The elopement of your dreams doesn’t have to break the bank. Quite the contrary, these summer trends prove that elopements are still one of the cheapest ways to get married.
Every year more and more couples seem to be looking into “unconventional” ceremony formats, and getting eloped just fits. What’s could be better than a romantic getaway that actually cuts expenses compared to a traditional wedding? That’s music to every couple’s ears.
Let’s take a look at a few trends that you might want to incorporate into your ceremony this summer:
First Looks are Bigger Than Ever
A few months ago we wrote about how First Look elopement photography was taking off. That trend has only risen as couples everywhere are learning about this new “tradition.”
If you’re not familiar, a First Look is a pre-ceremony activity that allows the couple to meet each other right before the ceremony takes place, to give them a more intimate time together before the actual ceremony starts.
This is perfect if you are having a medium to large sized elopement with friends and family, which gives the couple some space before having to present themselves to the crowd.
As an added bonus, a First Look is often like a private photo shoot. It is becoming customary to invite the photographer to this intimate meeting, so they can shoot an on-site pre-ceremony collection that often creates beautiful moments.
After all, the bride and groom are seeing each other on their special day for the first time and this creates electric photography. First Looks are even more popular in summer months and warmer climates like New Orleans, where couples have the liberty of staying outside for longer periods and can decide to have a fully outdoors shoot if they desire.
Less Formal More Fun
Eloping has taken off in part because it allows couples to do away with many of the old formalities and just get married where and when they want without a ton of hassle.
This trend is only increasing, as we’re seeing more and more couples go the casual route when it comes to their ceremony. There’s much more focus on having a good time and an authentic experience rather than spending a fortune on a particular item or place.
When there’s less focus on the formalities, it allows couples to unwind and just enjoy themselves, and shouldn’t that be what getting married is all about?
It’s so important for couples to realize that if they are feeling pressure in wedding planning maybe it’s time they look into getting eloped. It’s a very different experience when you can just focus on your significant other and not have to plan for months on end just to “get everything right” and please 100 random relatives that insisted on coming.
Less formal also often means less money spent. Ditch the expensive trappings of typical wedding ceremonies and just let loose and enjoy yourself. Wear what you want, go where you want, and focus on the romance!
Back to Nature
What could be better than getting married under the boughs of giant weeping willows, in the middle of a picturesque park, or right on the shoreline with the sea breeze in your hair?
Holding elopements and weddings in the outdoors is nothing new, but it’s certainly a growing trend. What better way to save money and transform your ceremony into a special adventure than having the entire thing outdoors?
This is the perfect answer for couples looking to save a ton of money on things like hotel halls and chapels. Not to mention, a natural backdrop is the ultimate elopement set. You can choose exactly the kind of atmosphere you want to accentuate your big day, whether you want a more earthy event in the middle of the woods or want to go full blown mermaid by the sea.
That’s the beauty of having an elopement, you don’t have to worry about the logistics of planning for 100 or more people on a small patch of beach or in a particular corner of a park. The crowd size will be small, no parking snafus, and you don’t have to somehow cater a feast in the woods.
And above all, most of the time it’s free! Some parks in New Orleans charge a small event fee for hosting crowds at certain times of the day and after a certain size, but for the most part, if you seek out a particular area of nature that you want to transform into your perfect elopement backdrop, you’re not going to be spending a penny.
There’s nothing quite like the romance and fun of a perfect elopement, but the special moments can pass by in the blink of an eye. This is just one of the reasons why professional photography is one of the critical elements to any elopement.
Think of what goes into an elopement: it’s like taking the best parts of a wedding ceremony and a honeymoon and combining them, and pulling it all off in only a few days. It can truly feel like a whirlwind for the couple and anyone else joining in the experience.
Photos of the event help ensure that the memories and special moments of an elopement last forever.
Here are just a few of the reasons why photography is the true elopement secret ingredient you simply have to have.
It’s All About Preserving the Memories
A lot can happen during the course of an elopement. Besides the ceremony itself, which you are going to want to look back on and cherish for a lifetime, there will be dozens of tiny spur-of-the-moment events that you would regret not being able to recall after everything is all said and done.
Many couples even stage pre-ceremony photoshoots, which are becoming a popular trend. Being able to spend some much needed alone time with your significant other, while posing for romantic pictures in the location of your dreams: what could possibly be better?
