Our Favorite Venues of Louisiana for 2018

Randi Fracassi

Y'all know where's here to celebrate and have a good time, but we're also here to show off our favorite venues for 2018 and 2019 weddings and events. Without further ado, let's sho off these neat places! 

James Grace House

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With Antebellum details for days outside of Plaquemine, this home and its grounds are the perfect setting for simple, no fuss weddings with guest lists of any size. A Poppy Lane favorite for sure! You can get more information here

The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

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If you're seeking an intimate, courtyard, and definite New Orleans feel, look no further than the Pharmacy Museum. With minimal lagniappe needed to fit your tastes and style, this venue can hold it's own -- just bring the party! For more info about renting it for your wedding, click here

The Lake at Oak Hill

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In Ethel, Louisiana, this quaint building overlooks a lake and gives brides and grooms the ability to build their dream wedding as they desire. Add some candles, two people in love, and a group of folks wanting to celebrate, and I would say the space is darn near perfect. You can find out more information about their rates and availability here

Marigny Opera House

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Tall ceilings, curved arches, and elegant columns make the perfect backdrop for a New Orleans wedding. the Marigny Opera House is located but several blocks away from the Quarter for the most epic of after parties. You can find more info here

The Dixie Gin

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Located just outside of Shreveport in Dixie, Louisiana, the Dixie Gin is a wonderful mix of warehouse and barn, providing a perfect backdrop to either have a fully glam event or a more relaxed and boho vibe. We love all the possibilities! You can check it out here.

Race + Religious

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A combination of quaint, detail filled building on the corner of Race and Religious Streets in New Orleans, this venue personifies the architecture and ambiance of everything New Orleans. Definitely a favorite for sure! You can find out more here

Capitol Park Museum

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Sleek, modern, and a blank slate for creating ambiance in Downtown Baton Rouge, the Capitol Park Museum has spectacular views of the Louisiana State Capitol and will be sure to keep your guests talking about your wedding for years to come! You can find out more here.

The White Magnolia

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Brick, exposed beams, and lots of natural light, this South Louisiana barn sits on a working horse farm, and runs like clockwork. Need I say more? Find more details right here.

The LSU Steele Burden Botanical Gardens

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Located in the heart of Baton Rouge, the LSU Botanical Gardens (in specifics, the Orangerie and Rose Garden) are an oasis among the hustle and bustle of the city. With the iron chandeliers and ability to customize the layout however you desire, the venue is a perfect place to create a setting to exchange your vows, and then turn the party up! Check it out here

Sainte Terre

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Located north of Shreveport and Bossier City, Sainte Terre would be the wedding venue equivalent of Joanna Gaines. Shiplap, a mix of rustic and modern details, this venue is surely something out of a dream. For more info, click here!

 

Y'all, we hope you enjoyed our list of venues! Do you have a favorite to add? Where any of these shockers to you? We'd love to know and get your input! We have so many that we love and love to share, but only so many can make the list! 

Happy planning,

Randi

Plan with Me: Streamlining Your Wedding Planning Process

Randi Fracassi

We know that planning a wedding is stressful, and that there are a lot of places to start. It can pretty overwhelming pretty quick, and before you know it, you're a few weeks out and you're wondering if you're missing something. 

Don't worry, we've got you covered. 

We're sharing some tips and tricks today that we use for planning and keeping our clients on track of making sure all the details are taken care of! 

First, prioritize what is important to you and your future spouse. Whether it's an important date, a special venue, or wanting to make sure that your guests have an experience, ensuring that you have your top two or three must haves spelled out from the very beginning is key to staying on top of wedding planning. 

After you make your priority list, talk about budget. Talking money is always difficult, but giving yourself a range to stay within rather than a set amount (for example, staying between $25,000 and $30,000 versus a must have at $27,000) will not only give you wiggle room as needed, but it also gives you the ability to splurge and save in other areas. While you're setting a budget, don't be afraid to ask who is contributing to the wedding fund; again, it can be hard and awkward, but if you're honest and upfront from the beginning about what you both want your day to be like and what you would like the budget to divided up by, it will save you pain, stress, and heartache in the long run.  

