My wife and I recently got married in the French Quarter in New Orleans. When we were researching and planning the
party ceremony, we read a lot of reviews. One thing I wished I was able to see was a selection of pictures from the event along with the vendor or venue names. I think seeing real-life pictures from people who were actually there, in connection with the contact information of who provided the services, can really help someone who might be considering a French Quarter wedding.
In this post, I’ll provide pictures, a bit of commentary, and the names of the services we used.
All of the photos on this post were shot by 1216 Studios. We could not have asked for a better experience, from the time I contracted with Daryl, on the day of the event, all the way up until the images were delivered. If you can even find an availability with 1216, I highly recommend them. If I recall, I booked him well over a year-out.
Hotel for the Ceremony and Reception
301 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 581-1303
We had around 50 people planning on attending. When we were planning our ceremony, I called all the big-name hotels and really had a hard time finding one that would accommodate smaller guest lists. The Chateau Lemoyne is a smaller venue and was able to work with our party size. They have one of the most visually striking courtyards, which was a big reason we chose them, but due to construction and renovation delays, we were not able to use it. This was a big disappointment for us, but it worked out anyway. You’ll see in the pictures below that we had the ceremony out by the pool, and the ceremony only lasted 30-minutes anyway.
Not the courtyard we used.
Catering, Cakes, and Design
Catering: I think most people assume that banquet food is going to marginal at best. I was completely wrong. We had many guests who told us during and after the ceremony that the food was fantastic. Not pictured, but the rehearsal dinner was catered by VooDoo BBQ. So many of our attendees were from Texas and they were going to get their fill on cajun food the reception, I figured some familiar comfort food was in order.
301 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112
Cakes: The wedding cake was done by Gambino’s Bakery and it was not only beautiful, but tasted amazing as well. Though not pictured, we also had a doberge cake from Debbie Does Doberge for the rehearsal dinner.
4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70006, United States
Design: Much of the decor was done by Jazzi Events. Staci Lewis of Jazzi Events really saved the day. She was a late addition to the team once we realized the courtyard wasn’t going to be ready in time. We live in Dallas and completely left it to her to “fix” the fact that we had to use the pool area instead. All of the pictures from the ceremony was their decor, and she took it upon herself to make sure the backup space was as beautiful as the courtyard we wanted to use.
2485 Guadacanal St
New Orleans, LA 70114
Second line is a tradition in brass band parades in New Orleans. The “main line” or “first line” is the main section of the parade, or the members of the actual club with the parading permit as well as the brass band. Those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the “second line.” The second line’s style of traditional dance, in which participants walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is called “second lining.” It has been called “the quintessential New Orleans art form.”
They are fairly common for wedding receptions, but given that everyone in our wedding party was from Texas, no one had been in a Second Line, much less been in one, so this was going to be special.
New Orleans is the city of graft. Everyone has to get their cut. To get a Second Line, you need a permit. It’s a parade. A private parade. Once I found that out, I opted for a vendor who would take care of all that for me. I contacted Kinfolk and in one email, deposit and a few forms, it was all handled. The band for the ceremony, reception, Second Line, city parade permits, police escort – everything. Done. Do not try to handle this on your own. Hire a professional.
Kinfolk Brass Band
Richard & Percy Anderson