I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of Z Event Company’s New Orleans destination wedding tips! If you’re looking to pick up a few more tips for your destination wedding, look no further, Part 2 is here 🙂
Can I rent or buy men’s attire at the destination instead of traveling with it?
Yes, of course you can! Sometimes it’s actually easier to rent or buy here in New Orleans. That way, you don’t have to worry about ruining it in transit or even worse…lost luggage! But don’t just assume that stores here will have the exact suit or tux you are looking for, do your research. Call to make sure they sell what you want and that they have it in stock or can order and hold them for you. Have your groom and groomsmen send in their measurements and schedule a fitting so they can have their suits or tuxes altered when they get there. If your groom or groomsmen are traveling with their suits, I HIGHLY recommend telling them to carry it on the plane. We all know how speedily airlines find and return our lost luggage, sooo let’s avoid that whole mishap! Lastly, it’s a good idea to arrange for someone to steam or press the groom and groomsmen’s shirts and suits once they’ve landed.
What’s the best way to get my dress to New Orleans?
I have a great blog for you on just that: TRAVELING WITH A WEDDING DRESS: 5 TIPS!
We’re big partiers, so how can we find a reception venue that will let us celebrate late into the night?
You have definitely chosen the right city! New Orleans parties 24/7, at all hours of the day, so finding a reception venue that will allow you and your guests to party into the wee hours isn’t difficult, but it does take some forethought. One of the first things to look into are the New Orleans noise ordinances. You’ll need to know how late your band or DJ can play and at what decibel level. If you want to extend your band or DJ’s hours of play beyond what your venue allows, you can request a permit from City Hall, but there is no guarantee your request will be granted. Also be sure to look into how late your venue can serve alcohol. That usually isn’t a problem here in New Orleans, but I’d rather be safe than sorry, wouldn’t you?! If you are looking to extend your party beyond the hours your reception venue allows, consider having an “After Party” at a separate location.
My planner’s based in New Orleans and I’m not…how often should I communicate with her?
In the early stages of planning, you should be in constant contact with your planner until you’ve settled on your ceremony and reception venue, and any other decisions that should be nailed down ASAP (e.g. your band or DJ). Once you’ve contracted your venues & vendors and production is under way, one or two emails or phone calls a month should suffice. Every bride and every wedding is different, so if a few extra emails or phone calls here and there will be made, that is perfectly fine. We want you to feel comfortable and reassured that we will make your dream a reality! When we are 2 months out from the wedding, communication between us will pick up again, and we will be in constant contact with you and your fiance. There will be lots of numbers and details to hash out so expect a lot of emails and phone calls from us 🙂 When it gets down to crunch time, 2 weeks out, we will be communicating daily sending you reminders and confirmations to ensure everything is in place for your wedding.
How far in advance should we arrive to New Orleans before the big day?
I like to err on the side of caution, so I always tell our brides and grooms to give yourselves a couple of days time before your wedding day. There are too many things that can go wrong, I would hate to chance it. The weather could be absolutely beautiful where you are departing from, but New Orleans could be having bad weather resulting in delayed flights. Once one flight is delayed they all get backed up, it’s like a domino effect. You could land in New Orleans only to find that you have really bad allergies down here and are now suddenly all red and puffy. Thanks goodness you gave yourself a few extra days to recoup and acclimate yourself to the New Orleans climate!
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