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Everything is in bloom at The Royal Sonesta

A rooftop floral sensation at The Chicory

Second line into love at Algiers Auditorium

Vintage meets modern chic at Felicity Church


Photo: Brian Jarreau Photography

See Lauren + Brent's real wedding on page 58

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A great overview of all the exciting parties that surround your wedding day Tips for hosting hosting a unique rehearsal dinner from Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Events



Katie Minor with Ask The Locals gives insight to planning a great Welcome Party for your guests


Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Events gives advice for planning a perfect brunch; featuring cuisine by Chef Geoffrey Rhode of Pigeon Caterers

Hotspots for your wedding reception After Party by Katie Minor of Ask The Locals


Get inspired to create your invitations by bringing in local elements








Think outside the box with these five fabulous ideas, by Katie Minor of Ask The Locals


Lock in your love at Eiffel Society as they bring another piece of Paris to New Orleans

Get your groom's sweet tooth going with cakes inspired by his passion Select the charms that are perfect for your cake pull

Before you ask the world to stand in your wedding, read over our helpful tips







A list of local goodies to put in your guests' welcome baskets


Your wedding makes up part of the heartbeat of New Orleans


Chef Leon West of Messina's Catering reimagines favorite, local ingredients for tasty small bites your guests will love




Bring your four-legged friends along safely and let them have a great time too with these great tips by Rena Sweeney of Alchemy Events


Everything you need to know about planning your second line parade, including the oh-so-important permit requirements


Find the perfect engagement portrait locations in New Orleans



Find the right gown for your body type with style descriptions and artwork to inspire


Look your best on your wedding day with suggestions from Ann Marie White of Dazzle Doll

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About the covers! SPRING + SUMMER 2017 EDITION

Look for all THREE covers of New Orleans Weddings Magazine's Spring + Summer 2017 Edition! A new cover will be released every other month!


PHOTOGRAPHER: George Kuchler, GK Photography | ON-LOCATION: The Chicory | STYLED BY: Kim Sayatovic, Belladeux Event Design | HAIR + MAKEUP: Ann Marie White, Dazzle Doll | FLORALS: Nola-Flora | CANDLE DECOR + GREENERY WALLS: Firefly Ambiance | CHAIRS: Party Rentals Delivered | ATTIRE + ACCESSORIES: John's Tuxedos and The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe | LINENS: Wildflower Linens | FINE JEWELRY: Ramsey's Diamond Jewelers | MODELS: Madison Bonaventure and Zachary Moses

2 PHOTOGRAPHER: Ryan North, North Photography | ON-LOCATION: Felicity Church | GOWN + ACCESSORIES: Southern Bridal Boutique | HAIR + MAKEUP : Megan Webb and Amanda Wellerman for True Beauty Hair Studio | MODEL: Rebecca Barras


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PHOTOGRAPHER: DJ Hunter, Prince Photography | ON-LOCATION: Algiers Auditorium | MAKEUP: Ann Marie White, Dazzle Doll | ATTIRE: John's Tuxedos and Town & Country Bridal | UMBRELLA: Eternally Nola | MODELS: Jarrel Bowens and Kristin Brooks


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Creative Director, Graphic Designer


"Engagement 'season' is one of the most exciting times of the year. I love seeing all the proposals and engagement announcements filling my social media newsfeed! Love, like our beautiful Crepe Myrtles and Magnolia trees, is in bloom all around us. I feel so lucky to live in one of the most amazing cities in the world - there is no place else with our music, architecture, culture and food - which makes New Orleans one of the best cities in the world (in my humble opinion) to get married in too! I hope that we will inspire you to celebrate your love and make some amazing memories of your own wedding day."


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"Stay inspired with your wedding planning, but remember to turn to professionals to make sure you're completely happy at the end of your wedding day! Take your energy and focus on the things you enjoy, and try not to stress out on doing the things you've never done before. Be willing to take advice and suggestions from family and friends, but reach out to those who know the drill. You'll be glad you did!"

Blogger / Writer Starlight Williams Contributing Writers Jessica Burke Angie D'Ingianni Sofie LeChat Katie Minor Kim Sayatovic Nancy M. Songy Rena Sweeney Ann Marie White Contributing Photographers Eric Bordelon Jessica Burke DJ Hunter Brian Jarreau George Kuchler Ryan North Trent Spann

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Eric Bordelon for Studio Tran Photography | VIDEOGRAPHER: Chad Dyle for Dyle Films | RENTALS: Event Rental | DECOR STYLED BY: Andre' Armstead, Jr. for Event Rental | CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Angie D'Ingianni | ON-LOCATION: The Royal Sonesta Hotel, Grand Ballroom | BAKERY: The Royal Sonesta Pastry Chef, Jacquelyn Lopez | FLORALS: Nola-Flora | CANDLE DECOR: Firefly Ambiance | ATTIRE: Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique, John's Tuxedos, The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe, Town & Country Bridal | MAKEUP + HAIR: Sarah McCann and Fay Bayard for Revive the Lakeview Hair Salon | JEWELRY: Kendra Scott | CAKE TOPPER: Let's Top That (Etsy) | MODELS: Emily Randon and Eric Pham See more images and behind the scenes video at | N.O.W |


Emily looks stunning in Hayley by Hayley Paige, an ivory long sleeve rococo bridal gown with beaded and embroidered bodice with illusion bateau neckline and V-neck front, full intricate back and tulle skirt with cathedral train from Town & Country Bridal. Her look is completed with a Champagne Pearl and rhinestone Bel Aire Bridals headpiece available at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe.

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(This page and left) Emily is wearing an Ella Rosa corded Alencon Lace and English Net gown with illusion neckline and bodice with a Bel Aire Bridals headwrap and Elena Designs Veil, all available at Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique. Her look is completed with Kendra Scott’s Andrina Choker Necklace in Silver and Alectra Cuff Bracelet in Silver. Eric is wearing a White Dinner Jacket by Jean Yves, available at John's Tuxedos. | N.O.W. | 15

Emily is wearing Teresa by Hayley Paige, an Ivory chiffon A-line bridal gown with celestial beaded bodice, V-neckline and T-strap back and full circular chiffon skirt from Town & Country Bridal with the Berniece Collar Necklace in Iridescent White Banded Agate and the Elton bracelet in Rhodium Iridescent Drusy by Kendra Scott. Eric is wearing Ike Evening by Ike Behar, Navy Sebastian tuxedo, and the Steel Grey Allure Men by Jean Yves (bottom right photo), both available at John's Tuxedos.


Emily is wearing Lorelei by Hayley Paige, a rosewater tulle long sleeve bridal ball gown with floral beaded and embroidered bodice with illusion bateau neckline and low open back and cascading tiered skirt with horsehair trim from Town & Country Bridal. Her look is completed with a Bel Aire Bridals headpiece available at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe and the Penelope Cocktail Ring in Iridescent Drusy by Kendra Scott. | N.O.W | 103 | N.O.W. | 17

Dreamy sequin embellishments adorn the bodice of this gown, Layla by Lillian West, shown in sand and silver, which features a sweetheart neckline and natural waistline paired with layers and swirls of ethereal tulle that make up the whimsical Stevie skirt, shown in Nightfall, from the Martina Liana Separates collection, both available at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe. This look is completed with the Seraphina Statement Necklace in Midnight, Bianca Cuff Bracelet in Black Drusy and the Penelope Cocktail Ring in Iridescent Drusy by Kendra Scott.

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Lauren LeBlanc


Ryan Haydel


HAPPILY EVER HAYDEL Sweet Love Photographer: Red Leaf Weddings Written by: Starlight Williams


auren wasn’t looking for love when Ryan and his kids

loves to do. The fates seemed to be on the couple’s

moved into her neighborhood. Being neighborly, Lauren

side when the card reader told them that they were

invited Ryan and the kids over to hang out at her house

soulmates that would last through the times. At this

so their kids could play. Unknown to her, Ryan was falling

moment, Ryan got down on one knee and asked Lauren

a bit more for Lauren each time they spent time together.

to be his forever. Of course she said yes.

“I never had any intention of dating him, but apparently

Embracing natural textures, plenty of candlelight and

he had his eye on me! He asked me out a few times

using local venues, Lauren and Ryan kept true to their

before I decided to go out to dinner with him. He was

roots with their classic New Orleans theme.

nervous around me, so I didn’t get to see the real Ryan until that first date,” Lauren says. “He was hilarious and

But their most important addition to their wedding was

funny and totally not the quiet and reserved guy who

their love for each other.

would come over and hang out with us. I fell in love with Ryan when I got to know the real Ryan.”

“You can fill a room with food, tables, flowers and people, but it’s the most special weddings that the love fills the

In early 2016, Lauren was working late at one of her

room, too,” Lauren says. “I have waited my whole life for

Fleurty Girl locations when Ryan picked her up to go on

a man as wonderful as him, and when the doors opened,

their weekly date night. After dinner, Ryan took Lauren

there he was. It was magical and perfect and I can’t wait

to get her tarot cards read in Jackson Square which she

to spend the rest of my life with Ryan.”


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Lauren kept DJ Jubilee's guest appearance a surprise from everyone, so it was an exciting moment for all the locals who grew up listening to his music! Ryan surprised Lauren by having a Fleurty Girl inspired groom's cake made with "My Girl" in the place of her logo.

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For most engaged couples, their “big day� is surrounded by numerous smaller celebrations. These parties are, for the most part, planned by family, friends and the bridal party. Check out our guide to the smaller parties surrounding the big day to see which of these events might be just right for you!

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Engagement Party WHEN: This party usually takes place not long after the couple announce their engagement – typically within 1-3 months. A best practice is to schedule this party after the official wedding date has been set. HOSTED BY: Typically an engagement party is hosted by either set of parents, but anyone close to the couple may host. WHO TO INVITE: Family, close friends of the couple and the bridal party. PURPOSE: This event allows the families to meet (if they haven’t already) and the bridal party to be officially introduced. It’s also a great opportunity to announce the wedding date!


Bridesmaids Luncheons or Bridal Tea WHEN: The week of the wedding. HOSTED BY: The Bride. WHO TO INVITE: Usually an all-girls event, guests may include close family and, of course, the bridesmaids. PURPOSE: These events allow the bride to show her appreciation for everything her girls have done for her. Some brides plan a spa visit as part of the day – this is a great way to relax and be pampered with your besties in the week leading up to the wedding .


Rehearsal Dinner WHEN: One to two days prior to the wedding; traditionally immediately following the official ceremony rehearsal. HOSTED BY: Traditionally hosted by the Groom’s parents, but may also be hosted by the Bride’s family or the couple themselves. WHO TO INVITE: Family, the bridal party and their significant others and out of town guests. PURPOSE: This event is a mini celebration leading up to the wedding day festivities. This is a great time for speeches to be made and memories to be shared. The couple might also use this event as an opportunity to present gifts to their parents and bridal party.


Post Reception Bar Crawl WHEN: Immediately following the wedding reception. HOSTED BY: The happy couple. WHO TO INVITE: Everyone. PURPOSE: This is an extension of the official wedding celebration. Many guests, especially those who are visiting from out of town, will enjoy the opportunity to see the local nightlife and continue the party! This may be an impromptu event (with guests footing their own bill for drinks and club admissions) or organized in advance by the couple with specific destinations in mind. If organized in advance, the couple may be able to arrange special group rates.

Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties WHEN: 2 weeks to a month prior to the wedding day. HOSTED BY: Usually coordinated by the Maid of Honor with the bridesmaids and the Best Man with the groomsmen. WHO TO INVITE: Members of the bridal party and close friends of the couple. PURPOSE: These parties are an opportunity for the members of the bridal party to bond and let loose! These events can be anything from a night out on the town to a full weekend excursion in another city.


Bridal and Couples Showers WHEN: Several months before the wedding. HOSTED BY: Showers may be hosted by any number of people including family, co-workers, friends or the bridal party. WHO TO INVITE: Family, friends of the couple, co-workers and the bridal party. PURPOSE: The whole purpose of these events is to “shower” the couple with gifts for their new home. These parties may have a gift theme (tailored to the couple’s personalities and needs) such as “Stock the Pantry” or “Stock the Bar”. Bridal showers are usually all-female. events and include refreshments and very often games for the guests to participate in. Couples showers are usually have more of a cocktail party vibe and are less likely to have games.


Welcome Party WHEN: One to two days prior to the wedding, typically when all out of town guests have arrived. May follow the rehearsal dinner or be held in lieu of a formal rehearsal dinner. HOSTED BY: Either set of parents or the couple themselves. WHO TO INVITE: The guest list may range from immediate family, bridal party and out of town guests to everyone invited to the wedding! PURPOSE: A welcome party is a great way to spend time with your guests prior to the wedding day and make them feel welcome. These parties are especially nice if you are planning a destination wedding or many of your guests are coming from out of town.


Post Wedding Brunch WHEN: The day after the wedding. HOSTED BY: Either set of parents. WHO TO INVITE: Family, the bridal party and their significant others and out of town guests. PURPOSE: Usually the wrap up for a fantastic wedding weekend, the Post-Wedding Brunch allows one more opportunity for guests to spend time together as a group and for the hosts to thank guests for attending.

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REHEARSAL DINNER Written By: Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Events

PHOTO: kenwnj



raditionally the rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents and the only people that were invited were the out of town guests and the bridal party. While there is nothing wrong with holding to this tradition, this sometimes equates to almost as many people as the wedding itself. These days more and more couples don’t live in the cities where they were born and raised and are instead opting for a destination style wedding. When every single guest is from out of town what do you do to essentially not pay for two very large events? First, don’t feel obligated to invite everyone. A small sit down dinner is just as nice and fun as a giant party and you will have more options to chose from if you keep it intimate. Another way is to make your rehearsal dinner a less formal event. Opt for a fun picnic style dinner at a park or a lake and encourage guests to come in casual clothes. They will likely be in suits and dresses for your big day so let them dress down for the night before. A New Orleans style crawfish boil is the perfect setting for this!

You can also have guests meet you at a bar instead and order up some bar food for everyone to enjoy. Guests can buy their own cocktails if they want something other than what you’ve paid for, and if you pick a bar with live music, you have built in entertainment at the cost of a ticket rather than the cost of booking the band. Or, you can do something completely out of the box and hold it somewhere fun like a Go-Kart track or mini golf. Keeping the party kid friendly may be very important to you and it’s great way to make everyone feel welcome. We are recommending more and more that parents and bridal parties make their toasts at the rehearsal dinner instead of at the wedding. Often, taking time out of the reception can slow the party down. Getting the emotional, sometimes funny, but often serious toasts out of the way the night before means less somber moments at the reception. This is also a great time to give each other your gifts and any gifts for parents or bridal party.


No matter what you decide to do with your rehearsal, remember, there are no rules anymore. It can be as formal or as laid back as you want it to be and keep it as unique as your love for each other.

Happy Planning!

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Twist on TRADITIONAL Favorites

Executive Chef Leon West of Messina's Catering reimagines favorite, local ingredients for these tasty small bites that are sure to please your guests' tastebuds. PHOTOGRAPHER/STYLED BY: Jessica Burke ON-LOCATION: Messina's At The Terminal CUISINE: Executive Chef Leon West for Messina's Catering See more images, and behind the scenes 110 |atN.O.W | video




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(Top Left) Warm toasted pecans and fresh mint garnish this Watermelon Feta Salad. (Top Right) These are not your average deviled eggs! A delightful crab filling is topped with caviar for this new twist on a classic party food. (Below) Seasoned with Chef's own special blend of herbs and spices, these crispy golden brown Andouille Tater Tots are served with a tangy Creole Aioli.

