New Orleans Destination Weddings are becoming more and more popular these days. Even places like New York City and Hawaii don’t attract as many wedding couples as NOLA does! Not only is it a city teeming with poly-culture (think French, Spanish, Congolese, Haitian, Native American, Creole, Latino, Sicilian, Anglo-Americans, and many others), it’s also VERY well known for its food, music, and fun.
THE NEW ORLEANS EXPERIENCE
Foodies flock to New Orleans for their Destination Weddings in startling numbers because it’s one of the culinary capitals of the US! We’ve been to nearly all 50 states and we can vouch that New Orleans definitely has the best eats in the country! Start your day off with a steaming cup of quintessential New Orleans’ Chicory Coffee and fresh, hot Beignets (kind of like donut without the hole) served up at the famous Cafe Du Monde or other well-known coffee shops in the French Quarter. Then follow your nose and your stomach to any of the hundreds of amazing restaurants or food trucks located all over the city. A fantastic way to spend a few days before or after your wedding, is just walking around, taste testing all the different foods available…well, maybe you want to do that after the wedding or your dress might not fit anymore!
And then there’s the jazz! Wherever you go in New Orleans, music will find you. Street performers playing on the corners, jazz clubs all over the city—we even have the New Orleans Jazz Museum that tells the stories of famous jazz musicians, such as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Buddy Bolden, Ellis Marsalis, and Fats Domino. If you love music—not just jazz, either—you’ll find plenty of it here! Check out some of the best known jazz clubs while you’re in town—d.b.a., Fritzel’s in the French Quarter, or The Spotted Cat.
And what could be a cooler way to get around the city than taking a Trolley? New Orleans, like San Francisco, has no subway system, so hopping on a Trolley to get around the city is what all the cool kids do! Easy to get on and off, the New Orleans streetcar system offers up a unique view of the all of the city’s well-known neighbourhoods, from the French Quarter to the Garden District.
NEW ORLEANS DESTINATION WEDDINGS
Around 80% of the weddings we shoot in New Orleans each year are destination weddings and we love that our clients come from all over to experience the culture and cuisine offered by our fine city! Besides the incredibly delicious food (and amazing chefs and caterers available for weddings), there are so many other great traditions to incorporate into a New Orleans Destination Wedding too. It can also be tough to decide where to begin, but we can definitely recommend some must-haves for your big day!
Since New Orleans is so well known for jazz music, one of the best ways to incorporate it into your wedding is with a Second Line—a jazz band that traditionally leads a parade through the streets after a wedding or funeral. Typically, as soon as ceremony ends, the Second Line band is waiting at the end of the aisle, or just outside the venue, and they lead the bride and groom and their guests through the streets to upbeat jazz music. Hands down, our favorite Second Liners are Kinfolk! They are amazingly talented and so fantastic at getting everybody up and dancing! A Second Line is definitely a must-have if you’re looking for an authentic New Orleans experience.
New Orleans Destination weddings won’t be complete without some of our most famous New Orleans’ cocktails added into the mix at a cocktail bar! The New Orleans Old Fashioned (bitters, syrup, and bourbon) is a classic and, we aren’t sure why, but it tastes better here than anywhere else we’ve tried it. Maybe it’s the bitters, maybe it’s the bourbon? All we know is that it will tickle your tastebuds and leave your guests signalling the barkeep for another! And you haven’t lived until you’ve tried the famous French 75! It’s usually made with London Dry gin, lemon juice, syrup and champagne, but in NOLA, they make it with Cognac and it makes a world of difference. If you plan to have a cocktail bar at your wedding, you should definitely include the Old Fashioned and the French 75!
The most alluring and irresistible part of New Orleans Destination Weddings is definitely the wide variety of completely unique and eccentric wedding venues. Most of the buildings in the French Quarter and other parts of the city are old, European styles that are not typical of modern wedding venues. We have a plethora of restored churches, opera houses, and boutique hotels (that ooze culture and history) that have been converted into wedding venues. Even better, there are enough of them to offer something for every kind of taste and theme.
So what are you waiting for? Now that you know how amazing this city is for destination weddings, it’s time for you to get here! We can’t wait to chat with you about your big day and see what kind of magic we can make together!