(Closed) His family is from NOLA…need ideas

posted 10 years ago in New Orleans
Post # 3
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

oh i think theres oodles you could do.  Depending upon the style of your wedding you may need to either vamp things up a bit or tone it down.  And even if you have food allergies you could still serve it to your guests.  I don’t live in New Orleans but I do love it sooo much!

Here’s some ideas;

Serve chikory coffee and mini beignets at the end of the night
mini po’ boys

jazz trio playing
Harry Connick Jr songs

Maybe your favor could be donations to the Katrina relief- or  the house registry that Oprah does for the houses they are building there (pots, linens,furniture, etc.)

Post # 4
12 posts
  • Wedding: March 2008

You could incorperate cake pulls.  These are little charms attached to ribbons that placed under the cake.  Before the cake is cut the bride gathers the single women around the cake and they all pull out a charm.  The charms mean different things. (rattle+baby, ring+next to marry, etc..) They have lots of resources for these on the internet.

You could serve drinks associated with New Orleans.  Abita beer, Hurricanes, daiquris, Barqs, bloody Mary.

Favors could be pralines, or chocolate is the shape of a fleur de lis, alligator.

I think using subtle Mardi Gras colors is fine.  sometimes it can depend on the formality of the ocassion as to how they are represented.

As far as food.  Seafood, rice dishes (jambalya).  There is a lot of French influenced as well as cajun food in NOLA.  Bannas Foster for dessert.

One other suggestion, if you want to incorperate something in the wedding/reception that you think some guests may not understand put a short explanation of what is on a sign or in the program.

 I would go on more but don’t want to overwhelm you.

Post # 5
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

not sure i’d do hankies as favors. seems a little odd. and i think i’d stick to your orginial color palatte instead of trying to incorporate purple green and gold. our area are big on food and music, so you can play those up. 

fleur de lis (decor?)
pralines as favors
cajun / zydeco / jazz / blues / mardi gras music
mini muffalettas
serve hurricanes as a drink option

where are you getting married?  

Post # 8
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

LibraryGirl2 – I don’t know that serving Hurricanes would be the most appropriate thing, seeing as how they were displaced by one.  The fleur de lis is a great idea though!

Post # 9
12 posts
  • Wedding: March 2008

I did not think of the connection there.  Just in case anyone is interested this is a link to the bar that is famous for Hurricanes (the drink not the storm)


Post # 10
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Hurricanes were famous long before Katrina. Nobody in their right mind would be insulted by one. They are waaaaaaaay too yummy to be insulting.


What about having a crawfish boil for your rehearsal dinner? We’re actually having one this weekend and I can’t wait. You could have a hot dog vendor set up as people leave…get him a Lucky Dog hat and shirt somehow and he would be a Lucky Dog guy. NOLA is famous for them. 

Post # 11
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

tx isn’t that far. we’ve brought over crawfish mnay times to houston and such to have a crawfish boil, etc, so i think katenw has a good idea there.

if i were you i think l’d play up the n.o. music if possible. nothing says n.o. like mardi gras music! and it’s super fun at weddings. not that you have to do a whole cd or anything. one song would be plenty. 


Post # 12
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

You don’t have to have nice hankies for 2nd line. Even napkins will do, anything to wave! And if you decorate a little umbrella for you and you guys start it, I’m sure others will jump in!


I love the eggplant and celery, you could add a bit of gold it dosen’t have to be soild purple, green and gold.


The groom’s cake is a great place to bring in his tradition, maybe order a king cake or a cake decorated with something like the Saints, fleur de lis?

The idea of making the rehearsal more New Orleans style keeps the  reception a bit more simple.


Don’t you have any cultural ideas from your side that you’ll want to incorporate? Or are you just looking at a NOLA themed wedding? Either way you can mix and match but keep it classy!

Post # 13
4 posts

Aside from the hurricane, New Orleans is famous for the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup.  Both native NOLA drinks that you could use (although hurricanes are much easier because you can buy the Pat O’s mix).

How about getting the guys some fleur de lis or red bean cufflinks/tux studs from Mignon Faget?  Or give small bottles of Tabasco as a favor.

Loretta’s Pralines is an amazing praline shop in nola that was really damaged by Katrina and managed to re-open less than a year later.  They have special praline wedding favors that are really affordable: http://lorettaspralines.stores.yahoo.net/weddings.html


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