Another way you can save yourself from missing anything is getting yourself a planner. I would love to say "That's right, me!", but I'm humble enough to recognize that there's nothing quite like having a reminder set to your phone or having it handwritten in an agenda to make sure everything is complete and done. I love this one from Southern Weddings, and this one from Erin Condren. If you're not feeling like having binders and guides and papers everywhere (which is me, I can't handle having all the important things not in one place), I again recommend Erin Condren Life Planner, Day Designer (which you can find at Target), or a simple pocket planner that you can pick up at any Walmart, Target, or office supply store. 

Want something more complete and in detail (a checklist, perhaps?)? Check out the wedding planning timeline we use for our brides over here at Poppy Lane Events, handcrafted for you to keep on track, streamline the planning process, and ensure you don't forget a thing. 

What is your favorite tool for staying on task? Did you find it easier to have everything digital, or handwritten reminders? Did setting goals throughout the process help you? We'd love to know! 

Happy planning,

Randi 

Plan with Me: How to Plan Your Wedding With Intention

Randi Fracassi

We all want a beautiful wedding. A day where all the details reflect you and your style, that tells a story, that has your guests experiencing the best night of your life with you. What the trick is though is how to have that kind of intentionality while planning, and making sure that this day truly does reflect you.

One of the first things that can help as you begin to plan is not to put a timer on yourself. The time crunch will come later, I promise, but relish in this season and allow yourself to enjoy being engaged and to enjoy the planning process. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your wedding. Having the patience to look at options, to build your budget, to create your guest list, to find the perfect pieces to make it all come together, will allow your decisions to be more thought out and ultimately ensure that you get exactly what you’re looking for, and that you’re not compromising on anything relating to your big day.  

Pick a venue that speaks you both of you. This might mean making your way across the state, or video chatting across the country, but your wedding venue sets the foundation of the rest of the aesthetic for your day. Though it can be very easy to get caught up in glamour to the style of a venue, you just also keep in mind the setting and the realistic size of your wedding. That is, having a small, intimate wedding in a hall that can hold 300 will more than likely not be ideal, nor would choosing a space that has many small rooms versus a more open space if you’re looking to create a bright and airy environment. Choosing it with the intention of celebrating you and telling your story is absolutely key in ensuring that your wedding reflects you as a couple.

Besides your venue, do not pick vendors based solely on their prices. I am not saying here that you should completely plan your wedding without thought to cost, but what I am saying is that just because a vendor may be cheaper (or even free) in comparison to another, consider the experience you want to have and whether or not you are getting the most out of your experience for your investment. Like your venue, your vendors help set the tone and are a reflection of you; in regards to vendors that you receive tangible goods from (apparel, photographers, baker, videographers, catering, paper goods), be especially aware that these are what you’ll have to remember from your wedding, and that these goods need to have the most care in their selection.  

While you now may have the perfect setting and team on your side, also take into consideration your wedding party, and the guest list itself. It goes without saying that you want your wedding to be the best of days, and you want to be able to celebrate without worry of offending, hurting, or being otherwise involved in drama. With that, surround yourself with a group of men and women who support you, would hold you accountable, and who genuinely cherish your friendship. Sure you more than likely will have to include friends of your parents, plus ones, or others you may not personally know for the sake of politeness and etiquette, but taking the meticulous care to invite those friends and family that would contribute to your wedding day will complete the atmosphere that you created.

Finally, and most importantly, remember what you have at the end of it all. Once you say goodbye, the venue is cleaned up, and you’re left standing there, you are married. You’ve made a commitment to another person, another soul. Throughout the planning process and the season of engagement in your lives, it should be at the forefront that this is what matters most; that this marriage is what matters and what is being celebrated, and that this party isn’t for show. At this time, take the care to go through premarital or couples counseling in preparation for your marriage, and to make sure that you have those deep down, core value questions (if you haven’t already).

I hope these tips will help you as you plan your wedding with intention, whether it’s to make sure that it’s stylish and trendy or more heartfelt and personal, these suggestions will surely help you as you plan to make the most out of your wedding planning experience!