If you have a professional photography service with you on your elopement, they will be able to be there when you need them most, to capture each and every moment of your special day. They are trained to make sure they preserve what matters most to you, as if they were bringing form to your memories. But even better, they might be able to capture something you would have forgotten about altogether in all the excitement.
Whether you are holding a tiny ceremony or having a full scale destination wedding with a bunch of your family and friends, you’re going to want to make sure that these important moments are preserved.
Everyone Can Join The Ceremony
One of the key parts of an elopement is typically the smaller size. You’re not going to be inviting extended family and friends you haven’t seen in ten years, although you may still want to inform them of what’s going on and include them in spirit.
This is where good photography comes in.
You obviously can’t invite everyone on an elopement, and that would kind of defeat the purpose anyway. Most couples choose an elopement over traditional marriage because they want to have a ceremony better suited for themselves rather than what’s expected of them by family and tradition.
Not having to cater to 100 different people when all you want to do is focus on your union together is part of what makes elopement so special.
When it’s all over though, you’re going to have family and friends that want to hear (and see) what happened. Photography provides this medium, so you can share the experience on social media and any other way you want without them actually being there.
Great Photography Can Bring Out the Best in Your Elopement
Stress, nerves, butterflies, this is all common even with the simplicity and freedom of an elopement ceremony compared to a wedding.
A great photographer can help put you at ease and bring out your playful side.
In our experience, one of the most difficult parts of marriage for couples the day of, is just unwinding and not letting the gravity of things get to them.
Pre-ceremony photography for example is a great way to help release stress and have fun. Photo shoots in general on an elopement allow for freedom and fun without all the hassle and show of a wedding ceremony.
During an elopement, the world is on your plate. Shoot some romantic pictures in a park, or on the balcony of your hotel (which New Orleans specializes in by the way!), or in front of an historic monument as if you were on vacation!
Great elopement photographers know all the sights and know just how to tease out a playful mood from even the most nervous couples, allowing them to unwind and enjoy the experience.
It’s one of the best parts of the job when you help couples be themselves and enjoy the experience, and see them open up and just live in the moment. Capturing these intimate moments is why so many couples insist on having a great photographer at the heart of their elopement experience.
You can see why photography is the "secret ingredient" to a memorable elopement. It's truly the best way to take your ceremony to the next level!
The bouquet is certainly one of the most iconic parts of any wedding or elopement ceremony. It’s a tradition spanning hundreds of years and can make for some perfect and elegant photographic moments as well.
When it comes to New Orleans elopements, seasonal flowers are typically what work best and that’s why Elope to Nola specializes in them. It’s important to know beforehand exactly what kind of bouquet you can expect in order to help you plan for the perfect elopement.
Seasonal Flowers Means Better Quality
While the selection may be less broad, this will work in your favor to not have any additional stresses of flower details. With ElopeToNola bouquets, you simply need to select a color theme!
The reason we have simplified the flower selection is that some flowers just don’t work because they have to shipped from far away, which is expensive and also tends to damage the flowers in the process. Other flowers wilt fast shortly after they are cut, like the magnolia, and are not ideal for most elopement bouquets. Some simply don’t do well outside in Louisiana’s humid climate, like the lily.
Some couples may want certain flowers from a faraway state or even exotic ones like the Hawaiian plumeria, which are quite popular in wedding ceremonies in certain parts of the country. However, it would be extremely expensive and impractical to import such flowers to Louisiana.
Remember that elopements rarely take place in the controlled confines of a church, where flowers can be preserved and tend to remain in air conditioned surroundings. Most New Orleans elopements take place in parks, outdoor courtyards or beautiful streets of the city itself; often in less than ideal conditions for certain flowers.
Many of the classic pictures of bouquets you can find on Instagram and Pinterest were designed with either church halls or a lot of money in mind. That’s not practical for an elopement, which should be focused more on romance, affordability, and spontaneity.
Here’s some of the best seasonal flowers you can expect from one of our elopement package bouquets that ensure top quality:
You can always ask our florist if a specific flower you want may be available on hand, and she will do her best to make it happen if there is a supplier that can get them (premium flower upgrade fees may apply). Keep in mind if you asked florist for pink roses and that week of your wedding only ivory roses were available, she will incorporate pink color to your bouquet in some other way either by adding another pink flower or using pink ribbon tied around the stems. Because we focus on seasonal, fresh flowers, sometimes substitution is necessary!
You can be sure that whatever our florist comes up with, it will be absolutely stunning, and perfectly fit the theme of your elopement.
