Haydel Bakery's 2015 Mardi Gras Bead Dog Raffle

Haydel Bakery's 2015 Mardi Gras Bead Dog Raffle

The Mardi Gras Bead Dog

Hello, New Orleans lovers!  Today I want to talk to you about something super New Orleans.  Like a huge NOLA tradition- the Haydel's Bakery Mardi Gras Bead Dog!

Every year, Haydel's Bakery, which is an ah-mazingly delicious (and superior wedding cake vendor, IMHO), raffles off a life-sized Mardi Gras Bead Dog and donates the proceeds to a charity of their choice.  And the raffle is going on RIGHT NOW!  Tell me you don't want to win one of these babies for your own pad?

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New Orleans Wedding Venue Review: The Columns Hotel

New Orleans Wedding Venue Review: The Columns Hotel

Happy Wedding Wednesday, brides!  Can you believe this is the last week of March?  Crazy!  I know, for me, the closer my wedding gets, the more unprepared I feel!  This past weekend, though, I happily said "Yes!" to the dress, so I am still basking in bridal gown bliss!  It's a good thing too, because my deadline for finding a gown was quickly approaching crunch time.  Definitely shop early if you can, ladies.  The amount of time it takes to get gowns in-store is ridiculous!

But enough ranting, here's another venue review for this fabulous Wednesday!

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New Orleans Wedding Venue Review: The Jaxson On The River

New Orleans Wedding Venue Review: The Jaxson On The River

The Jaxson on the River

In honor of all you venue-searching brides, I thought I'd devote today's Wedding Wednesday to a venue review!  This post could really be titled Venue with a View: Part Deux, considering the location, which is- you guessed it- right next door to Pat O's on the River (check out my Patty O's review here).  As I've said before, this is an ideal location for brides in search of a riverfront, French Quarter location.  The views of the Mississippi and Jackson Square are unrivaled!

The Venue

The Jaxson on the River is a venue that I like to call a 'diamond in the rough.'  The space looks like it has amazing potential, however, it's hard to get a real feel for the place because it is still under construction.  Located at 620 Decatur Street (Unit 2B), the venue has a wide open floor plan with views of both Decatur Street and the Mississippi River.  Upon entering, the room opens up into a large, ballroom-esque space that stretches from the river dining room facing the Mississippi to the parlor dining room facing Decatur.  There is a large bar near the middle of the room, facing opposite a space that will be the foyer and sitting area complete lounge furniture.  There will also be a large room off of the parlor dining area that will be utilized as the bridal suite during wedding events.  A nice feature that the Jaxson will offer is a moveable room divider that will make the space more intimate for smaller events. 

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Wedding Wednesday: Luck of the Irish

Wedding Wednesday: Luck of the Irish

Happy Wedding Wednesday, Friends!  I'm here with a venue review about the Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans located off of Conti Street (one block from Bourbon for all you brides looking to host a wild after party!).  The museum is home to a variety of informational exhibits and displays about Irish heritage and culture in New Orleans, and is situated in a charming French Quarter venue complete with courtyard.  Also doubling as a prime venue location, their incredibly inclusive wedding packages made the Irish Cultural Museum (ICM) number two on the list of possible venues for this bride!  Read on for more information! Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans

The Venue Space

The ICM facility (933 Conti Street) is adorned with beautiful, vintage architecture, brick walls, and an upper balcony overlooking the courtyard.  A front room off the street offers interactive kiosks and historical Irish artifacts, and also doubles as the bridal suite during ceremonies and receptions.  Outside of the front room is the courtyard, which reaches across to the back building that has two levels.  There is a beautiful staircase leading to the upper level room with a balcony, which can be used as the bridal entrance during your event.  The upstairs also has artifacts, and televisions for use as well. The downstairs has more historical pieces, as well as a research library, and is utilized for the buffet space during receptions.

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NNB: Back from Aussie, "Twitterfied," and Ready to Jump In!

It sounds so cliche, but traveling really takes it out of you.  I'm sure you've all heard the phrase, "I need a vacation from my vacation," but boy, that couldn't be more true for this NOLA bride!  Australia was a blast, though, and we were able to see and do a lot of things on our bucket list- Sydney and the Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian Zoo, Surfer's Paradise, etc.  Overall, if you are ever able to, I highly recommend making the trip Down Under- it is well worth it! Back to the grind.....I will be posting my next Wedding Wednesday (a venue review about the Irish Cultural Museum off of Conti Street), but before I delve into the juice, I wanted to share a little something with you.

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IG: Gown Giveaway!!

Happy Monday, NOLA Brides!  I'm here to spread a little love and chase away those Monday blues with an Instagram (IG) giveaway announcement! In honor of their grand opening, Blanc Bridal Couture New Orleans is giving away a bridal gown!

About the Vendor:

Located at 3819 Magazine Street, Blanc Bridal Couture is a new, exclusive wedding boutique that is set to open later this month.  Their website (www.blancbridalneworleans.com) is still under construction, but if you are interested in scheduling a private consultation, you can email them at ido@blancbridalneworleans.com for further information.

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