While there are certainly any number of amazing places to get eloped all over the country, New Orleans is still by far one of the best locations for couples looking for small wedding packages that focus more on excitement and romance than anything else.
If you have been thinking about where to get eloped, there’s a brand new opportunity awaiting couples looking for a meaningful, romantic experience. We’re happy to offer the #1 small wedding package in New Orleans that is sure to meet all of your needs and provide you with an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience.
What is a Small Wedding Anyway?
This can be somewhat hard to define because everyone has different opinions on what a “small” event is, but when talking about a small wedding or elopement, it usually refers to an intimate venue and only a couple dozen guests at most.
You might be wondering if this is the kind of ceremony that is right for you. Aren’t weddings supposed to be these giant, grand events?
This is where you want to take stock of what a wedding or elopement means for you. A smaller, more intimate event affords more intimacy and focus on you and your partner rather than a bunch of extra goings-on.
In fact, these are the perfect celebrations of romance that take some of the stress and frustration of wedding planning away from the couple and allow them to feel happier and more at ease, which is a gift unto itself.
A small wedding is perfect for couples who don’t have large families or who are more concerned with a true romantic celebration rather than a stuffy ceremony.
One of the other aspects of these weddings that couples love is the freedom to customize them how they see fit. Your small wedding package is just the start to an amazing event that you can tailor depending on your interests. You can easily bar-hop, visit certain five-star restaurants, arrange a cruise, or do just about anything while using your New Orleans elopement package as a “launchpad.”
The customization aspect of an intimate wedding is what couples love perhaps most of all. The freedom to run around the city, visiting historic locations, eating great food, and in general having a romantic adventure with the person you love without worrying about if all the decorations will arrive on time or if all of your guests will like the menu you prepared.
If you think a smaller style ceremony is right for you, it’s important to handle it right. While there is certainly much less planning involved on the part of the couple, you still want to put a little forethought into the experience with the help of a professional elopement planner. With the help of an elopement service like Ibay Photography, you can better structure your day and remove all of the hassle of thinking about how the ceremony is supposed to go. If you have ever wanted to take your partner’s hand and simply say, “let’s just get married,” and do it in style, this is the package for you.
“Let’s Just Get Married”
What if you want to completely forgo all of the trappings of average weddings and really go all in at a brand new and lavish hotel in the heart of downtown New Orleans? This is exactly the kind of perspective that went into crafting this new small wedding package.
What are couples really looking for out of a destination elopement? An amazing package would have to truly treat the couple to an exquisite time without being stuffy or overwhelming. This new hotel, situated only two blocks from the historic French Quarter (right on the famous Streetcar line!) had to be the centerpiece to host such a perfect experience.
The expansive and stunning Residence Inn by Marriott is under 1 year old and shines with visual appeal and quality amenities. It represents everything the city of New Orleans has to offer in terms of luxury, proximity to fine dining and entertainment, walkability, and professional staff waiting to assist with all of the details of your wedding.
While there is certainly no shortage of beautiful places throughout New Orleans to hold a wedding ceremony or elopement, this hotel truly has it all. This new locale actually stands out among other hotels in the area for two special reasons which are both relevant for couples who want a top notch experience.
First, the Residence Inn by Marriott features an array of beautiful balconies, the perfect setting for wedding photos that you won’t be able to take your eyes off of.
New Orleans as a whole is somewhat known for its attractive balconies and terraces, which pepper the many unique and elegantly structured buildings throughout the city. That element has not been lost here, as this hotel features balconies large enough to hold an actual ceremony on! For couples looking for a simple and streamlined ceremony that’s minimal and classy, this hotel has the perfect setting.
Another great perk of this hotel which only adds to its value as a small wedding package gem, are the size of its rooms. New Orleans is no stranger to luxurious hotels that come packed with features and amenities, but due to the age of many of the buildings, it can be difficult to find large hotel rooms at times.
That is not the case here, as this brand new hotel features an array of oversized suites perfect for couples who really want to get away from it all for a few days and not have to concern themselves about feeling cramped or cooped up in case the weather turns sour. In fact, you may not even want to leave!
With a state of the art recreation facility, fine dining all around, and gorgeous suites that any couple would find delightful, this hotel makes for a perfect “let’s just get married” kind of atmosphere.
Advantages of a Small Wedding in New Orleans
The romance and convenience of a small wedding can sound like a dream come true, and with the right package providing a solid foundation, there's no question that you're in for an amazing experience.
If this elopement-style wedding ceremony sounds like the perfect match for you, you may be wondering if New Orleans specifically is what you're looking for out of a destination. What is it about this city that is so appealing for couples and what are the actual benefits to a wedding package here compared to anywhere else in the country?
The Small New Orleans Wedding Experience
New Orleans is simply a magical place that couples the world over seem to fall in love with. There's a reason why it has become to elopement destination of choice for so many - its irresistible amenities, rich culture and history, warm hospitality, artsy aesthetic, and abundance of restaurants, bars, parks, and other elopement-friendly venues make this city perfect for getting married.
Interested in taking advantage of the best New Orleans has to offer for couples who want a beautiful, intimate wedding experience? Our new package is sure to meet your needs. Get in touch with me at info@elopetonola for more information on this special Small Wedding Package!
There's no more important element to a successful wedding or elopement than the photography. No matter what happens in between, you want to know at the end of the day that your beautiful memories are preserved and that the photos truly capture the essence of your special day.
