December 10, 2010

Video Blog Upcoming!

The next step in WeddingsByAnthonyLala.com is right around the corner: Videos of great weddings, wedding venues and points of interest to honeymooners and wedding party-goers. Stay tuned – the best New Orleans destination wedding videos are coming soon.

November 14, 2010

New Orleans Destination Weddings: A Little Country, A Little Chic

I’ve been going on and on about destination weddings in New Orleans‘ famed French Quarter – and with good reason – but I’ve left out a very important aspect of New Orleans’ charm. Outside the furor of the other city that never sleeps, and not far outside, is true country. The kind you don’t find in too many places anymore: untamed, yet civilized.

Why bring this up? Two words: Honey moon.  Is there a more perfect honey moon than a week on a working farm? Trail riding, serenity, home cooked meals of ingredients gathered not 100 feet away?  Maybe I’m a romantic, but I find the marriage of the crop to the soil to be the perfect analogy for man and wife.  Being out of cell service range is romantic enough in and of itself.

There are plenty of bed and breakfasts to choose from within an hour drive of New Orleans proper, and any are perfect for your perfect destination honeymoon, whether you just want peace and quiet or are looking to saddle up and get out into the real middle of nowhere. After your energizing party-wedding in the French Quarter you can have a honeymoon that seems to take all the time in the world, just in one sunrise-to-sunset.  Give me a call and I can help you find whatever it is your heart desires.

November 6, 2010

New Orleans Indoor Wedding Season

New Orleans may be the nations best wedding destination, but around two months out of the year it is the nations best indoor wedding destination. Yes, even in our tropical clime, the weather may dip, and dip it has. Until February the best place to hold a wedding will probably be within the walls of a fine hotel or cathedral, and so that is what the next blog posts will be about.

When most people think New Orleans Wedding, they think, French Quarter Wedding. And with good reason. As I’ve written here before, and will tell anyone who will listen, the French Quarter really has it all: cordon bleu trained chefs and bakers, old-world french architecture, the charm of the south and Europe, the best musicians the country has to offer and the best party atmosphere for the in-laws and the out-laws. This season is an excellent time to take advantage of every facet New Orleans has to offer.

You may think that with the colder weather that tourist season is at an end. Not so. Conventions, revelers and international travelers all ensure that you will have plenty of people to watch your second line – and probably follow along. And what’s even better is that the cool weather that will keep you from sweating in your suit or gown is still warm enough to allow outdoor glamour photography. Best? The heat is banished, and with it irritation. No one has patience for impatience.

Check back next week for information on one of New Orleans’ fabulous hotels, and be sure to ask me anything you want to know about New Orleans weddings.

October 24, 2010

New Orleans Wedding Reception Halls: The Westin

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If you’re looking for a definitively New Orleans wedding, how about looking down on the entire French Quarter, river walk and most of the Central Business District? There’s a reason The Westin is the place where people in the know choose to have their wedding receptions. It doesn’t scream party, but it speaks very calmly of comfort and optimism.

The lobby is a plush affair at the top of the Canal Place shopping center with floor to ceiling – HIGH ceiling – windows that afford a clear view of most of the city south of Decatur street. That means you can see the cathedral, the square, the water, the sky and at dusk you can see the great cloud of starlings that occupies the skyline and gather to flock in front of a pink and orange streaked horizon. It’s actually a shame that the view atop The Westin is so spectacular because it actually distracts from view of the interior. Plenty of room, well appointed bars and the perfect mix of privacy and spectacle make The Westin a good choice for a larger reception for any New Orleans Destination Wedding.