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Written By: Katie Minor, Ask The Locals



he key to throwing an awesome welcome party is to keep it simple, fun and inclusive for all! A welcome party is the perfect way to help your guests get to know each other and help them feel right at home. Importantly, a welcome party also gives you (the soon-to-be newlyweds) a chance to mingle with your guests so you aren’t seeing them for the first time at your wedding. This makes for a more relaxed and funfocused wedding – major perk!

An opportune occasion is after the Rehearsal Dinner – assuming that by this time the majority of your guests have had an opportunity to check-in and become familiar with their accommodations.

But, before we get into the good stuff, let me first explain the difference between a Welcome Party and a Rehearsal Dinner. A Welcome Party is a nontraditional party that gives the happy couple an opportunity to mingle with their guests before the “official” wedding events commence. One of these events is the Rehearsal Dinner – this event typically takes place immediately following the actual wedding ceremony rehearsal. The guests that are customarily invited to the Rehearsal Dinner include the entire wedding party (and their significant others), immediate family, and all out-of-town guests. On the other hand, the Welcome Party is much more flexible with regard to its guests - you can make the Welcome Party into anything you want it to be and include anyone you wish. You can limit the Welcome Party to just the bridal party and immediate family, you can include all of your out-of-town guests, or you can “go big” and make the Welcome Party open to all guests.

Third, craft your party around your theme for the weekend. No - we’re not talking décor-theme; we are talking activity-themed. For instance, if you’re having a low-key rustic, barn-themed wedding, you’d want your welcome party to reflect that. So, you chould choose a New Orleans venue that offers outdoor games like bocce ball or corn hole. Or, if your wedding is more traditional, then your welcome party could take place in the heart of New Orleans (the French Quarter) and embody a true New Orleans vibe.

Now, on to the good stuff.

Second, we recommend you invite everyone! Inviting everyone ensures that no one feels left out. It will also give your local guests an opportunity to mingle with the out-of-town guests.

Last, you need to share the details with the guests! As welcome parties are a fairly new tradition, it is not necessary to include it on the formal invitation. Instead, you can put the details of the party on an enclosure card and slip it into the invitation, add the details to your wedding website, or send an Evite invitation to your guests, which will (or should) provide you with an accurate headcount in advance. Check out the for a sample Welcome Party plan courtesy of Ask the Locals!

The first step to planning your Welcome Party: pick a day and time that will suit the majority of your invited guests.

Thinking you might need a little help planning the perfect Welcome Party for your group? Then, contact Ask the Locals - a local company that specializes in unique events and custom itinerary planning. Visit to get a glimpse of the excitement that is in store for you!

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Written By: Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Events


h the post wedding brunch! Admittedly in New

Orleans it is one of my favorite parties to plan for the

So how do you make it perfect?

happy couple. Who doesn’t love a mimosa or a bloody


mary after spending the previous night drinking and

First, make sure it is easy for your guests to get to. If you are only inviting out of town guests remember that they likely

dancing? Don’t invite the guy that says “I don’t.”

won’t rent a car so either chose the hotel where the bulk of your guests are staying or plan it somewhere in walking distance or a quick public transportation ride away. The easier it is to get to, the more guests will come.

A great way to see all of your guests off, especially the out of towners, is to host a day after brunch. This traditionally is hosted by the parents (either side) and is a wonderful way to thank everyone for coming.

' REMEMBER DECOR! If you happen to have your reception and brunch at the same venue ask your florist or the venue if they can reuse florals from the reception. This isn’t a typical Sunday brunch but rather an extension of the party so you want to stick with the same style as the night before. If not then order up new smaller centerpieces. Dress it up and people will talk about it

Traditionally the brunch is held at the hotel where most guests are staying, but don’t let that be your

for years.

only option! If you or your parents live locally you


can definitely host it at a private home. The intimacy

We love a good Jazz brunch in New Orleans, so budget in a live band for the brunch. Even if it’s a two-piece, it will add

makes it even more memorable. Plus, hosting at home

some pop to your party and your guests will thank you for going the extra mile.

means you aren’t limited by the hours you’ve reserved or paid for. Plus you don’t have a venue fee!


Work with your caterer to make something really amazing. There is nothing wrong with a pan of eggs and some bacon for

The brunch can either be reserved seating or a buffet

a normal weekend brunch, but for a post wedding brunch you want the food to reflect the wedding. Add a shrimp and

style where people can come and go at their leisure.

grits bar, multiple styles of eggs benedict, and never forget the “Make Your Own Bloody Mary” bar. Keep in mind though

Typically a three to four hour event, the choice of style

that small children will likely be more interested in a pancake and waffle bar than a fancy egg dish. Since this a brunch

is completely up to you.

(breakfast and lunch) make sure you include some local lunch options as well. That last bowl of gumbo may be enough to keep guests coming back to visit for years.

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A Presentation of Sliced Seasonal Fruit, Roasted Summer Vegetable Frittata + Watermelon Gazpacho with Boiled Shrimp and Fresh Dill

Watermelon Gazpacho with Boiled Shrimp and Fresh Dill Your post wedding brunch should be fun and as stress free as possible. You and your new spouse will be basking in the afterglow of your magical night and you may realize you never got to talk to Aunt Sue. The brunch is a great way for you to catch anyone you didn’t have time for the night before. Plus some of your guests may have overdone it at the bar and will seriously appreciate a big warm meal the next day. Keep it loose if it’s buffet style and give everyone a 3-4 hour window to come eat. And while I never suggest a couple depart for their honeymoon anytime before noon the day after their wedding, ask a parent or relative to host if you prefer to spend your day ordering room service!

Happy Planning! Fresh Fruit Mimosa Bar

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Roasted Summer Vegetable Frittata

Tuna Crudo with Summer Melon and Cucumber

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BBQ Shrimp and Stone Ground Cheddar Grits

Biscuit Bar An assortment of southern biscuits; buttermilk, cracked black pepper, sweet potato and scallion cheddar. Shown here with assorted jams and honey. | N.O.W |

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Artisan Cheeses and Charcuterie

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ucky for you, you chose to have your wedding in New Orleans! So, why not do as the locals do and take to the streets to enjoy the very many local bars? We think there is no better way to show your guests the city of New Orleans than a good old fashion Bar Crawl – even if your guests are locals themselves.

Some would say this is the most famous bar on Bourbon Street. Most known for their dueling piano bar and their infamous “Hurricane Drink.”

There are three main ways to get around New Orleans for your Post-Reception Bar Crawl: 1) Walking, 2) Street Car, and 3) Party Bus. Here we’re highlighting the type most associated with New Orleans – walking. (But, be sure to follow us on Facebook @NOLAWedding to catch our blog posts on how to plan your Street Car Bar Crawl and Party Bus Bar Crawl.) As you might know, the two most popular New Orleans neighborhoods for a walking bar crawl are the French Quarter (specifically, Bourbon Street) and the Marigny (specifically, Frenchmen Street).

Home of the “Hand Grenade,” promoted as the “world’s most powerful mixed drink.” (Not recommended to have more than one.)

If the majority of your guests have never visited New Orleans, it is clearly a “must” that they experience Bourbon Street.

THESE ARE OUR BOURBON STREET RECOMMENDED BARS: On the other hand, if your guests are seasoned New Orleans visitors and are looking for a more authentic experience, we recommend Frenchmen Street, also known as the “Locals’ Bourbon Street.” As you will see, the bars on Frenchmen Street are less known for their “signature drinks,” and more known for their live music.



LAFITTES' BLACKSMITH SHOP Most known for the “Purple Drank,” their signature daiquiri, and for being the oldest structure that has served as a bar in America.

MUSIC LEGENDS PARK Although this is technically not a “bar,” it’s a really neat jazz garden filled with statutes of the musical legends of New Orleans (Louis Armstrong and Pete Fountain), you may even get lucky and see some live music here.

FRENCHMEN STREET HOTSPOTS BLUE NILE The Blue Nile is arguably the largest club on Frenchmen and offers two separate music venues, one upstairs and one downstairs. So, if you’re looking for a change of scenery, you can mosey on upstairs for a different vibe.

DBA NEW ORLEANS DBA is the go-to spot for the beer enthusiasts who also wish to hear some outstanding live music. DBA is known for having a fully stocked bar, which includes special imports, micros, chocolate beer and more!


Frenchmen’s newest addition and most known for their modern ambiance, 30-90, which got it’s name from the New Orleans coordinates, is not only a good spot to catch a free, live show, but they also serve food - which comes in handy when you’re in for a late night!

THE SPOTTED CAT Want to plan a custom bar crawl around the various New Orleans neighborhoods that will be sure to impress your guests? Contact Ask the Locals - a local company that specializes in unique events and custom itinerary planning. Visit to get a glimpse of the potential experiences you and your guests can share together!

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This is THE place to be for live Jazz music and great dance moves. Be advised, it is on the smaller side, so not recommended for larger groups.

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Written By: Katie Minor, Ask The Locals


o you feel like the same old bachelorette party has been done over and over and over again? If so, we are here to help you shake it up! We’ve come up with a list of our five favorite activities you and your best girlfriends can do to celebrate your “last fling before the ring!”







In lieu of lingerie party or the ever so popular “guess who purchased these panties” game, surprise your bachelorette with a professional boudoir photo shoot! Not only will she get the opportunity to have her hair and make-up done by a professional (which clearly will save her the effort from having to do anything that evening), but when else will she have the opportunity to get professionally photographed and feel like a seductive superstar? Plus, this is kind of the gift that keeps on giving – the bachelorette can put these amazing prints into a “little black book” to give to her future hubby so he’ll always remember how smokin’ hot his wife is! Or, maybe you can make this a group activity! No worries- everyone is still photographed privately. But, in the meantime, all the girls get to hang out and sip on mimosas while feelin’ glamorous. What a unique and totally New Orleans way to spend the afternoon!


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One-up your fiancé’s bachelor party by taking your girls on a fishing excursion in New Orleans’ world-renowned fishing waters. So you’ve never fished before? Well, there is a first time for everything! And, while you’re in New Orleans, you really shouldn’t miss out on this opportunity. Venice, Louisiana, is often considered the paradise of sport fishing. Plus, you get to enjoy some time in the great outdoors, drink your beverage of choice, and cruise around on a boat with all your besties!


New Orleans is known for it’s excellent cuisine. Now, you must ask yourself, what pairs nicely with delicious food? Delicious wine, of course! You and your ladies can put down the shot glasses and pick up the wine glasses for this one! We recommend taking a wine pairing class with one of our world famous wine sommeliers. This way, you’ll know exactly which wine to pair with the next delicious meal you’re having.



Take a Creole Cooking Class with a local chef, where you and your girlfriends can enjoy a glass of wine (or two) while learning to make an authentic, New Orleans dish (from scratch!) using all fresh, local produce. After this class, you can cook the meal for your first, official dinner as a new family. How romantic?! And, what a perfect occasion to showcase your new skill!


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If you love these ideas and would like to check out other options, visit to explore other activities that might be a perfect fit for your bachelorette group.

What better place than New Orleans to take a Burlesque Dancing Class? How much fun would it be to learn some seductive and empowering moves with the best of friends….? We can literally already hear the giggles.

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PHOTOGRAPHER: George Kuchler, GK Photography | VIDEOGRAPHER: Chad Dyle, Dyle Films | ON-LOCATION: The Chicory | STYLED BY: Kim Sayatovic, Belladeux Event Design | HAIR + MAKEUP: Ann Marie White, Dazzle Doll | FLORALS: Nola-Flora | CANDLE DECOR, LOUNGE FURNITURE + GREENERY WALLS: Firefly Ambiance | RENTALS: Party Rentals Delivered | ATTIRE + ACCESSORIES: John's Tuxedos and The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe | LINENS: Wildflower Linens | FINE JEWELRY: Ramsey's Diamond Jewelers | CHARGERS + NAPKIN RINGS: BBJ | MODELS: Madison Bonaventure and Zachary Moses

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Madison is wearing an off the shoulder style fitted gown made with the finest French stretch lace and hand applied Venetian lace appliques in a blossom motif with a beautiful mermaid silhouette from Olvi's The Lace Collection, availabile at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe. Her look is paired with 14k white gold diamond chandelier earrings, 3 1/2cttw along with an 18KT white gold diamond double halo engagement ring featuring a 1.5ct oval cut center diamond, 2 1/8cttw, both available at Ramsey's Diamond Jewelers. Zachary is wearing a Navy Sebastian tuxedo by Ike Behar with a Sunbeam simply solid bow tie and New Orleans Collection Blue Snowball Cufflinks, all available at John's Tuxedos. He is also wearing a 14k white gold diamond wedding ring, 1/8cttw, available at Ramsey's Diamond Jewelers.

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Emily Britton


Jason Coleman


A TOAST TO LOVE Have A Round With Me

Photographer: Studo Tran Written by: Starlight Williams Emily and Jason incorporated a New Orleans Watermeter Cover motif, personalized with their wedding details, into their decor.


mily didn’t expect to meet her future husband while

industry into their wedding theme, including having a His

going through freshman orientation, but as she was

& Hers cocktail bar, with Sazerac for Jason and Sazerac

walking around campus with “from Houston” on her

Royale (topped with champagne!) for Emily.

nametag, his family found hers. Jason’s family noticing the nametag struck up a conversation with Emily’s

“We wanted very simple decor so we focused on candles

mother, because while Jason was living in Baton Rouge,

and different size bottles and jiggers,” Emily says.

he was born in Houston. While they wanted to make sure that their family and Orientation over and both Jason and Emily back to

friends were involved with the wedding, Emily and Jason

their respective cities for the summer, Emily’s mother

took time to appreciate each other.

encouraged her to reach out to Jason. After arriving on campus for the school year, they met up and started

“We took half an hour after the ceremony to stop and

dating not long after.

eat dinner alone,” Emily says. “As much as we loved being with all of our friends and family, the quiet moments were

Eight years of love later, Jason got down on one knee

very special. It allowed us to stop and take everything in.”

to propose to Emily at the Carousel Bar and it was only fitting that he planned a surprise brunch afterwards with

Celebrating their union and love in the city of jazz, Emily

friends and family at another bar, Cane & Table, as Jason

and Jason created a day that was the perfect to start

works for the Sazerac Company and Emily works for

their happily ever after.

Tales of the Cocktail. “We had a lot of guests from out of town so we wanted Selecting their ninth anniversary for their wedding day,

everything to feel very New Orleans and to represent us

the couple made sure to incorporate their jobs in the bar

as a couple,” Emily says. “Fun and not too fancy!”

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N.O.W. VENDORS: photographer STUDIO TRAN bride's gown BUSTLES & BOWS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE Additional Vendors - GETTING READY LOCATIONS: Spa Atlantis & Hotel Monteleone | CEREMONY + RECEPTION: The Jaxson | OFFICIANT: Rev. A.J. Heine | BRIDESMAIDS' GOWNS: Azazie | GROOM'S ATTIRE: Ted Baker, Macy's | GROOMSMEN'S ATTIRE: Pronto Uomo, Men's Wearhouse | FLORALS, DECOR RENTALS + LIGHTING: Bee's Wedding | N.O.W | and Event Design | INVITATIONS: Scriptura | BAKERY: Haydel's Bakery | CAKE TOPPER: Idocakepulls (Etsy) | CATERER: New Orleans Catering | SECOND LINE HANDKERCHIEFS: roxygs on Etsy | TRANSPORTATION: Bonomolo | CEREMONY + RECEPTION MUSIC: River City Hit Squad | BRIDE'S HAIR: Meaghan at Mariposa Salon | MAKEUP: Spa Atlantis



Lauren Kickel


Brent Danielson



The Ultimate Cure

Photographer: Brian Jarreau Photography Written by Starlight Williams


e planned the perfect get away trip. They had great

The family and bridal party walked to “With or Without

weather, a wonderful city to explore and at the top of Mt.

