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Bridal Bash 2018 At Mardi Gras World – Bridal Event Recap

Bridal Bash 2018 at Mardi Gras World – Bridal Event Recap

Bridal Bash 2018 is in the books! We were so excited to have Mardi Gras World’s River City Ballroom as the setting for Bridal Bash on September 19, 2018. We had a blast and we hope y’all did too! Scroll on down to see highlights from Bridal Bash through the lens of Brian Jarreau Photography. If you missed this one, we’re going to be at The Jung Hotel & Residences on March 19, 2019 for our Spring Bridal Bash.

The Bridal Bash at Mardi Gras World started for guests with a short ride on the Audubon Limousines event shuttle to the registration tent outside of the River City Ballroom. Our registration area included fanciful king and queen and larger than life swan statues courtesy of Mardi Gras World along butterfly-covered hedge walls from Firefly Ambiance. At check-in, guests received their Event Guide that listed event exhibitors and their websites, “Bride” or “Guest” badges and a shimmery ticket for a sample of Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux to be redeemed in the Heavenly Bubble Lounge inside. Guests also had the chance to tour a luxury limo bus by Audubon Limousines before heading in under the Second Line umbrella entrance into the ballroom.

Pelican New Orleans Audubon Limousine Bridal Bash Shuttle | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography

Guests at registration for Bridal Bash | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography


Bridal Bash 2018 registration | Hedge Walls by Firefly Ambiance | photo by Brian Jarreau photography

 

Upon entering the ballroom, each bride received a shiny copper NOLA Girl tote bag from New Orleans Weddings, perfect for holding all the Bridal Bash goodies they’d collect.

 

Brides attending Bridal Bash received NOLA Girl tote bags to take home | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography

The first experience for brides was the Bridal Bash Gift Bar featuring copies of our newly released “Dream In Color” edition of New Orleans Weddings Magazine, gift certificates from Artsy Couture, samples of luxury dental floss from Cocofloss, goody bags from John V Salon + Spa and adorable polka dot mini totes from Bridal Registry Kitchen Tradition with mini spatulas and exclusive gift certificates for Symbolize It inside!

The Gift Bar at Bridal Bash | photos by Brian Jarreau Photography


Artsy Couture at the Bridal Bash Gift Bar | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography


Bridal Bash guests visit the Gift Bar | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography


The Dream in Color Issue of New Orleans Weddings Magazine | photos by Brian Jarreau Photography

After snagging the gift bar goodies, guests were free to explore the experiences around the Bash including tours of Mardi Gras World‘s Grand Oaks Mansion, an indoor replica of an antebellum mansion complete with life size oak trees, a starry night sky and lots of enchanting details. Guests that stopped by the River City Venues booth got to meet the folks behind Mardi Gras World and learn about their event venues on the Mississippi River. As a bonus, they were also doing Mardi Gras mask-making demonstrations at the booth and brides could enter to win a “Mimosas & Masks” treat for their bridal party. Sounds like our kind of fun!

The Grand Oaks Mansion at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography


Mask Making with River City Venues | photos by Brian Jarreau Photography


Mask Making with River City Venues | photos by Brian Jarreau Photography

Every bride was able to participate in our Cake Pull for Prizes sponsored by Gambino’s Bakery and The Bead Shop. After pulling a purple satin ribbon from beneath the ornate, five-tier purple and gold showcase cake, lucky brides who pulled a ring charm won prizes from participating exhibitors including Cookies by Design, Be Selfish Bride, Trixie Minx Productions, Steamboat Natchez, Tuxedos to Geaux, Haydel’s Bakery, Olivier Couture, Fabulous Flowers and the Louisiana State Museum.

