April 28, 2011

Essential New Orleans Destination Wedding Tips

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Anthony Lala @ 9:48 pm

Your wedding will be one of the most memorable times of your entire life, so you should never feel afraid to splurge by going all out and having a beautiful destination wedding. There’s not a more magical location for a destination wedding than the great city of New Orleans. While destination weddings are definitely one of the most special types of weddings, they are also more complex and demanding. So, if you’re having a destination wedding here in New Orleans, here are a few essential tips you should remember.

Get a good wedding planner

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Give plenty of warning

Sometimes it’s difficult for your guests to take time off work or school, so you should be considerate in letting them know when the wedding date will be far ahead of time. The earlier you tell them, the more likely they will be able to attend and not feel so inconvenienced.

Ask for discounts

While you’re researching and selecting hotels to house your guests for the wedding, don’t be afraid to ask for discounts. Some hotels will take off some of the price if you’re planning on bringing in a large number of guests to their hotel. Additionally, if you’re buying a lot of plane tickets, you might be able get discounts from airlines.

Provide transportation to and from the airport

Since you’re the one bringing everyone in for the wedding, it’s your responsibility to make sure they get to their hotels. The New Orleans airport, Louis Armstrong International, is a short drive away from the French Quarter where most couples like to have their wedding, so you should rent a shuttle and organize a way for everyone to get around. If you’re having your reception at a separate location, you should also be prepared to provide transportation for your guests. Make sure the shuttle drivers are familiar with the routes, so they don’t get lost.

Be accommodating to your guests

As previously stated, you’re bringing the guests to a place they might not be familiar with, so in addition to providing transportation, you should also accommodate them with other needs, like information about New Orleans, dietary needs and weather expectations.

Make a trip to New Orleans beforehand

The best way to ensure you love the location of your reception, ceremony and hotel is to a take a trip prior to the wedding. Although you may not want to spend the extra cash with an early visit to New Orleans, it’ll lower your amount of stress and worry about the big day and leave you excited to go back to the Big Easy.