If you have any questions about what kind of bouquet you can expect, or help planning and putting everything together, get in touch with us. Sometimes it takes that expert touch to make everything fit, and creating gorgeous bouquets for our couples is one of our specialties!
Elopements are certainly easier to manage than traditional weddings but there’s definitely still room for problems to pop up if you don’t have the right info or plan ahead.
It would also be a mistake assuming an elopement is just a small wedding in an exotic setting. There’s certain things you have to think about when you get eloped that aren’t really an issue at all in traditional ceremonies, and likewise, some problems and situations you encounter with traditional wedding ceremonies aren’t a factor at all when eloping.
There’s a certain formula to crafting the perfect elopement that we’ve helped implement time and time again, and that other elopement and wedding planners and experts tend to agree on.
Here’s important tips that will save you a lot of hassle when it comes time to elope!
1. Find Affordable Accommodations for Guests
If you’re bringing some friends and family along on your elopement, you’ll save yourself a lot of time, money, and hassle by researching the best possible place for everyone to stay at.
Remember, part of the appeal of an elopement is to save money, right? Don’t feel pressured into inviting friends or co-workers or even including 6 bridesmaids. Keep it simple and you’ll be able to focus more on what matters: the actual elopement and the people you hold dearest to your hearts.
Don’t forget to notify them about the proper date and time, as well as the exact location and directions.
2. Your Elopement Destination Should Have Meaning
This is kind of a biggie. Part of the benefit of eloping is that you aren’t pressured into getting married in a local church or other place that doesn’t necessarily have any personal meaning for you.
Instead, you get to choose a location that means something to you and your significant other. Maybe the spot of a former vacation, a place you met while on business, or a place you’ve mutually fantasized about traveling to for years.
Whichever the case may be, take the time to pick a spot that will hold a greater meaning for you both, it will make everything that much more memorable.
3. Make Use of Your Setting
Another big time and money saver is planning your elopement around a theme that matches your destination.
There’s no sense in traveling to the mountains in Maine and expecting tropical flowers in your set pieces. Look into local flowers, local styles, dress for the weather and pick a color scheme that matches the destination and time of the year.
You’ll be rewarded with less headaches and more money in your wallet.
4. Your Wedding Dress Should Fit the Theme
Traditional weddings don’t really offer a wide variety of styles when it comes to wedding dresses. When you elope, the sky’s the limit!
This is your opportunity to create an outfit and look that really fits the theme of the event and location. Don’t feel like you have to don the traditional white gown and lace. There are a multitude of options, from simple sundresses paired with elaborate up-dos, to an array of tropical and bohemian styles to experiment with.
In other words, go with the look you want rather than the look that’s expected!
5. Spend on Lavish Meals and 5-Star Accommodations for Yourself
The area where you might want to splurge is in the “treating yourself” department! Think of an elopement as a hybrid wedding and honeymoon put together. Don’t be afraid to pay a little extra for the master suite and a fancy dinner.
Compared to the prices of normal weddings, this is a drop in the bucket and will make the entire experience come alive. When you elope, it’s not just about the ceremony, it’s about the magic and adventure.
6. Make a Simple Budget
Yes, eloping is about being free from the constraints of traditional weddings, and that includes their gigantic, outrageous budgets with dozens of expenses.
That being said, you don’t want to overspend or forget something.
In the planning phase, you should definitely put together a simple budget, and stay true to it. This will allow you the peace of mind not to worry about financial issues while you’re eloping, and show you a bigger picture of what you’re working with. Maybe there is room in the budget for that triple layer cake or that extended cruise?
Whatever the case may be, you’re going to want to keep track of the basic expenses and make sure that you have a price limit on things like clothing, travel, hotels, and guest needs. Eloping should be simple and affordable, just keep that in mind. Don’t break the bank!
7. Be Sure to Have the Marriage License Legalities in Order
Check with officiant 2 weeks prior to arrival at your destination.
Read up on the laws on marriage in the area you are getting eloped, and don’t wait until the actual day of the elopement to do anything with marriage licenses. You’ll be setting yourself up for complications and headaches.
The best course of action is to get in contact with an officiant or your elopement planner to make sure you’re covered. Speaking of which…
8. Think About Hiring a Professional
This is the “big secret” to making sure your elopement goes exactly the way you want it, with minimal hassle and the most bang for your buck.
Hire an elopement planner! A wedding planner that specializes in destination weddings works too.
