Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now the planning for your New Orleans wedding begins! We know how easy it is to get caught up in a whirlwind of seemingly endless decisions—from picking out the perfect dress or tuxedo to securing a venuefor your ceremony. On this list of must-haves, wedding welcome bags are nowhere to be found. But, your wedding day is all about you and your spouse-to-be, so you can’t forget about the people who have traveled from a distance to support you both.
It’s expected to incorporate something old, new, borrowed and blue on your wedding day, but why wait? Make your Big Easy wedding all the more memorable for your traveling guests, instead! When it comes to wedding welcome bags, finding the ideal options to include can be overwhelming. Thankfully New Orleans is brimming with possibilities. With a culture unmatched, food unrivaled and traditions aplenty, this city makes it easy to greet out-of-town guests with unique and unforgettable tokens of appreciation. Here are a few ideas on how to include this age-old trend in your wedding welcome bags.
New Orleans is certainly a city of tradition. For generations, people have second-lined through the vibrant city streets; dancing and waving handkerchiefs in the air. Guests have strolled through the French Quarter time and time again only to end up at Café du Monde where they’ve experienced those sweet and savory beignets.
For your “Something Old”, try incorporating century-old New Orleans traditions in your welcome bags. Local print shops can help you add a personalized touch to handkerchiefs by embroidering a sweet message and don’t forget to include a bag of Café du Monde beignet mix so your guests can bring a little taste of New Orleans back home.
The Fleur de Lis symbol and New Orleans go hand in hand. The symbol is omnipresent; seen in architecture throughout the city, on pieces of jewelry, flags and on the helmets of our beloved National Football Team, The New Orleans Saints.
For your “something new”, combine the love of the Fleur de Lis with the city’s love of libations by giving your guests fleur-de-lis bottle openers. Not only will they come in handy on your big day, but when your guests return home to celebrate on their own, they’ll always be reminded of your New Orleans wedding.
With a unique mix of Cajun, French, African and European influences, it is no surprise why New Orleans is famous for its one-of-a-kind cuisine. Why not borrow a tasty New Orleans recipe to add to your wedding welcome bags? From Shrimp and Grits to the classic Chicken & Andouille Gumbo, there are many dishes that would be perfect for your guests to try. And, don’t forget dessert! Let your guests satisfy their sweet tooth with any one of your favorite Big Easy sweet treats and send them off with a cocktail recipe so the party won’t end beyond the city limits. For a tailored touch, place the recipe of your choice on a luggage tag for each of your traveling guests.
It’s impossible to roam the city of New Orleans without the sound of music filling the air. Give the gift of music to your traveling guests by adding some blues music to your welcome bags. With legendary artists such as Fats Domino and Dr. John, New Orleans is filled with blues musicians and the Louisiana Music Factory has plenty of options for you to consider.
For the busy bride or groom-to-be, don’t fret! The Basketry provides beautifully packaged gift baskets filled with New Orleans favorites. You can even customize the basket to make it perfect for your traveling guests and have it shipped directly to you.
Your guests will to be excited about your New Orleans wedding that they’ll want to know all the great things they can do while here to celebrate your big day. The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau can assist with giving sample itineraries to keep guests busy throughout the stay. We can also provide you with complimentary French Quarter Walking Maps and Official New Orleans Visitors Guides, crammed full of information, ideas and special offers for your guests.