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Welcome to our series on destination weddings. This month: New Orleans!

As a groom considering a destination wedding, you should definitely take a look at New Orleans, the Crescent City, as a possibility. 

This vibrant city offers a unique blend of Southern charm, rich history, and lively culture that sets the perfect stage for a memorable wedding celebration.

It’s a city full of life, music, and amazing cuisine. Visitors can explore the historic architecture, take a stroll down Bourbon Street, and indulge in some of the best seafood and creole cooking in the world.

But where should you start? And what will you need to bring?

Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. 

Here’s everything you need to know as a groom to prepare for your destination wedding in New Orleans.

New Orleans as a Wedding Destination: An Overview

New Orleans is an ideal destination wedding location, offering a range of settings to suit every taste. 

You could get married in a traditional church or chapel, on a grand plantation, in a lush garden, or even on a steamboat cruising along the Mississippi River.

But perhaps the most iconic and romantic setting is the French Quarter. With its charming architecture, quaint courtyards, and vibrant energy, the French Quarter provides the perfect backdrop for a wedding that’s both elegant and fun.

Being a Groom in New Orleans

As the groom, you’ll be responsible for planning activities and entertainment for your wedding party and guests. New Orleans offers plenty of options to keep everyone entertained, from jazz clubs and live music venues to historic tours and outdoor activities.

To make the most of your stay, you’ll want to plan ahead and make reservations for popular activities and restaurants. Check out websites like TripAdvisor to find the best options for your group.

Entertainment Options in New Orleans (For You and Your Bride-to-Be)

New Orleans is known for its vibrant culture and lively entertainment scene, and there’s no shortage of things to do. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Jazz clubs and live music venues
  • Carriage tours of historic neighborhoods and landmarks
  • Riverboat cruises on the Mississippi
  • Swamp tours to see local wildlife
  • Art galleries and museums
  • Shopping in the French Quarter
  • Sporting events, including the New Orleans Saints football team
  • Local festivals and celebrations, including Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest
  • The French Quarter: a wedding destination must-see

No trip to New Orleans is complete without a visit to the French Quarter. 

This historic neighborhood is the heart of the city, filled with charming architecture, exquisite courtyards, and lively street performers.

For your wedding, you might consider hosting your ceremony or reception at one of the many beautiful venues in the French Quarter, such as the Bourbon Orleans Hotel or the Omni Royal Orleans

Or, you could simply plan a carriage tour of the neighborhood with your wedding party and enjoy the sights and sounds of this unique, historic, and truly one of a kind city.

New Orleans Travel Preparation Tips

If you’re headed to the Crescent City for your big day, it’s essential to make a plan and pack accordingly. Don’t let the excitement of gumbo and jazz distract you from preparing for your trip! 

Use these tips to ensure that your New Orleans wedding is a success:

  • Get fitted for your tuxedo well in advance. Stop by Karl’s Tuxedos to make sure you have the perfect look for your big day.
  • Bring a mix of formal and casual clothing, as well as comfortable shoes for walking.
  • Consider the weather and pack accordingly. New Orleans can be hot and humid, especially in the summer months.
  • Make reservations for popular restaurants and activities ahead of time.
  • Research transportation options, including airport shuttles and local taxis.


New Orleans is a fantastic destination for a wedding, offering a unique blend of history, culture, and entertainment.

Whether you choose to get married in the French Quarter or another location in the city, you’re sure to have a memorable experience that you, your bride-to-be, and your guests will never forget.

So don’t hesitate. Start planning your New Orleans wedding today! And don’t forget to stop by Karl’s Tuxedos to make sure you have the perfect fit for the perfect day.


Welcome to our series on destination weddings. This month: Springtime in the Rockies! Be sure to check out the companion piece over on our MK Bridal website.

The Rocky Mountains (aka the Rockies), are one of the largest mountain ranges in the world, and the largest mountain system in North America. 

They stretch for 3,000 miles from the northern part of Western Canada, all the way down to New Mexico in the south. 

Of the 100 highest mountain peaks in the Rockies, 78 of them are located in Colorado, so it obviously the most popular state for people who want to experience the Rocky Mountains in all of their stunning, natural glory. 

This means that if you’re planning a destination wedding, the Rocky Mountains could be a prime option for a location. 

So in this blog post, we’ll discuss how you, as a groom, can help to prepare for your destination wedding and work alongside your bride-to-be to make the most of the trip. 

Let’s dive into it. 

The Rocky Mountains As A Wedding Destination: An Overview

The Rocky Mountains offer all kinds of options for fun and adventure, and present brilliant opportunities for a destination wedding. 

You’ll find that most of the time, featured destination wedding venues will be located in Colorado—and there’s a good reason for this. 

Since Colorado boasts the majority of the largest peaks, it also tends to offer up the best commercial appeal to travelers as well.  

