100 Chartres Street, New Orleans 70116 504.529.3040 St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assumption 2030 Constance Street, New Orleans 70130 504.522.6748 www.stalphonsusneworleans.com St. Mary Magdalen 6425 West Metairie Avenue, Metairie 70003 504.733.0922 www.stmarymagdalenchurch.com St. Patrick 724 Camp Street, New Orleans 70130 504.525.4413 www.oldstpatricks.org St. Peter 125 East 19th Street, Covington 70433 985.892.2422 www.stpeterparish.com St. Philip Neri 6500 Kawanee Avenue, Metairie 70003 504.887.5535 www.stphilipneriparish.org * six month notice in advance St. Rita 7100 Jefferson Highway, Harahan 70123 504.737.2915 www.stritaharahan.com *6 months advance notice St. Rita 2729 Lowerline Street, New Orleans 70125 504.866.3621 www.neworleanschurches.com/StRita/strita.htm St. Rosalie 600 2nd Avenue, Harvey 70058 504.340.1962 www.strosalieparish.org


St. Stephen 1025 Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans 70119 504.899.1378 www.goodshepherdparishnola.com *6 months advance notice Visitation of Our Lady 3500 Ames Boulevard, Marrero 70072 504.347.2203 www.vol.org BAPTIST CHURCHES Christian Unity Baptist 1700 Conti Street, New Orleans 70112 504.522.3493 St. Charles Avenue Baptist 7100 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans 70118 504.861.9514 www.scabc.org First Baptist Church of New Orleans 5290 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.482.5775 www.fbno.org First Emmanuel Baptist Church 1829 Carondelet Street, New Orleans 70130 504.524.8891 www.firstemanuelbaptistchurch.org Franklin Avenue Baptist Church 2515 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans 70117 504.488.8488 www.franklinabc.com Mandeville’s First Baptist Church 1895 Highway 190, Mandeville 70448 985.626.3217 www.fbcmandeville.org Parkview Baptist Church 6301 Camphor Street, Metairie 70003 504.888.1153 www.parkviewbc.com

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 1222 North Dorgenois, New Orleans 70119 504.821.0529 www.stlukesnola.org

St. Matthew United Methodist Church 6017 Camphor Street, Metairie 70003 504.888.2228 www.stmatthewsumc.com

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church 2216 Metairie Road, Metairie 70001 504.835.7357 www.stmepiscopal.com

St. Timothy United Methodist Church 335 Asbury Drive, Mandeville 70471 955.626.3307 www.sttimothyumc.org

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church 4499 Sharp Road, Mandeville 70741 985.626.5781 www.stmichaelsla.org *one month advance notice for marriages

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 6249 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.488.3749 www.stpauls-lakeview.org Trinity Church Episcopal 1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans 70130 504.522.0276 www.trinitynola.com METHODIST CHURCHES Algiers United Methodist Church 637 Opelousas Avenue, Algiers 70114 504.361.1334 www.algiersumc.com Aurora United Methodist Church 3300 Eton Street, New Orleans 70131 504.394.5483 www.aumc.club.officelive.com Carrollton United Methodist Church 921 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans 70118 504.861.7597 www.neworleanschurches.com/carrolltonumeth/ carrolltonumc.htm

EPISCOPAL CHURCHES

First Grace United Methodist Church 3401 Canal Street, New Orleans 70119 504.488.0856 www.firstgraceumc.org

Christ Church Cathedral 2919 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.895.6602 www.cccnola.org

Lake Vista United Methodist Church 6645 Spanish Fort Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.288.2242 www.lakevistaumc.com

Grace Episcopal Church 3700 Canal Street, New Orleans 70119 504.482.5242 www.gracecanalstreet.org

Metairie United Methodist Church 3741 Pontiac Street, Metairie 70002 504.888.4665

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 1101 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans 70118 504.866.0123 www.standrewsnola.com St. Anna’s 1313 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans 70116 504.947.2121 www.stannanola.org St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 3412 Haring Road, Metairie 70006 504.887.4801 www.staugustinesmet.com St. George’s Episcopal Church 4600 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.899.2811 www.stgeorge-nola.org

Munholland United Methodist Church 1201 Metairie Road, Metairie 70005 504.834.9910 www.munhollandumc.org

First Presbyterian Church 5401 South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans 70125 504.866.7409 www.fpcno.org Canal Street Presbyterian 4302 Canal Street, New Orleans 70119 504.482.1135 www.cspcno.org Covington Presbyterian Church 222 South Jefferson Avenue, Covington 70433 985.892.4821 www.covingtonpres.org Grace Presbyterian Church 6129 West Esplanade Avenue, Metairie 70003 504.454.8905 http://web.me.com/pek83/Site/Welcome.html John Calvin Church 4201 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie 70006 504.888.1375 www.johncalvinchurch.org Lakeview Presbyterian Church 5914 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.482.7892 www.lpcno.org Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church 215 Phosphor Avenue, Metairie 70005 504.833.6357 www.metairieridgepc.org New Covenant Presbyterian Church 3475 Highway 22, Mandeville 70471 985.626.4375 www.newcovenantpc.org Parkway Presbyterian Church 6200 Camphor Street, Metairie 70003 504.733.1644 www.parkwaypresbyterianchurch.com Redeemer Presbyterian Church 6200 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.894.1204 www.redeemernola.com

Newell United Methodist Church 229 Lamarque Street, Mandeville 70448 985.674.2486

St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church 1545 State Street, New Orleans 70118 504.897.0101 www.scapc.org

Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church 3900 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.899.3431 www.rayneumc.org

St. Roch Community Church 1738 St. Roch Avenue, New Orleans 70117 504.940.5771 www.strochcc.org

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 5875 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans 70124 504.486.3982 www.saintlukes-umc.net

Woodland Presbyterian Church 5824 Berkley Drive, New Orleans 70131 504.394.7877 www.wpcno.org

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NON-DENOMINATIONAL City Church New Orleans 13123 Interstate 10 Service Road, New Orleans 70128 504.246.5121 www.citycathedral.org

White Dove Fellowship 3600 Manhattan Boulevard, Harvey 70058 504.362.3379 www.whitedove.org

Temple Sinai 6227 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans 70118 504.861.3693 www.templesinaino.org

JEWISH SYNAGOGUES

Touro Synagogue 4238 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.895.4843 www.tourosynagogue.com

Anshe Sfard Synagogue 2230 Carondelet Street, New Orleans 70113 605.522.4714 www.anshesfard.com

Household of Faith 9300 I-10 Service Road, New Orleans 70127 504.347.0127 www.householdoffaithchurch.com

