Also known as one of the culinary capitals of the US, New Orleans is a great place for elopements simply for the dining options it offers, especially if you’re looking to relish some amazing delicacies you can’t really get anywhere else.
If your tickets are booked and your bags are packed, here’s a little help to make sure your stay in the city before and after your elopement is full of deliciousness.
Keep reading to discover some the unforgettable New Orleans classics that you absolutely need to try when you’re here, and places that make them the best.
If you love foods that are packed full of flavor, New Orleans has everything you could ever ask for. One such flavorful dish are gumbos, seafood stews that have long been a staple of southern eating.
For starters, don’t forget to give the gumbos at Gumbo Shop a try- from the classics to the some others with delicious twists- you’re in for a good surprise here, and that’s obvious considering how this place has won the ‘Best Gumbo’ award every time.
If you’re talking about breakfast foods you absolutely wouldn’t want to miss out on treating yourself to some delicious beignets- the traditional New Orleans favorite!
This deep fried pastry is sprinkled with powdered sugar over the top and tastes absolutely divine, and if you’re looking forward to tasting it, Cafe Beignet is the place to be! Best of all, this place has an amazing menu that serves so many other delicious breakfast items too- you’ll actually be spoiled for choice here. If you’re a fan at all of breakfast treats and you find yourself in New Orleans for any reason, including your elopement, you’re not going to want to skip out on visiting this place.
If seafood spells love for you, and oysters are your weak spot, you definitely won’t be disappointed when you’re here.
New Orleans is famous for its unique traditional seafood dishes, and is the home to some of the best chargrilled and charbroiled oysters in the country.
Felix serves some of the best plump and delicious chargrilled oysters, and the place is pocket friendly too. If you’re looking to taste some authentic charbroiled oysters or just purchase a kit that helps you make them yourself, Dragos is the place to visit.
If you’re in New Orleans, you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on tasting the Bananas Foster, another staple and trademark of the area.
One of the most loved desserts, and there’s nowhere better to sample it than at Brennan’s.
This dramatic dessert tastes amazing, and after you’ve had your fill, you’ll be left with a smile on your face! Don’t be surprised if you find people who have dined elsewhere to arrive at Brennan’s just for dessert, it’s that good. We already featured Brennan’s in our piece on the best romantic restaurants for the newly married couple in New Orleans!
Whether you’ve heard of Po’boys or you haven’t, make sure you don’t miss out on giving them a try when you’re in New Orleans, and Johnny’s Po-Boys helps you do just that!
Known for being the oldest Po’boy restaurant in the world, this place serves the classic and rich Po’boys that will tickle your taste buds. Choose from their extensive menu or try one of their specials, you won’t be disappointed. These down south staples might have you coming back for another trip!
Napoleon House is a must visit if you’re looking forward to try mufalettas, the quintessential New Orleans sandwich which is packed with cured meat and cheese and is slathered with a tangy olive salad and is heated to intensify the flavors.
Don’t be fooled by the idea that it is just another “sandwich” - you can try, but you can’t finish one yourself - that’s how filling and hearty it is! You absolutely won’t find another sandwich quite like it outside of the city, so while you’re there, be sure to grab one
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Thinking about eloping but don’t want to go the typical “Vegas” route? While Las Vegas has practically become synonymous with eloping, there are plenty of other magnificent locations to tie the knot.
There’s a few, we would argue, that are even better than Vegas, and we’ll be taking a look at each of them here. Sure, Vegas has its charms, but if you’re looking for a truly unique, unforgettable romantic getaway, you’re going to want to check out our selection!
Camp Wandawega: Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Now, Wisconsin is certainly not a name you’d ever think would be associated with romantic getaways and elopements, but don’t let that deter you. If you’re looking for an experience closer to nature, with beautiful retreats in a rustic setting, Wandawega is your winner.
Over the past few years the camp has actually made a name for itself tailoring parts of its grounds for couples looking for something off the beaten path. Cozy log cabins, lodges, and even treehouses can be found in its expansive woodlands. What used to be Wisconsin’s best kept secret is becoming one of its finest attractions!
This quaint coastal town has long been a destination spot for anyone looking to experience the charm and beauty of the south. Not coincidentally, its charms lend it to being an amazing place to hold an elopement ceremony.
Fine dining, brimming with art and culture, plenty of entertainment, and of course, a flawless romantic setting, Savannah is simply a couple’s dream. If the glitz and glam of Vegas isn’t exactly your thing, Savannah will appeal to more classic sensibilities while still being full of fun, excitement, and romantic moments!
Typically thought of as a honeymoon spot, Maui is the perfect setting for the whole ceremony if that’s what you’re looking for. Why not make the entire wedding a honeymoon?
Maui is famous for its absolutely breathtaking white sand beaches, seaside attractions, paradisaical resorts, and minimalist aesthetic. It’s truly a place to go if you want to “get away from it all.” Here, it’s all about the beach, the sun, and the romance!
Beyond the attractive ambience of the island alone, there is more than enough to keep an adventurous couple occupied: rock climbing, surfing, cruises, snorkeling, ziplines, helicopter tours and more. You certainly won’t be bored.
Treehouse Point: Issaquah, Washington
Like a quaint forest village from a fantasy movie come to life, Treehouse point has been making a name for itself over the past few years as a premiere retreat and small wedding venue. Nestled in the midst of gorgeous woodlands, it features an array of unique fully decked out cabins built up in the trees, as well as more traditional options. There are even lodgings on the water.
For the full holistic experience, there are spa, yoga, and massage options available in and around the area: a stay at Treehouse is meant to be full of romance and relaxation. If you’re looking for a downright magical experience, you can’t go wrong with Treehouse Point.
Thorncrown Chapel: Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Another rustic romance spot less for retreats and more for very intimate elopements and weddings. This beautiful, obscure chapel rests in the forests of Arkansas, and is another contender for best elopement spots you might never have heard of.
It has that same magical, otherworldly feel as Treehouse Point, with plenty to do nearby, including tours and hiking opportunities. If your idea of a perfect elopement is an advertuuous getaway, you really can’t go wrong exploring this one of a kind chapel.
Bear Flag Farm: Winters, California
A self-proclaimed luxury estate, this farm-turned-paradise has made a name for itself in the wedding world in the last few years. They now specialize in hosting weddings and other events, and offer several magnificent attractions, including their own vineyard.
Of course, Bear Flag Farm is best known for the gorgeous photography options it offers: it is the perfectly picturesque kind of place you would expect to see only in movies. The rolling farm hills of the California countryside are all yours to share with your significant other!
No talk of elopement destinations would be complete without mentioning New Orleans. With its rich culture, gorgeous locales, numerous entertainment and dining options, and famous chapels, parks, and museums, it is quickly becoming the new name synonymous with “elopement.”
Areas like the French Quarter are becoming world-renown for the quality of the events hosted in the area, with unbeatable fine dining, romantic settings, and of course, professional elopement services that are unmatched anywhere else.
Vegas Isn’t Your Only Option
So whether you’re planning on going out to the West Coast or heading to the bayous down south, you don’t necessarily have to settle for Vegas. There are plenty of amazing elopement options all over the country, you just have to find the one that’s right for you.