Monday, February 2, 2009

Local Wedding Traditions - The Second Line

With time off from working on weddings, I had the pleasure of attending a wedding in New Orleans this weekend. I had never been to New Orleans, so we tried to do some touristy things in our spare time. But it's impossible to take in all that you'd like to on a normal trip when you are visiting a town for a wedding. That's why we were so happy when we realized that our friends incorporated so much of New Orleans culture into their wedding! We got to participate in our first Second Line...which was awesome; they served traditional NOLA foods, like Gumbo, at their reception; and they had their reception at a great venue that overlooked Bourbon Street!
It's so important, especially when throwing a destination wedding, to incorporate local traditions into your event - not only for the guests who are traveling to celebrate with you, but also for yourselves! If you are looking at the details of your wedding as it comes together and thinking "this could be happening anywhere," consider local customs that could be incorporated in order to take it to a more personal and relevant level.

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