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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How To Choose Your Wedding Colors: An Epic Guide For Finding Your Perfect Palette

How To Choose Your Wedding Colors: An Epic Guide For Finding Your Perfect Palette

You know what is kind of crazy about this whole wedding blog thing?  I was never really one of those girls that had endless day-dreams about her wedding day.  Don't get me wrong, I spent a ridiculous amount of time sketching wedding gowns as a kid, but that was mostly because I love to design and draw (though I'm not necessarily good at it).  So, its a little bit funny that I'm sitting here writing a blog about wedding planning.  I find myself just a little bit shocked at how much I've fallen in love with this whole process (though not necessarily this part of it);  especially the fun parts that most girls decide on in childhood- like picking your color palette.  I mean, I never really put much thought into what my wedding colors would be.  Actually, I didn't even know there was such a thing as a wedding color palette, nor that you can actually hire people to help you pick one.  Amazing!  Thankfully, I've had some time to delve into wedding palettes.  I know first hand that choosing your color palette, while fun, isn't always the effortless task they make it out to be (I'm looking at you, Pinterest). 

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9 Helpful Tips For Navigating Your Wedding Budget + Free Printable Checklists

9 Helpful Tips For Navigating Your Wedding Budget + Free Printable Checklists

Wedding budgets- you can't live with 'em, you can't plan without 'em.  Am I right?

Unfortunately, setting your budget and creating a financial game plan is likely the most important aspect of the wedding.  If you think about it, paying for a wedding is a lot like paying for a car or for college (yikes); its a huge financial investment, no matter what your budget size.  So before you dive head first in to wedding planning, take a step back, Eager McBeaver, and really hone-in on your budget.  After all, a fabulous wedding starts with thinking ahead, having a plan, and deciding what you're realistically able to spend.  It might not be the easiest or most glamorous part of the adventure, but doing the hard stuff now will only ensure a smoother experience down the road.

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Wedding Stress: 5 Tips For Conquering Your Wedding Woes

Wedding Stress: 5 Tips For Conquering Your Wedding Woes

Ladies, I'm about to level with you for a minute. 

I had a bridal breakdown.

Okay, it was a pretty minor event, in reality, but the stress of all this wedding planning really got to me the other day.  I had just found my dress (yay, finally!) and my mother was in town to help me plan.  It should have been a blissful weekend.  But, unfortunately, life had other plans- as usual.  In between an issue with my engagement ring and the photographer trying to reschedule our engagement photos less than a week before taking them (which took a lot of rearranging to schedule in the first place, mind you), I was burnt out.

Making decisions.  Creating decor.  Coordinating with my bridesmaids who all live in different states.  Trying to get an answer from my future MIL about rehearsal dinner shenanigans.  Finalizing invites.  All while living in a state where I have zero friends or family and my fiance is working almost everyday (or, more accurately, night).  It's a lot. 

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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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E-Ring Part Deaux: Caring For Your Engagement Ring

E-Ring Part Deaux: Caring For Your Engagement Ring

This post is coming as a somewhat follow-up to last weeks article.  This is partly due to the fact that everyone should have a general idea on how to care for their engagement ring and partly due to the fact that I am extremely accident prone.  Read on...

In honor of St. Patrick's Day yesterday (happy belated ya'll), I decided I wanted to change my nail polish color to something super festive.  I.E. not just plain green, think green on steroids.  I saw this funky, awesome green polish on sale (should have been my first clue) and I thought, "Hey, why not! Let's get festive!"

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Engagment Ring Insurance: Your First Priority After Getting Engaged

Engagment Ring Insurance: Your First Priority After Getting Engaged

Okay, ladies, I'm going to lay it all on the table today.  I want to talk about the single most important thing you need to do after getting engaged.  Hint:  Read the graphic.

GET ENGAGEMENT RING INSURANCE.

Though its certainly not the most romantic part of planning a wedding, it is definitely one of the most important parts of it.  Really guys, the most vital step to take after being given your gorgeous ring is to cover all your bases and get that baby insured!

Think about it.  An engagement ring is an investment in your life together with your future spouse.  It symbolizes love, commitment, and memories in the making.  On top of that, it is also (usually) a huge financial investment.  Regardless of if you know how much your S.O. spent on the ring or if you're keeping it a mystery, not protecting this beautiful symbol of your love is probably one of the foolish decisions you can make.

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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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