Congregation Gates of Prayer 4000 West Esplanade Avenue, Metairie 70002 504.885.2600 www.gatesofprayer.org

The Vineyard Church 4340 Sal Lentini Parkway, Kenner 70065 504.467.3257 www.vineyardneworleans.org

Northshore Jewish Congregation 1403 North Causeway Boulevard, Mandeville 70471 985.951.7976 www.northshorejewish.org

Watson Memorial Teaching Ministry 4400 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 70115 504.899.4400 www.dkwmultimedia.com/watson/index.html

Shir Chadash 3737 West Esplanade Avenue, Metairie 70002 504.889.1144 www.shirchadashnola.org

GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 1200 Robert E. Lee Boulevard, New Orleans 70122 504.282.0259 www.holytrinitycathedral.org

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Hickory Knoll Church of Christ 2201 Hickory Avenue, Harahan 70123 504.737.4335 www.hickoryknollchurchofchrist.org

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Accessories

The Finishing Touch Rhinestone & Pearl Chandelier Earrings, $36, The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe

Baguette Rhinestone & Fresh Water Pearls Necklace, $178, The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe

Blue Stone Brooch, $29.95, Rhinestone Runway

Rhinestone Chandelier Earrings, $54, The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Edward Berger Veil, $300, Pearl’s Place

Toni Federici “Madison” Headpiece w/ Pearls, $450, Pearl’s Place Photography by Louis

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Paris by Debra Maeland “The Smart Set” Handmade Bracelet, $360, Pearl’s Place Silver & Rhinestone Bracelet with Center Flower Rhinestone, $105, The Bridal Boutique by Mae Me

Thomas Knoell for Watters & Watters “The Raven” Long Rhinestone Earrings, $190, Pearl’s Place

Dark Blue Teardrop Earrings, $14.95, Rhinestone Runway

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27 Hot Rehearsal Dinner Locations

by Jessica Bayard

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he rehearsal dinner owes its beginnings to ancient Roman times when wedding celebrations lasted three days-the day before the wedding, the wedding day, and the day after the wedding. Today, it is a mostly North American custom taking place the night before the wedding. It is typically planned and paid for by the groom’s parents. Since New Orleans is known universally for having some of the best cuisine, it can be a bit daunting to decide on a venue. We have narrowed the list down for you to some of the absolute best places to have your rehearsal dinner. Bon appetit!

tures a beautiful private balcony overlooking the St. Louis Cathedral, where you can feel the pulse of the French Quarter. Capacity: Up to 200 people Cost: $40-$85/person Sample Menu Items: Jumbo Seared Scallop, Tuna Tartar

ANDREA’S RESTAURANT Andrea Apuzzo, Chef-Proprietor of Andrea’s Restaurant in Metairie, Louisiana was born and raised on the Isle of Capri, Italy. He brings a superb variety of Northern Italian and American entrees with only the freshest ingredients and the finest European inspired service. Capacity: Up to 300 people Cost: $38-$50.75/person Sample Menu Items: Eggplant Crab Cake, Filet of Beef Tenderloin with Peppercorn Sauce

BOURBON ORLEANS HOTEL The iconic Bourbon Orleans Hotel is located in New Orleans’ exciting French Quarter. Located adjacent to two great New Orleans landmarks, the St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel is in the center of it all. Rehearsal dinners may be held in their St Ann Cottage, Orleans Ballroom or their Roux restaurant. The wonderful thing about all of their event spaces is that they feature natural light and private outdoor space. The St. Ann Cottage and Courtyard is an amazingly unique venue featuring a private entrance for guests and its own private French Quarter courtyard, which is perfect for an authentically local experience. Their historic Orleans Ballroom fea-

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CEDAR GROVE TCHOUPITOULAS PLANTATION Built in 1790, Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation has a long history of grand events. The original home is 222 years old and rates as the oldest building in Jefferson Parish. The breathtaking grounds span 7 ½ acres with 400 year old trees that line the River Road access to the plantation. The owners of Cedar Grove are all family and treat their patrons as such. Jill and Joey Mercer, along with their seven children, (five who actually work at the plantation) go above and beyond for their clients and strive to achieve perfection in every event they have. Capacity: Up to 100 people, 50 people minimum Cost: $55/person, $65/person with premium bar Sample Menu Items: Fried Turkey with mashed/stuffed potatoes, Roast Beef


CHATEAU LEMOYNE HOTEL

ENGLISH TURN GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

Just one block off of Bourbon Street, in the heart of the French Quarter, lays an elegant boutique hotel, The Chateau LeMoyne. This creole gem of a hotel is steeped in local history and you will immediately feel the intimacy and grandeur of a boutique hotel. The grounds are quaint and charming and the property lends itself to a wonderfully romantic experience.

In a city internationally known for its authenticity, magnificent architecture and outstanding fare, English Turn Golf and Country Club stands out as a shining example of a luxurious environment. English Turn’s spectacular 43,000 square foot clubhouse recalls the grace and grandeur of one of Louisiana’s legendary plantation homes. They take great care to ensure that all food is artfully prepared and presented with modern flair and style.

Capacity: Up to 75 people Cost: starting at $48.95/person Sample Menu Items: Pork Pontchartrain, Fresh Gulf Fish Pontalba

Capacity: Up to 300 people, seated Cost: $30-$120/person Sample Menu Items: Creamy Crab and Asparagus Bisque, Blackened Petite Filet FEDERAL BALLROOM The Federal Ballroom is an historic venue built in 1923. Celebrate your event in old world Southern charm and elegance. Located on the street car line in the Central Business District, one block from New Orleans’ famous landmarks and attractions: Canal Street, Immaculate Conception Church, Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, the Federal Ballroom is a perfect place to host your rehearsal dinner.

EDGAR DEGAS HOUSE

Capacity: Up to 200 people, seated Cost: Moderately priced, call for details Sample Menu Items: Shrimp & Grits, Bananas Foster

Your rehearsal dinner at Degas House will be a private and intimate affair. Their elegant Southern mansion, the only remaining home or studio of French Impressionist Master Edgar Degas, will provide a setting of unparalleled ambiance. You may choose to dine in the parlors in the main house, or outside in their French Quarter style courtyard. Soft, period music or the music of your choice will accompany the meal in either location. Capacity: up to 80 people inside, 100 outside Cost $95/person Sample Menu Items: Pepper & Pecan Crusted Pork Loin w/ Roasted Garlic Au Jus, Chicken Alfredo Florentine Penne

THE FOUR COLUMNS The food at the Four Columns has been a big reason for their success. All food is prepared fresh in their kitchen, with an assortment wide enough to satisfy even the pickiest eater. No frozen food here! For over 36 years, the Four Columns has given tremendous service to their brides. They are as relevant today as they were when they first started. Experience, great food, and a convenient locale all make the Four Columns a winner for brides on the West Bank and beyond. Capacity: Up to 500 people Cost: $17.50-$25/person Sample Menu Items: Shrimp Italienne, Chicken Clemenceau w w w . n o l aw ed d i n g g u i d e. co m

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FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON N.O. AIRPORT The Four Points by Sheraton New Orleans Airport is located in close proximity to many of New Orleansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; prime tourist attractions - only three miles from New Orleans Airport and a mere 8.87 miles from the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans. Situated in suburban Metairie, the gateway to New Orleans and the world famous French Quarter, Four Points by Sheraton New Orleans Airport is setting the standard by becoming one of the first smoke-free hotels in New Orleans.

