There’s just something special about New Orleans! From the mouth-watering southern creole food to the beautiful French-inspired architecture and plentiful stories about the supernatural, NOLA is one of the most interesting, and entertaining, cities in America. So it isn’t a surprise that some couples want to bring the best aspects of New Orleans into their wedding style; it’s a surefire way to have a wedding that is simultaneously an elegant affair and a wild party! We absolutely love the idea, so we’ve come up with some tips for you to create the best New Orleans style wedding ever!
1. Remember the Culture!
The best word to describe New Orleans would be eclectic. There are so many different types of people who lead such unique lives, which creates a culture that never stops bringing new surprises! For a wedding in the style of this great city, you first want to take into account the history of New Orleans: it was first established by the French, which explains the architecture and many other aspects of the city. Adding some Parisian-esque style to your wedding is a great way to set the stage for the image you’re creating. We love the idea of fleur-de-lis cufflinks, it’s such a great and classy way to add some flash to the groom’s look.
2. Make It Musical
In New Orleans, jazz is king! Simply put, you cannot have a New Orleans wedding without some lively jazz music! If possible, try to hire a live jazz band that will play with you as you’re walking from the ceremony to the reception, in a similar fashion to the Second Line Parades common in New Orleans. New Orleans is called The Big Easy for a reason, so take it easy and enjoy dancing with your new spouse late into the night.
3. Feed the Tradition
After a day of drinking and dancing, you and your guests need to replenish your energy on some New Orleans flare! A king cake, traditionally served on Mardi Gras, is such a fun way to bring New Orleans into your wedding. Whoever finds the baby hidden in the cake will have luck and prosperity, so hopefully, you or your spouse are the finders! In addition to a king cake, you absolutely must have beignets! These delicious deep fried French pastries are synonymous with New Orleans and are the perfect sweet treat for your big day!
4. Dress the Part
You have some great options when it comes to New Orleans style dress! You can go French romantic, boho-witchy and flirty, or go for the southern belle look! Including lace somewhere in your ensemble is a good way to bring in some New Orleans style and give it a classically beautiful feel.
Having a New Orleans style wedding doesn’t mean you have to travel to Louisiana, you just have to keep in mind a few key factors that really bring New Orleans to wherever you want it to be! Like a wedding, the city is all about good food, good friends, and good times, making weddings and New Orleans a perfect combo!
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