Happy planning,

Randi

Ring Boxes That Will Make Your Heart Skip a Beat

Randi Fracassi

Proposal season and wedding season have come into full swing y’all! With that, who doesn’t love when a ring is given to you in such a pretty package? Or having your invitation suite styled beautifully? Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite ring boxes (or ring box alternatives!) that are sure to complete your styling kit or take her breath away before she says yes!

The Mrs. Box

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The most popular of ring boxes (aside from the classic blue of Tiffany’s), The Mrs. Box set the standard of quality and craftsmanship with their ring boxes, offered in a plethora of sizes and colors, and has the option to be monogrammed in silver, gold, or rose gold foil. These boxes start at $75, and you can see the full collection here.

With this Ring by Esselle

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Mixing velvet with gold and rose gold metals, this box is a modern alternative to a square ring box. Currently offered in four colors (blush, ivory, black, and emerald), this box makes a perfect accent for a trendy styling suite. You can pick one up here for $65.

Secret Keeper Box

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In a unique, octagon shape, the Secret Keeper Box is handmade from the Ukraine. Offered in a variety of colors and the choice of fitting one or two rings, this box is a sweet twist on traditional velvet boxes. Starting at $70, you can purchase one here.

Terrarium Ring Box by Haloney Rakia

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Love the trend and look of terrariums and geodes? Look no further than this glass and metal welded piece! Available in black, silver, and copper, this handmade box comes from Israel, and can be purchased here starting at about $30.

The Kelo Box

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Mixing both metal and wood in a cylindrical design, this ring box has a sweet mid-century minimal look to it. Available in both Walnut and black aluminum, this Canadian hand-made box can be purchased for $120 and seen here.

Yes Box by Offerman Wood Shop

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This box is made by none other than Nick Offerman (Parks and Rec, anyone?), but other than its famous maker, this box is beautifully made and stays true to a rough yet polish style, making use of the natural appearance of the wood and making it functional. These boxes start at a cool $169, and can be purchased here.

These boxes are beautiful y’all, and I loved sharing them with you! Each of these would be a beautiful keepsake and heirloom, and surely will stand the test of time. Which one is your favorite? Do you have a favorite that wasn’t mentioned here?

Happy planning,

Randi

Dancing in the Dark: A Styled Elopement

Randi Fracassi

Her smile was radiant. It lit up her eyes and brought a warmth to his soul, and he knew that he wanted that smile for the rest of his life. He had become her rock, her partner in all things, and without a shadow of a doubt understood that without him being by her side, her life would be meaningless and not nearly as full as it had been since they met. So hand in hand, excited and scared and nervous, they decided on forever.

And so they laughed. And they loved. And they cried and got angry and forgave. They worked together and didn’t give up on each other. They were partners, a team, the perfect match in every way. And they cared for each other in such a way that words cannot describe it.

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I hope ya’ll garnered some inspiration from this inspirational shoot that we did in collaboration with Hannah Herpin Creative, Madames and Mermaids Artistry, Pure Vintage Rentals, Banter and Charm and The Keeping Room, and Blush Formal and Bridal. It was such a joy to work on, and I know that the various elements of this shoot can be altered to fit your aesthetic and your vision.

Happy planning,

Randi 

Operation I DO: The First Five Things You NEED To Do After Marrying Your Service Member

Randi Fracassi

While sitting in the Social Security Office waiting for your name to be called may be the highlight of your time post-wedding (just kidding, we all know the Honeymoon is!), there are couple other loose ends that need to be tied up once you’re officially married to your service member. Navigating DEERS, receiving orders and managing your PCS move, obtaining POA, are all details that need to be taken of before you change your social media status (but hey, the lines are long and boring, and there’s quite a bit of time to kill…). Today I’m sharing with you the first five things you need to do post-wedding after getting married to a military personnel.

Let’s also preface this by saying that your Social Security information must be changed prior to all of this. While waiting with other folks in the Social Security Office isn’t exactly the highlight of the marriage experience, it is a necessity in regards to getting your name changed, which I would recommend, as it makes not only enrollment and HR paperwork for your spouse easier, but when you receive orders for your PCS (Permanent Change of Station, aka, moving in your spouse, or moving to another base). Your adventure with Social Security can be shorted by their readily available online forms (found here) and bringing in copies of your birth and marriage certificates.  It’s best to knock this all out in one day if possible, especially since your service member may have to take a day of leave in order to make sure everything is squared away.  