HOTEL INDIGO

Capacity: Up to 200 people Cost: $20-$50/person Sample Menu Items: Honey Glazed Ham with Pineapple Rings, Roasted Turkey Breast with Fresh Herbs

Capacity: Up to 55 people, seated Cost: starting at $29/person Sample Menu Items: Bacon Jalapeno Duck Skewers, Streetcar Lump Crab Cakes

GALVEZ RESTAURANT

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The outstanding panoramic views of the Mississippi River, lower French Quarter and lovely architecture of Dutch Alley, make Galvez one of the most romantic dining rooms in the city. Galvez also has three dining rooms from which to choose. Obviously, being a restaurant, one would expect the food at Galvez to be one of its strengths and it most certainly is. Although normally a Spanish restaurant, when it comes to weddings and rehearsal dinners, Galvez can accommodate any type of food choices.

The Hotel Mazarin and its adjacent event and catering venue, La Louisiane, offer one of the most unique settings for special events. Whether you are staging an intimate dinner for twenty guests, or a ceremony and reception for hundreds, their flexible indoor and outdoor banquet facilities insure that space and style, are never an issue. Their banquet rooms open onto the beautiful weather protected courtyard for meals and breaks.

Capacity: Up to 275 people Cost: $60-$120/person Sample Menu Items: Pan Seared Red Snapper served with Avocado and White Beans, Grilled Pork Chop drizzled

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The Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District is one of the premier upscale hotels in New Orleans. This St. Charles Avenue hotel is on the Mardi Gras parade route. Step outside our front door to take the St. Charles Avenue streetcar from the hotel to the French Quarter. The Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District has meeting space to host meetings, banquets, receptions, and rehearsal dinners.

Capacity: Up to 132 people, seated Cost: $85-$100/person Sample Menu Items: Gulf Fish Amandine, SautĂŠed Filet of Beef topped with Mushrooms in a Madeira Sauce


HOUSE OF BLUES

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House of Blues is your one stop to host unique and memorable events. They offer a richly unique entertainment experience and their private events team is dedicated to designing a special event that is perfect for you. With its eclectic, ethnic décor and dark, sensuous atmosphere, the Foundation Room, inside the House of Blues, is the perfect backdrop for your rehearsal dinner.

The Grande Terrace opened in October 1999 on the third floor of the Jax Brewery Millhouse. This 3,800 square foot facility features elegant 17th century charm with textured walls, exquisite antiques, ornate chandeliers, and a coppertopped grand piano. The brick carriageway and intricate wrought iron gates capture the appeal of the original world famous Pat O’Brien’s bar. A spacious terrace overlooking the majestic Mississippi River promises a spectacular view for any celebration.

Capacity: Up to 60 people, seated Cost: $75- $120/person Sample Menu Items: Voodoo Shrimp, Jumbo Gulf Shrimp sautéed in a Beer Reduction served over Homemade Cornbread

JACKSON BREWERY BISTRO BAR Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar is in the oldest and most famous neighborhood in New Orleans, known as the Vieux Carre or French Quarter. Bordered by the majestic Mississippi River and historic Decatur Street, the interior reflects the beautiful New Orleans architecture complete with ironwork balconies (mezzanines) and Victorian industrial style furnishings. They have hosted many types of rehearsal dinners, ranging from casual crawfish boils to more casual elegant sit down dinners. Capacity: Varies within venue Cost: $1500 flat rental, entrée packages starting at $50/person, beverage $18/person Sample Menu Items: Catfish Acadian, Smothered Pork Chop

Capacity: 40-110 people Cost: $82.00/person Sample Menu Items: Lemon Vodka Shrimp Pasta, Filet Mignon and Stuffed Shrimp

PRESIDENTIAL PALACE Conveniently located right outside of New Orleans in Kenner, the Presidential Palace has a majestic ambiance with a lavish décor meant to pamper. The Presidential Palace offers two-hour rehearsal dinners with over 40 appetizers to choose from, as well as many delectable entrees that will surely tingle your guests’ taste buds. Each item is freshly prepared by LA. certified chefs in their in-house kitchen. Capacity: 50 people or more Cost: Varies, call for more details Sample Menu Items: Lobster bacon and mushroom flatbread, “Old Country” Baked Ziti a La Sicilia

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Cost: $100-$129/person Sample Menu Items: Customizable with a variety of traditional, local and ethnic options available

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REPUBLIC NEW ORLEANS With its eclectic vintage-meets-contemporary décor and state of the art lighting and sound production, Republic New Orleans embraces their status as a non-traditional venue, offering clients the ability to customize their event. Republic New Orleans can accommodate everything from a traditional seated rehearsal dinner to the ever-popular “Welcome Party” cocktail reception with a full band. Capacity: Up to 200 people, seated Cost: Starting at $7000 Sample Menu Items: Mango Roasted Pork Loin with Gouda Mashed Potatoes, Smoked Duck Quesadillas

THE RIVERVIEW ROOM The Riverview Room provides the perfect romantic French Quarter setting for your rehearsal dinner. Floor to ceiling windows and five terraces provide breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and the Vieux Carre. Inside, the soft colored carpet and mahogany-paneled walls provide an appropriately elegant setting for a very special occasion. The ambiance of the Riverview Room is hard to match anywhere else in the city of New Orleans. Capacity: Up to 250 people, 70 people minimum Cost: $75-$89/person, including bar Sample Menu Items: Fried Green Tomatoes Topped with Plump Boiled Shrimp & White Remolaude Sauce, Grilled Petite Filet topped with Wild Mushroom Demi-Glace

