Destination New Orleans
Since New Orleans holds the number two spot in the U.S. for destination weddings, we put together a step-by-step list of how to plan a wedding (from afar) in the Big Easy.
In addition, we have general advice for planning a destination wedding here!
Step 1: Start Pricing Flights
If your guests can’t get to your wedding, you don’t have a wedding! Even if you are not paying travel expenses, figure out the best rates and flight times that will allow everyone to arrive expeditiously.
Step 2: Check All New Orleans Events Calendars Before Choosing a Date.
New Orleans is famous for its laissez-faire attitude, but it’s also known for its never-ending festival season. It would be wise to figure out what is going on in the city on the proposed day of your wedding so that you’ll know what the local traffic looks like, as well as the availability of accommodations.
So before you set your date in stone, check out these websites:
Both are excellent tools to help you choose the perfect wedding date and not conflict with Mardi Gras, the French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest, and every other mega party that New Orleans throws.
Step 3: Familiarize Yourself with the Local Weather.
One word comes to mind when describing New Orleans weather – temperamental. The sooner you understand this concept, the more prepared you’ll be. Don’t be surprised if your New Orleans winter wedding is unusually warm or if your spring reception gets rained out; that’s just how it is here. My advice: you can’t go wrong with an indoor wedding and reception! Outdoor weddings in the summer here are usually extremely hot. If you are set on an outdoor wedding in the summer, you may want to rent an airconditioned tent or find a way for your guests to stay cool. They will thank you for it!
Step 4: Research and Hire a Local Event/Wedding Coordinator.
This one is a no-brainer. These are the real experts in the wedding industry. Chances are they’ve coordinated and planned numerous destination weddings in NOLA before, so they will know how to find the best the city has to offer. New Orleans has an extremely diverse selection of vendors that an experienced coordinator can help you to sift through.
Step 5: Secure Hotel Blocks For Guests.
There are a plethora of unique hotels in the city. If possible, it would be ideal to recommend accommodations for all of your guests at the same venue. This keeps everyone in one place and can make transportation to and from the wedding site much easier. Perhaps a shuttle can be arranged for this purpose. Locating hotel accommodations near your wedding site will also add to the convenience of your guests overall experience and also avoid any potential traffic problems. Keep in mind that many hotels offer great discounts on room blocks and may also throw in a perk or two if you block off enough rooms.
Step 6: Relax and Remember What’s Most Important!
Weddings are a time of joyous celebration. Having your wedding in New Orleans affords you the opportunity to spend these memorable days in one of the most interesting, fun-filled cities in the world. Remember to take in the moment and enjoy the all that the local culture has to offer. Have your rehearsal dinner at one of our world famous restaurants or plan a small post wedding brunch at Café Du Monde in the French Quarter.