After updating this, get enrolled in DEERS and/or MilPDs, and learn all the fancy acronyms that accompany it. Y’all, the military and government in general is a real big fan of acronyms, and will go out of their way to name a program something ridiculous just to make an acronym for it I promise you. Essentially though, DEERS is the military benefits and resource database (officially called Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System), and MilPDs (Military Personnel Data System) supplements DEERS in that it also keeps track of events throughout your spouse’s career (such as promotions ((and changing eligibility as a result)), additional dependents, and separations). Usually you can do all of your DEERS, MilPDs, and ID paperwork in the same office, killing two birds with one stone. Remember; bring your birth certificate(s), Social Security Card, and your marriage certificate. I would recommend bringing copies of each in the event that they need to keep them.

While enrolling in DEERS and MilPDs, your spouse will need to visit their human resource contact within their squadron or battalion in order to have their pay and BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) changed in respect to their changed dependent status. What’s neat about BAH is that it changes based on location, and grants service members and their families the ability to live outside or in mixed housing.

 After taking care of DEERS and your ID, get added into TRICARE, the healthcare associated with the military. A full outline of the different packages for both enlisted and officers can be found here. Keep in mind that though your active duty service member already has dental, but it is additional for you.

Post all of this paperwork and phone calls and office visits, consult with a lawyer to obtain Power of Attorney. By having POA, you can manage finances, loans, and take care of legal paperwork if your spouse is away for training or deployed.

I would also familiarize yourself with the resources now available to you as a spouse. Besides taking a tour of post or learning about what exactly it is or where your spouse works, but reach out to a Key Spouse or the FRG (Family Readiness Group) about getting involved with your spouse’s unit, and beginning to integrate yourself. You will meet a variety of folks here – both good and bad, comforting and annoying, but the experience itself is what you make of it. And y’all, regardless if you get along with folks or not, at the end of the day, the community that is formed on bases is unlike that of any other; you can’t put it to words how it feels to look around a room, not saying a word, and the woman across knows exactly what you’re going through because she’s been there too. The support is invaluable.

Milspouses, what advice would you give to new spouses? Any tips or ticks to make the process easier? What did you find most valuable as you transitioned into an official SO role? In the meantime, I hope these tips assist you in streamlining your tasks as a new spouse!

Kindly,

 

Randi

Creating a Ceremony from Scratch

Randi Fracassi

First and foremost, let’s address that no two ceremonies are alike: like the couple getting married, there’s a personal touch in every aspect of it, and this is what makes weddings so unique from each other.  While most Southern wedding ceremonies follow the religious customs of a couple, there may be the instances where you may want a non-denominational officiate or a close friend to preside, or you may opt for a simpler ceremony. With that in mind, what all does a ceremony need? What can you do to make it fit you as a couple? And what parts are even necessary for it to be considered legal?

The general order of a ceremony goes something like this:  Processional, Opening Remarks, Addressing the Couple, Exchanging Vows, Exchanging Rings, Marriage Pronouncement, The Kiss, Closing Remarks, and finally the Recessional. It sounds like a lot, but once it’s all said and done, most ceremonies take 20-30 minutes. This may change depending on religious preferences (for example, a traditional Catholic ceremony includes the celebration of Eucharist and several readings, or a Vietnamese wedding generally will consist of a Tea Ceremony earlier in the day), but the essential formulation outlined above tends to work out best to start from.

Processional

The processional is the few minutes it takes for everyone to come into the ceremony, whether it’s a church, hall, or outdoor space. Generally done to music, the Processional can vary as to the order of persons entering. With my clients, we tend to start off with the grandparents being escorted in, then mother and father of the groom, groomsmen, groom, officiate, mother of the bride and her usher, bridesmaids, and finally the bride and her father. However, you can shake things up a bit by having bridesmaids and groomsmen walk with each other up, or walking with both of your parents.