You” by U2, and her own processional was “Just Like

California, Brent and Lauren only had their love for each

Heaven” by The Cure, which is a song Lauren and father

other. Which is why there could be no better moment

chose before she even met Brent.

for Brent to get down on one knee and propose to the woman he wanted to have life’s greatest adventure with.

To incorporate Brent’s ties with the Marines, the couple used his sword to cut the cake.

Of course, through tears of happiness and the warning for him to not drop the ring over the mountain, Lauren

Even though Brent and Lauren are not from New

said yes.

Orleans, they wanted their wedding to be an intimate affair that showed their guests the reason why they love

“It was most amazing because it was just he and I on top

the city so much.

of this beautiful mountain with these insanely gorgeous views and no other people in sight,” Lauren says. “I

“We shared with our guests all of our favorite areas

couldn't have wished for a better engagement than if I

to explore, shops, restaurants and bars,” Lauren says.

had planned it myself.”

“Most of our guests made a vacation out of our wedding weekend and had a great time exploring the city.”

While she didn’t plan her engagement, Lauren did make sure each wedding detail was perfect and had a special

“It was exactly what Brent and I envisioned and it was


amazing to see all of our year long planning come to fruition,” Lauren says. “The whole night was one we won't

The music at the ceremony was handpicked to represent

ever forget.”

their personalities. “We both really love 80's music and think its beautiful when played with strings,” Lauren says.


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"We wanted our wedding to be intimate and special, surrounded by people we love and care about." - Lauren

"The Second Line was easily a bucket list moment! Leading your own personal parade is an amazing experience. The band was phenomenal and making the turns and seeing our friends and family, in black tie, taking over the streets of the French Quarter was something we will never forget!" - Lauren

N.O.W. VENDORS: photographer BRIAN JARREAU PHOTOGRAPHY ceremony + reception MAISON DUPUY groomsmen's tuxedos JOHN'S TUXEDOS

Vendors - FLORALS: Ambiance Flowers | BAKERY: Haydel's Bakery | BRIDE'S GOWN: Justin Alexander, Galleria Gowns (Wickliffe, OH) | BRIDESMAIDS' GOWNS: Adrianna Papell | GROOM: Tommy Hilfiger | OFFICIANT: Jerry Schwehm | HAIR + BRIDESMAIDS' MAKEUP: Two Sisters Hair and Makeup | MAKEUP (BRIDE + MOTHERS): Stephanie Foot, About | N.O.W Face of New Orleans | PLANNER: Christy Romano, R&R Event Specialists | JEWELER: Mike Gale, Gale Diamonds Chicago | INVITATIONS: Vistaprint | ENTERTAINMENT: String| Duet and DJ 4 U Coordinated by Mimi White, White Oak Productions | SECOND LINE BAND: Kinfolk Brass Band | JEWELER: Mike Gale, Gale Diamonds Chicago




PHOTOGRAPHER: DJ Hunter, Prince Photography | ON-LOCATION: Algiers Auditorium | RENTALS: Event Rental and Jazzi Events | DECOR STYLED BY: Staci Lewis, Jazzi Events | BAKERY: Gambino's | FLORALS: Kori's Florist | BRIDESMAIDS' HAIR: Ashleigh Pilgrim | MAKEUP: Ann Marie White, Dazzle Doll | ATTIRE: Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique, John's Tuxedos, Pearl's Place, Town & Country Bridal | UMBRELLA: Eternally Nola | MACAROONS: Sucre' | MODELS: Jarrel Bowens, Kristin Brooks, Julie Huesman and Jessica Justina See more images at



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This page and facing page: Bride model Kristin is wearing a Martina Liana strapless fit and flare lace and tulle over matte-side Lustre satin wedding gown. Its fitted bodice features a flirty sweetheart neckline and clear beading catches the light down through the cathedral train. Her look is completed with an Erica Koesler 108” long flutter veil with organza edge and Chantilly appliqués paired with a Malis-Henderson headpiece, all available at Town & Country Bridal. Jarrel is wearing the Navy Sebastian from the Ike Evening Collection by Ike Behar with a blush bow tie, available at John’s Tuxedos. Bridesmaid model Julie (top and bottom photos, left) is wearing Laura by Hayley Paige, a Candlelight chiffon A-line bridesmaid gown with beaded cross-cross straps, waist, and V-strap back, and natural waist with gathered skirt. Her look is completed with delicate crystal and opal headpiece by Bel Aire Bridals, repurposed as a bracelet, and crystal and opal earrings, all available at Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique. Bridesmaid model Jessica (top and bottom photos, right) is wearing Kimberli by Hayley Paige, with blush chiffon over Cashmere lining featuring a draped cross over V-neckline, natural waist with pleated skirt and beaded strap detail at back. Her look, available at Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique, is completed with a crystal and opal bracelet and the Jospehine Cats Eye Earrings from the David Tutera Embellish Collection.


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Bride model Kristin is wearing an Allure Couture opulent sparkle tulle gown with crystal earrings and bracelet, available at Pearl’s Place. Jarrel is wearing, the Pietro, a modern style One-Button Peak Lapel single breasted coat from John’s Tuxedos. Bridesmaid model Julie (top right photo, left) is wearing Betts by Watters, featuring shimmering Rocio Sequin Tulle in Luster. The long, flowing skirt cascades down from the waist and is embellished with a rhinestone, blush ribbon belt. Her look is available at Pearl’s Place and is completed with a rhinestone blush ribbon belt. Bridesmaid model Jessica (top right photo, right) is wearing Everlasting by Watters, featuring allover Rocio Sequin Tulle in color Oasis, to create a classy silhouette with a V-Neckline and slit in the skirt. An ivory ribbon belt with crystal embellishment and rhinestone bracelet, completes her look which is available at Pearl’s Place. | N.O.W. | 69

Facing page: Bride model Kristin is wearing a Lazaro Champagne tulle bridal ball gown, with ivory and gold alencon lace shear appliquéd bodice, metallic leaf trim at natural waist, circular tulle skirt accented with lace appliques, hemline finished with horsehair, and chapel train. A Bel Aire Bridal metal leaf and rhinestone spray headband in gold completes her look, which is all available at Town & Country Bridal. Bridesmaid model Jessica (top and center photos, left) is wearing a Bill Levkoff champagne sequin net halter gown with keyhole front, available at Pearl’s Place. Bridesmaid model Julie (top and center photos, right) is wearing an ivory sequin V-neck gown by Colour by Kenneth Winston, available at Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique. Jarrel is wearing the Navy Sebastian from the Ike Evening Collection by Ike Behar with a blush bow tie, available at John’s Tuxedos.


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reathtaking Views just steps away from the French Quarter

DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans 300 Canal Street New Orleans LA 70130 Contact: Jennifer Baldwin 504-212-3600

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Trent Spann, Spann for Images Robert PHOTOGRAPHER: Trent Images by by Robert T. T. ON-LOCATION: Eiffel Society CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Angie D'Ingianni CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Angie D'Ingianni ON-LOCATION: Eiffel Society ATTIRE + ACCESSORIES: Town & Country Bridal and ATTIRE: John's Tuxedos and Town & Country Bridal John's Tuxedos MAKEUP : Makeup by Meggan MAKEUP: Meggan Dupre Ory, Makeup by Meggan FINE JEWELRY: Rothschild Diamonds FINE JEWELRY: Rothschild Diamonds MODELS: Ridge Goodwin and Caitlyn Milligan MODELS: Ridge Goodwin and Caitlyn Milligan See more images, and behind the scenes video at See more images and behind the scenes video 96 | N.O.W | at

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lock in your love AT EIFFEL SOCIETY Written By: Nancy M. Songy

L ock in your love with a

romantic custom lock as Eiffel Society brings another 'Piece of Paris' to New Orleans with their Love Lock Gate. The Love Lock Gate is inspired by a long held tradition popularized along the bridges of Paris, where couples attach a padlock with their names or initials engraved on it to the bridge and throw the key into the river below. With their love "locked in" they have symbolized their everlasting

love and commitment to one another. "Love Locks of New Orleans" will allow couples to leave an eternal symbol of their love in our own beautiful city. To further that symbol of love, Eiffel Society has partnered with Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) by donating 20% of proceeds from the Love Locks they sell to help raise money to save the lives of animals in need of love and care. continued...| |N.O.W. N.O.W | 97 | 75

Caitlyn is wearing Aldridge from Watters Bridesmaids, available at Town and Country Bridal. This romantic gown, shown in Buff, features an off-theshoulder neckline with mock-wrap silhouette. A slit in the flowy skirt adds a fun twist. Her look is finished with a custom 3.00 carat Emerald cut diamond accented by 1.00 carat Trapezoids in a custom platinum setting, a half carat diamond bezel pendant layered with a 0.20 carat curved diamond necklace in 18K white gold, and a 12.50 carat diamond tennis bracelet in 18K white gold, from Rothschild Diamonds. Ridge is wearing a Steel Grey Allure suit, available at John's Tuxedos.

a piece of history

Eiffel Society is a unique special events venue that overlooks Saint Charles Avenue in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. History reveals the amazing events that led to the birth of this now landmark venue that embodies a 'Piece of Paris' in New Orleans. The iconic steel structure and glass walls that are now the home of Eiffel Society were once a part of a restaurant that was perched atop a tier of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Built in 1939, known as the 'Tour de Eiffel Restaurant', trendsetters such as Hemingway, Coco Chanel, and Picasso once drank, dined, and discussed the arts of their day in this historic building. As time went on, the sheer weight of the restaurant atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris started to cause parts of the famed tower to sink. The restaurant was taken down piece by piece in 1981 and was shipped from Paris to New Orleans as an indirect result of the 1984 New Orleans World's Fair. Construction began in the '80s to reassemble the 11,062 pieces of wrought iron steel to build what was then named 'Restaurant de la Tour Eiffel'. 98 | N.O.W |

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Unfortunately, the economic boom and architectural renaissance that was expected from the 1984 New Orleans World's Fair never came to fruition. Although the restaurant was critically acclaimed, it was unable to recover and closed only a few years later. Since then, it has been occupied by a number of owners and has been everything from the infamous ‘Red Room,’ the ‘Cricket Club,’ and even a culinary institute. In 2010, following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, new owners took hold of the building and Eiffel Society was born. As a tribute to the city's recovery from tragedy, Eiffel Society partnered with The Life is Art Foundation, it's goal being to transform something so tragic into something beautiful. A collection of international artists volunteered to build functional art, transforming items out the wreckage of Katrina into masterpieces that function in the venue, bringing new life into its structure. Eiffel Society brings Paris to you as you experience a 'piece of the past' along with the celebration of your future.

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Happily ever afters begin at...

Sison Photography

Stacy Marks Photography

Genovese Ashford Studios

Stacy Marks Photography

. 1901 Manhattan Blvd. Harvey, Louisiana 504.644.4100

Fountain Park Centre

Become the City - Angie D'Ingianni, N.O.W. Creative Director

PHOTO: Studio Tran

PHOTO: Angie D'Ingianni

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Inset Photo: Mark Monistere

"What makes New Orleans the perfect city for a destination wedding is, with only one visit, you have several opportunities to blend in with the fabric of the culture. It only takes one time joining in as part of a Second Line parade, or partying on a Bourbon Street balcony, and you have gone from being a spectator to a participant in one of many simultaneously occurring events which create our city's heartbeat." | N.O.W |

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Ryan North, North Photography CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Angie D'Ingianni ON-LOCATION: Felicity Church ATTIRE + ACCESSORIES: Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique and Southern Bridal Boutique HAIR + MAKEUP : Megan Webb and Amanda Wellerman for True Beauty Hair Studio MODELS: Rebecca Barras and Julie Huesman See more images and behind the scenes video at


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Julie (left and facing page) is wearing Rochelle from the Ivoire Collection by Kitty Chen. This beaded lace gown features an illusion back with draped beading. This look, available at Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique, is completed with the Claire Pendant and Claire Long Drop Earrings from the David Tutera Embellish Collection. (Previous page, and this page, right) Rebecca is wearing Wyatt by Sottero and Midgley, a modern lace sheath wedding dress with plunging illusion neckline, beaded belt, and lace cap-sleeves. Her look is paired with a Giselle Bridals headband and rhinestone earrings available at Southern Bridal Boutique.

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Rebecca is wearing Rosella, a bead encrusted strapless bodice that sparkles with Swarovski crystals paired with Blythe, a layered Marquice organza ball gown skirt from the separates collection by Sottero and Midgley. For a touch of vintage flair, her look, available at Southern Bridal Boutique, is completed with a feather-accented birdcage veil and rhinestone and pearl earrings.


This vintage-inspired, fully beaded Jasmine Haute Couture bridal gown features a sweetheart neckline and a quaint chapel train. Paired with a bling! veil, rhinestone earrings and the Rebecca Eliquinque handbag with Swarovski crystals, this look, available at Southern Bridal Boutique, is a glamorous show-stopper. | N.O.W. | 87

Rebecca (center) is wearing a chic, lace sheath wedding dress, Mattea by Sottero and Midgley, is accented with sexy spaghetti straps, a demure illusion back and V-neckline. To complement, a feather embellished floral headpiece, rhinestone and pearl earrings and a Silver Aurora Borealis Fawziya Crystal Evening Bag are added. This look is available at Southern Bridal Boutique. Julie (right) is wearing a Jasmine Chantilly lace fit and flare gown with beading along the v-neckline and gorgeously beaded straps. A low back with beaded edging leads the eye to the Tiffany train. The Yasmeen Necklace, Yasmeen Bracelet and Yasmeen Button Earrings from the David Tutera Embellish Collection complete her classic look, available at Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique.

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Include the natural vibe of Louisiana into your invitaiton suite, with inspiration from local foliage and inspiring elements.

New Orleans Invitation Suite by The Little Blue Chair

The Fern Invitation Suite by Timeless Papers

Evelyn Wedding Suite by Put It On Paper Stationery


Check out the planning time line in the N.O.W. Planner in the back of the magazine for tips on the proper time to order and mail your Save the Dates and Invitations.


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Get your groom's sweet tooth going with cakes inspired by his passion.


Studio Tran | Bittersweet Confections

Images by Robert T.

Studio Tran | Gambino's Bakery

Studio Tran | The Royal Cakery

Images by Robert T.

Studio Tran | The Royal Cakery

Images by Robert T.

Studio Tran | Haydel's Bakery

Images by Robert T.



So many charms, so many meanings! Use our list to select the charms that are perfect for your cake pull!

Airplane - A life of adventure and travel Anchor - A life of stability Baby Bootie or Carriage - A life with happy and healthy children Captain's Wheel - A life of adventure and travel Church - Next to be married Cross - A life of peace Eiffel Tower - A life of travel Entangled Hearts - An everlasting love Flower - A blossoming relationship Four Leaf Clover or Horseshoe - Good luck in your future Heart - Your love is a true love Kite - A life of fun and leisure Magic Lamp - A life of magic Moneybag or Dime - A life with financial security Owl - A life of wisdom Pacifier - Next to have a baby Picture Frame - A happy marriage Rings - Engagement in near future Rocking Chair - A long life Rose - A life of beauty Star, Wishbone or Wishing Well - A wish will be granted Telephone - Good news is coming you way Unicorn - A life of fantasy Wedding Bells or Wedding Cake - Next to be married Wreath - A happy home | N.O.W |


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Sarah Hattier


Matthew Palmer


CITY PARK ROMANCE A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Photographer: Eau Claire Photographics Written by: Starlight Williams


heir love story starts on the soccer field. Matthew, 9,

The wedding was a stroll down memory lane for the

and Sarah Michelle, 8, were team mates, and while Sarah

couple. Each choice and venue had some connection to

had a crush on Matthew, it seemed their story would end

the couple. They chose the New Orleans Museum of Art for their

at the end of the season. The church, Our Lady of the Rosary on Esplanade

reception and Ralph’s on the Park to host their rehearsal

Yet, Love was not done with the pair. As they grew older,

Avenue, was where both their younger brothers shared

dinner because City Park is where they met as children

Matthew and Sarah would cross paths a few times until

classrooms and both their mothers were room moms,

and have many happy memories to this day.

