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 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 17, 2010

Hotel Monteleon: Wedding Venue, Destination and accommodation?

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New Orleans is an unusually perfect city for matrimony, hospitality and honeymoon and the Hotel Monteleon on Royal Street is an unusually excellent theater for an exquisite union. The hotel whispers class where others scream gaud. Just standing before its facade harkens the tourist back to a civilized sentiment, a dream of an abundant past of understated luxury. Fodors gets it right:

The grande dame of French Quarter hotels—with its ornate baroque facade, liveried doormen, and shimmering lobby chandeliers—was built in 1886 and renovated in 2004. A stellar addition is the full-service Spa Aria. Rooms are extra large and luxurious, with rich fabrics and a mix of four-poster beds, brass beds, and beds with traditional headboards. Junior suites are spacious; sumptuous VIP suites come with extra pampering. The slowly revolving Carousel piano bar in the lobby is a local landmark, and the first-rate dinner in the hotel’s Hunt Room Grill is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. There’s live jazz every night in the lounge.

Do yourself a favor when considering New Orleans as your Wedding Destination: spend at least one night in the Hotel Monteleon and at least one drink at the carousel bar. You’ll never forgive yourself for passing it up.

October 3, 2010

New Orleans Wedding – Elegant, Classic… Operatic?

There are so many excellent destination wedding options in New Orleans that some of the less aggressively marketed ones are easily overlooked.  Case in point: the New Orleans Opera Association Women’s Guild residence. The homepage really says it all:

This New Orleans Garden District mansion was formerly known as the Davis/Seebold Residence and became the home of the Women’s Guild in 1966.  The home was built in 1865 and is furnished in 18th and 19th Century European and American furniture, artwork, antiques and object d’art.

Though that does sum it up quite well, I’ll add my two picayunes. The old manse is truly a New Orleans treasure. In a day and age when so many of our beautiful heritage mansions are being neglected, divided into apartments or used as fraternity houses, the Women’s Guild lends an air of care and respect that is all too often lacking in today’s world’s disposable culture. If you’re considering New Orleans for your wedding destination, do yourself a favor. Make a date to stop by the Opera Association’s home. You may want to make your nuptials home, as well.