The Bridal Bash elegant Mardi Gras inspired Cake Pull for Prizes cake by Gambino’s Bakery | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography


Cake Pull for Prizes featuring cake pull charms by The Bead Shop | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography


Bridal Bash Cake Pull for Prizes featuring a cake by Gambino’s Bakery and pulls by The Bead Shop | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography

Many brides joined in our Charming Scavenger Hunt sponsored by The Bead Shop. Using the magazine and event guide to figure out clues, brides found charms at exhibitor displays around the Bash. Once they’d collected all 6 charms, each bride was entered to win an Engagement Photo Session with Brian Jarreau Photography.

Guests participated in our Charming Scavenger Hunt | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography

 

The Blanc de Bleu Heavenly Bubble Lounge was on almost everyone’s list of stops. The lounge featured a bubbly balloon installation at the entrance, an illuminated crescent moon suspended from the ceiling and “neon” angel wings as part of the décor. True Value Rental provided the cocktail furniture and BBJ Linen added dreamy sequin linen on the tables. Of course, the Blanc de Bleu bubbly flowed the whole night!

The Blanc de Bleu Heavenly Bubble Lounge at Bridal Bash at Mardi Gras World 2018 | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography


The Blanc de Bleu Heavenly Bubble Lounge at Bridal Bash at Mardi Gras World 2018 | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography


The Blanc de Bleu Heavenly Bubble Lounge at Bridal Bash at Mardi Gras World 2018 | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography


The Blanc de Bleu Heavenly Bubble Lounge at Bridal Bash at Mardi Gras World 2018 | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography


The Blanc de Bleu Heavenly Bubble Lounge at Bridal Bash at Mardi Gras World 2018 | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography

Throughout the show, participating wedding pros showcased the latest in wedding trends in fashion, food, entertainment and all the necessities for an amazing New Orleans wedding.

On stage, The Phunky Monkeys played that funky music all night and created the soundtrack for Bridal Bash. They showed off their extensive song list (seriously y’all, they can play just about ANYTHING) and put on a video and light show that your guests will be talking about for a long time! They even did an impromptu second line thru to showcase their brass band skills.

Bridal Bash guests enjoy the Phunky Monkeys performance | photo by Brian Jarreau


The Phunky Monkeys at Bridal Bash | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography


The Phunky Monkeys at Bridal Bash | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography

Of course, when you have amazing live music, you have to have an epic dance floor. Power Productions delivered on this one. They showcased their sound activated LED dance floor at the Bash and it was a huge hit. Why have an ordinary dance floor when you can have a dance floor that glows to the beat of the music and in your wedding colors no less?! We’re pretty sure your guests won’t be parking on this dance floor!

LED Dance Floor by Power Productions | photos by Brian Jarreau Photography


Bridal Bash guests enjoy the Phunky Monkeys performance on the LED Dance Floor by Power Productions | photo by Brian Jarreau Photography

At the end of the evening, we drew names for prizes from The Sadie Jane, Chez Pierre Bakery, The Bourbon Orleans Hotel, John’s Tuxedos, Sassy NOLA, Rodan & FieldsThe Bead Shop, Gambino’s Bakery and Jazzi Events and closed out the event with our Grand Prize Honeymoon drawing – a honeymoon in Cabo from Paradise Vacation Escapes!

If you missed the Bridal Bash at Mardi Gras World, or need the list of participating exhibitors one more time, scroll on down to see the list as well as lots more photos from the Bash!

OUR SPONSORS

River City Venues

The expert event planners at the River City Venues will make your event shine. And when they say the sky is the limit, they mean it!

The Phunky Monkeys

The Phunky Monkeys are passionate about the live music experience, but don’t just take our word for it! Experience the band live at the Bridal Bash on the event stage!

Audubon Limousine

Experience a new level of luxury with Audubon Limousine’s complimentary shuttle service between Bridal Bash parking and the event entrance on show day!

Artsy Couture

Artsy Couture creates effortlessly elegant photo products for those who find beauty in
everyday moments.

Paradise Vacation Escapes

Plan the perfect honeymoon with the help of our sponsor Paradise Vacation Escapes!