Cupid’s arrow finally stuck while they were at a friend’s

and the church was also a nod to Matthew’s proposal

birthday party in college.

in Italy because the church was founded and built by

“City Park and the surrounding areas are local treasures,

the Italian community of the neighborhood in the early

and we wanted our guests to feel the same mood that we


do when we spend time there,” Sarah says.

a gondola ride. With Sarah’s family on another gondola

The deacon who presided over the ceremony went to

“While planning the wedding I decided that I would

within earshot, Matthew asked for Sarah’s hand on the

grammar school with Sarah’s mom and aunt and high

consider it a success if I could fill the Great Hall with

Rio de San Zulan on San Marco. Of course, she said yes!

school with her dad.

people dancing … and I got my wish,” Sarah says.

After nearly three years of dating, Matthew proposed to Sarah while they were on a family trip to Italy while on

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"Kneeling at the altar during our wedding ceremony was the absolute high point. The presence of so many friends and family and getting married, it was truly a spiritual experience and a happier moment than I've ever experienced." - Sarah

"Dee from Bella Blooms blew us away with her presentation. The entry to the museum was lined with lanterns of all sizes and flowers, and in the Great Hall on the staircase were two trees made from branches and orchids. It was unbelievable." - Sarah

N.O.W. VENDORS: photographer EAU CLAIRE PHOTOGRAPHICS florals, candles + accent lighting BELLA BLOOMS groomsmen's attire JOHN'S TUXEDOS

Additional Vendors - CEREMONY: Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church | RECEPTION: New Orleans Museum of Art | VIDEOGRAPHER: Patrick Randon Videography (via Sonny Randon Photography) | OFFICIANT: Deacon Ronald Drez, Jr. | BRIDE'S GOWN: Yvonne LaFleur | BRIDESMAIDS' GOWNS: Jenny Yoo, | GROOM: Brooks Brothers | CEREMONY MUSIC: Fine Arts Ensemble | ENTERTAINMENT: Adam Bock, Mojeaux, and DJ Mannie Fresh | HAIR + MAKEUP: Sarah Walsh, Katie Malone Studio; Bride - Rachele Cooper, Salon Diviersions | BAKERY: Bittersweet Confections | UPLIGHTING + EFFECTS: Abstract Productions | TRANSPORTATION: A Regal Limousine | PLANNER: Designed by Bride, Planning + Vendor Coordination: Carolyn Arthurs, All About Events | DECOR RENTALS: Yur Event Rentals |INVITATIONS: Scriptura | JEWELER: Boudreaux's | | N.O.W | CATERER: Ralph Brennan's Catering, Lucky Dogs

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Photo: Mark Monistere


Angie D'Ingianni

Creative Director, NOW "We are sharers by nature, and want a handful of our closest friends and family to be surrouding us while on the journey of planning. Slowing down and putting some thought into this decision will make it all that much more meaningful in the end."



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When choosing your bridal party, your closest friend will usually be the first one who is asked to be a Maid or Matron of Honor. From here, most brides tend to then extend the bridal party list to those who they are closest to in their lives when they are getting engaged. Before asking, make a really good list that encompasses those who have been around a while as well, and family members who you feel you want to be in your bridal party. For those who may feel an obligation to ask a family member they are not close to, put some thought into it. This could be an opportunity to build lasting memories and create new bonds. Decide if the individuals you have in mind will be able to fulfill the responsibilities which will be requested of them. Not only will the entire bridal party have the individual expense of their attire, shoes, and hair & makeup for the women, but also a commitment to you and your very special day. Ask yourself if the friends you are about to choose have been there for you and if you feel they will be able to handle being tasked with the duties which will allow you to have an easy day. Also, steer clear of anyone who you feel would bring drama into the picture!

Consider the expenses on YOUR end when having a large bridal party. First, the flowers will be more costly the larger the bridal party is. Also, many brides do pay for hair & makeup for their bridal party (though this is not a requirement, but should be discussed with any potential bridesmaids). Other expenses will include things such as transportation for the bridal party - how many limos or buses will you need to rent? Lastly, you will be adding time onto your photos. It does take a while to get everyone into one photo, so a tip would be to make sure everyone knows ahead of time where to be at exactly what time, and request that they hold off from running to the bar or buffet line until after your photos are done. All it takes is ONE to hold up the process, which will ultimately cut into your reception time. | N.O.W |


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WEDDING PETS Tips for including your furbabies as part of your event



Written by: Rena Sweeney Alchemy Events Rena is the owner of Alchemy Events, LLC, a full-service event planning service in New Orleans. She has nearly 20 years of experience as an independent event coordinator, and brings energy, creativity, and dedication to every project she oversees. She also believes in giving back to the community through her work with local animal rescue groups, often spearheading fundraising events for local animal charities.



our dog is your first baby. You take them to daycare, to the park, to get their hair cut, and even parade with them like true Mardi Gras pooches! Since pets are part of their fur-ever family, many couples are increasingly choosing to include them in their wedding day. If you’re lucky enough to be able to have your animal as part of your ceremony or reception, there are a few factors to consider before springing for flower pup attire. It’s always best to first think of the comfort of the animal and their level of sociability. Will they be uneasy with a large number of strangers or with loud music? Are they well enough behaved to not lunge at guests or try to steal food?

Next, you should consider having a handler to assist with your pets on the wedding day. Angela Portera, owner of Puppy Love Daycare in Metairie, offers services for just such occasions. She is available to handle your pet prior to the wedding, including making sure they potty, have water, are dressed and there on time. She brings a bag of items including treats, travel water bowls, clean up bags & various other items that may come in useful during the day. She can either assist your pet down the aisle or act as the behind-the-scenes handler before and after they strut their stuff down the aisle. She can also take your pets back home, or to stay at Puppy Love, if you’d like them to participate but not party all night. If your pets are social party animals and stay at the reception, plan to have a quiet space separate from the party for your pet to go to eat, drink or lay down for small breaks during the night. Having a crate, their bed or favorite toy can help ease their nerves if they are feeling a bit overwhelmed. When excited, many pets will get thirsty so make sure to let them drink plenty of water so they don’t get dehydrated. And lots of water means lots of potty breaks! If you don’t have a professional handler for the reception, plan to have a family member or friend who the pet is familiar with who can help take them outside and also get them home at the end of the night. Finally, if you really want to go “doggone” wild, you may also consider incorporating your pet into your reception in other ways. Some couples forego a gift registry or favors and instead contribute to a local animal rescue group. Pet treats for guests to take home to their own pets get a cute New Orleans twist from Amis des Paux bakery, who offers themed treats like snowballs, red beans and Ponchatoula strawberries. Amis des Paux also offers special event gourmet cakes as well as cat treats. Their cakes come in individual or large sizes and are made with all natural, human quality ingredients that are not only pet safe but delectable, with your choice of flavors, icings and colors.

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If your location does not allow animals, you might consider having your pets in your engagement photos, bridal portraits or your getting ready. You might also include your pet’s photo inside the ceremony program or display photos of them at the reception. | N.O.W |

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Rena Sweeney


Anthony Woods



New Orleans Remedy

Photographer: Julia Bailey Written by Starlight Williams


ena and Anthony hit it off immediately when they met via a dating app. Seeing potential for a relationship that couldn’t be ignored, Rena and Anthony dated, rescued a few pets and fell completely in love. Anthony knew that when he proposed to Rena the moment wouldn’t be right without the perfect ring. Luckily, he knew that she wanted an oval cut champagne diamond with halo set in rose gold and was able to find just what she wanted. With the ring in hand while they were getting ready to go out for their first anniversary dinner, Anthony got down on one knee in the doorway of their bedroom with their dachshund jumping in excitement, and asked Rena to be his forever. “Obviously, I said yes,” Rena says. After organizing other brides special days for the past 20 years, Rena was more than ready to take on the challenge of planning her own wedding and she knew exactly what she wanted! “We wanted it to be low key and fun with a small group of people closest to us,” Rena says. “Being a coordinator myself, I wanted to keep it simple and fun.”

Both being Tibetan Buddhist, the couple had a traditional ceremony filled with symbolism, including lanterns lighting the way down the aisle and the lotus flower which made numerous appearances. It was especially meaningful for Rena because she was able to write the ceremony and it was the first time Anthony was able to take refuge – which is like dedicating yourselfself to Buddhism - even though he has been studying it for years. “As many of our guests are not Buddhist, our programs helped explain some of the word meanings, helped walk our guests through the meaning of the ceremony and included a closing prayer for everyone to recite together,” Rena says. “There are many misconceptions about Buddhism, as there are with many other religions, so it was nice for those close to us to really see what it's all about.”

Rena incorporated the Buddhist wheel into her Henna as well as the gobo that adorned the wall during the reception.

With the love in the air feeling tangible, Rena created a day that she, Anthony and their guests would never forget. “We still get compliments on how beautiful and touching our ceremony was.” Rena says.

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"White lotus played a significant role in our wedding and we used them in my bouquet, on the cake, the altar and also had candy lotus flowers floating in the drinks from the bar." - Rena

"To end the night we did a second line out of our reception and passed under ribbon wands with tinkling bells on them being waved by our family & friends." - Rena

N.O.W. VENDOR: planner/designer ALCHEMY EVENTS

Vendors - PHOTOGRAPHER: Julia Bailey | CEREMONY + RECEPTION: The Cannery | OFFICIANT: Rose Mortillaro | BAKERY: Frosted Fantasies by Nikki | VIDEOGRAPHER: Studio Vieux Carre' | BRIDE'S GOWN: Pronovias | MENSWEAR: Calvin Klein, Men's Wearhouse | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Tracey Edwards & Anonymous | HAIR + | N.O.W | MAKEUP: Lauren Fremin | DECOR RENTALS: Decor on a Dime | CATERER: Toulouse Gourmet Catering | FLORALS, CANDLE DECOR/LIGHTING: Christina O'Malley | HENNA ART: New Orleans Henna | INVITATIONS: Designed by Bride | DOGGY WEDDING CAKE: Amis des Paux | JEWELER: Ramsey's | N.O.W. |

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Consider adding some extra New Orleans flair to your parade by hiring performers to participate in your parade. Stilt walkers, costumed revelers and Mardi Gras Indians are just a few possibilities you might consider. An addition of a Grand Marshall is a sure way to demands attention from onlookers, as he will often blow a whistle to the rhythym of the songs and waves his feathers, dancing through the street.

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Brian Jarreau Photography | Kinfolk Brass Band

Written By: Starlight Williams



eeply rooted in the history of New Orleans, Second Lines have been a part of celebrating life’s most precious moments since the 1800s. Second Lines stem from the AfricanAmerican tradition of parades for funerals, which feature brass bands leading a procession honoring the departed. They first play hymns and then change to upbeat music to celebrate the departed's life. Eventually the tradition crossed over to other events, including weddings, and today, a New Orleans wedding can’t be a New Orleans wedding without a Second Line. Oftentimes, brides can be seen with their intricately designed parasols and grooms with black umbrellas strutting down the city streets with a brass band playing and wedding guests following behind with their handkerchiefs waving in the air. Whether you are having your Second Line inside of your venue or parading down the crowded streets of the French Quarter, it’s nearly impossible to not have a good time as you share your love with a jazzy beat. While a Second Line can be a joy to be a part of, planning one involves a lot more than many imagine. To make sure you have a perfect Second Line for your wedding, here’s a quick guide to make sure you parade in style.

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While Second Lines often look like impromptu celebrations, a lot of planning and paper work goes into making sure that a Second Line can legally and logistically happen. Permits are required if you will be parading in the streets or in public areas. The amount of the permit fee will depend on what route you take and how many people will be participating. The fee also includes a police escort, a one-time fee to the Police and Justice Foundation, and if your party throws anything during the Second Line (like beads!), then there will also be an additional fee to City Sanitation for clean up.


There is a lot to keep in mind as you plan your route. Traditionally, Second Lines occur right after the ceremony, so you can use the Second Line as fun way to get your guests to the reception. If your ceremony and reception are in the same place, the Second Line is the perfect opportunity to allow the venue staff to “flip” the space from ceremony setup to reception style. However, you can also plan the Second Line for after the rehearsal dinner or at the end of your reception. Make sure to walk your route with a few people before settling on an “official” route to gauge if the distance is too far or uncomfortable. This will also help you avoid construction and other potential problems. You’ll also want to keep timing in mind – communicate with your wedding professionals to determine how much time you can or need to devote to this parade to make your wedding day run smoothly. Planning your route to travel by sentimental spots that are special to the couple is great idea as well. Be sure to tell your photographer and videographer about these in advance so you can get some great photos and videos in these spots!

Be sure to take your guests’ comfort into consideration when planning your Second Line. Be aware of extreme weather conditions (like summer heat!) and plan accordingly to provide fans or bottled water to guests before you head out. Providing flip flops for guests who are wearing heels is also a thoughtful gesture. Also consider guests who might have mobility issues and plan a carriage or pedi-cab to provide accommodations while allowing these guests to still participate in the parade!



Specifically a brass band. The brass band is the heart and soul of the Second Line. A combination of trumpet, trombone, saxophone, tuba, bass drum and snare drum players, the brass band and Grand Marshal keep the crowd enthused and entertained. Typically, brass bands can be found online or through word of mouth. New Orleans has many brass bands to choose from but make sure to do your research to find the best fit for you. It’s a good idea to ask how the band will be dressed while performing. Some bands dress up in formal uniforms and others are very casual, so it’s important to find the band that works best for the level of formality for your event.



Whether you keep inside your wedding theme or go all out, accessorizing a Second Line is one the best parts of planning one. The newlyweds usually lead the parade with decorated umbrellas or parasols while the rest of the wedding party waves hankies in the air. These can be simple or can be personalized just for the wedding! You can’t really go wrong when it comes to these “extras”.

Go online to download the Supplement C-Parade permit application at onestop/events/parades/parade-race-permit/ Submit forms and fees at least 15 days in advance to One Stop Shop, City Hall, Seventh floor, 1300 Perdido St., New Orleans, LA 70112.

Parasols, handkerchiefs, fans, beads, cups, etc.; choosing something that represents who you are and your love for each other make great additions. There are many companies that create custom designed accessories, so don’t be afraid to design outside the box to get exactly what you want. No matter how or where you plan your Second Line, being surrounded by friends and family with good music and cultural vibes will be the perfect addition to your wedding day.