You might think you can handle everything by yourself, but chances are if you are flying halfway across the country to an exotic location, you’re going to need someone who knows the lay of the land that can guide you to make smart purchases on your behalf, schedule everything the right way, and set up the ceremony just the way you want it, without risk of forgetting something or letting something slip through the cracks.
Elopement planners are the magic makers behind the scenes, often making calls and taking care of your needs up to the last minute to make sure you don’t have to worry about any of the hassle that goes into event planning.
We specialize in elopement planning and have packages for couples looking to tie the knot in New Orleans.
Regardless of where you’re headed to elope, a professional elopement planner is a must. Not only will they help you save time and money, they’ll know the destination better than you and are trained to know the best places to eat, the best hotels for couples, and local attractions.
Not to mention they can take care of more than half of the tips on this list, including providing an officiant and taking care of your legal issues.
What more could a couple want?
So you have your heart set on an exciting New Orleans elopement. You know the date, you know what you’re going to wear, and you even picked out a theme.
But then you get into the legal side of things and suddenly feel overwhelmed. The good news is, it’s easy to get a marriage license in Louisiana, you just have to meet a few basic requirements and pay the fee.
Here’s everything you need to know about the process so you don’t have worry about doing too much research or feeling like you’re forgetting something. Thousands of couples get married and elope in New Orleans every year, so getting a marriage license is easy when you know how.
What do You Need to Get Married in Louisiana?
Make sure that when you are planning on applying for a marriage license, that you bring all the necessary identification and paperwork. This will ensure that the entire process goes smoothly.
Required documents needed to apply:
Some general words of advice for getting eloped in New Orleans, be sure to check the dates you are planning on visiting ahead of time, so that they don’t conflict with Federal and State holidays, and that you take a morning several days before the actual ceremony to simply take care of all the legal matters, leaving you free to hold your ceremony without worry or red tape.
Getting a marriage license in New Orleans is fairly easy, but always prepare. You don’t want to be caught in a situation where the only day you left for yourself ends up being a Federal holiday.
If you decide you want New Orleans to be where you tie the knot, call us up and let us handle all your marriage needs. We’ll help you arrange your ceremony, take care of your marriage license issues, and even provide an officiant, photographer and your flowers!
Your big day is finally here. You spent months and months deciding the location, the attire, the theme, the season, even the food. You want these memories captured forever.
Do you really want to take a chance and risk hiring a cheap photographer for that role?
This is something not many wedding and elopement planners are willing to talk about, but it’s important for me to get you guys the best information possible.
After all, photography is our specialty and what makes our elopement packages so magical.
We know how important it is not to skimp in this department.
Here’s a few tips on why you want to go with quality above all else when you’re looking into getting a wedding photographer.
Real Photography Costs Money
Some people assume that all a photographer does is show up on site with a fancy camera, clicks a button a couple hundred times, and calls it a day.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Real photography is extremely labor intensive.
It’s not just about the actual photo shoots. There’s a mountain of work that goes into a wedding photography business.
Just the arranging of the shoot alone can take days of planning, phone calls, emails, and coordination. Bringing the right equipment for the job, cleaning and preparing it.
The actual photo shoot itself can entail hours of intense work, that includes changing out lenses, herding people around, crouching and extending in bizarre poses just to get a good angle, and simply being present enough during an entire ceremony to capture every important moment (there can be a lot of them)!
The photography service extends long after the wedding has concluded, as well. The immense amount of photo editing and preparation for print that the files most undergo is a job within itself, that can often span days.
If you think you’re only paying for somebody to come out and snap some pictures of your special day, think again.
There’s a ton going on behind the scenes, and you should be aware that if the price point seems strangely low, it probably means you are going to get a second-rate service.
Quality of the Work
Do your homework on the wedding photographer you are looking into. You should be able to find ample examples of their work online someplace for you to look at. Either on Facebook, Instagram, or a portfolio of some kind.
This is really important.
Believe it or not, professional wedding photography quality can differ quite a bit. This is not only because of the skill and the experience of the photographer, but the quality of the equipment they are using as well.
Once you get out of the “hobby photographer” sphere, the price of photography equipment can vary wildly. There are lenses that cost thousands of dollars alone, to say nothing of the cameras themselves, lighting equipment, tripods, and other tools of the trade.
You absolutely want to know what you are getting before diving in.
Reputation is everything. What are other people saying about their services? Do they have lots of examples of their work and are they proud to showcase it?