Power Productions

From lighting to sound to an amazing illuminated dance floor, Power Productions makes your wedding a true party!

The Bead Shop

The Bead Shop offers classes, jewelry repairs, parties, bridal jewelry, and custom jewelry design.

Cocofloss

A loofah for your smile, meet Cocofloss! The cleanest, softest, most delightful treat for your teeth.

 

Blanc de Bleu

Your SOMETHING BLEU! Blanc de Bleu is the perfect sparkling wine for celebrating every type of moment!

Gambino's Bakery

Gambino’s Bakery is a New Orleans wedding tradition that offers over sixty five years of experience with delicious cakes and baked goods.

Firefly Ambiance

Firefly Ambiance is a specialty décor, event furniture, lighting & scenic décor rental company.

Clarion Herald

The Clarion Herald is the Catholic Wedding Guide for New Orleans.

 

True Value Rentals

No matter what size event you are planning, True Value Rental can help you make it great. Trust them for all your rental needs.

BBJ Linen

BBJ Linen is the fabric that lasting memories are made of. Look for their linens gracing tables at our Cake Pull for Prizes, Bubble Lounge and more!

Jazzi Events

Jazzi Events specializes in planning, designing and delivering one of a kind results for your destination wedding or event.

EXHIBITOR LIST*

12 Seasons Catering

Après Lounge

Artsy Couture

Ashley Marks Media

Audubon Limousine

BBJ Linen

Be Selfish Bride/Jazzi Events

Bella Bridesmaids

Belladonna Day Spa

Beth’s Florist & New Orleans Wedding Planners

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

Bliss Bridal

Brian Jarreau Photography

Brilliance in Diamonds

Chez Pierre Bakery

Cigar Factory New Orleans

Clarion Herald

Cocofloss

Cookies by Design

Court of Two Sisters

Dazzle Doll Makeup and Hair

Dillard’s

DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans

Dyle Films

Fabulous Flowers

Federal Ballroom

Firefly Ambiance

Gabby Chapin Photography

Gambino’s

Generations Hall

Haydel’s Bakery

Jacques-Imos

Images by Robert T.

InterContinental New Orleans

John’s Tuxedos

John V Salon & Spa

Kitchen Tradition Bridal Registry

Klinger & Marshall Dermatology

Louisiana State Museum

Le Meridien New Orleans + W New Orleans – French Quarter

MaeMe The Bridal Boutique

Mange’ Catering and Events

Marie’s Fleur De Lis Catering

Messina’s Catering/The Terminal

New Orleans & Company

New Orleans Steamboat Company

Noble Events, LLC

North Productions

Olivier Couture

Paradise Vacation Escapes

Pat O’Brien’s

Pearl’s Place

Pigeon Catering and Events

Power Productions

Reflexion Entertainment

Rick King Photography

River City Venues

Riverview Room

Rodan & Fields (Tonja Raphael)

Rome’s Tuxedos

Royal Events, Candles and Decor

Royal Palm

Sassy NOLA

SecondLine Handkerchiefs

Southern Hospitality Event Rental

Stacy Marks Photography

The Bead Shop

The Columns Hotel

The New Orleans Hotel Collection

The NOCCA Institute

The Ridgeway of Old Metaire

The Sadie Jane

Theresa Elizabeth Photography

The Fairgrounds Race Course

The Phunky Monkeys

Tim Mcaskill Cinematic Weddings

Toast Entertainment

Tracy Branch Agency

Trixie Minx Productions

True Value Rental

Up’sa Daisy Hair and Beauty Studio

Verde Beauty

Your Day Photography + Video

 

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Jennifer Vogel

Jennifer Vogel was raised in Metairie, LA. Now living in Ohio, she still draws from her New Orleans roots for inspiration in her work. Jennifer freelances in web design / development, graphic design and, now, writing for New Orleans Weddings Magazine.

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