In New Orleans, a wedding is more than just a one-day event – it’s a weekend celebration. The city has everything you could ask for on your special day. An incomparable blend of Southern hospitality, world-famous cuisine, and vibrant culture can make your New Orleans wedding an unforgettable event.
Unique New Orleans Wedding Venues
There is no shortage of extraordinary wedding venues in New Orleans. Whether you’re dreaming of a traditional service or a one-of-a-kind event, there’s a space to match your vision of the picture perfect wedding.
For a more classic ceremony, the city boasts more than 900 beautiful churches. From historic chapels to grand cathedrals, you have every option for your special day.
If you’re looking for something outside the steeple, New Orleans is full of romantic settings for a truly magical event. Exchange vows beneath the shade of centuries-old oak tree. Say “I do” on a rooftop terrace overlooking the city skyline, or tucked away in a French Quarter courtyard with fountains and exposed brick.
For natural beauty, host your wedding at a historic plantation or take your guests aboard a Mississippi riverboat. Both settings provide an enchanting backdrop for your quintessential New Orleans wedding.
Unique New Orleans Wedding Traditions
Don’t forget to invite the rich history of New Orleans to your wedding - the city’s unique traditions add a personal touch to your wedding plans that make your big day unforgettably fun.
A wedding cake pull is a time-honored New Orleans tradition and a great way to get your loved ones involved during the reception. Cake pulls are small charms or party favors that are attached to a ribbon and tucked between the layers of wedding cake. Bakeries, such as Haydel's and Joe Gambino's, will put the pulls into the cake themselves so you do not have to worry about them on your big day!
The charms are hidden with only the ribbon visible, and each charm can symbolize your own special well-wishes to your closest friends and family. Before the wedding cake is cut, gather them around and let each pull a ribbon to reveal their charm.
Many brides also choose to surprise their husbands with a special New Orleans treat - a Groom’s Cake. Served separate from the wedding cake, a Groom’s cake is a smaller cake of his favorite flavor that shows off a side of his personality, usually featuring his sports teams, hobbies, or interests.
Unique New Orleans Wedding Experiences
With over 37,000 hotel rooms, 1,400 restaurants, and a countless number of attractions in the New Orleans metropolitan area, your guests will be eager to make their way to the Big Easy. Most guests won’t hesitate to book their stay (perhaps even adding a few extra days to their trip) so they can fully experience the essence of New Orleans.
To make your wedding weekend an experience to remember, you can always add some local flavor to your big day. Celebrate your wedding weekend with a jazz brunch or a fun night on Bourbon Street. Enjoy live music on Frenchmen Street or explore the outdoors on a swamp tour.
No event in New Orleans is complete without delicious food, and you can savor the flavor of New Orleans at your reception with an assortment of mouth-watering regional flare – from jambalaya and seafood gumbo to bread pudding or Bananas Foster. Keep the dance floor rocking with entertainment from a local band. And be sure to wrap up your special day in style with a horse-drawn carriage or a traditional Second Line parade.
In a city known for its celebrations, your wedding is sure to be a fantastic party. Plan your wedding in New Orleans, where the good times always roll!
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