March 10 2020 | Planning Tips

Something Blue?

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.

The Artsy

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 or George Rodrigue of Blue Dog fame. Why should the bride be the only one with something blue?

The Kitchy

This is where it gets fun. Fill your gift bags with Mardi Gras throw items like wedding-themed beads from Beads by the Dozen, 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!).

The Yummy


Who doesn’t love New Orleans food? Throw in some New Orleans Famous Pralines, crawfish and alligator-shaped chocolates, local coffee, New Orleans beers, hot sauce, beignet mix, restaurant gift cards...you got the idea.

The Tunes


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.

Go to: Top New Orleans Wedding Songs

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