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ENGAGING SPOTS Written by: Angie D'Ingianni With unlimited spots to take your engagement photos in New Orleans, the only difficult decision would be narrowing it down. Here are a few favorites to consider when discussing location options with your photographer: The French Quarter has many options, and you can park in one place and take advantage of multiple location views. First you can catch a great shot with the Natchez drifting along the Mississippi River with the Crescent City Connection in the distance. The Streetcar line runs in this area as well. From there, you can walk up the steps and take advantage of the scenery of Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral, but also from this same location you can capture Jax Brewery as well as Cafe' du Monde. Here's a great list of Historical landmarks in the city,, worth checking into if you want to do something a little different:

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Sara Dugas


Chris Densky



Photographer: North Photography Written by: Starlight Williams

"Chris's favorite single event was the "First Look" orchestrated by our photographer. The anticipation and excitement leading up to that moment was surpassed only by the 'reveal.' (his words, not mine)" - Sara


ara and Chris met while working in the same veterinary

photos from all of their weddings, which looked beautiful

emergency room and soon realized they shared more

and was definitely inspiring to look at throughout the

than a love of animals. After three years of dating and


friendship, Chris knew that Sara was it for him, so with the help of their regular waitress at their favorite sushi

Chris, a touring musician, asked his bandmates to be his

spot, Chris proposed and Sara said yes.

groomsmen and his brother, Matt, to sing Jason Mraz’s

While Sara and Chris were a bit intimidated at the

“I Won’t Give Up” during the ceremony.

thought of planning a destination wedding in New

Admiring the love of their parents and grandparents,

Orleans, they knew no other city would be more perfect

Chris and Sara wanted to highlight them and their

“One of my favorite memories will be looking up at the

combined total of 250 years of advice and wisdom for

windows surrounding the courtyard and seeing them

their special day and the years after.

filled with hotel guests who paused to hear [Matt’s]

“Chris and I have visited this city on several occasions

amazing voice and a small moment during the ceremony

throughout our relationship, and love it more and more

“We wanted to honor that in someway, particularly since

in which Chris presented my son, Jackson, with a gift

each time,” Sara says. “It's beauty, charm, and uniqueness

our grandparents were unable to travel,” Sara says.

to represent the beginning of our new family together,”

are addicting, and we couldn't imagine a more fitting

Sara says.

place to celebrate our marriage - surrounded by the

“To do this, we surrounded our guest book table with


to celebrate their union.

people we love, in the place that we love.” See additional photos from this wedding on our blog at

Sara and Chris chose New Orlean for their destination wedding because they "so desperately wanted to share the love we have for New Orleans with our friends and family." - Sara

N.O.W. VENDORS: photographer + videographer NORTH PHOTOGRAPHY & HD VIDEO florals NOLA-FLORA rentals, candle decor/lighting FIREFLY AMBIANCE

Additional Vendors - CEREMONY + RECEPTION: Chateau LeMoyne | OFFICIANT: Rev. Steve Trahan | BRIDE'S GOWN: Maggie Sottero, Bridal Heirlooms (South Hadley, MA) | BRIDESMAIDS' GOWNS: Modcloth and Nordstrom | MENSWEAR + BRIDESMAN'S ATTIRE: Vera Wang, Men's Wearhouse | BAKERY: The Sweet Life Bakery | ENTERTAINMENT: | N.O.W | Aaron Lane Entertainment | SECOND LINE: All For One Brass Band | HAIR + MAKEUP: Glam Nola | PLANNER: Bride + Groom, with help from venue coordinators Margaret McCoy and Megan Sapp | CATERER: Richard Fiske's Martini Bar and Restaurant | FAVORS: Blue Frog Chocolates | INVITATIONS: Wedding Paper Divas | N.O.W. | 111


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101 Story by: Sofie LeChat | Art by: Mariselle Diaz


ou're walking down the aisle. You are glowing with joy as you get closer to your love and your eyes embrace. You will never forget that first look…eyes twinkling at just the sight of you and lips breathing the word "wow." Now, let us look back a few months before this moment. You have walked into a bridal boutique for the first time and see an overwhelming number of dresses. Where do you start?

never trust the hanger

What your perfect dress looks like on you and what it looks like on the hanger are two entirely different things. You can't judge a dress without giving it a try. Keep in mind that the store sample may be entirely too big or too small for you. You may have to use a bit of imagination in these first stages, but you should be able to tell if the dress is worth further consideration. While it may be the clothes that make a man, it is the bride that makes a dress.

Silhouette It's such a beautiful word, but what does it mean? The silhouette of a dress is the overall shape it creates. Your own shape will often help you choose the best silhouette for your dress.

ballgown This silhouette inspires visions of elegant parties of old with sparkling crystal chandeliers and elegant couples dancing across brilliantly polished marble floors. Often paired with a corset-style bodice, the full skirt of a ball gown will flatter a pear shaped figure. This silhouette may not be the best choice, though, for full figured women or women who are very petite.

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The most flattering of silhouettes is the A-line. True to its name, the A-line silhouette is shaped like an “A”. A-line dresses generally have only vertical seams that often run from neckline to hemline and the skirt flares from a natural or drop waist. This silhouette will cover a multitude of chocolate sundae sins.

empire An Empire silhouette creates a much straighter line and doesn't hug the body as much as an A-line silhouette does. Instead of emphasizing the waistline, an empire silhouette creates a lessdefined body shape. You will know an Empire silhouette by a seam that falls just below the bust line. This silhouette looks great on most brides, but those with a large bust may want to avoid this style.


See this rosewater tulle ball gown by Hayley Paige in our Ballroom in Bloom editorial on page 17. This gown is available at Town & Country Bridal.

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See this elegant French stretch lace gown from Olvi's The Lace Collection in our Rooftop Romance editorial on page 53. This gown is available at The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe

Most bridal shops love to make appointments so they can set aside a special time just for you. They have extensive knowledge on which gowns look best on different figures.

See this opulent Allure mermaid gown in our Swept Away editorial on page 69. This gown is available at Pearl's Place

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This silhouette is, quite simply, loosely form-fitting gowns that tend to drape softly instead of hugging the body. Sheath silhouettes are often made of very light fabrics like chiffon, and can tend to emphasize imperfections. This silhouette will look best on tall, slim brides.


If you have knockout curves and want to show them off, this is the silhouette for you. A mermaid dress silhouette tightly hugs the body from the neckline to the knees and then flares out to create a "mermaid tail."

neckline The neckline of your dress is an important decision to make, but with numerous styles, how do you choose? The most important thing to remember is never to choose a particular style just because it is popular. You want to choose the neckline that is most flattering on you.

dress dESIGN1 01 wrap it up!

Be sure to allow enough time for several fittings and always wear the shoes and undergarments you'll be wearing on your wedding day for those fittings. You don't want to discover on your wedding day that your hem is too short or that your bustier shows through your gown. A great way to make sure your dress has been altered perfectly is to have your formal photographs done several weeks before your wedding. You will have the opportunity to wear your dress for several hours and you have the added bonus of seeing how your dress looks in the "real world." If there are any further alterations that need to be made, they can be done before your wedding. You will know when you've found the perfect dress because it is the one that makes you feel beautiful when you're wearing it. This confidence will add a sparkle to your eyes and make your smile brighter as you walk down the aisle. Now go get that "wow"!

Something to think about when choosing your neckline is the type of top you wear most often to go out in. This answer will give you a good starting point to work from. As a general rule, a scooped neckline looks good on everyone because it doesn't over-emphasize any one area. Variations of a scooped neckline are the Jewel neckline which is a high, rounded neckline that generally starts at the base of the neck, the Bateau neckline that starts about an inch below the shoulder (creating an off-the-shoulder look), and the Portrait neckline that is similar to the Bateau neckline, except that the neckline stands away from the body creating a collar-like effect. Another neckline that looks great on most brides is a square neckline. This neckline is a simple, straight line. You find this neckline most often on strapless dresses and dresses with spaghetti straps. A Sweetheart neckline creates a heart shape at the bust and shows a small amount of cleavage. This style also looks flattering on most brides. Halter necklines are wonderful for women with great shoulders and backs. It is important to note that women with a large bust may look top-heavy in a halter.

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Although New Orleans doesn't have very distinct seasons, you still do have to consider the time of year your wedding will be when choosing your dress. You might choose heavier fabrics and a longer train during the winter. For our almost constant warm weather, you will be most comfortable in lighter fabrics with a shorter train. Remember, you want to feel comfortable on your wedding day. | N.O.W |

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Joy Rovaris


Muneesh Sharma



Photographer: Eleonora Barna Written by: Starlight Williams


oy thought she was attending a celebration for her

Surrounded by all their friends and family, including

uncle and cousin winning seats in the Louisiana Senate

those Face Timing from California, Joy says she could

and House of Representatives, respectively, but so much

not have asked for a better proposal because it was so

more was in store that evening.

perfectly her.

After thanking his family, her uncle asked everyone to go

Soon after the proposal, Joy immediately knew that she

around and say what he or she was thankful for. To Joy’s

wanted to have two weddings, one that celebrated her

shock, her uncle called on her boyfriend, Muneesh, first.

New Orleans culture and family’s traditions and another

At last minute, Joy decided to wear her mother’s veil with her dress and both she and her mother were ecstatic with the choice.

to pay tribute to Muneesh’s culture and family. Joy’s shock turned into confusion when instead of nervously answering the question, he walked calmly

“I just needed to learn as much as I could about

to the center of the room and began speaking with

traditional Indian weddings,” Joy says. “And thanks to the

confidence. Her confusion was quickly wiped away,

glorious and elaborate colorfulness that Indian weddings

however, when Muneesh reached into his pocket and

are, my childhood vision of a multicolored wedding

took out a ring!

theme, fit so perfectly.” Joy says that Terrance Osborne’s, her favorite artist, work

happened next but her happiness got the best of her.

and color palette inspired her wedding theme of bright colors against a white and gold base. Her bridesmaids

“I blacked out!” Joy says. “I literally came back to

wore Osborne’s signature colors and Joy chose the same

consciousness with my hand shaking as he's putting a

colors for her bridesmaids’ saris for the Indian wedding

ring on it. I was so excited that I jumped, hugged and

to tie the two events together.

Is that a yes?’ And I shrieked "Oh, my gosh, yes."

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officiate our union,” Joy says. “Having my grandmother officiate our wedding couldn't have been more special to us. She's been Muneesh's only grandmother figure in the states and they're crazy over each other, so it was an all

Joy would like to say she could tell you exactly what

kissed him before getting my ‘yes’ out. So, he says ‘Well?

“I grew this intense desire to have my grandmother

around win for us." Combining their love and cultures, Joy and Muneesh were ready to begin their happily ever after. “We were really so blessed to have so many special moments,” shares Joy.

See additional photos from this wedding on our blog at

Being a fan of local New Orleans artist Terrance Osborne, the bride had the bakery design a cake themed around his work.


Additional Vendors - CEREMONY + RECEPTION, CATERING + DECOR RENTALS: The Riverview Room | OFFICIANT: Pastor Eartha F. Carter (Bride's Maternal Grandmother) | BRIDE'S GOWN: Designed by Bride, combining several gowns from Vivienne Atelier | BRIDESMAIDS' GOWNS: Made and Designed by Miguel | MENSWEAR: Men's Wearhouse | FLORALS: Chontel Carter and Bridget Bartholomew | | N.O.W | | WEDDING PLANNER: Bride and mother (Jillandra Rovaris) | HAIR: Kyra Janae, Urban Suite Salon | MAKEUP: Bride and Kylah Mickens | CEREMONY+ RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Captain Charles TRANSPORTATION: Charbonnet Limousine Service | LOCATION (Indian Wedding): Yacht in California


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Alexa Bonadona


Trey Kramer


SWEET SIMPLICITY Love is Honey To The Soul

Photographer: GK Photography Written by: Starlight Williams


ne by one, Alexa followed the trail of envelopes with riddles written by Trey as he took her around the city for her birthday. From brunch, to shopping for a new outfit, to a relaxing massage, Alexa assumed it was all just for her birthday. Little did she know that Trey was planning on celebrating something even more special until he ended the scavenger hunt with a final envelope and a ring in hand as he got down on one knee to propose. Alexa couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift as he slid the ring on her finger and she said yes. Alexa envisioned a simple but elegant wedding, bringing in an “old Hollywood” glamour vibe. “I wanted it to look elegant, but not over the top,” Alexa says. “I also wanted my wedding to remain extremely intimate throughout the entire process.” With this in mind, it only made sense to have their reception in the iconic Blue Room of The Roosevelt

Hotel and the ceremony at Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church, Alexa’s favorite church in the whole city. “I did not want to overpower the church with a lot of flowers, so I decided to keep the flowers simple and small. We decided to add lanterns on the floor by each pew, to add to that ‘intimate’ feeling,” Alexa says.

"I wanted certain aspects, for example my wedding dress, to stand out on its own. The reason I chose the Amsale “Demi” gown was for its simplicity, yet dramatic/elegant back detailing of the gown." - Alexa

By keeping things simple, Alexa was able to have certain elements of her wedding stand out such as the cake and her dress. Alexa chose a simple wedding gown with dramatic detailing on the back. “I knew the back of the gown would be what everyone would see during the ceremony, and I had hoped that everyone could admire its beautiful detail.” Alexa says. “The gown truly was the center of my theme.” To end the perfect night with the last touch of sweet simplicity, the couple sent their guests home with jars of honey that Trey’s father collects with a simple finishing touch - tags reading “Love is Sweet.”


See additional photos from this wedding on our blog at

To complement her desire for an intimate wedding, Alexa chose eclectic, soft music, performed on violin, cello and baby grand piano for the ceremony.

Trey loves fishing, so Alexa surprised him with a Yeti Cooler groom's cake, complete with two redfish inside!


Additional Vendors - CEREMONY: Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church | RECEPTION, CATERER + BAKERY: The Roosevelt Hotel | OFFICIANT: Father Robert D. Massett | BRIDE'S GOWN: Amsale, I Do Bridal Couture | BRIDESMAIDS' GOWNS: Amsale, Bella Bridesmaids | MENSWEAR: Smart Set Formal Wear | VIDEOGRAPHER: Bower Productions | FLORALS: Federico's | HAIR + MAKEUP: Carpe Diem Salon | ENTERTAINMENT: Groovy7 | | N.O.W | FAVORS: Honey Jars, NOLA's Backyard Bees | INVITATIONS: Scriptura | JEWELER: Boudreaux's



Wedding Day



The Lakeview Hair Salon photo: stacy marks


wedding up-dos |make-up great lengths extensions cut + color


234 W. Harrison Ave | NOLA



"Over the years I have noticed that there are some beauty preparations that many brides do not think about or simple routines they wait too long to begin. While planning your wedding can be one of the busiest seasons of your life, it is important to remember to set aside some "me time" for your beauty routines. It is also very important to know what you can do to have the best outcome with your makeup artist and stylist on the day of your wedding." ~Ann Marie

Start a morning and evening skin routine. Use face wash and moisturizer designed for your skin type. Using a Clarisonic skin cleansing brush once a day with your face wash will create a wonderfully smooth skin surface that's perfect for makeup application. Get regular hair cuts from a professional stylist. Doing this will ensure that you will have an ideal shape to your style and your ends will stay beautifully curled. Eyebrows are the picture frames of the face. See a professional brow artist for regular eyebrow shaping. If you prefer waxing, have your brows waxed two days prior to the wedding. Schedule a trial run with your stylist and makeup artist. This will set your mind at ease, save time on your wedding day, and allow your look to be fully perfected. Ask your makeup artist for the name of your lip color so that you can purchase your own to have at the wedding for touch ups. Ask your stylist if clip in extensions are a good option for you. Having these added to your style will add thickness and/or length if you are wearing your hair down. Extensions will also add fullness to an up-do. The night before your wedding, shampoo and blow-dry your hair. Do not flat iron or use any other heat tools besides the blow dryer. Doing so can cause your curls not to hold. Wash your face right before you sit down to have your makeup done on the day of your wedding. Remember to wear a robe or shirt that buttons so you won't bump into your hair and makeup while changing into your dress. (Avoid shirts with stiff collars as these tend to rub against up-dos causing pieces of hair to come loose.)