THE RITZ-CARLTON, NEW ORLEANS The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans has elegant venues featuring enchanting spaces designed for unforgettable events. Their innovative and dynamic special events department will custom-design each experience, insuring that their signature attention to detail and refined hospitality provide you with a memorable event. The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans’ award-winning cuisine, by Executive Chef, Vinny Russo, will delight your attendees. Whether you are planning a grand event for hundreds, or a small, intimate celebration, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans has the perfect venue for your wedding celebrations. The Grand Ballroom, the Lafayette Ballroom, and the Mercier Terrace each offer uniquely distinctive features and are all magically elegant settings. Capacity: Up to 475 People, seated

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ROCK N BOWL Rock N Bowl has been a New Orleans staple since 1993. With a brand new location, Rock N Bowl is one of premier spots for great music, food and of course, bowling. They are also becoming one of the most popular venues for those seeking a more unique wedding reception venue or rehearsal dinner venue. Their Executive Chef, Brad McGehee, can customize a menu to your liking. They use only the freshest ingredients from local purveyors and their own farm next door. With it’s fun, laid back atmosphere, Rock n Bowl can provide a great place to get together, enjoy some New Or-


leans cuisine and listen to some of the best local bands. Capacity: Up to 50 people, seated Cost: $20-$60/person Sample Menu Items: Braised Beef Short Ribs, Bronzed Redfish with Steamed Vegetables

vibrant hotel, while keeping the old bank vault intact. They have 2,160 square feet of newly designed event space that will be perfect for any type of event. Capacity: Up to 120 people, seated with dance floor; 160, seated w/o dance floor Cost: $40-$60/person, starting at $28/person bar Sample Menu Items: Crawfish Beignets, Seafood Paella with Wild Rice Pilaf

ROYAL PALM The Royal Palm is the epitome of romance and luxury, with ivory, antique gold and deep brick tones, Italian marble and hardwood floors throughout the venue. The Venetian statues, large gold columns and crystal chandeliers provide a truly old-world feel. All of their indoor banquet rooms have outstanding views of the lush gardens and soaring fountains, which surround the venue. Royal Palm’s soaring public spaces and stunning private ballrooms are a magical blend of the very best and the most luxurious appointments – from the exquisite crystal chandeliers and luxurious linens to the fine china and rich carpets.

Savor the beauty and romance of the New Orleans skyline aboard the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River, the Steamboat Natchez. The Magnolia Suite is a private room located on the first deck. It is available for rental during any of the Natchez’s regular public sailings and is just the right size for your rehearsal dinner. It is appointed with “steamboat gothic” chandeliers, Victorian interior décor, large windows and a built-in bar.

Capacity: Up to 300 people, minimum of 30 Cost: $36-$48/person Sample Menu Items: Roast Pork Tenderloin with House Made Pepper Jelly, Fresh Gulf Fish Meuniere

Capacity: Up to 54 people, seated Cost: Evening rental fee $750, starting at $65/person Sample Menu Items: Coq au Vin, Truffled Fontina Puree, Chicken Katsu

ROYAL ST CHARLES

TARAVELLA MANOR

The building, which now houses the Royal St. Charles Hotel, was once known as the Southern Federal Savings Bank. The conversion of the property from commercial office space to a modern boutique hotel took place in 2000. Today the building is completely transformed and thrives as a

Taravella Manor is a family owned venue that was built in 2004. It was passed down to Kyle P. Winkler II and is currently operated by Kyle and his two brothers. Their family has been in the reception business since 1999. Kyle studied hospitality at the University of New Orleans and has been

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professionally coordinating weddings and social events for over 12 years. The décor of the venue reflects the ambiance of a traditional southern manor but with contemporary innovations. Capacity: 30-150 people, seated Cost: starting at $24/person Sample Menu Items: Broiled chicken breast w/ sautéed mushrooms, Trout Pontchartrain topped with crawfish sauce TOMAS BISTRO Carved out of an old factory in the Warehouse District and made to house a French Creole style bistro, Tomas Bistro is an outstanding venue to host your next occasion. The interior is unusual in its simplicity, heavy use of mahogany wood, French décor and music create a feeling and look of Paris. A romantic and cozy warm feeling attracts locals for a small bite, or a full dinner. The menu is made to please many palates and the French Creole style of old-world food brings the love of cooking to your table.

W HOTEL NEW ORLEANS- FRENCH QUARTER From the perfect proposal to the dreamiest honeymoon, W Hotels always provides a brilliant backdrop for a wedding or commitment ceremony that reflects who you are as a couple. Sensationally styled spaces are just the beginning. Over 735 square feet of meeting space overlooking their beautiful French courtyard provokes the mind. W Hotel French Quarter also houses the restaurant SoBou. This modern Creole saloon is a Louisiana-centric and street food inspired restaurant with a beverage focus. Capacity: Up to 26 in SoBou Pool Room, up to 30 in the Studio and up to 66 in the SoBou Main Dining Room Cost: Price will vary depending on the number of attendees and the menu Sample Menu Items: Butternut Squash Beignets, Shrimp & Tasso Pinchos

Capacity: up to 200 people, seated Cost: $45-$100/person Sample Menu Items: Lamb Osso Bucco, Crawfish Goat Cheese Crepes

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Upon entering Trinity Banquets and Receptions, you and your guests will experience the beauty of their fully decorated reception hall, while receiving courteous service from their professional staff. The décor reflects the beautiful ambiance of the day, including white linens, chair covers and crystal candle centerpieces, while sparkling with the contemporary innovations of what Trinity Banquets and Receptions has come to embody.

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Capacity: 30-60 people, seated in chapel room; 75-400, seated in main ballroom Cost: Starting at $24/person Sample Menu Items: Seared Duck Breasts with Bing cherry reduction, Trout Pontchartrain topped with crawfish sauc

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Thank You Notes

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t’s been a wonderful journey. You started with finding your soul mate, then planning the wedding of your dreams and now you are settling in to start your life anew. Well, you still have one more wedding related task before you - thank you notes. Most people cringe at the thought of writing a

personal note thanking each person who gave them a wedding gift. Keeping it simple and personal will make the task much less foreboding. Let your appreciation shine. Here are some tips to make the task a bit easier.

• You can either have personal thank you notes made (perhaps with your monogram) or you can buy pre-printed ones from your local stationery store.

• If someone was unable to attend your wedding, but still sent a gift, mention how sorry you were that they couldn’t be with you. Maybe offer to send them some pictures. Viewing your pictures online is standard for most photographers these days.

• Handwrite each note in blue or black ink only. They are much easier to read than other colors. • Mention each gift and how you will use the give, if possible. Try not to start with “I”. Use the word “you” more than “I” or “me” in the note. • Mention any special effort the giver may have put in for you such as traveling a long distance, giving a special toast, or throwing you a party or shower.

