(Photo by Jeannie Frey Rhodes Photography)

Wow factor: Fresh ideas to make your special day a standout

Shaking things up

Music is essential for a south Louisiana wedding. That’s why supplying tambourines—or other handheld musical instruments—get your guests in on the action and crank up the party fun.

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Let there be light

The end to a perfect evening is no longer a simple send-off. These days, more and more newlyweds are getting their own sparkling sky shows. (Photo by Jenn Ocken Photography)


Boxed set

Gifts for the bride and groom are made more personal when packaged well. Brides are also boxing up favorites for their bridesmaids—each with individual items special for the occasion. (Photo by Carolynn Seibert Photography)


Just felt right

Unconventional boutonnières and corsages offer a quirky and fun accoutrement to the wedding party attire while still being understated. Think feathers, silk butterflies, vintage jewels or colorful felt, as seen here. Get out your glue gun, or order it done! (Photo by Eye Wander Photo)


Lounge act

Outdoor furniture isn’t just for poolside anymore. Brides and grooms are hauling out the good stuff to be used as comfy seating for guests at receptions on the lawn. (Photo by Jeannie Frey Rhodes Photography)


Love letters

Luxurious letterpress invitations infuse a wedding with handmade history. We love the custom designs by the local sister duo known as Fiore Creative, which are made using an authentic restored 1920s press. (Photo by Collin Richie Photography)


Bright idea

Add a bit of splendor to an outdoor wedding or reception with chandeliers hanging from the branches of trees. This illuminates the dinner or dance floor in a spectacular way. (Photo by Jeannie Frey Rhodes Photography)