In the tradition of the Old English rhyme, something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity. And whether you’re looking for something old, something borrowed, or something blue for your wedding, you will find it in New Orleans.

From old world charm to innovation, New Orleans has something for every couple. Who wouldn’t want a wedding in the city known for throwing the greatest free show on earth, Mardi Gras? Read on for our list of wedding ideas!

Something Old

Stepping into the French Quarter is like stepping back in time. Colonial Spanish architecture line the streets with elaborately intricate wrought iron balconies covered with flowers, or decorated for the season. Traditional Southern roots can be seen in the Greek revival mansions on St. Charles Avenue or in the plantation homes less than an hour outside of the French Quarter, both shaded by century-old oak trees. Have a royal wedding in St. Louis Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in America, or a grand party on the great lawn of a St. Charles Avenue mansion under the stars.

Frenchmen Street Market

Something New

Over the past ten years, New Orleans has undergone a cultural renaissance.  If tradition isn’t necessarily your “cup of tea,” head to the Marigny, the neighborhood adjacent to the French Quarter with a quirky attitude and some of the best live music spaces in town. Dance the night away to funk, Caribbean and brass bands; grab some tapas at Three Muses or soul food at Praline Connection.  

If you are looking for something more modern, go for refined contemporary in the Warehouse District. Also known as the Arts District, the neighborhood is filled with art galleries, trendy hotels and mixology bars. Your modern bash will be the talked about for years to come.

Couple dancing in street

Something Borrowed

“Laissez le bon temps rouler!” or “Let the good times roll!” is not just a saying in New Orleans, it’s a way of life. People linger longer with friends, enjoy great food and spirits and never stop having a great time. Incorporating the joie de vivre of the Crescent City into your wedding celebration will mean laughing harder and loving longer.

Something Blues

Music is a huge part of experiencing the Crescent City.  After all, New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, which makes it a great place to incorporate live music at your wedding and have a good time. Have your very own parade lead by a brass band through the streets of the French Quarter, with your guests making a “second line” with handkerchiefs and parasols waving to the beat. Additionally, New Orleans’ mild temperatures and sunny days are perfect for outdoor festivities.

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