In New Orleans, weddings are much different than the rest of the country. For starters, NOLA wedding receptions are usually buffet style, not sit down dinner. Despite the laissez-faire style of the deep south, a lot of New Orleans weddings start at 7pm in the evening and then feature a mad rush to the reception complete with police escorts to ensure the couple gets to their destination on time.
A few other notable differences in New Orleans weddings from those around the country:
-It’s not common in New Orleans to have a cocktail hour.
-Toasts are a rarity for New Orleans natives’ weddings. It’s all about the party.
-Photo sessions between the ceremony and reception are usually no longer than 30 minutes. (That’s including group photos AND portraits of the Bride & Groom)
…and of course one of the most iconic images that people relate to New Orleans is the Second Line.
This “mini-parade” of sorts has been incorporated into New Orleans weddings that take place in the French Quarter. The bride and groom usually exit their ceremony location to be greeted by a marching brass band. The band leads them on the streets of the French Quarter to their reception location.
In order to have a Second Line on the streets of New Orleans you need a permit and a police escort in order to clear the streets ahead of the band.
Check out this Second Line we filmed that started at Jackson Square and ended at Latrobe’s on Royal