What a wonderful surprise it was when my husband surprised me with a short little get-away to New Orleans for our 2 Year Wedding Anniversary. Being as though I have never been to New Orleans before I was very excited to venture out and see what this city had to offer. My husband had been their previously this year on a business trip and liked it so much he thought he would return and this time bring me along too! We stayed at a beautiful hotel called the Royal Sonesta, located within the French Quarter right on Bourbon Street. We had a great room with a balcony overlooking bourbon street.
What a fabulous city! I am sure the first thing people think about when they hear New Orleans is Mardi Gras! Or possibly jazz clubs, or even Hurricane Katina I was pleasantly surprised how much this town had to offer. There is so much to see and do!
Some of the things I enjoyed:
- Convenience: Everything was in walking distance. If you liked to shop there is a fabulous mall. If you were interested in History, there are several Historical Museums such as: The National World War II Museum, the Confederate Museum, and many others. There is a large aquarium and what trip to New Orleans would be complete without a ride down the Mississippi on one of the beautiful riverboat tours.
- Food: The food was phenomenal, and affordable! Drinks as well! There are over 300 restaurants within the French Quarter so the possibilities are endless. Although we sampled many restaurants my favorite was Desire Oyster Bar! And my favorite after lunch pick me up Cafe Du Monde
- The Architecture: the photo ops for this city are endless! Every corner we turned there was another beautiful facade. Not to mention the breathtaking gas lamps! We took the St. Charles Street Car into the Garden District to take a closer look at all of the historic homes, and let me just say they were beautiful!
- People Watching We had a balcony overlooking bourbon street, which was wonderful for people watching!
Being that I plan events for a career it wouldn’t seem right if I didn’t mention something about how fabulous this city would be to get married in! It would be a wonderful destination wedding for any bride and groom that is looking to have a royal event!
With its beautiful architecture, centuries old oak trees and European ambiance, New Orleans is often called “the most romantic city in America.”
For those who wish a wedding with all of the trimmings, New Orleans offers magnificent Churches of every denomination. In addition, there are exquisite antebellum homes, elegant hotels, sumptuous courtyards, parks and pavilions or intimate bed and breakfasts to accommodate every taste, every budget. Experience a magical fairy-tail entrance for that special day as you arrive or depart in an elegant horse drawn carriage while your guests await you! Or how about a Second Line Parade? Yes your very own parade! What could make you feel more special then that.
A Second Line Parade is a tradition unique to the City of New Orleans. There are several different versions of the second lines history but my favorite is the most simple. The modern Second Line came about because during Mardi Gras people would follow their favorite “Main Line” or marching band through the streets. These fans and curious onlookers quickly became known as the “second line” or part two of a planned street parade.
What you need to know about the modern second line……
It is the most notable Tradition of all!
When in New Orleans, a newly married couple may choose to organize a Main Line parade to escort their guests from the ceremony to the reception
- Uniquely decorated umbrellas and cases are often used as props
- It is tradition for all second-liners to dance “unconventionally” and waive white handkerchiefs to the music being played. Ladies do not forget to bring an extra pain of comfy shoes.
- Second Line Parades can last up to an hour.
- The more thrilling of the Second Lines are led by a brass band. These require a bit more planning, but it is an absolutely unforgettable experience.
What a perfect way to cap off your Memorable New Orleans Wedding!
Other Traditions that are Unique to New Orleans:
- First up, the grooms cake. While the main wedding cake is what you would expect(well, mostly , more on that in a bit) the grooms cake is usually more creative and informal, taking on the form of, for instance a favorite hobby, the college he went to of his occupation. These cakes are often so gorgeously created that it is downright painful to see them get cut into.
- Regarding the main wedding cake, these are often adorned with another New Orleans tradition called cake pulls. Cake pulls generally consist of several short ribbons around a lower section of the cake. Single ladies chosen by the bride simultaneously each pull a ribbon, which are attached to small charms embedded in the cake that have a special meaning.
Many couples choose to have their vows exchanged in font of the prestigious St. Louis cathedral in the heart of the the French Quarter, in the middle of Audubon Park,
or dead center of Jackson Square. Some even select the beautiful Elms Mansion on St. Charles Ave.All of which are beautiful venues and then some! Here is a list of other Beautiful wedding Venues in New Orleans!
Looking for a special treat to send your guests home with: New Orleans is famous for their Pralines! Check out the Famous Praline Company!
Be sure to check out Marriage License Requirements before heading down there for your special day! Remember We Work for the Bride and would love to travel with you ANYWHERE!