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• Always send separate notes for your shower and wedding gifts, even if you received them both within a short time of each other. • Try to be timely. It is proper etiquette to send a note within 2-3 weeks of receiving a gift, or 6-8 weeks at the very longest.


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How/When did you meet? We met at a bar in 2010. Not very romantic, ha.

What was your favorite part of planning? My mom doing all of it! Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best! Picking out the music was fun

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Did your fiancé help in the planning process? Yes, he created our save the dates and insisted on engagement pictures (which he also arranged.) Can you describe your feelings during your vows? He was VERY close to crying and holding back tears. I was holding back laughing. What was your first dance song? “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison At your reception, did you stay in heels or switch to flats? I have trouble not tripping barefoot, much less in heels in a wedding dress. I was going to wear my favorite white Steve Madden T sandals, but my maid of honor made me switch into her nicer ones (still flats though!)

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first GLANCE That moment when you catch eyes with your husband-tobe and the whole world melts away….That feeling is what we wanted to capture in the romantic setting of the Hotel Mazarin. The arrival, first look and finally the moments during the ceremony and reception when it’s just the two of you, those are the moments that are forever held in your heart. They are captured beautifully here with the help of the amazing vendors who brought this “Winter Wonderland” fantasy to life in exquisite detail.

Photography: Serendipity Studios Venue: Hotel Mazarin Dresses and Accessories: Rhinestone Runway Tuxedos: Rome’s Tuxedos Hair: Amber Buxton Salon Makeup: Makeup by Meggan Stylist: Michele Caswell-Adams, Unique Weddings in New Orleans Candles: Michele-Caswell Adams, New Orleans Candlelight Weddings Florals: Le Grand Florist Chairs and Linens: Perrier Party Rentals Cake: Nikki’s Frosted Fantasies Lighting: Air-Effects Sky Tracker Rolls Royce: All Southern Livery Parking Service: Elite Parking Services Models: Ashley Morreale and Johnathon Whalen

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Strapless ball gown with sweetheart neckline and gold stone embellished bodice with tulle skirt, Rhinestone chandelier earrings and white-jeweled veil, from Rhinestone Runway


Classic black tuxedo with silver vest and bowtie, from Romeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tuxedos


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Satin strapless gown with rhinestone and gold stone bodice, Chandelier earrings, from Rhinestone Runway Classic black tuxedo with gold necktie, from Romeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tuxedos


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Behind The Scenes:

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“It was such a funny story. When Michele first told me about her idea of a Winter Wonderland, I had to laugh because that was the exact idea I had for the upcoming bridal show. I had all of these visions on what it was going to look like, but when it was all done, I just stopped and stared. It truly was exactly how I envisioned it to be. I swear, I stopped and stared at least five times!”- Brandy, Le Grand Florist “I had an idea of what I was getting into for the shoot and I knew the caliber of talent I was working with, so I was very confident that the shoot was going to be special. When I first walked in, I was just so impressed with how beautiful everything was and I felt that the shoot would be magical, and it WAS! The moments between the two models and the incredible set up made everything just fall into place. It was such a fun shoot and everyone involved was a joy to work with!” - Candice, Serendipity Studios

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2013 Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Almanac

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n New Orleans, outdoor ceremonies are as common as roast beef poboys. Our subtropical climate keeps our weather pleasant year round and contributes to making our city an ideal backdrop for your special day. However, an outdoor ceremony can sometimes be tricky to plan. Knowing some basic information, such as which months are the rainiest, the average temperature for each month, and what time the sun sets, may mean the difference in planning for a spring wedding or holding off until the fall to get your ideal climate conditions. Also, knowing the sunset times can be crucial for getting your wedding photos just right. We have put together a 2013 almanac to assist you in planning your outdoor wedding ceremony. Sunset Times (AVG) January 2013

5:12-5:30 pm Jan1 - 23 5:30-5:37pm Jan 24-31

February 2013

5:38-5:50pm Feb 1-16 5:51-5:59pm Feb 17-28

March 2013

6:00-6:05pm March 1-9 7:06-7:19pm March 10-31 (Daylight Savings Time starts March 10)

April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013

7:19-7:30pm April 1-18 7:30-7:37pm April 19-30

7:38-7:49pm May 1-18 7:49-7:56pm May 19-31

7:57-8:04pm June 1-18 8:04-8:05pm June 19-30

8:05-8:01pm July 1-18 8:01-7:54pm July 19-31

August 2013

7:53-7:38pm August 1-18 7:37-7:24pm August 19-31

September 2013

7:22-7:01pm September 1-18 7:00-6:47pm September 19-30

October 2013

6:45-6:26pm October 1-18 6:25-6:14pm October 19-31

November 2013

6:13-6:13pm November 1-2 (Daylight Saving Time ends Nov 3) 5:11-5:00pm November 3-30

December 2013

5:00-5:04pm December 1-18 5:04-5:11pm December 19-31

Average Temperatures (in degrees, Fahrenheit)

January 51.3 February 54.3 March 61.6 April 68.5 May 74.8 June 80.0

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January 5.0 February 6.0 March 4.9 April 4.5 May 4.6 June 5.8

July 6.1 August 6.2 September 5.5 October 3.0 November 4.4 December 5.8

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Who Pays What? THE BRIDE • • • •

Wedding ring for the groom Wedding gift for the groom Bridesmaids’ gifts Bridesmaids’ luncheon

THE GROOM • • • • • • • • •

Wedding ring for the bride Wedding gift for the bride Groomsmen/Usher gifts Bride’s bouquet and Mothers’ corsages All boutonnieres Marriage license Clergy/Officiant fee Limousine service Honeymoon arrangements

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Wedding gown, veil and accessories Wedding invitations and programs Rental of venues Church fee Flowers Bridesmaids’ bouquets Grandmothers’ corsages All photography and videography Wedding cake and favors Traffic control expenses Transportation for the bridal party Entire cost of reception Band Wedding gift for the couple

THE GROOM’S FAMILY • • • •

Groom’s cake Rehearsal dinner Father of the groom formal wear Gift for the couple

