Post # 1
Help! My fiance and I would really like to honeymoon in NOLA after our wedding next August. But, I have heard horror stories about vacationing there in the off season (i.e., hot hot heat, daily rain, the threat of hurricanes). I have no problem with skyrocketing temperatures, but I wouldn’t want to go if it’s dangerous, or if there’s a good chance our entire trip would be ruined by bad weather. Do we heed the warnings, or throw caution to the wind and have the trip we’ve always wanted? Help from you southern brides is much appreciated!
Post # 3
If you’re aware of the conditions and still want to go anyway, I say book it!
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I’ve only been there once, in April, and it was already pretty damn hot and muggy. I really can’t imagine being there in August! It sounds like torture to me. Especially since you’d want to explore the city, not just lie by a pool. Each to their own though…
Post # 5
Can you postpone the honeymoon till March or so? Or at least till later in the fall, like October?
Post # 6
oh sweet geezus…. unless you’re like one of those perpetually cold girls, do yourself a favor and skip NO in the summer. It’s 1000 kinds of awful in August IMO.
Post # 7
It depends. I was there for a wedding that time last year and weather was in the mid 80s the whole trip and only a few light rain showers that didn’t get in our way. But it could also be 95+ and high humidity. If you’re not accustomed to the heat it may be a bad time to visit. I’m biased so I think anytime is a great time to be there 🙂
I voted maybe.
Post # 8
Honestly I would delay till late September at least. Nothing wrong with taking a delayed honeymoon. NoLA is a great city but it’s absolutely oppressive in the summer, to the point that you really don’t want to go outside at all, and some of the streets in the French Quarter and CBD start to smell really grim. You feel like you can chew the air. It’s that stifling. I tip my hat to anyone who can live in NoLA just because of the summers. You will have a much, much better time if you wait a little while, and that’s not even taking the hurricane threat into consideration.
Post # 9
I live about an hour south of New Orleans. Gotta say….it’s HOT. Especially if you are from the north. But I LOVE the south, love New Orleans, and I think it would be an amazing place to honeymoon. Maybe I’m biased because it’s my hometown, but I live here in August, have lived here in August for my entire life….and I never realized that people would consider it dangerous in any particular month. Yes, there is always the threat of hurricanes in the summer, but honestly, I wouldn’t let that stop you. Just be watchful of the weather leading up to it… You ALWAYS have advance warning for a hurricane. So coming from a local, I say YES, book it!!
Post # 10
Fiance and I were in NO during August, in a hurricane. It honestly didn’t get in the way of our fun. We got wet, my hair looked like hell, but it was a blast. Plus, it was cool to have a hurricane in a hurricane.
When it was sunny it was hot, but it was no worse than DC. We were indoors a ton and honestly, it wasn’t bad at all. As long as you’re willing to roll with the weather, I say go for it.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t do NOLA in August for a honeymoon. You can stay inside so the heat wouldn’t be my concern. It would def be the hurricanes & the fact that the Quarter will reek if its that hot…it already is a bit stinky anyway. NO is fun…no doubt! But it’s more party party than romance. Plus, college starts down here in mid-late August. Lots of students party there before school starting, on wknds & once they join sororities or frats.
If you are looking for southern I’d try Charleston. I’ve heard the beaches are GORGEOUS & it’s an adorable southern town. If you absolutely want NO, then honestly…nothing is gonna stop you. Its what you want…ya know? 🙂
Yea…weather could be an issue but that’s anywhere with a tropical/sub-tropical climate.
Post # 12
If you book it, just make sure there is a contingency plan or that you can cancel/postpone the flight or hotel (I don’t fly at all so idk if you can postpone flights) but the good thing about hurricanes is that you have time to know one is coming. I’ve been in Florida my whole life & I would never discourage someone from coming HERE during hurricane season but I would make sure they were aware that shit happens sometimes.
Post # 13
New Orleans is a beautiful city… and Mr TTR and I were there on our recent 5 week combo trip (Christmas / Winter Vacation / Honeymoon). So I’d say that if you’ve never been the city is definitely worth a visit.
BUT AUGUST ???
I’m sorry, I LOVE “the south” but I couldn’t bring myself to go that far south in August…
As other Bees have said the heat & humidity are killers !! Think our absolute worst summer heatwave in Canada… and amp it up 3 or 4 times !! As a cool weather Canadian, you’ll find it miserable for sure.
And YES Hurricane Season in this part of the world (Gulf of Mexico) is at its highest rate of incidence during August & September.
If you can put your visit off to a later date it would be better… when here in Canada we are still in the midst of crappy weather, New Orleans will be pleasantly nice and warm.
Think November, early December… February or March
(January can be cold as we discovered… temps dipping down into the 50s and 40s as we found out to our surprise)
Hope this helps,
Post # 14
Our honeymoon is in New Orleans, but in March. There is NO WAY I could get my fiance down there in August, he’d pass out and die from the heat. If you’re wanting to do outdoor exploring, I’d plan for a different time of year. On the plus side, you might score some killer hotel deals in August.
Post # 15
@soupmachine: here is something I thought of today…
As you are a Canadian, you might want to see if you cannot find a copy on-line or on Tv* where Mike Holmes of Holmes on Homes (HOH) went to New Orleans to build houses as part of his and Brad Pitt’s effort “To Make It Right”. Mike was there in the summer of 2008, and his Tv show certainly caught the essence of just how dang hot it was !!
* Mike has various Tv series currently running in Canada… and some of the stations I know that carry his stuff are… HGTV Canada and BBC Canada.
If you can find it somewhere, it is definitely a good HOH special (it was a 2 Hour thing). And a good luck at the Deep South in the dead heat of summer (plus I enjoyed not only the show because it showed New Orleans where I knew I was going on vacation… but of course Mike is always entertaining, and the quality of this production / storyline was exceptional.
Post # 16
We’re from around there…and while NOLA is amazing…it is HOT HOT HOT and rainy during the summer (and YES, hurricanes are an issue…think Katrina). If you aren’t used to it or prepared for it, it can really be a shock.
BUT if you are up for the heat (humid, makes-you-sweat-in-minutes, hair-plastered-to-your-head kind of heat) then go for it! (You’ll probably lose a few pounds from the walking around/sweating)
If not, just postpone it until October-November or so, it’ll still be hot/warm but less storms and not so-hot-you-might-faint kind of heat.