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Jensine Pernell


Micheal Speed, Jr.



The Ancestors Are Here

Photographer: Prince Photography, LLC Written by: Starlight Williams


icheal and Jensine didn’t quite match up when they

When planning their wedding, the couple decided to

first interacted while online dating. It wasn’t until Micheal

have a traditional Yoruba wedding. Intertwined closely

reached out to Jensine, a year after their first interaction,

with Nigerian culture, Yoruba ceremonies are vibrant

and began talking about a book that she was reading that

celebrations full of dance, rhythmic drums, call and

the two connected.

responses and strong connections to ancestry, Jensine explains.

“It took me a while to respond because I had not finished reading the book, (still haven't finished reading it). I was

“When it was time for the groom to make his way to

hesitant and did not want to engage in conversation in

the altar, my nephew played a special drum covered in

the event he was well versed and wanted to discuss

healing herbs and followed behind the groom. Each time

the book in depth,” Jensine says. “Finally, after about a

my nephew played the drum he chanted, ‘The ancestors

few weeks, I replied to Mike and explained to him that I

are here,’ to invite the ancestors of both families to be

took a break from reading “1984.” After that confession, I

present for the ceremony. A similar tradition occurred

asked him to tell me something interesting about himself.

when I approached the altar too,” Jensine describes. “I

His exact words, ‘When I was younger my parents

danced down the aisle to African drumming followed by

dropped me in a barrel of sugar, that's why I'm so sweet.’

our four nieces and cousin who rang special bells to bring

I thought that comment was so adorable and I literally

respect to the ancestors while protecting the bride.”

‘laughed out loud.’” Micheal and Jensine’s wedding planning wasn’t all Turns out sweet was an accurate description for Micheal.

smooth sailing though, as they were directly impacted by

From the first date where he nervously met Jensine at

the Great Flood of Baton Rouge nearly a month before

a coffee shop, he knew that she was someone special.

their wedding date.

And celebrate their love they did! From having Jensine’s favorite band perform at the reception to reading each

“It took a few tries and a couple of years to actually get it

“Mike and I weren't sure what the future held as far

other their personally written vows, Jensine and Micheal

right, but we finally did,” Micheal says. “When Siney and

as our living situation and basic needs. At one point in

had a beautiful day.

I first met in person, I thought she was the most beautiful

time, we strongly considered cancelling the wedding

woman I have ever seen. We talked at that coffee shop

all together. Through much prayer and meditation we

“I'm so grateful we decided to have the wedding because

for hours. Nothing seemed rushed; it felt quite natural.

decided that we needed to celebrate ourselves and

it was truly a magical event,” Jensine says. “I could not

I did not have any expectations. I just knew I wanted to

bring healing to the pain we experienced as a result of

have asked for a better man to marry because he is so

see her again.”

the flood,” Jensine says.

sincere and loves me to pieces.”

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See additional photos from this wedding on our blog at

"During the ceremony we stood back to back in front of our loved ones and Ifa Seyi, our officiant began the ceremony. There was a special offering that she facilitated called the, "Offering of Heaven and Earth's elements, that included tasting red clay, salt, honey, and palm oil. During this segment of the ceremony we were instructed to say personal prayers when each element was presented to us. Also, Ifa Seyi explained what each element symbolized and can bring to a marriage as far as moments of bitterness, sweetness, etc." - Jensine


"Many of my relatives had never experienced a "second line," and when that music was played it took the reception to another dimension." Jensine

Additional Vendors - CEREMONY + RECEPTION: Baton Rouge Gallery for Contemporary Art | OFFICIANT: Ifa Seyi Bamiigbala | VIDEOGRAPHER: Jamal Pernell, Brother of the Bride | FLORALS: Peregrin's Florist | BRIDE + GROOM'S ATTIRE: Custom made by Linda Evans, Aunt of the Groom | BRIDESMAIDS' GOWNS: Vera Wang, David's Bridal | GROOMSMEN'S ATTIRE: Dashiki from | N.O.W | Odeneho Wear | BAKERY: Ambrosia Bakery | CEREMONY MUSIC: Bride's Family, Howard-Omari Pernell, Kamau Fluker, Tommy Fluker | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Soul Jukeboxx | HAIR: Beauty By Design, Linda Franks | MAKEUP: Jada Cobbs, Groom's Cousin | WEDDING PLANNER/DESIGNER: My Dream Affair Event Planning | CATERER: Debra's House of Catering | INVITATIONS: Wedding Paper Divas | FAVORS: Pecan Candy by Jeriece Snowden


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Jennifer Saputo


Jordan White



Photographer: Images by Robert T. Written by: Starlight Williams


hey worked in the same company, yet Jennifer and

Jordan probably would have never crossed paths if their boss hadn’t decided to play matchmaker. Luckily, Jennifer and Jordan hit off, so well so, that when Jordan proposed, her answer could only be yes. “[Jordan] proposed on the levee in Gretna in his sweatpants, and I wouldn't have had it any other way,” Jennifer says.

wedding from start to finish in a limited amount of time, however everything came out flawlessly.” As a last minute decision, Jennifer walked down the aisle with a beautiful cathedral length veil. “I went from ‘I am not wearing a veil’ to go big or go home with a cathedral length veil,” Jennifer says. “I loved it.” At the reception, Jennifer and Jordan requested the Tarantella, an Italian folk dance which got everyone on the dance floor having a great time.

With only an eight-month engagement, Jennifer began planning. “Our wedding day was exactly what we had envisioned in our heads for the past 8 months,” Jennifer says. “Some

Jennifer and Jordan’s wedding was a truly magical event for the couple. “I've always heard of weddings being so stressful but that absolutely was not the case,” Jennifer says.

were nervous we wouldn't be able to plan an entire


See additional photos from this wedding on our blog at

The couple chose St. Anthony of Padua for their ceremony because it was the church that Jennifer's parents' were married in almost 30 years ago.


"We did the Tarantella which is an Italian dance and everyone dances in opposite circles around the bride and groom. Almost everyone at the wedding participated and was definitely one of the highlights of the night." - Jennifer

photographer IMAGES BY ROBERT T. bride's gown TOWN & COUNTRY BRIDAL hair + makeup DAZZLE DOLL

Additional Vendors - GETTING READY LOCATION: The Sheraton | CEREMONY: St. Anthony of Padua | OFFICIANT: Father Buddy Noel | RECEPTION: The Balcony Ballroom | VIDEOGRAPHER: Tim Mcaskill | BAKERY: LaLousiane Bakery | FLORALS: Beth's Florist | CEREMONY | N.O.W | MUSIC: Kayla LeBlanc | BRIDESMAIDS' GOWNS: Vera Wang White, David's Bridal | MENSWEAR: J&L Formalwear | JEWELER: Breaux's | INVITATIONS: Ferdie's Printing Service | FAVORS: Un Biscotto Spciale


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N.O.W. it’s

your turn


You said, “Yes!” But what do you do N.O.W?


irst and foremost, congratulations on your engagement. What began as a fairy tale you’ve envisioned for so long will soon be a

reality. While you’re flooded with excitement over your new engagement, the list of things to do, vendors to meet and events to plan can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in. Our team at New OrleansWeddings Magazine created this planner to aide you with planning your dream wedding. We broke down everything you need to know about preparing for your big day. From a wedding budget to keep you on track to a handy “To Do” list to keep yourself organized, the N.O.W. Planner will make sure everything is coordinated so you’ll have time to enjoy what really matters — your wedding day! N.O.W. works with the best wedding professionals in New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana and beyond. From gorgeous gowns, fabulous flowers, phenomenal photographers and everything in between, let our talented N.O.W. vendors help your dream wedding become a reality.


N.O.W. let’s plan your wedding...


Legal Details Every wedding needs a license. The requirements are different in every state and parish and are subject to change. Contact officials before your big day to make sure your wedding goes off without any hitches!

requireMeNTS FOr OBTaiNiNG a MarriaGe LiCeNSe Both parties must go to the Parish Clerk’s Office to obtain the license. if both parties are unable to appear, the application may be signed by one or both before a notary. Military exception: Individual appearing may present a copy of the other applicant’s military ID. Must bring proper identification: a current driver’s license, current state iD or passport. Both parties must provide Social Security numbers. Both parties must provide certified copies of a birth certificate or a certified birth card. if either party has been divorced, a certified copy of the final divorce decree is required. if widowed, a certified copy of the former spouse’s death certificate is required. There is a 72 hour waiting period between issuing of the license and the ceremony. The license is valid for 30 days after issued.

BriaN Jarreau PhOTOGraPhY

area COurThOuSeS You can obtain a marriage license at any courthouse in the state. here are the courthouses in Southeast Louisiana: OrLeaNS PariSh (east Bank) (504) 593-5100 Benson Tower 1450 Poydras, Suite 407 New Orleans, La 70112 $27.50 Cash or Check Hours: M-F, 8:15am-3:15pm (excluding state holidays)

ST. JOhN PariSh (985)-497-3331 2393 hwy 18 (river road) edgard, La 70049 • $37.50 Cash or Money Order Only Hours: M-F, 8:30am - 4pm (excluding legal holidays)

OrLeaNS PariSh (West Bank) (504) 407-0436 225 Morgan St. room 201 (inside algiers Court house) New Orleans, La 70114 • $27.50 Cash Only Hours: M-F, 9am-3pm (excluding state holidays)

ST. TaMMaNY PariSh (985) 809-8745 701 N. Columbia St. Grand Floor by elevator Covington, La 70433 • $25 - Cash Only

JeFFerSON PariSh (east Bank) (504) 736-6390 Joseph S. Yenni Building 1221 elmwood Park Blvd., room 603 harahan, La 70121 • $29.40 Cash Only Hours: M-F, 8:30am - 4pm (excluding legal holidays)

ST. CharLeS PariSh (985) 783-6632 15045 river road hahnville, La 70057 • $35 Cash, Check or Money Order Hours: M-F, 8:30am - 4pm (excluding legal holidays)

JeFFerSON PariSh (West Bank) (504) 364-2922 or (504) 364-2923 Gretna Courthouse 200 Derbigny St., Third Floor Gretna, La 70053 • $27.50 Cash Only Hours: M-F, 8:30am - 4pm (excluding legal holidays) PLaqueMiNeS PariSh (West Bank) (504) 297-5180 301 Main St., Suite 108 Belle Chasse, La 70037 • $30 Cash Only ST. BerNarD PariSh (504) 271-3434 1101 West St. Bernard highway Chalmette, La 70043 • $25 Cash or Check

WaShiNGTON PariSh (985) 839-7821 Courthouse Building Corner of Washington and Main Franklinton, La 70438 • $30 Cash or Check TaNGiPahOa PariSh (985) 748-4146 110 N. Bay St. amite, La 70422 • $35 Cash, Check and Credit Cards TerreBONNe PariSh (985) 873-8376 310 Church St. houma, La 70360 • $40 Cash Only LaFOurChe PariSh (985) 447-4841 303 West 3rd St. Thibodaux, LA 70301 • $35 Cash Only

(above information believed to be accurate at time of printing. Contact your parish officials prior to your visit to assure most up-to-date information.) | N.O.W. | 137

To-Do Before I Do D

o you feel as though you have a million things to do before you say, “I Do”? Not to worry. We’ve compiled a time line to help organize all your wedding events. Review the numerous wedding professionals at and let them help plan your perfect wedding.

Nine to Fifteen Months Prior • Announce engagement to family and friends and plan an engagement party • Choose wedding date, preferably more than one in case your preferred venue and/or vendor is booked • Select wedding attendants • Establish budget early, with maximum amounts for each event/vendor/etc. • Decide on the style, formality and guest-list size for the wedding • Select wedding planner • Reserve ceremony and reception location • Secure wedding officiant • Begin compiling guest list and mailing addresses • Start the selection process for wedding professionals, including photographer/videographer, entertainment, ceremony music, caterer, transportation, florist and stationery • Start the wedding gown and wedding attendants’ dress search • Consult travel agent for honeymoon plans. If traveling abroad, you will need valid passports and up-to-date immunizations


Six to Nine Months Prior • Select gift registries • Order wedding gown & accessories, including veil, shoes and undergarments (wear to fittings) • Order menswear for groom and attendants • Take engagement pictures • Select and order bridesmaids dresses, schedule fittings, etc. • Engagement party • Finalize wedding professionals: Baker

Party Rentals



Ceremony Music

Reception Entertainment



Other __________________________


Four to Six Months Prior • Finalize guest list and mail Save-the-Date announcement • Reserve rehearsal dinner location and/or caterers • Order wedding invitations and thank-you notes • Hire calligrapher • Create wedding website with directions, accommodations, local attractions and other wedding details • Reserve accommodations for wedding night and out-of-town guests. • Book honeymoon and finalize travel documentations, if necessary • Order wedding cake, groom’s cake and any other confections • Research all legal requirements — permits + licenses • Purchase/rent any decor to be used during the ceremony and/or reception eau claire photographics


Two to Four Months Prior • Purchase wedding bands and have engraved if desired • Order favors and gifts. Purchase cake knives, toasting crystals and other accessories • Mail out-of-town invitations • reserve wedding day beauty appointments for bride and attendants • Select wedding readings • Confirm menu selection and/or bar with caterer • Book specialty services, including photo booth, ice sculptures, rentals, Second Line, etc. • Continue writing thank you notes for previous bridal parties, couple showers, etc.

One Week Before • Schedule pick-up and return of groom’s and groomsmens’ attire, if rented • Prepare final checks to wedding vendors, as well as donations to ceremony officiants and musicians, if necessary

The Day Before • Welcome family and friends from out-of-town • have honeymoon bags packed • Gather all wedding day items • attend rehearsal dinner and give gifts to wedding party and

Four to Six Weeks Prior • Mail local invitations • Take bridal portraits and have framed for reception display • Begin addressing wedding announcements • Pick up wedding rings • Complete name-change documents • Print ceremony programs • remember to update wedding website with any changes • review banking and insurance information and see what needs to be updated after you’re married • Fill out a Change-of-Address at post office, if necessary


W e d d i n g D ay

• arrange to see hairstylist and make-up artist BeFOre your attendants • Be dressed and ready about two hours before ceremony for photos


... saying “i DO” is the easy part!

Two Weeks Prior • Confirm all appointments and finalize professional services: Baker

Lodging Reservations

Beauty Appointments

Party Rentals



Ceremony Music

Reception Entertainment





Honeymoon Reservation


• arrange for pick-up of wedding gown, if you haven’t done so already • Plan seating arrangements, if necessary • Pick up marriage license • Plan honeymoon wardrobe, obtain travel tickets and confirm reservations • remember to update wedding website with any event changes

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The Buck $tops Here B

efore you say “i Do,” you need ask “how Much?” Traditionally, the bride’s family carries the majority of the financial responsibility. But with the cost of weddings growing as well as the average age of couples increasing, many couples are picking up some of the wedding expenses. Grooms’ families are also chipping in more than just the traditional rehearsal dinner and other small expenses. But no matter how the bill is divided, couples need to decide on a budget and stick with it.



