Everything about getting married in New Orleans is more fun — even putting together the gift bags. And it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune either. Whether you give them to just the wedding party or to everyone on your guest list, do it right and you’ll have everybody laughing and remembering your big day for years to come.
Who doesn’t love New Orleans food? Throw in some New Orleans Famous Pralines, made with a time-tested, 100-year-old recipe. Crawfish and alligator-shaped chocolates, local coffee, New Orleans beers, hot sauce, beignet mix, and restaurant gift cards are also fun ideas.
This is where it gets fun. Fill your gift bags with Mardi Gras throw items like wedding-themed beads from Beads by the Dozen. Why just throw a bouquet when you can throw beads, we always say. Other ideas: a Cajun In Your Pocket key ring which plays funny Cajun sayings, alligator paw backscratchers, and maybe even a voodoo doll (for good luck and good fortune only!).
While original art is probably too expensive for gift bags, consider adding some frameable postcards, magnets, or a mug featuring the work of Michalopoulos, Terrance Osborne, Garland Robinette, Carol Zehner, or George Rodrigue of Blue Dog fame. Why should the bride be the only one with something blue?
Include a playlist of your wedding songs as well as tunes from your favorite New Orleans artists. Include classics from Louis Armstrong, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Fats Domino, the Neville Brothers, and Harry Connick, Jr. as well as Mardi Gras tunes.