This speaks volumes. Photography is a visual medium, and those visuals are produced through a combination of skill and equipment. If either are lacking, the final product will be lacking by definition.
Some photographers can make up what they lack in skill and equipment with editing, but you’ll know an over-edited photo when you see one.
The last thing you want is for your wedding photos to look like elementary school pics you snagged for your kid for a measly $20.
A quality photographer knows how to maximize skill, composition, lighting, making use of the best equipment they have on hand, and understands that editing is only used to enhance a photo in order to bring out its natural beauty, not to create what is not already there.
This is where photographer quality can differ, and why you should do your homework when you are looking for a wedding photographer.
You don’t want to be heartbroken after getting your wedding photos back only to see shoddy work. This is a once and a lifetime opportunity to hire a real professional and get everything done right the first time.
Hiring a reputable wedding photographer means you are in safe hands, and you know you'll be getting a return on your investment: memories that will last a lifetime! Check out Ibay Photography's past elopement wedding photography Here!
At first glance, you might not be able to distinguish an elopement from a small wedding. Indeed, they share many of the same points, yet are fundamentally different.
So which one is right for you? Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each, so you know exactly how you want to tie the knot!
Intimate Weddings: Traditional and Cozy
A small wedding is just that: a traditional ceremony that’s a bit scaled down. Less guests, less decorations, smaller venue, less food, but more simplicity, coziness, and peace of mind.
When there’s less moving parts to worry about, it’s often far easier to plan a wedding and make sure it goes off without a hitch. This is one of the biggest reasons why smaller weddings are becoming so popular: couples are drawn to the simplicity.
However, a small wedding still includes the main components of a traditional wedding: formal invitations, a hard guest list, catering, the ceremony itself, as well as the reception. While there are fewer people to worry about, usually only about 20 or so, there’s still plenty that needs to be taken care of in terms of planning.
What’s important to remember about an intimate wedding is that it’s usually the answer for couples looking to have a traditional wedding that’s simply in a more scaled down form. Because it’s smaller, you might be able to hold the reception in a cozier location, such as a favorite lounge, or local eatery, rather than being forced to hold it someplace that caters to dozens of people.
It also means you will be saving a little money, however there are still many expectations that come with a small wedding: floral arrangements, formal catering, gift registries, photography packages, a fancy wedding dress, tux rentals, and more.
There are other advantages to a small wedding that might not be immediately apparent. For example, with a smaller group of people, you can better customize the menu to suit individual needs. This is especially important if your small wedding is going to be full of nothing but close friends and family.
Travel can also be more easily managed with a small wedding. The logistics of holding a large wedding halfway across the country is unfeasible for most people.
The biggest factor in holding a small wedding is that you are looking for a much simpler experience while deciding not to forgo typical wedding elements. Elopements on the other hand tend to be more focused on the couples, like a fusion between a wedding and a honeymoon, without many other people involved.
Elopements: Romantic Getaway and Wedding in One
For couples looking for something a bit more exotic and less like a traditional wedding, we have the elopement. There’s something magical about the idea of forgoing the rituals and burdens of the typical wedding and just getting married on your own terms, and this is one of the biggest reasons why elopements are taking off all over the country.
Essentially, an elopement is for couples who don’t really want to drop thousands of dollars just to hold an elaborate ceremony. Maybe they want to save the money as a down payment for a house, maybe they simply don’t have a lot of family and friends that can attend, or maybe they just want their special day to be an adventure.
Whatever the case may be, elopements provide an amazing alternative for couples who just don’t feel like an intimate wedding is “intimate” enough.
Often, an elopement will just include the couple getting married, and a small group of friends. Sometimes, couples get eloped on their own. This makes the logistics and planning stages much easier than in a typical wedding. What’s more, you have many more options when you go this route.
Instead of having to plan elaborate catering, you can simply have dinner at a local fancy restaurant you always wanted to go to, or if you are traveling someplace exotic, you can just have a night on the town. You have far more options when you don’t have to plan for and accommodate dozens of people.
Every stage of an elopement is typically easier to plan. You don’t really have to worry about putting together all the pieces, because even things like the wedding dress are only suggestions, not necessities. Many brides, for example, will just choose to buy any kind of pretty dress that suits the location and theme of the elopement, rather than purchasing a white wedding gown.
Another benefit of elopements is that a capable elopement planner can take care of just about all your needs. Here at IBAY we help couples do just that, by taking care of a lot of the “behind the scenes” stuff, so if you plan on having an elopement in New Orleans, all you need to worry about is having fun!