Opening Remarks

Many ceremonies start off with “Dearly beloved…”, “Friends and family, we’re gathered here…”, usually followed by “Who gives this bride”. The level of formality can vary depending on the overall style of the wedding, as well as the presentation/exchange of the bride, and can be moved or adjusted to fit the needs and wants of the couple. Traditionally, the parents of the bride giving the bride away was done in the age of dowries and bride gifts, essentially paying the groom and his family to have the bride as his wife. This tradition has evolved to a newer and more touching meaning, now done is respect to welcoming the groom into the bride’s family, and giving a nod to the new family being formed through this ceremony.

After the opening line, the officiate will take a minute to two to acknowledge the family and friends gathered before and as to why, give a little background on marriage and its importance, and throw in how the bride and groom are ready for this next chapter with a summary of the trials of their relationship so far that has prepared them for those that they’ll face in marriage.

Addressing the Couple

The perfect Segway from the “story” portion of the ceremony, this part of the ceremony is specifically for the bride and groom. The officiate takes time to make sure that the brevity of marriage and this commitment is not lost upon them, and fills them in specifically on what marriage entails. Between the Opening Remarks and Addressing however, Addressing should be more thoughtful and cater to the couple and the foundation in which they want their marriage built on.

This is a great part in which to include a reading or two – a couple of my favorites are Union by Robert Fulghum, and To Love is Not to Possess by James Kavanaugh. Both of these readings speak of the foundation of marriage and what it means to be making this commitment to each other, and while a little bit more formal and lengthy, they’re perfectly appropriate for the occasion.

Exchanging Vows

The most important part of any ceremony is by far exchanging vows. It’s at this time that you make promises to each other, whether you go the traditional route of repeating words from your officiate or reciting your personal vows to each other. If you opt for writing your vows individually, ask your officiate to review them to ensure that they match the level of formality and length. Conversely, if you decide to repeat your vows and both have the same, I love this article from The Knot that has a variety of scripts and options that are more than just “Do you, X, take Y to be your husband/wife…”.

Exchanging Rings

Traditionally, the ring bearer presents the rings to the bride and groom, but there can be the instance in which an overly excited or shy child can no longer participate and do their full role. It will always be to my recommendation to make sure the Best Man has charge of both of the wedding rings, and should they be dropped, he be responsible for picking them up (this also assists in avoiding an awkward shuffle between folks all going in on retrieving them).

Most often, rings are blessed as they are exchanged, and if you’re wanting to do a hybrid version of reciting your own vows and having your officiate prompt you, this is a great time to integrate it. The Spuce has a great database of different wording and lagniappe you can do to make exchanging rings more meaningful and to fit the level of formality of your ceremony.

Marriage Pronouncement

Possibly the (second) shortest part of your ceremony, pronouncing you as officially married often prompts The Kiss.

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Pro tip: hold it for 7 seconds so you get excellent photos and video!

Closing Remarks

These remarks should be brief and end with the introduction of the bride and groom as a married couple. With a statement along the lines of “Now that X and Y have declared their vows as witnessed by their friends and family, and by the power granted to me by the State of Louisiana, I now am honored to introduce for the first time as married couple…”

Recessional

Starting from the bride and groom walked back down the aisle, and followed by bridesmaids and groomsmen (whether walking together or individually, in which case, bridesmaids will go before groomsmen), with the bride’s parents and groom’s parents taking up the rear. The officiate is generally the absolute person last down the aisle, in case of final announcements (such as reception location, moving chairs, where refreshments are, etc). Music for the recessional can be lighthearted and fun (my personal favorite is Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede) or more traditional. It is also a good idea that if you are formally exiting the ceremony site (such as a church), to linger in front of the doors or space and share another 7 Second Kiss, if for nothing else than to celebrate being married to your soul mate.

Your ceremony is the main piece of your entire wedding; without it, there would be no marriage to be celebrating! Taking the time to make sure that it reflects you and your spouse, that you make it sincere and heartfelt, will set the foundation in which your marriage will be built upon. You’ll always remember those moments that seemed where time stood still, just for that second. With this guide, I hope I made the process of planning and formatting your ceremony a little less stressful, and a lot more fun!