A professional elopement photographer is able to help guide your entire ceremony, acting as a conductor to arrange perfect photo opportunities and even help to plan the ceremony itself. Experienced photographers bring more to the table than artistic ability - they are invaluable resources that anchor your ceremony and help make everything come together.
You might be looking for ways to save money on your elopement and you are wondering if you can afford not to have a good photographer, and this guide will help you see why this is not an area you want to shortchange yourself on. If you want to capture the best moments of your elopement and ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible, the right photographer can make a world of difference.
The Difference Between an Elopement Photographer and a Wedding Photographer
You might be inclined to believe that these two terms are interchangeable, but they honestly aren't. There is a sizable difference between a typical wedding photographer and one who is skilled in photographing elopements.
To be sure, wedding photographers must be adept in their own right. They have to have all of the right equipment on hand for the venue in question and have a solid grasp on how to shoot in tight spaces to get the best angles of the bride and groom. Wedding photographers are essential to any successful wedding, which is why their rates differ from that of a normal photographer.
Elopement photographers on the other hand usually have a much larger role to play than do your average wedding photographers. While those who shoot weddings simply show up and do their job, they usually aren't all that involved in the planning and execution of the ceremony itself. They are merely one small part to a much larger assortment of characters and roles. Typically, the wedding planner (be them a family member or professional) is in charge of orchestrating the photographer, helping them to fit into the background and not intrude on the ceremony itself.
In an elopement however, the photographer is often the conductor. They are prepared to walk around town with the bride and groom just to get shots of them in candid situations as they go about their elopement adventures. Many aspects of an elopement are "off script", which means that an elopement photographer must be prepared for random situations, excitement, and must be ever-vigilant for cute candid photo opportunities.
Elopement photographers must also have equipment on hand that will fit a variety of situations. The ceremony may start in a hotel and wind up in a park, or vice versa. There could be sunset shots on the bay or a carriage ride at noon, all in the same day. The photographer must be adept at taking exquisite shots in a multitude of locations and in varying conditions. This is in stark contrast to a wedding photographer's job, which is not nearly as complex in terms of what equipment is needed.
What's more, since there is typically no kind of large traditional wedding reception involved with an elopement, it is imperative that you get as many of these kinds of candid or "street" shots as possible. Your elopement will have you traveling around town, venturing to historic sites, kissing in the park or maybe even visiting a parade. Your photographer has to be prepared for all of these scenarios and will often be intimately involved with mapping these scenarios out for you as well.
An Elopement Photographer Will Act as Your Wedding Planner
You may assume that you will completely forgo a wedding planner during your elopement because they are much more simple in terms of requirements and moving pieces, but the truth is that there are still certain aspects of the day to plan if you want everything to go right.
A skilled and knowledgeable elopement photographer will often act as your guide, planning photo opportunities and connecting you with the best local services to create a fun and affordable elopement package that fits your needs. In many cases, your photographer will be very much like a wedding planner, creating a timeline for you that will help streamline the day. This is not to dismiss the importance of a professional seasoned wedding planner. At Ibay Photography, we recommend a wedding planner is secured on your wedding day for destination weddings that include 20 guests or more.
This not only takes away responsibilities from the couple, helping them to relax and remain carefree, but makes it easier in general to get the best possible pictures. As the photographer will likely know all of the best spots around town to get amazing photos, they can help guide and lead the couple around for beautiful opportunities that feel candid but are actually somewhat planned.
Not only are they able to do all of this, they must carry the proper equipment suited for all of these different types of lighting and situations. And they must be skilled enough to use it when the time comes. An elopement photographer is an invaluable professional and the cornerstone of most successful ceremonies.
The Perfect Guide to an Unfamiliar City
Many couples opt to have their elopement in a beautiful and exotic location that they either haven't been to in years or have never been to at all. This is partially the point, as an elopement should be a beautiful beginning full of fun and excitement, but on the practical end of things, it can be difficult to navigate a new city or unfamiliar area, especially during the excitement of an elopement.
An elopement photographer will be able to help guide the couple around, offering them expert advise on the best spots to eat, the best locations for photo opportunities, and the best places for romance and excitement. All the while, keeping their eyes out for memorable photo opportunities that the couple will treasure for a lifetime.
Benefits of Hiring an Elopement Photographer
There are several key benefits to hiring a skilled photographer to handle your elopement. When you are budgeting out your elopement, this is where you will get the best value in return for the money you spend.
There is no question that a skilled elopement photographer can help make sure your big day goes as smoothly as possible while also capturing those beautiful shots that you will want to hold onto for years to come.
Are you interested in having a professional photographer help you arrange the perfect elopement for you and your significant other? Get in touch with me here or take a look at our incredible New Orleans elopement packages that include photography
The world is only just starting to return to normal, and it looks like for the foreseeable future, we’re going to be practicing social distancing. You might be wonder, what exactly does this mean for your elopement?
Right now it can be a confusing time for couples who simply want to get eloped but don’t really know what they are supposed to do when it comes to gatherings, hygiene best practices, and wedding norms in general. Are guests really expected to wear masks? Are hotels safe?
These kinds of questions can pose serious issues in the planning process, which is why it’s important to know where to start. These tips below will help you navigate your elopement and practice safe social distancing even on your big day.