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ou have been chosen to be the Maid of Honor at your friend’s wedding. I hope that you are excited, because it is a great privilege and one that not everyone gets to experience. You will be the bride’s friend, go - between, sounding board and confidant throughout the entire wedding planning process. You may even be the one person she will choose to release her frustration on at times. Bridezilla, anyone? Anyway, hold on tight because it should be a wild, fun and unforgettable experience. The bride chose you because she considers you her closest friend and because she believes in you. Try to take as much pressure off of her as possible. Perhaps you can arrange a small get-together with all of the bridesmaids so that everyone can socialize in a relaxed environment and discuss dress fittings, the bachelorette party, etc. Always remember that although you are in charge of coordinating the bridesmaids, you should always be diplomatic, kind and courteous. Keep the ship sailing smoothly and deal with any problems in a calm and rational way. Planning the Bridal Shower is one of the most fun and practical duties that you will have. This event is traditionally an opportunity for the bride & groom to be showered with gifts to establish their new home. It is also a time for both families, friends and bridal party to spend some relaxing time together prior to the wedding. Go above and beyond in your planning. Be creative! You alone can set the entire tone for the wedding day with your decisions. Consider... ‘Girls only’ or Couples shower • Decide the location • Choose a blank invitation package and create on your computer (inexpensive and classy) • Encourage the bride to register for gifts • Only invite wedding guests • Hold the shower at least two months prior to the wedding in the afternoon • Make sure to give party favors to all guests • Decorate in a creative and fun way • Choose some fun games to play (ideas online) • Choose the food (sandwiches, dips) • And make sure you get a great cake for the shower

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by Troy Marks Extras Put some thought into making the bride’s wedding day experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible. Some ways that you may do this include: Be the first one to arrive and the last one to leave • Make sure she has something to eat or drink • Make sure that the bridesmaids are aware of all obligations • Assist the photographer and videographer with identifying family and bridal party members • Pay attention to the first dance • Make sure the bridal party is ready for their dance so as not to waste valuable reception time • Assist in the cake cutting if needed • Make sure the best man is ready for the garter toss • Assist in seeing the bride off to her honeymoon and make sure she hasn’t forgotten anything Here are some other ways you can help support your friend! Reassure her that you are there for her! • Help address invitations • Plan the bride’s shower • Help the bride dress and finish packing • Take the bride’s going away outfit to the reception • Bring emergency items • Hold the groom’s ring during the ceremony • Hold the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony • Help the bride with her gown, veil and train • Sign the marriage license • Offer a toast to the bride and groom at the reception • Help the bride change into her going away outfit • Take the bride’s wedding gown home after the reception • Mail the wedding announcements on the day of the wedding or the day after The act of giving to others is one of the greatest gifts we have to offer as human beings. Be the Maid of Honor that you would like to have. Be accountable. The bride has put her trust in you on the biggest day of her life. Who knows, if you are not yet married, perhaps one day she will return the favor as your Matron of Honor.


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The Groom’s Checklist 6-12 Months

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c Buy the Bride’s wedding ring and have it engraved.

c Gather your honeymoon clothes, purchasing any needed items. Apply for a passport, if needed.

c Choose and invite your best man and groomsman

c With your fiancée, make sure boutonnieres are ordered for yourself, as well as all men in the wedding party, including fathers.

c Order clothing accessories for the men in the wedding party (ascots, ties, etc.).

c Buy your fiancée her engagement ring

c Invite the ushers. Plan for one usher per every 50 guests. c Begin making your guest list. c Discuss wedding expenses with your fiancée and both sides of the family. c Together with your fiancée, meet with the clergyman, judge, or officiant to discuss the requirements and/or details of the ceremony.

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c Help arrange lodging for out-oftown guests and attendants. c Buy your gifts for the Bride, best man, groomsman, and ushers. c Make sure your religious and legal documents are in order. c Follow up with all of the men in your wedding party, including fathers, to assure they have ordered their wedding attire.

c Finalize your guest list and give it to your fiancée.

c Discuss the rehearsal dinner with your parents.

c Choose formal attire for yourself and all of the men in your wedding party, including all of the fathers. Notify all of the men where to go to get fitted or their attire.

c Reserve the room and help plan the rehearsal party. This is usually held 1-3 days prior to the wedding. this party is held for parents, all members of the wedding party and their spouses, clergyman and his wife, plus the out-of-town guests.

c Complete your honeymoon plans and schedule time off with your employer.

c Modify your insurance coverage, including life, medical, auto, household (including flood and fire policies), and personal property insurance.

2 Weeks

c Confirm honeymoon reservations. c Notify the post office of change of address if you are moving.

1 Week

c Wrap gifts for your best man, groomsman, and ushers. c Confirm that all wedding attire is going to be ready for the date of your wedding. c Attend the bachelor party. c Host the wedding rehearsal and party. c Place the fee for the clergyman or judge in a sealed envelope and give it to the best man to deliver just prior to the ceremony. c Pack for your honeymoon. c Prepare going-away clothes if you will be changing at the wedding. c Get a good night’s sleep the night before your wedding!

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Gifts and etiquette From Target to Tiffany,

there is a spectrum of what couples consider to be their â&#x20AC;&#x153;favorite things.â&#x20AC;? Thankfully, there are many places to register for gifts, in-store and online. When preparing a registry, the bride and groom should decide where to register based on three things: 1. Their basic household needs 2. Timeless patterns and pieces 3. Trends that express who they are as a couple While online registries are where most guests will shop, keep in mind that there are many who may enjoy the tradition of going out and seeing the gift options first-hand. Make it convenient for all while allowing the benefits of online ordering.

Having too many registries could lead to the couple not receiving an entire 8 serving sets of their dinnerware, so the bride and groom should not register at more than just a few places. Also, make sure that a few affordable items are chosen in order to provide a wide range of purchasing availability to guests who may not have much to spend. A few gifts in the $20.00 range should be added for this purpose. If there is one large item that the bride and groom would like to have, the maid of honor or best man could make arrangements with other friends and close family members to put in for large item.

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Wedding Bands

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t is often said that the music and the food can make or break a wedding reception. Those are the two things that most guests will remember. Choosing the right band to fit your style and budget does not have to be a daunting task. Listening to different bands should not be a chore. In fact, it should be one of the more enjoyable things that you do in your planning process.

It is vastly different from performing at a nightclub or casino. Having a band so loud that your guests cannot even communicate is no one’s idea of a good time. That is a small example of what an inexperienced wedding band may bring you. Experience is vital. If you only have one chance to get it right, go with the experienced band every time. Longevity equals success. There is a good reason that some bands have been popular for so long. I strongly advise taking the time to see the bands that you are considering perform live. There is no substitute for live performance. In the event that you cannot see the band that you are considering, most will have a demo that they can send you. It will usually contain a sample of their music, song list, etc. Some very important questions to ask prospective bands:

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• How long have you been together? • Will I get the same band at my reception? • How many weddings have you done in this band? • Do you have any references? • Have you performed at my venue in this band? • Is your song list up-to-date and accurate? Another bit of advice is to be wary of bands that pop up out of previous bands. Usually, they will say, “We use to be in ‘insert previous successful band here,’ but now we have started our own band.” Often, they are just copies of the original band with far less experience and business acumen. “Wow, the band was great and the food was delicious. What a great wedding.” Hearing that from your guests will make the search for the perfect wedding band worth the effort. It will be music to your ears for years to come.