An elopement is meant to be more like a romantic getaway, in the sense that there is much less ceremony involved. You also typically fly out to a more exotic location to hold the marriage, as opposed to a wedding, which is usually followed by a honeymoon.
The elopement is the honeymoon!
That is one of the draws to eloping: it fuses the best parts of the wedding into the honeymoon, to create something altogether different and special.
Whichever route you choose, remember to choose what works best for you. Sometimes due to family and friend obligations, elopements just aren’t possible. But remember, you can always talk with your friends and family and see what they are comfortable with. You never know, a dozen of them might want to come with you on your trip across the country and share the magic with you!
A scenic, storied locale that began as a mishmash of plantation grounds and even a dueling spot for noblemen, City Park has since been transformed into one of New Orleans’s most beloved public recreation and cultural centers.
What makes City Park so extravagant is its lush natural beauty and historic attractions, including a full-fledged botanical garden, a sculpture garden, and the New Orleans Museum of Art, as well as any number of natural and manmade wonders, like the famous “Dueling Oak” tree and aesthetic stone footbridges.
This natural beauty and accessible location in the heart of New Orleans makes it an ideal hotspot for elopements and weddings. What could be more romantic?
To that end, City Park is also an ideal destination for photographers. There are so many gorgeous and unique photo opportunities here that it’s no wonder so many couples decide to not only have their elopement photos taken in the Park, but choose to hold their entire ceremony here as well!
Certainly, between the many expansive lakes, streams, variety of trees and bushes, winding paths and sprawling vistas, there are plenty of places within the park that are not only a dream for couples looking to elope, but a gift for photographers as well!
Who will marry us?
Since City Park is open to the public, you will need to bring your own officiant to perform the ceremony. We can help you secure an officiant to meet all of your needs, who is licensed in Orleans Parish. We also include officiants’ services with our elopement package.
When can I get married at City Park?
City Park is open all year ‘round, each day starting 30 minutes before sunrise and closing 30 minutes after sunset, barring special events. This is perfect for most wedding and elopement needs, because we recommend holding your ceremony or photoshoots just after sunrise or within two hours of sunset, for the best possible lighting.
What do I need to get married at City Park?
Besides an excellent wedding or elopement planner (which is one of our specialties!), all you’re really going to need is the permit, which costs $50. Your planner will help you take care of this, or you can contact the Director of Special Events.
How much does it cost to have a ceremony at City Park?
Besides the permit, there is no cost involved with simply having an officiated marriage in the City Park limits. That being said, you’re more than likely looking forward to holding an entire ceremony, and if you want to do it in the Park, you need to contact the park management for specific details for your situation. There are certain areas of the park that may be rented for a private ceremony and will allow you to bring chairs. Any public areas of the park will not allow chairs to be setup.
Alternatively, your wedding or elopement planner can handle much of these kinds of details so you don’t get bogged down. Often City Park will work alongside wedding planners to facilitate on-site catering and other services, but this will of course add to the cost. Your planner can put together a package for you that saves you the most money while giving you the ceremony of a lifetime
How many guests can we invite?
The great thing about outdoor weddings is that there is typically no guest cap at all. Of course, this is especially important if you are having a full blown wedding, but if an intimate elopement is on the table, you’ll have more than enough space for everyone.
There are many large open areas in City Park that are perfect for photography backdrops. The oak trees, cobblestone bridges, fountain areas are all amazing locations for additional photography opportunities.
How do we get to City Park?
It’s truly hard to miss City Park, it’s a massive attraction in the heart of New Orleans - even larger than Central Park! That being said, it might be hard to find for anyone who is not familiar with the city and needs just a bit of guidance getting there.
Probably the easiest way to get there from the French Quarter, is to travel north from Louis Armstrong Park until you hit Esplanade Avenue, which is a main street running through the bulk of the city. If you turn left on Esplanade Avenue and head Northwest, you will wind up right in the middle of City Park.
New Orleans is an extremely easy to travel city, so keep on the lookout for signage that will point you in the right direction.
Hopefully you found this information on City Park useful for your upcoming elopement or wedding. Feel free to contact us anytime if you want to talk about a package deal just for you, so you can experience the magic of City Park for yourself!
There are certainly a ton of amazing locations in the U.S. for couples looking to elope, but it might be somewhat overwhelming when it comes time to choose.
That’s why we’ve put together a simple guide to help you choose the perfect location to tie the knot.
