I actually JUST got engaged Friday (Nov. 23). Of course my favorite place on this entire planet is New Orleans. My fiance actually brought up getting married there. I wasn't sure if he would be all for it, but he seems to be! We just have to figure out whether or not this is realistically "do-able" for us. Mainly we have to figure out if all of our guests would be able to make the drive down from North Mississippi where we live. It isn't necessarily that we are planning a large wedding with many guests - it's just that certain family members like grandparents, etc. might have an issue with traveling and things such as that. We will hopefully sooner than later work all those details out and have a definite plan. In the meantime, I need advice! You guys must know that I am so opposite from traditional. I do not want anything fancy, luxurious, expensive, extravagant, ordinary.... No no no. My dress might actually be black or gold or both (Who Dat!)... So I am honestly just looking for something comfortable, laid back, budget-friendly, authentic, FUN... "Celebration, not necessarily ceremony" - Am I making sense? I love Nola and everything about it. Actually, my Plan B is if I must have the wedding here at home, then I will make it as New Orleans-ish as possible (beads in the trees, brass band music, feathers, umbrellas, black/gold, you get me...) Can anyone give me advice on possible venues? Not necessarily churches. I do like the idea of a courtyard wedding. I'm actually thinking the month of October sounds nice - mid/late October (yes, I'm aware of the Halloween crowd, so also unsure of how to work around that). I am definitely leaning more towards a French Quarter wedding. That's the vibe I like best and that's the experience I want our guests to have. I like the area closer around Canal/Decatur/Jackson Square best. That part of the Quarter. Close to the action. Enough excitement for our guests to get the full feel of Nola. I'm open to any ideas or advice anyone may have. Location, prices, hotels (packages, rates), BANDS - if I have to find a brass band playing on the street and ask them to play at the wedding/reception, I will! Don't care!), food, etc. Not necessarily interested in a florist or anything like that. I'm not very big on flowers. I'd be fine decorating with beads and feathers and such. I'm not sure how to handle the food situation because I Don't know how many guests we will be expecting yet and to be brutally honest - I don't feel like dealing with that right now. I don't want this to be a stressful thing. I kinda just want it to flow and be easy and simple and fun and inexpensive and authentic. Nothing fussy! Just fun. I also don't know how to go about the marriage license process but I suppose I can figure that out closer to time. Right now I just need some sort of ideas/options so that we can get estimates to figure out if this is something we can truly do - which I really hope it is. I know that this is long and probably obnoxious and confusing but I need some advice and help and you guys have always been so helpful and nice. I want the "perfect Nola wedding" in MY eyes which is a very non-traditional, unordinary way of seeing things! Laissez les bon temps rouler! Thanks, yall!