Happy planning,

Randi

Plan with Me: Creating a Backup Plan & How to Avoid Using It

Randi Fracassi

With hurricane season in Louisiana coming to an end, the devastation of wildfires that have overcome Northern California and Montana the last several months, and the impending blizzards of winter coming to the North, more and more couples are asking themselves about Plan B (and C, and D) in the event of the carefully laid plans they’ve been working on being put into jeopardy. As a planner, we always have a Plan B (and C, and D) at the ready, preparing for the worst but hoping for the best. Today, I wanted to share with you some advice and tips regarding back up plans, including not only how to create one, but how to avoid as much as possible having to resort to one (or two, or three).

Backup plans are designed for emergencies, particularly, the weather. With rain on any given day in Louisiana a 50% chance of happening, these are a necessity for weddings and events. In the event however that a little bit of rain turns into flooding, such as what happened in August of 2016 here in Baton Rouge, and not only is your venue at stake, but all of the vendors who are contracted for your wedding day. In such an instance, I cannot help but advise that you cancel. Vendors who are undergoing the same catastrophic events will most certainly understand, and will more than likely keep payments as are in order to be applied to your new date.

Now, before canceling should even cross your mind, there are a couple of steps you can take in order to make sure that your event goes smoothly and without a problem. In regards to the possibility of inclement weather, make sure that you at least have a tent or two on standby is a great idea, and in the event of, you can always cancel and get your deposit on them returned. Many companies in the Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport areas offer this service. Furthermore, even if you have a tented ceremony and reception, providing umbrellas in welcome bags or have ushers meet guests by their cars to give them umbrellas so that they stay dry is a great way to make sure your guests are comfortable and able to enjoy the day.

In the event that you’ve got sunshine on your wedding day, but that sunshine happens to come along with a heat index of over 100 degrees, the best back up plan is to implement fans, including handheld ones, as well as make sure that your caterer or bartenders have extra water and beverages available. Guests will gladly appreciate a bottle or two to sip on during the ceremony, and make sure that water is being consumed while they are enjoying the other beverages available. With fans, you can order natural texture fans like these, or combine your program and fan into one piece like this one (I love how it’s different from the traditional stick and paper style!).

So, what if weather isn’t what is causing the need for a backup plan?

Illness is a tricky thing to navigate. A simple cold or virus can be avoided by making sure you are getting enough rest and eating well throughout the planning process, but if you or an important guest or family member fall more seriously ill, I would recommend to push up the wedding. Explaining health issues to vendors may be awkward, but they are generally more than understanding and will strive to further ensure that your day is perfect and those moments celebrated. You may also have to consider postponing your wedding, in which case, I would recommend letting your vendors know as soon as you’ve reached the decision, and work from there in regards to reworking deposits and setting a new date.

Sometimes, despite everything done on your side to prevent a disaster, things happen. An example of this is when venues decide to undergo construction, or they suffer damage from natural disasters. Though most venues will notify clients of such instances, sometimes they cannot be avoided, and will leave brides and grooms in a lurch. In which case, you can argue to receive all payments back, and then start making calls and explain to vendors what occurred.

What’s the biggest tip I can give though in regards to a backup plan? Purchase wedding day insurance. Reputable companies such as Progressive, USAA, and Travelers now offer coverage for roughly $150, and covers ruined photographs/video, alcohol liability, cancellation and breach of promise, amongst other situations. Deductibles are often around $1000. Having event insurance, especially when situations you know could occur that would put your wedding into jeopardy, is one of the best investments you can make.

That being said, despite the insurances and doing everything within your power, sometimes, a wedding can’t help but be cancelled. With coming to terms with canceling your wedding: it’s ok. As one bride who was evacuating with her fiancé from the ongoing fires in Napa said “I didn’t care about the boxes of decorations sitting in my living room. I cared about my fiancé, our important documents, and got the hell out of there”. The physical things can be replaced, repurchased, or fixed…the people who are the backbone and soul behind your wedding cannot.

Did you have a Plan B or backup plan for your wedding day? What was one thing you wished you knew? Any additional tips or tricks you want to share with brides to be? I want to know! Helping each other out and sharing experiences brings people together, especially in relation to weddings!