Ceremony & Reception $____________ Ceremony Location $____________ Officiant’s Fee $____________ Marriage License $____________ reception Venue $____________ Caterer $____________ Bar $____________ rentals $____________ Cake $____________ Transportation $____________ Wedding Planner $____________ Estimated Cost $____________ Actual Cost



BUDGET $____________ Wedding Gown $____________ headpiece/Veil $____________ Shoes $____________ Trousseau/undergarments $____________ Jewelry $____________ hair & Makeup $____________ Groom’s Tuxedo/Suit $____________ Groom’s Shoes $____________ Wedding rings $____________ Other $____________ Estimated Cost $____________ Actual Cost

Flowers + Decor



Photography +Video


$____________ Photographer’s Fee BUDGET $____________ Videographer’s Fee $____________ engagement + Bridal Portrait Sessions $____________ Wedding album $____________ additional album(s) $____________ additional Prints + Video Copies $____________ Estimated Cost $____________ Actual Cost



$____________ Ceremony Music BUDGET $____________ reception Band/DJ $____________ Second Line $____________ artists (Live Painters, Photo Booth, etc) $____________ Estimated Cost $____________ Actual Cost



$____________ Ceremony Decor BUDGET $____________ Bridal Bouquet $____________ attendants’ Bouquets & Boutonnières $____________ Corsages & Boutonnières for Family $____________ reception Centerpieces/Decor $____________ Delivery Fees $____________ Other $____________ Estimated Cost $____________ Actual Cost


Stationery $____________ Save-the-Date BUDGET $____________ invitation & envelopes $____________ reply Cards & envelopes $____________ Programs $____________ Seating Cards and/or Menu Cards $____________ Thank-You Notes $____________ Postage $____________ Calligraphy $____________ announcements $____________ Other $____________ Estimated Cost $____________ Actual Cost

Details & Gifts BUDGET $____________ attendants’ Gifts $____________ Parents’ Gifts $____________ Guest room Welcome Gifts $____________ Favors $____________ Toasting glasses/Cake Knives $____________ Second Line umbrellas $____________ Guest Book $____________ Other $____________ Estimated Cost $____________ Actual Cost



My Vendors Ceremony Location

Bridal Boutique

Venue Name___________________________________________________________________________________ Co. Name/Contact Person_____________________________________________________________ address ________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Name________________________________________________________________________________ Co. Name/Contact Person_____________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ Venue Name___________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________

Tuxedo Rentals

Reception Location

address ________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ Co. Name/Contact Person_____________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Name________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________

Hair + Makeup

Rehearsal Dinner Location


Venue Name___________________________________________________________________________________ Co. Name/Contact Person_____________________________________________________________ address ________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Name________________________________________________________________________________

Wedding Planner

Ceremony Musicians

Co. Name/Contact Person_____________________________________________________________ Co. Name/Contact Person_____________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________

Decor Rentals

Reception Band/DJ

Co. Name/Contact Person_____________________________________________________________ Co. Name/Contact Person_____________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________


Reception Entertainment

Co. Name/Contact Person_____________________________________________________________ Co. Name/Contact Person_____________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________


Second Line

Co. Name/Contact Person_____________________________________________________________ Co. Name/Contact Person_____________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________



Co. Name/Contact Person_____________________________________________________________ Co. Name/Contact Person_____________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #___________________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________



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Wedding Planner A wedding planner will be your new best friend in the months leading up to your wedding day. Meet and interview some of New OrleansWeddings Magazine’s planners and choose the best fit for you. Discuss everything from design details down to the budget, and let them help make your dream wedding a reality.

What to Ask Prospects

Interview 3 potentials in each vendor category before making your selection.

• May we see references and your portfolio? • Tell us about previous weddings you’ve coordinated. • have you planned weddings similar to ours (size/traditions/ venues/etc)? • Do you base your fees on the total cost or by preset packages? • how can you help my wedding day run smoothly and stay

My Wedding Planner

on budget?

Name of Planner________________________________________________________________________

• What are your terms of payment?


• What is your cancellation policy?

Phone_______________________________________ Cell_________________________________________

What to Ask Yourself

email_________________________________________________________________________________________ Website____________________________________________________________________________________

• Does this planner “get” my vision?

appointment Dates__________________________________________________________________

• have they given me realistic options and advice?


• Do i feel comfortable with them? Do our personalities mesh?


• Do i like their overall style shown in their portfolio?


• Do they understand the religious and/or cultural traditions

__________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________

that are important to us?


• am i comfortable with the cost of hiring them? • What about this planner makes me think they’re “the one”?

_________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Total Cost BUDGET


Deposit____________________________________________ Due On________________________Paid__________________________ Balance___________________________________________ Due On________________________Paid__________________________ estimated Cost__________________________________ actual Cost ________________________________________________


The Fine Print M

ake the right first impression with your guests and wow them with stationery that sets the tone and style of your big day.

What to Ask Prospects • May we see references, samples and your portfolio? • What style of invitations do you recommend for our wedding? • how long does it take to process orders? • Does the invitation i’m interested in require additional postage? • Can we get matching thank-you notes and stationery? • how many invitations should i order based on my guest list? • if i need to order additional invitations, what is the cost and how long will this take? • What customizations are available? • Can you recommend a calligrapher? • What are the payment terms?

My Stationer STUDIO TRAN

Company Name_______________________________________________________________________ Contat Name_____________________________________________________________________________ address____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone___________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________ Website____________________________________________________________________________________ important Dates________________________________________________________________________ Notes________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Don’t Forget • envelopes should be addressed by hand • record rSVPs to your Master Guest List • record the dates of each mailing

Total Cost BUDGET


Save-the-Dates $_______________ invitations & envelopes $_______________ reply Cards & envelopes $_______________ Programs$_______________ Seating Cards and/or Menu Cards $_______________ Thank-You Notes $_______________ Postage $_______________ Calligraphy$_______________ announcements $_______________ Other $_______________ Deposit $_______________ Balance $_______________ Total $_______________ | N.O.W. | 143

The Beautiful Bride N.O.W. the fun begins — the search for the perfect wedding gown and styling your wedding day

look. Be sure to choose a dress that looks and feels like it was made just for you. Be realistic about your budget and let your bridal boutique attendant know both the style and price range you’re looking for. But remember, this is all about you. Don’t let outside opinions get between you and your dream dress! Choose a hair style and makeup that make you feel amazing and complement your gown!

What to Ask Bridal Shops • Do you have any gowns in stock, or must they be ordered? • Can you guarantee a delivery date? How far in advance do I need to place my order? • How many fittings should I schedule? • Do my attendants need to be here in person to order their dresses? • When can you offer alterations and fittings? Can you make last-minute alterations? • What is your return policy? • What are your payment terms? Name of Boutique____________________________________________________________________ Main Contact___________________________________________________________________________ Address____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_______________________________________________________________________________________ Email_________________________________________________________________________________________ Website_____________________________________________________________________________________ My Gown Details Designer_______________________________________________Size______________________________ Style___________________________________________Color______________________________________ Veil/Headpiece Style + Color___________________________________________________ Foundation Wear Style + Size___________________________________________________ Shoe Style + Size_______________________________________________________________________ Accessories_______________________________________________________________________________ Appointment Dates Order Date_______________________________Fittings___________________________________ Final Fitting ______________________________Pick-Up___________________________________ Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

What to Ask Hair + Makeup Artists • Can I see your portfolio? How long have you been doing hair and/or makeup professionally? Are you licensed? • Do you offer both hair + makeup services? • Can you provide services for everyone in my bridal party? What are the fees? Are there any minimums? • What time will you need to start on the wedding day? • Do you offer on-site applications or in salon only? • Are there any travel fees? • How much is a trial run? When is this scheduled? • What are your payment terms? • What is your cancellation policy? Name of Company____________________________________________________________ Main Contact____________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________ Phone________________________________________________________________________________ Email__________________________________________________________________________________ Website______________________________________________________________________________ Appointments____________________________________________________________________ Notes_________________________________________________________________________________

Bride’s Look Total Cost BUDGET


Gown: Order Number____________________ $____________ Veil/Headpiece: Order Number____________________ $____________ Foundation Wear: Order Number____________________ $____________ Shoes: Order Number____________________ $____________ Accessories: Order Number____________________ $____________ Attire Deposit: Due On_____________ $____________ Attire Balance: Due On_____________ $____________ Hair + Makeup Deposit: Due On_____________ $____________ Hair + Makeup Balance: Due On_____________ $____________


Always a Bridesmaid

Traditionally, attendants pay for their own attire, but the shopping is usually done in a group with the Bride taking the lead on style, shape and color. It’s important to choose styles and hues that flatter each attendant. And don’t forget to coordinate shoes and accessories.


Maid of Honor________________________________________________________ Designer, Style+ Color___________________________________________

Name of Boutique___________________________________________________________________


Main Contact___________________________________________________________________________




Phone_______________________________________________________________________________________ Email_________________________________________________________________________________________




Appointment Dates


Order Date_______________________________Fittings___________________________________

Designer, Style+ Color___________________________________________

Final Fitting ______________________________Pick-Up___________________________________







Flower Girl(s)________________________________________________________ Designer, Style+ Color___________________________________________ Accessories____________________________________________________________ Shoes_____________________________________________________________________


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Well-Groomed The task for selecting the groom’s attire is his decision.

Whether purchased or rented, his attire should complement the time and feel of your wedding as well as your gown and bridal party’s attire!

GROOM’S ATTIRE Name of Company___________________________________________________________________

What to Ask • What type of attire do you suggest based on the time,

Main Contact___________________________________________________________________________ address____________________________________________________________________________________

date, location and formailty of our event?


• Do you have the attire that we want in stock or does it


need to be ordered?


• are shoes and accessories included in the price? • how far in advance do we need to make reservations?

Order Date_______________________________Fitting______________________________________

• Do the members of the groom’s party need to be fitted

Pick-up ______________________________return____________________________________________

in person? Do you offer fittings, pressings and last minute

Basic Measurements

alterations? • When does the attire need to be returned?

Coat Size_____________________________________________________________ S r L XL Pants (waist)_____________________________(outseam)________________________________

• What is your damage policy? • What are your payment terms?

Shirt (neck)________________________________(sleeve length)_______________________

• What is your cancellation policy?

Shoe Size__________________________________________________________________________________ height + Weight_______________________________________________________________________

Total Cost BUDGET


Main Ensemble:$_____________ Accessories: $_____________

S tyle + Colors

Deposit: Due On_____________ $_____________ Balance: Due On_____________ $_____________

Total $___________ PHOTO: STUDIO TRAN


All the Groom’s Men The Groom’s attendants’ attire should provide a pleasing addition to the bridal party. Their suits or tux-

edos can be purchased or rented along with the Groom’s ensemble. The cost of the suit is usually the responsibility of each attendant. Name of Company___________________________________________________________________ Main Contact___________________________________________________________________________ address____________________________________________________________________________________

S tyle + Colors

Phone_______________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________ Website_____________________________________________________________________________________ Order Date_______________________________Fitting______________________________________ Pick-up ______________________________return____________________________________________ Notes ________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________

Attire Best Man______________________________________________________________________ Style + Color______________________________________________________________ accessories________________________________________________________________ Shoes__________________________________________________________________________ Fitting______________________________Pick-up______________________________ GroomsMen ________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ Style + Color______________________________________________________________ accessories________________________________________________________________ Shoes__________________________________________________________________________ Fitting_____________________________Pick-up________________________________ Ushers _________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ Style + Color______________________________________________________________ accessories________________________________________________________________ Shoes__________________________________________________________________________ Fitting______________________________Pick-up______________________________ Ring Bearer(s)______________________________________________________________ Style + Color______________________________________________________________ accessories________________________________________________________________ Shoes__________________________________________________________________________ Fitting______________________________Pick-up______________________________


Bon Appétit If there is no on-site caterer at your reception location, the catering professionals in New OrleansWeddings

Magazine are among the very best in the business. Do your research, accept recommendations and be sure to taste-test! a full-service caterer provides linen services, waiters and table service. Choose one who will listen to your ideas and help plan a menu for a delightful, memorable event. Name of Company___________________________________________________________________ Main Contact___________________________________________________________________________ address____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_______________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________ Website_____________________________________________________________________________________ appointment Dates_________________________________________________________________ Notes ______________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Menu hors d’oeuvres________________________________________________________________________ Salads, Soups________________________________________________________________________ Main entrées________________________________________________________________________ Sides________________________________________________________________________ Carving Station_______________________________________________________________________ Specialty Station________________________________________________________________________ Dessert________________________________________________________________________ Other________________________________________________________________________ Other________________________________________________________________________

What to Ask Prospects • May we see a menu and package samples? • Will you be at the reception? Who will be assisting? how will your staff be dressed? • How many servers do we need for a seated/buffet reception? What is the estimated cost per person for each? What does that include? • How much floor space do you need for preparation, serving and bar service? • are you licensed/insured for bar service? • What is the bar fee? What does that include? how many bars and bartenders can you provide? • What amount of liquor do you recommend based on our guest list? • Will we be charged for unopened bottles/can it be returned? • What bar supplies do you provide? • Can you provide cash/open bar services? • What time will the bars close? • When will we need to finalize our menu? • When do you need a final guest count? • Can you provide special dietary food? • What are the taxes and gratuities? Are there any additional fees? • how much set up time do you need? are you full-service? • how is the food presented? Do you provide any decor for buffet tables?

Open Bar: Yes (

) No (


• are we able to do a tasting? if yes, when?

Cash Bar: Yes (

) No (


• What are the payment terms?

Signature Cocktail(s)______________________________________________________________

• What is the cancellation policy?

Liquor(s) served_______________________________________________________________ Wine(s) served_______________________________________________________________ Beer(s) served_______________________________________________________________ Other_______________________________________________________________

Total Cost BUDGET


Deposit: Due On_____________ $_________________ Balance: Due On_____________ $_________________



Let Them Eat Cake o matter how big, stylish or expensive your wedding is, it won’t be complete without a wedding N cake. Choosing your pastry chef is an important task that requires some hard work: taste testing! Don’t forget to order a groom’s cake and/or additional sheet cakes for a larger reception.

What to Ask Prospects • May we see your portfolio and hear about your culinary background? Do you offer tastings? • how soon should we order our cake? are delivery and set-up included? if so, how far in advance before the reception will the cake be delivered? • Can you create a custom wedding and/or groom’s cake from a photograph, fabric swatch, flower, etc.? • Can you make extra sheet cakes, if necessary? • Do you provide cutting instructions for servers? • Do you supply a container to freeze the top layer? Boxes for left-over cake? • is there a charge for supports or bases? if so, may we return them and be refunded? • What are your payment terms? Name of Company_________________________________________________________________________________________ Main Contact___________________________________________________________________________________________________ address____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ email_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Website_______________________________________________________________________________________________________ appointment Dates__________________________________________________________________________________________ Wedding Cake Description/Flavors_________________________________________________________________________________________ Number of Servings_________________________________________________________________________________________ Groom’s Cake Description/Flavors_________________________________________________________________________________________ Number of Servings_________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes_________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Total Cost



Deposit: Due On________________$___________________ Balance: Due On______________ $___________________

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Flowers + Decor Flowers and other decor set the tone for your wedding. Your decor should reflect the season, your personal style, as well as your budget. Before contacting a florist or decor rental company, organize ideas, color palettes and pictures of what you envision for your wedding and let our New OrleansWeddings Magazine vendors help create your vision!

What to Ask Floral Prospects

What to Ask Decor Prospects

• May we see pictures from past weddings you’ve done?

• May we see pictures from past weddings you’ve done?

• Are any of our flower choices restricted by season?

- What are your delivery/setup/breakdown fees?

• Do you suggest any particular flowers based on the time

• What rental items do you suggest to help us create our

of year and/or location?

vision while staying within budget?

• Will you be present to set up on the wedding day? Will

• Will you be present to oversee set up on the wedding

someone assist you?


• Do you provide decorations and equipment, like arches,

• are you insured? What are your policies for damages?

trellises, candles, etc?

• how early do you need to arrive for setup?

• How fresh will the flowers be on the wedding day?

• When should we expect to receive a quote and decor

- What are your delivery/setup/breakdown fees?


