There is no shortage of things to do in New Orleans. If you’re planning your wedding there, in a place known to be one of the best places for an elopement, it only makes sense to partake in some of the food, entertainment, art, and history that the city has to offer.
After all, New Orleans isn’t just one of the top places for couples looking to tie the knot in style along with the Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches, it’s also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire country. There is quite a bit to see and do.
So if you are looking to make some memories before the ceremony even begins, we’ve got some ideas for you!
1. Eat beignets (not at touristy cafe du monde, but at Cafe Beignet!)
This is basically essential if you’re visiting New Orleans. If this is where you’re getting married, even better. These little fried pastries are a specialty here and you don’t want to miss out on these world famous New Orleans style donuts.
2. Have a cocktail at the carousel bar in the Hotel Monteleone
Want to try something a bit unorthodox? The extravagant Hotel Monteleone has a unique take on the typical fancy bar. Known simply as the Carousel Bar, it’s something that has to be experienced to be believed. It’s definitely a different take on the classic bar scene.
3. Take a selfie in Exchange Alley
Nearby from Hotel Monteleone, there’s the gorgeous decorative street known as Exchange Alley, a place rich in art, culture, colorful buildings and dining. It’s one of those well-taken care of little city hidden gems that makes for a perfect backdrop to a Newlywed photo.
4. Take the beautiful Algiers ferry to the westbank side of the mighty Mississippi River
Once there, enjoy a bite or drink at Dry Dock Cafe or Old Point Bar, two of the best places to grab a drink and mingle with the locals. This is one of those uniquely New Orleans experiences that you don’t want to miss out on. Don’t forget to take in the New Orleans city skyline from that side of the Mississippi River.
5. Take the Streetcar Down Historic St. Charles Avenue
The streetcar will take you from the French Quarter through the Garden District and Uptown New Orleans. The street is lined with antebellum homes + majestic oak trees that will take your breath away. The streetcar is affordable and fun and a main staple in the New Orleans landscape! It’s truly a must see and do. Tip: Stop in Columns Hotel or Pontchartrain Hotel (Rooftop) for amazing cocktails.
6. Try and find all the cool rooftop bars with amazing city views, for a memorable dining experience
Tip: some are guests only as the pool is rooftop as well and only for guests privileges. Don’t be afraid to call a location beforehand and ask about their amenities. Many New Orleans restaurants and hotels have classic sensibilities and will go out of their way to cater to patrons.
7. Stop and enjoy a conversation with a local!
Local New Orleanians are the nicest people on planet earth. Promise you will leave the conversation with a new friend and a dozen other recommended hot spots to see, not to mention a new take on the city’s history, or simply where to get the best oysters.
8. For the ladies: stop in “Bourbon French Parfums”
This shop on Royal street makes custom tailored scents that can be made into your special wedding day fragrance. If you’re looking for that special something to spice up your big day and want to do something out of the ordinary, this is just the right opportunity.
9. Must take photos in Jackson Square
The historic St Louis Cathedral is stunning and millions of people make sure to capture photos of the iconic church whenever they are visiting New Orleans. Try taking photos in Jackson Square at different angles with the church in the background. I promise… these will be the photos you will frame and cherish for life.
10. Is traditional New Orleans style music something you’re interested in?
Frenchman Street is just a quick stroll outside of the FQ. If you want to hear authentic live New Orleans music, this is the place to go. It’s where all the locals go to hear the real sound of New Orleans!