Happy planning,

Randi

Hidden Gems of the Red Stick: Baton Rouge Wedding Venues

Randi Fracassi

It's no secret that I love Baton Rouge -- the people, the culture, the way there's a mix of traditional values and traditions with modern ideas and design. The way residents of the city approach gatherings are set apart from the state because of this eclectic combination, and has created some of the most striking and beautiful wedding venues. That being said, there are quite a few popular and go to spaces that people adore, but among the charming paths of MidCity and down Old River Road, we have some of the most quaint and special hidden gems of venues that will leave lasting impressions on your guests for years to come. 

The James Grace House

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Found in the midst of cane fields, the James Grace House is a classic Antebellum home with sprawling acres of meadows and oak trees, and offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for weddings and events. With a bridal suite and restrooms on site and the availability of tables and chairs, the James Grace house has taken every detail into consideration of what an event could need or want. The property owners are kind and relaxed, and the ease of which they work with your clients make you feel like family. 

For more information about the James Grace House, you can click here. 

Cane Land Distilling Company

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With minimalist design being combined with rustic detail, Cane Land Distilling on the edge of Downtown along the Mississippi River is the perfect setting for a more modern couple. The neutral decor that allows you to get creative with colors and design elements, as well as the views into the taproom and the actual distillery, both work in the favor of this space in making it ideal for a wedding or large party. 

More information about events at Cane Land Distilling can be found here

Lucky Plantation 

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Lucky Plantation is a short drive down Old River Road, where you can fly by the sugar cane fields and Mississippi River and pull into the quaint drive of the home. Sporting a lush garden and fountain as well as oak and magnolia trees over the property, Lucky Plantation is ideal for smaller and more intimate weddings seeking classic Southern Charm. The property has indoor options as well (perfect for a Rain Plan) that matches the look and feel of the rest of the home with floor-to-ceiling shutter doors and 1860's details. 

More information about Lucky Plantation can be found here

The Trademark on Third

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Located in the heart of Downtown Baton Rouge, the Trademark on Third is a newly renovated space in neutral tones and flooded with natural lighting, and is right above the Driftwood Cask and Barrel. What makes Trademark special and unique to the downtown area is it's proximity to nearby ceremony venues, as well as the array of options you can select from for food and beverage (that is, not just seafood from this gorgeous place!). 

More info about the Trademark can be found here

The Cabin Restaurant 

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The Cabin is quaint and off the beaten path in Burnside, Louisiana, and features a brick courtyard and original buildings throughout the property. With shiplap walls and rustic motifs scattered around, the Cabin is the perfect local find for a Fixer Upper aesthetic with a reasonable budget. 

More information on the Cabin can be found here

I hope this guide about the hidden venue gems of the Greater Baton Rouge area helps you in finding a unique venue for your big day! Each of these venues have their own distinctive charm that make them unique from each other, weather it's the location or the amenities. I strive to show reasonable and beautiful venues to my brides and grooms that fit their aesthetic and style, and if you have any suggestions of spaces within the Greater Baton Rouge area (or beyond!) I would love to hear about it over a cup of coffee. 

Happy planning,

Randi 

Kimberly + Toby | June 17, 2017

Randi Fracassi

"You are the love of my life, and you are the reason I'm alive. And baby, when I think of how you saved me, I go crazy.

"I've never known love like this, and it fills me with a new tenderness. And I know you're in my heart, you're in my soul, you're all I can't resist. And I need to tell you, the first time I held you, I knew you are the love of my life."

--"Love of My Life", Sammy Kershaw, Kimberly and Toby's First Dance Song

When you think of the people of Louisiana, I hope that you picture folks who are humble, kind, and have a deep love and understanding of the importance of family. And I hope that in this thinking, Toby and Kim also come to mind. True country people, they have such giving and generous hearts, and their wedding at the Cedar Post Barn in Albany, Louisiana fit their style to the T, combining Toby's Country Boy Can Survive persona with Kim's more feminine tastes, we brought sparkle and color to the Cedar Post. 

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Fontenot! We are so excited about your marriage! 

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Vendors & Friends

Coordinating: Poppy Lane Events

Photography: Jessica & Angie Photography

Venue: The Cedar Post Barn

Bridal Apparel: Debbie's Bridal

Bridesmaids: David's Bridal

Groomsmen: Squire's Formalwear