Many different factors have to come together in order for a city to be right for an elopement ceremony, including availability of accommodating hotels, chapels, the amount of gardens and other aesthetic locations for photoshoots and outdoor ceremonies, the quality of local restaurants, the reputation and hospitality of the city, as well as entertainment, ambience, and proximity to other fun couples activities.
When you take all of these things into account, there are clear winners when it comes to the right city to get eloped in.
Here’s our selection for where to elope to have the best experience possible in the U.S.!
What’s more romantic than a mountain retreat?
The Poconos attracts thousands of people every year for their quaint charm and entertainment, as well as simply being far more accessible than many other mountain resorts and destinations.
Located only a couple hours from major cities like New York City and Philadelphia, the Poconos are like a little slice of snowy, pine-forest paradise nestled between the hustle and bustle of the East Coast.
What makes them so ideal for elopements is their plethora of snug, idyllic retreats for couples, which include actual log cabins in the middle of the woods, skiing and snowboarding, lodges, hiking, giant lakes, camping, and more.
If you and your significant other are dreaming of some kind of magical forest ceremony, you can very well have it in the Poconos.
The best part is, there are actually hotels and bed and breakfast style accommodations that cater to couples, as well as more adventurous activities like cave diving, kayaking, and rock climbing if you really want to shake things up.
Vegas is still one of the most popular places in the country for couples looking to elope, but its sister city Reno is starting to become the superior option for several reasons.
First and foremost, Reno enjoys all the same laws that make Vegas a booming city for tourists and couples. There’s plenty of resorts, casinos, nightlife, restaurants, and chapels that cater to soon-to-be-newlyweds.
Arguably, because Reno has been trying to make a name for itself over the past few years, earning its nickname, the Biggest Little City, the quality of its resorts and casinos has been rapidly increasing in competition with Vegas.
This means more quality for less price. Less congestion, more parking, more room to move around, less hassle, and often more options.
What separates Reno even more is that it has the luxury of having more natural options. There are several resorts and elopement packages that focus on more rustic settings with more traditional amenities, instead of everything revolving around casinos and the nightlife.
However, if you’re looking for that classic “Vegas” feel, Reno has you covered as well. Then there is the food. With spots like the Great Full Gardens and The Twisted Fork, you’re bound to find something to sink your teeth into.
The perfect mix of southern charm and modern amenities. This up-and-coming city has it all: beaches, art and culture, excellent dining, fine hotels, and plenty of couples to do.
Savannah is known for its gorgeous botanical gardens, which make a perfect setting for elopement photoshoots. There are also nature walks and tours available at the local parks and gardens, including the famous Forsynth Park.
You’re also not going to want to miss Joe’s Homemade Café, The Rail Pub, and Vic’s On The River for some of the best quality southern cuisine you can ask for in the state.
Best part is, it’s all within short distance of hotels and accommodations perfect for intimate weddings and elopements.
Every year this exotic paradise attracts thousands of couples wanting to elope in style.
Whether it’s the crystal clear ocean with white sand beaches, or endless entertainment with a tropical twist, Maui has always been a wedding and elopement hotspot.
There are many activities for couples seeking romance and adventure, including the famous sunset cruises and various spas you can enjoy. Maui is also home to several amazing restaurants, including The Mill House, Cuatro, and the famous Lahaina Grill.
Probably the most iconic of all, the tropical beach setting is one of the best in the world. If getting eloped in a tropical paradise is something you’re dreaming about, Maui is what you’re looking for.
The quintessential elopement destination, New Orleans draws couples from all over the country every year. The unique combination of cultural influences and prime location on the Gulf has slowly turned the city into the premiere place for destination elopements.
So what can couples expect in New Orleans?
5 star hotels that cater specifically to eloping couples and have everything from wedding halls to balcony photography packages and suites, to world class dining, to art and entertainment you literally can’t get anywhere else.
New Orleans is a city with rich history. Many different cultures settled in the city, and to this day it holds all of these influences in a perfect blend. French, Creole, German, African, and Caribbean history has crafted an urban experience like none other.
Where else can you get impeccable Southern style seafood right from the Gulf of Mexico, enjoy beautiful gardens, live music, historical museums, ferry rides on the Mississippi, and top it all off with an elopement ceremony for the ages?
Probably the best part of New Orleans is the culture that has developed around elopements themselves.