As more and more bands attempt to flood the wedding market to take advantage of the money involved, it is more imperative than ever to do your homework and be wary. Performing at weddings is an art that takes time and experience to perfect.

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Second Line Parade If you want a traditional New Orleans wedding, you want to hire a brass band for a Second Line Parade. It is a way of expressing the unique local flavor of the city. The Second Line is the parade of people following the musicians, who are called the “First Line”. The sounds of the instruments (trumpet, tuba, trombone, sax, banjo and clarinet) are coupled with a snare and bass drum. A Grand Marshal will lead your wedding guests around a French Quarter block announcing and celebrating your event. These parades began back in the 19th century, with organizations advertising for burials and honoring the deceased all in one announcement. Many newlyweds can be seen with their umbrellas, white for the bride, black for the groom, and their guests holding handkerchiefs as they follow the band. For more information on booking a second line band, call Stu at the Howlin’ Wolf, 504-522-9653.

STREET PARADE PERMIT INFORMATION: COST: $50.25 - The Application for Parade Permit, paid for only by Cashier’s Check or Money Order payable to the City of New Orleans. COST: $100.00 - Per Officer needed for your escort, payable in cash due on the day of the wedding. The parade route and size will determine the number of officers needed.

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Vows And How to Write Them

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ost of the planning of a wedding is spent on the colors, the theme, dress, tux, food and all of the other thousand little details. A very important part that tends to get pushed to the side is the couple’s wedding vows. The vows are the couple’s promise to love and honor each other for the rest of eternity. It is a beautiful and special moment shared by two people who love each other deeply. Today, it has become more popular to move from the traditional and create unique ceremonies that reflect the couple’s personality. Vows are becoming a larger part of those ceremonies and offer a creative and personal way of expressing love and promise to each other. Writing personal and heartfelt vows can be a daunting task to some. The couple will have to say these words not only to their partner, but also in front of their friends, family, and wedding guests. Here are some simple tips on how to craft the perfect wedding vows.

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REFLECT Take time to yourself to really think about what you want to say. Your vows will be personal so this is the time to think about all of the funny stories and moments you’ve had with your partner. You could even go on a “vow date” as a couple and talk about all the memories you have together. It’s a great way to have time with your partner during the crazy planning process and get inspiration for your vows at the same time. LOVE & PROMISES Your vows are supposed to encompass the love you have for your partner and the promises you make to them for the future. Tell them what you love about them. Promise that you’ll love them forever even when they leave the cap off of the toothpaste or get too competitive at board games. GET INSPIRED Great works of literature, old poems, movie quotes, etc. These are all great outlets of inspiration for your own vows. You can even pull from traditional vows and incorporate a part of you or your spouses’ faith. Read them the lines of their favorite song or recite a love poem.

GET CLEARANCE Depending on your faith or religion, you will have to clear this with your wedding officiant. You want to make sure that writing your own vows is acceptable for the ceremony you have planned. Some cultures and faiths have specific, traditional vows that are already a part of the ceremony. Also, certain officiants, no matter how lenient, will want to review the vows before the day of the ceremony. AGREEMENT Personalized vows are something in which both partners have to agree. Once you decide if this is right for you, make the process easier by sitting down with your partner and going over the logistics. If you set a tone, length and even word count it will make writing an easy process for anyone. Stacy Marks Photography

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PRACTICE OUT LOUD This suggestion may seem ridiculous, but it always works! How you read and how it sounds out loud can be two very different things. When practicing out loud, you can fix any grammatical errors or the overall flow of your vows. It will have you cool and confident, even through tears, on the day of your wedding. REMEMBER! The vows are ultimately about you and your partner. This is not a time to worry about mom, dad, or grandma. It is about you as a couple and the love that you

share. It is okay if your vows are silly or a little funny. If you want to write a poem or sing them a song, go for it. Vows should sound like you; reflect you and your partner’s personalities, especially when you are making promises to each other. Writing your vows is not something that should have you worried. There is no right or wrong way to accomplish the perfect vows for YOU. Make it personal, share your love, and promise that you’ll stand by them forever. Add a little preparation and practice and you’ll be writing in no time!

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wedding dress storage

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t was love at first sight, the perfect fit for your perfect day - your wedding dress. Although you wore it only once, if you take as much care in preserving your wedding dress as you did in choosing it, then it can be enjoyed as a family heirloom for years to come-symbolizing love and family. Here are a few tips to keep your beloved garment as beautiful as the day you wore it. 1. You can either have your dress professionally preserved, or you can do it yourself. Either way, your dress should be cleaned within six weeks following your wedding day. Even the smallest stains cause the dress to yellow over time. 2.

Professional gown preservation costs between $150 and $500, depending on the amount of soilage. It is recommended to bring your dress to a reputable dry cleaner who cleans about 100 dresses or more a year.

3. If you choose to take things into your own hands, then you must first decide between box and hanger storage. It may be more practical to store the dress in a box, but hanger storage is the best way to prevent hard-to-remove creases. Either way, buy plenty of acid-free tissue paper. 4. For box storage, line an acid-free cardboard box with the tissue paper and lay the hem of the dress in the box. Fold the dress like an accordion, putting tissue paper between each fold. Stuff the bodice of the dress with crumpled tissue. Put some layers of tissue on top and put on the lid (make sure the lid is solid and does not have a plastic window). Store the box in a cool, dry closet. Check the condition of the dress each year, and re-pack so the folds are in different places. 5. For hanger storage, wrap a wide hanger with cotton batting and cover it with muslin. Buy an acid-free cardboard â&#x20AC;&#x153;dress shaperâ&#x20AC;? and place it over the hanger. Wrap it in tissue and place the dress over it. Stuff the bodice of the dress and any deep folds with the acid-free tissue paper. Cover the dress with a muslin garment bag and hang it in a cool, dry closet, taking care not to crush it with other clothing. Check the dress each year and wash the muslin cover.