• What are your payment terms?

• What are your payment terms?

• What is your policy for cancellation?

• What is your policy for cancellation?

Name of Company___________________________________________________________________

Name of Company___________________________________________________________________

Main Contact___________________________________________________________________________

Main Contact___________________________________________________________________________









appointment Dates___________________________________________________________________

appointment Dates___________________________________________________________________

Notes ______________________________________________________________________________________

Notes ______________________________________________________________________________________





Total Cost BUDGET


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Memories Captured Capture those once-in-a-lifetime memories with professional photography and video! Make sure your photographer and videographer will catch all the important aspects of your wedding. You need to decide on this service as soon as possible in the planning phase to be sure you get the best available.

What to Ask Prospects • May we see your references, portfolio and past wedding samples? • Will you be the one photographing/videoing my wedding? • What style do you specialize in (candid, portraits, etc.)? • have you ever worked in our wedding venue before? • Will someone assist you on the wedding day? • are you familiar with the lighting and layout at our venue(s)? • What are your packages and what do they include (number and size of photos, albums, additional costs)? • For videographer, what is the price for additional copies? Do we need to provide a song list to be played along with the video? • Do you offer overtime? What is the rate? • Can we purchase the negatives/digital files? If not, how long do you keep them on file? • What are your payment terms? are there any additional charges we should know about? • What is your cancellation policy? Photography Company________________________________________________________________________ Main Contact________________________________________________________________________________________ address____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_______________________________________________________________________________________ email_________________________________________________________________________________________ BRIAN JARREAU PHOTOGRAPHY Website_____________________________________________________________________________________ appointment Dates_______________________________________________________________________________ Notes ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Video Company_____________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Main Contact_________________________________________________________________________ address_________________________________________________________________________________ Phone____________________________________________________________________________________ BUDGET email______________________________________________________________________________________ Website_________________________________________________________________________________ Photographer: ____________________ $____________ appointment Dates________________________________________________________________ Deposit: Due On____________________ $____________ Notes _____________________________________________________________________________________ Balance: Due On____________________ $____________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Videographer: ____________________ $____________

Total Cost


Deposit: Due On____________________ $____________ Balance: Due On____________________ $____________


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Rehearsal Dinner he rehearsal normally takes place the day before the wedding. The rehearsal Dinner is the time to T reflect and enjoy the company of close friends and family before tomorrow’s big event. It’s a wonderful time to present gifts to family members and the wedding party and thank them for supporting you during all of your wedding festivities. restaurants, hotels and other establishments in New OrleansWeddings Magazine are some of the most beautiful in the country. Visit some of our amazing vendors and sample what they have to offer!

Rehearsal Date __________________________________________________________________________ Location_____________________________________________________________________ Time__________________________________to_____________________________________ Confirmed with location coordinator______________________ On_______________________________________________________________________ Confirmed with officiant___________________________________________ On_______________________________________________________________________

Rehearsal Dinner Location_____________________________________________________________________ Main Contact____________________________________________________________ Phone______________________________Website_____________________________ appointment date(s)_________________________________________________ Cocktail hour time________________________to________________________ Dinner begin at________________and ends at______________________ Notes ________________________________________________________________________

Menu Cocktails/bar: ________________________________________________________________


Total Cost BUDGET


Cost Per Head $____________Total $________________

Appetizers: ______________________________________________________________________

Bar (if applicable) $________________

Salad + Soup: ___________________________________________________________________

Deposit: Due On____________________ $________________

Entrées: ____________________________________________________________________________

Balance: Due On____________________$________________

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Total $_____________

The Ceremony

This is the day the two of you have been waiting for — today is the reason for all of your hard work. after

you walk down the aisle as a married couple, you’ll know that all of your planning was worth it!

What to Ask Prospects • is the facility open to non-members (e.g., Church , Synagogue, etc.) • are there any restrictions on the day or time of the event? • are there any restrictions for lighting, cameras, audio/video equipment? • how far in advance should we reserve this site? • is there a mandatory dress code and/or attendant number? • Do you have musicians available? Will we be permitted to use outside musicians? • are we permitted to decorate the site? • are there rest/dressing rooms? • is the site handicap accessible? • What are the payment terms? • What is the cancellation policy?

Officiant Name______________________________________________________________________________ address___________________________________________________________________________ Phone______________________________________________________________________________ email_______________________________________________________________________________ appointment date(s)______________________________________________________ • Will you perform the ceremony at a non-religious site, such as hotel ballroom, etc.? • is there a standard format? Can we write our own vows and select the music? • if we have been divorced, or if we are not of the same faith, will you officiate? • Will you file the marriage license after the wedding? • What are the payment terms? • What is the cancellation policy?


Officiant Balance: Due On___________________ $______________

Name______________________________________________________________________________ address___________________________________________________________________________ Phone______________________________________________________________________________ email_______________________________________________________________________________ appointment date(s)______________________________________________________ Song Choices Processional___________________________________________________________________ recessional_____________________________________________________________________ Presentation of Gifts/religious______________________________________ • May we see references and a demo cd/video? • are you performing locally any time soon? May we attend the performance? • Can we see a song list? Can you perform particular songs we might want that are not on the list? • What instruments/vocalists are available? • are you able to perform in outdoor venues if needed?

Musicians Deposit: Due On___________________ $______________

• how far in advance must we book?

Our Ceremony Location Name______________________________________________________________________________ Main Contact__________________________________________________________________ address___________________________________________________________________________ Phone______________________________________________________________________________ email_______________________________________________________________________________ appointment date(s)______________________________________________________

Total Cost BUDGET


Ceremony Site Deposit: Due On___________________ $______________ Ceremony Site Balance: Due On____________________$______________ Officiant Deposit: Due On___________________ $______________

Musicians Balance: Due On___________________ $______________


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The Reception

This will be one of the most elaborate parties you will ever host. it is also the ideal time to thank your family members, friends and guests for being there with you throughout the exciting festivities. Before making your final choice, ask yourself if this location fits your wedding style. Is it within your established budget? If not, are you willing to compromise your budget to secure the location?

What To Ask Prospects

Name of Venue_________________________________________________________________________

• is this location easily reached from our ceremony venue? • is there an outdoor reception area available? • is this location handicap accessible? is parking available? • Will there be any changes to the location between now and the reception? • What are the menus/prices/packages available? • What are your payment terms? • What is your cancellation policy?


Main Contact___________________________________________________________________________ Phone_______________________________________________________________________________________ email________________________________________________________________________________________ Website____________________________________________________________________________________ appointment date(s)_______________________________________________________________ hours of Operation__________________________________________________________________ Dates available________________________________________________________________________

What To Ask The Location’s Coordinator/Manager • May we see references and photographs of other receptions held here? • May we tour the area? Are there any specific restrictions? • how far in advance must reservations be made? When do you need the final guest count? • What area/rooms are available? how early can we set up? how late can we stay? • is there a dressing room our wedding party will have access to? • are there enough electrical outlets for our entertainers? Do you provide any type of sound system? are there any lighting or sound restrictions? • How large is the dance floor? Can you provide a stage or raised platform? • Do you provide tables, chairs, linens and/or table settings? • Do you have a caterer on site? Bar service? are we required to use the on-site caterer or is an off-site caterer permitted? Will they have access to your kitchen? • Who will be the main contact for our baker, florist, caterer, decorator, etc.? • Will you provide the serving staff? How many and in what capacity? PHOTO: IMAGES BY ROBERT T


• Can you provide parking valets, coat check and/or door attendants? • What is the maximum capacity, both seated and standing? • Do you have any other events scheduled on the day of the wedding? • are you insured for liability? Will you provide security, including the parking lot? • What is your rental fee? For how long? Does that include service, catering and/or clean-up? • What are your payment terms? • What is your cancellation policy?

Total Cost BUDGET


Deposit: Due On____________________ $_________________ Balance: Due On____________________$_________________

Total $______________


Whether you’re “a little bit country” or he’s “a little bit

rock ‘n’ roll,” the entertainment needs to be accommodating to please you, your family and guests. New Orleans musicians can provide that versatility from classical-music ensembles to funk bands. You might also choose to have additional entertainment, such as a photo booth or live event painter at your wedding! Choose your entertainment with as much care as you would do with other items in your wedding.

What To Ask Band/DJ Prospects • May we see references and a demo cd/video? • are you performing locally any time soon? May we attend the performance? • Can we see a song list? Can you perform particular songs we want that are not on the list? • how will you be dressed? • Do you provide lighting/special effects? • how far in advance must we book? • Will you be the master of ceremonies at the reception? • how many breaks do you take and for how long? Do you require a break room and/or food to be provided? • how many sets do you play and how long is each set? • Do you charge a total rate or by the hour? • When do you start overtime rates? how much? • What are the payment terms? • What is the cancellation policy?

What To Ask Other Prospects • What is included with your service? • how many hours are included? • how much space do you require for setup? When will you arrive to set up? • how will you be dressed? • how far in advance must we book? • Do you charge a total rate or by the hour? • When do you start overtime rates? how much? • What are the payment terms? • What is the cancellation policy? Name __________________________________________________________________________________ Main Contact______________________________________________________________________ address________________________________________________________________________________

Name __________________________________________________________________________________


Main Contact______________________________________________________________________





appointment Date(s)___________________________________________________________





appointment Date(s)___________________________________________________________


Set Time______________________________________________________________________________


Break Time__________________________________________________________________________ hourly/Flat rate_________________________________________________________________ Overtime/Tips_____________________________________________________________________ Notes__________________________________________________________________________________

Total Cost




Band/DJ Deposit: Due On____________________ $________________

Special Songs

Band/DJ Balance: Due On____________________$________________

First Dance___________________________________________________________________________ Parents’ Dance_____________________________________________________________________

Add’l Entertainment Deposit: Due On____________________ $________________

Bridal Party Dance First Dance___________________________________________

Add’l Entertainment Balance : Due On____________________$_______________

Special requests___________________________________________________________________

Total $_____________


Transportation M

any of your out-of-town guests will need transportation for all of the wedding events. New Orleans has a variety of luxurious limousine services. Be sure to sign a contract and establish a complete schedule of pick-up and drops-off times and locations.

What To Ask Prospects • May we see references and showroom/portfolio of vehicles offered? • What types of vehicles do you offer? • What special features do the vehicles come with? • What are the prices and what does that include? • What is your city-license number? • What does your insurance cover? • What is the minimum rental time? Do you charge for overtime? When does that begin and how much? • Do you offer special wedding rates and/or packages? • how far in advance should we reserve your services? • Can you guarantee certain vehicles for the wedding day? • are food and beverages allowed in the vehicles? • how will the driver(s) be dressed? • What are your payment terms? • What is your cancellation policy?

Name of Company___________________________________________________________________ Main Contact___________________________________________________________________________ address____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_______________________________________________________________________________________ email________________________________________________________________________________________ Website____________________________________________________________________________________ appointment Date(s)________________________________________________________________ hours of Operation__________________________________________________________________ Notes________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________

Transportation Chosen Bride_______________________________________________________________________________________________________$________________ Bridal Party____________________________________________________________________________________________$________________ Groom and Groom’s attendants___________________________________________________________$________________ Parents___________________________________________________________________________________________________$_______________ Newlyweds to reception________________________________________________________________________$_______________

Total Cost BUDGET


Deposit: Due On____________________ $_______________ Balance: Due On____________________$_______________

Total $____________

Newlyweds’ exit vehicle ________________________________________________________________________$_______________ Other______________________________________________________________________________________________________$_______________



oneymoon H

Don’t wait until the last minute to decide where, when and how long your

honeymoon will be. if you don’t have a “dream” location in mind, consult a travel agency to help plan your romantic excursion.

What To Ask Prospects • how long have you been in business?

Name of Company___________________________________________________________________

• What special packages and rates can you offer

Main Contact___________________________________________________________________________

for our honeymoon?


• Do you have a honeymoon registry?


• how far in advance must we make reservations


and arrangements?


• Do you offer cruises, air travel, car rental and other types of reservations as well?

appointment Date___________________________________________________________________

• What paper work will we need for specific travel

hours of Operation__________________________________________________________________



• Do you notify the manager of the hotel that we


are newly weds?


• Do you offer traveler’s insurance? • What are your payment terms? • What is your cancellation policy?

__________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________

Honeymoon Itinerary

Hotel________________________________________________________Confirmation Number________________________ address____________________________________________________Phone_________________________________________________ email___________________________________________________Website___________________________________________________ Check-in Date/Time____________________________________________________________________________________________ Check-Out Date/Time_________________________________________________________________________________________ Transportation_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Names on travel reservations must match what is on your government issued ID PHOTO: STUDIO TRAN


Total Cost BUDGET


Deposit: Due On____________________ $________________ Balance: Due On____________________$________________

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Gambino’s Bakery ................................................... ...93


Bustles and Bows Bridal Boutique ..................... 116 John’s Tuxedos ............................................................121 Ladies and Gents Formal Wear ............................121 Pearl’s Place .................................................................121 Southern Bridal ......................................................... 116 The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe ......................... 116 Town & Country Bridal..............................................117


Cafe Royale ..................................................................33 Messina's Catering ..................................................... 27 Pigeon Caterers...........................................................39


Event Rental............................................................... 100 Firefly Ambiance Candles & Decor ..................102 Party Rentals Delivered ...........................................99 Royal Event Rental .....................................................99


GoGo Booth ..............................................................108 Tres Bien Jazz .............................................................108 The Phunky Monkeys .............................................109 The Social Booth........................................................108


Bella Blooms Floral ...................................................97 Grow With Us ..............................................................96 Nola Flora ...................................................................102


Beau Rivage Resort & Casino .................................81 DoubleTree by Hilton.................................................72 Hyatt Centric................................................................62 Loews Hotel .................................................................... 8 Maison Dupuy ...............................................................61 Royal Sonesta..................................................................9 The Columns Hotel .....................................................41


Dazzle Doll....................................................................125 Makeup by Meggan .................................................125 Revive The Lakeview Hair Salon ........................ 124 True Beauty...................................................................125


Abbey Printing .............................................................91 Eternally Nola ...........................................................120 Rudman's Gifts .............................................................91


Brian Jarreau Photography ...................................126 Dyle Films ........................................................................ 1 Eau Claire Photographics .....................................130 GK Photography .......................................................127 Images by Robert T ................................................... 131 North Photography & Video................................IFC Prince Photography...................................................126 Studio Tran .................................................................130 Your Day Production................................................130


Algiers Auditorium .................................................... 60 Beau Rivage Resort & Casino..................................81 Club XLIV & Encore....................................................19 DoubleTree by Hilton ................................................ 72 Eiffel Society ................................................................. 73 English Turn Country Club......................................44 Felicity Church ............................................................79 Generations Hall ......................................................... 57 Hard Rock Cafe' ..........................................................33 Hyatt Centric................................................................62 Loews Hotel .................................................................... 8 Maison Dupuy Hotel...................................................61 Messina’s at the Terminal......................................... 27 Pat O’s on the River ....................................................41 Rosy's Jazz Hall ............................................................63 Royal Palm .....................................................................78 Royal Sonesta ................................................................. 9 Steamboat Natchez....................................................43 The Chicory .................................................................45 The Columns Hotel ....................................................41 The Elms Mansion .................................................... 80 The Federal Ballroom ..............................................63 The Monastery.............................................................39 Trinity Banquets & Receptions ..............................56


Alchemy Events .........................................................103 Belladeaux Events .....................................................101 Event Rental............................................................... 100 Nirvana Weddings ......................................................33


Clarion Herald ........................................................... 134

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Happily Ever After

PHOTO: North Photography

"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens." - Carl Jung

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