The city has become a Mecca of sorts for all things weddings. There are many professional services in the city that have put together their services specifically to take the guesswork out of your elopement and make sure everything runs smooth. We’re one such business, that prides itself in delivering world class service for anyone looking to elope in NOLA.
So if you’re looking for someplace to hold an unforgettable elopement, you could do no better than right here in New Orleans.
There’s certainly no shortage of amazing places to hold your destination wedding, but there are several reasons why New Orleans should be on the top of your list.
It’s no secret that over the past few years, New Orleans has become something of a Mecca for couples looking to elope and get married, and it’s no wonder. The art, the culture, the cuisine, the classic luxury, and the climate all combine to form one of the best destination spots for romantic getaways and beautiful ceremonies.
So what does the city have to offer? You’re in for a treat.
Let us show you why New Orleans has quickly become one of the hottest spots in the country for couples looking to tie the knot!
Magnificent Accommodation Options
When it comes to New Orleans, you’re looking at some of the finest hotels you could possibly ask for. Many of them have renovated and crafted their space specifically for wedding ceremonies, so on top of luxury accommodations, you have ball rooms, dining rooms, photography settings, and more right there in one building.
Often hotels in New Orleans come equipped with romantic balconies that overlook the city or the bay, aesthetic gardens perfect for ceremonies or photo shoots, great proximity to parks, restaurants, chapels, and other crucial wedding services, and knowledgeable staff who will work hard to ensure that your stay is a memorable one.
Because so many hotels in the area are used to hosting wedding services and parties, the staff are already familiar with working in tandem with local caterers, photographers, officiants, and wedding coordinators, to create a seamless professional experience that you can’t really get anywhere else.
World Class Restaurants and Catering
New Orleans has come to be synonymous with great food. The unique mixture of cultures, traditional customs, foreign influences, and long history has made the city a veritable hotbed of delicacies and comfort food.
Not only this, because of the influx of couples looking to wed, many of these restaurants do in fact accommodate large gatherings like weddings and even provide amazing catering options with impeccable service.
We’ve highlighted some of our favorite New Orleans restaurants before. Places like the Rum House, Brennan’s, and the Commander’s Palace have become nationally sought-after tourist destinations based on their reputation and food alone. If that doesn’t speak for how wonderful the food in New Orleans is, nothing will.
One of the best parts about the dining in New Orleans is that there is something for everyone.
Looking for an extremely high class experience with French delicacies? Good down south comfort food? The freshest seafood money can buy? Decadent desserts that will have you coming back for more? New Orleans has all of this in spades.
So one of the big reasons so many couples love New Orleans as a place for their destination wedding is, you can always count on the food. Whether you are looking for 5-star wedding catering or a romantic restaurant to have a quiet date, or a fun bar with great night life and food, you can find it here.
Scenic Natural Beauty and Climate
New Orleans has the benefit of being situated on the Gulf Coast, which enjoys magnificent weather at just about all times a year. It can be occasionally humid at the height of summer, so that’s something you might want to take into consideration, but if you’re looking for a paradisiacal getaway in the dead of winter, New Orleans might be calling.
Add to this the lush and attractive gardens and scenic beaches and lakes that are all around the area, and you have the perfect setting for marriage magic. It’s a sightseer and photographer’s dream, as well as an amazing choice for anyone looking for a warm, relatively stable climate at just about any time of the year.
Between the vast Lake Pontchartrain, ferry rides across the Mississippi, and touring the famous Garden District, you can’t do much better than the natural beauty and warm climate of New Orleans. A destination wedding dream!
City Rich in Romanticism and Culture
The food and the weather tie into our final point: New Orleans just simply has that “magic” something that makes it a “romantic” city.
Wherever you turn, beautiful architecture meets quaint cafes and elaborate gardens. Music playing in the streets, festivals and parties year-round, world class dining and fine arts to keep any couple occupied, and possibly some of the most robust night life this side of Vegas.
At any time of the year, you’re guaranteed to find fun events to attend and themes to fit your wedding around. It’s not all about Mardi Gras either. New Orleans enjoys a rich mix of different cultures from all over, including German and Creole. There are many cultural festivals, holiday festivals, art shows, theater showings, and live music to enjoy at all times of the year.
What better way to celebrate your wedding or elopement than to live it up in the heart of New Orleans? There’s truly something for everyone in this city of romance, and that’s perhaps the number one reason why it has become such a huge hotspot for destination weddings. There’s simply no other place like it. For more info on marrying in New Orleans, connect with us! We would be honored to help you navigate the many options!