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NEW ORLEANS CANDLE LIGHT WEDDINGS..... Pg.135 504.212.6480 uwinola@gamil.com

MUSIC

MEN’S FORMAL WEAR J&L FORMAL WEAR.............................. Pg. 172 504.340.4544 JOHN’S TUXEDOS.................................. Pg. 172 504.455.5353 www.JohnsTuxedos.com ROME’S TUXEDOS................................. Pg. 171 504.957.8885 www.romestuxedos.com

ATELIER NOLA PHOTOGRAPHY............ Pg. 183 504.452.8168 www.AtelierNOLA.com BILLIOT PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO........Pg. 180 504.669.3082 985.727.3535 www.ChuckBilliot.com GOOD TIMES PHOTOGRAPHY............. Pg. 190 504.393.0819 www.GoodTimesPhotography.com JEFF POUNDS PHOTOGRAPHY............ Pg. 190 504.891.8888 www.JeffPounds.com KERRY PITRE PHOTOGRAPHY, INC....... Pg. 190 504.834.3266 www.KerryPitrePhoto.com NORTH PHOTOGRAPHY &........................Pg. 182 HD VIDEOGRAPHY 504.883.8060 www.NorthProductions.com OSCAR RAJO PHOTOGRAPHER.......... Pg. 180 504.837.6611 www.OscarRajo.com PHOTOGRAPHY BY LOUIS ................... Pg. 185 504.734.0070 www.PhotobyLouis.com SERENDIPITY STUDIOS.......................... Pg. 184 888.350.4458 www.SerendipityStudios.com SISON PHOTOGRAPHY………………….Pg. 188 504.250.2400 www.SisonPhoto.com SONNY RANDON PHOTOGRAPHY...... Pg. 190 504.837.1215 www.SonnyRandon.com

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directory (continued) STACY MARKS PHOTOGRAPHY........... Pg. 181 504.237.2173 www.StacyMarks.com WELCH PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO....... Pg. 189 985.845.8405 www.WelchPhotoVideo.com

VIDEOGRAPHERS 1080 PRODUCTIONS……………………Pg. 196 504.535.4933 www.tenadp.com JAMES A. PERRY VIDEO........................ Pg. 196 504.340.5471 SUZY MARKS VIDEOGRAPHY............... Pg. 193 504.469.4069 www.SuzyMarks.com YOUR DAY PRODUCTION………………Pg. 196 504.273.0005 www.YourDayProduction.com

OTHER BOOGIE BOOTH...........................................Pg. 187 504.457.8033 www.BoogieBooth.com SELA PHOTOBOOTH...................................Pg. 188 504.234.1244 www.SELAPhotobooths.com

PUBLICATIONS

Oscar Rajo Photography

CLARION HERALD......................................Pg. 168 504.596.3035 www.ClarionHerald.org

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Budget Planner Keep track of all your wedding expenses by using our handy wedding budget worksheet.

Description Amount Wedding Parties

Vendor / Notes

Engagement Party / Dinner

$..................................................

............................................................

Bachelorette Party

$..................................................

............................................................

Bridesmaids’ Lunch

$..................................................

............................................................

Rehearsal Dinner

$..................................................

............................................................

Brunch for out-of-town guests

$..................................................

............................................................

Notes__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Wedding Stationery Invitations $..................................................

............................................................

Announcements $..................................................

............................................................

Save the Date cards

$..................................................

............................................................

Thank You Cards

$..................................................

............................................................

Reply Cards

$..................................................

............................................................

Stamps $..................................................

............................................................

Calligraphy $..................................................

............................................................

Notes__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Bridal Attire and Personal Grooming Wedding Dress

$..................................................

............................................................

Headpiece/Veil $..................................................

............................................................

Shoes $..................................................

............................................................

Accessories $..................................................

............................................................

Dresses for Other Parties

$..................................................

............................................................

Undergarments $..................................................

............................................................

Hairdresser, makeup, nails, etc.

$..................................................

............................................................

Trousseau $..................................................

............................................................

Alterations $..................................................

............................................................

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Budget Planner Photography/Videography Formal Portraits

$..................................................

............................................................

Engagement $..................................................

............................................................

Wedding and Reception

$..................................................

............................................................

Wedding Album

$..................................................

............................................................

Parents’ Albums

$..................................................

............................................................

Extra Prints

$..................................................

............................................................

Videography of Wedding

$..................................................

............................................................

Notes__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Flowers Ceremony

$..................................................

............................................................

Bride’s Bouquet

$..................................................

............................................................

Groom’s Boutonniere

$..................................................

............................................................

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen $..................................................

............................................................

Mothers’ Corsages

$..................................................

............................................................

Reception Arrangements

$..................................................

............................................................

Notes__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Reception Food/Caterer $..................................................

............................................................

Drinks $..................................................

............................................................

Wedding Cakes

$..................................................

............................................................

Rental of Facility Rentals ( tents, furniture, etc.)

$..................................................

............................................................

$..................................................

............................................................

Place Cards

$..................................................

............................................................

Tips $..................................................

............................................................

Decorations $..................................................

............................................................

Notes__________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Music/Entertainment Ceremony $..................................................

............................................................

DJ $..................................................

............................................................

Band $..................................................

............................................................

Notes__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Transportation Limousine/Carriage $.................................................. Parking $..................................................

............................................................ ............................................................

Notes__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Gifts For the Groom (optional)

$..................................................

............................................................

Maid/Matron of Honor

$..................................................

............................................................

Bridesmaids $..................................................

............................................................

Bride’s Parents

$..................................................

............................................................

Groom’s Parents

$..................................................

............................................................

The Groom’s Ring

$..................................................

............................................................

Notes__________________________________________________________________________________________________  

Fees Church / Ceremony Location

$..................................................

............................................................

Officiant $..................................................

............................................................

Officiant Assistants

............................................................

$..................................................

Notes__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Miscellaneous Wedding Consultant

$..................................................

............................................................

Attendants Accessories Guest Favors

$..................................................

............................................................

$..................................................

............................................................

Bridal Toss (confetti, bubbles, etc.)

$..................................................

............................................................

Monogrammed Napkins

$..................................................

............................................................

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Budget Planner Cake Accessories (knife, top, etc.)

$..................................................

............................................................

Hotel Accommodations

$..................................................

............................................................

Guest Book and Pen

$..................................................

............................................................

Champagne Flutes

$..................................................

............................................................

Garter $..................................................

............................................................

Unity Candle

............................................................

$..................................................

Notes__________________________________________________________________________________________________  

Honeymoon Travel (plane, etc)

$..................................................

............................................................

Cruise $..................................................

............................................................

Accommodations $..................................................

............................................................

Spending Money

............................................................

$..................................................

Rental Car $.................................................. ............................................................ Notes__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Other Expenses not listed above __________________________________ $..................................................

............................................................

__________________________________ $..................................................

............................................................

__________________________________ $..................................................

............................................................

__________________________________ $..................................................

............................................................

Notes__________________________________________________________________________________________________   Total  $  

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