It boasts some of the best venues, Rocky Mountain cities, and ski resorts in the world!  

But as a general rule—if you want beautiful scenery, gorgeous wildlife experiences, ski lodge-type resorts, and/or to experience the width and depth of some of the most progressive and eclectic cities in the lower 48—the Rockies certainly deliver in spades. 

Being A Groom In The Rockies

As a groom who’s getting ready for a springtime destination wedding in the Rockies, your job will be to plan out the group activities—not just for you and your bride, but also for the wedding party. 

You may also be tasked with choosing fun things to do on the off days around the wedding. And of course, you may also want to take it upon yourself to plan your honeymoon as a complimentary add-on to the destination wedding trip itself. 

Thankfully, the Rockies (especially Colorado) boast plenty of awesome opportunities for all of the above. 

Entertainment Options In The Rockies (For You And Your Bride To Be)

There’s certainly no shortage of entertainment options in the Rocky Mountains. 

For example, you could sign your wedding party up for:

  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Canoeing
  • Skiing 
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling (depending on the season)
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
  • And a range of other outdoor activities

And if you plan to be in one of the larger cities (like Denver), then you could also do things like:

  • Fine dining
  • Dancing
  • Attending shows
  • Seeing concerts
  • Museum tours
  • Ghost tours

And more. 

Of course, being the groom, it’ll be your job to source fantastic destination wedding activities and to gather the details for how to get your wedding party to the location efficiently and with minimal stress—so you may want to start planning well before arriving at the ski lodge or resort. 

Rocky Mountain Travel Preparation Tips

Obviously, you’re going to need to get fitted for a tux before you leave. And you’ll want to make sure to have it in hand before lifting off for your ski lodge/mountain/destination wedding trip. 

If you need some help getting fitted for (and ordering) the perfect tux, don’t hesitate to call or stop by and let us get you outfitted here at Karl’s Tuxedo. 

With that being said, there are also a range of other clothing options that you should make sure to take with you, including:

  • A fleece jacket
  • Long underwear (for cold evenings and slopes)
  • A water-resistant coat
  • Jeans
  • Snow pants (for skiing and snowboarding)
  • T-shirts
  • A rain jacket
  • Shorts
  • Hiking boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • A light jacket

You may also want to bring a hat, some flip-flops, and some swimwear. 


Now you know everything that’s required to prepare for an amazing destination wedding in the Rocky Mountains. 

Of course, preparing is only part of the process. 

Once the adventure starts, get ready to make memories that’ll last a lifetime. 

You’ve got this. 

Now get out there and make it happen! 


Welcome to our series on destination weddings. First stop: Las Vegas, baby! Be sure to check out the companion piece to this article, over on our MK Bridal website.

Las Vegas is known for its thrilling nightlife, high-stakes casinos, beautiful landmark hotels, and exciting shows. 

But it’s also known for being the marriage capital of the world

Yes, Las Vegas has plenty of ‘gimmicky’ wedding opportunities. 

For example—you can get married by Elvis, get hitched in a drive-through wedding chapel, or even get suited up for a horror-themed wedding (with the Grim Reaper himself making an appearance in your wedding photos). 

But it’s also true that you can host almost any other type of wedding in Vegas as well. 

In fact, there are venues and locations where you can hold traditional weddings, vintage weddings, contemporary weddings, modern weddings—and more. 

So as a groom, it’s important for you to know the ‘lay of the land’ if your bride-to-be is looking at Las Vegas as a potential wedding destination. 

Las Vegas: An Overview

The truth of the matter is that, as ‘gimmicky’ as some of the wedding services might be in the so-called Sin City, couples from all over the world travel there to get married in legitimate wedding venues—mostly because there are so many opportunities in Las Vegas to create unique and memorable wedding experiences. 

There are expansive resorts, bustling nightlife scenes, and virtually endless entertainment options. 

And for couples looking to get married in an exciting destination that offers a lot of amenities, Las Vegas is tough to beat. 

You can find wedding venues ranging from elegant ballrooms, to outdoor gardens, to rooftop terraces, and more. 

It’s also an amazing place to source services like photography, limousines, and so on. (Thinking about wedding flowers? We can arrange anything you need right here in Springfield, at Linda’s Flowers!)

Being A Groom In Las Vegas

As a groom who’s preparing to travel to Las Vegas with his bride for a destination wedding, there are a few different things that you should know about. 

First off, it’s literally a city that never sleeps—so make sure that you spearhead plans to take your bride (and your wedding entourage) out to see the sites and explore the city. 

You could hit the casino, explore the city’s many attractions, attend some shows, and dine in a few of the many specialty restaurants available to you. 

Also, make sure to pack appropriately. The weather will tend to be warm and pleasant (even in the winter). But always check the weather reports to make sure that you’re packing the right types of clothes for your journey. 

Entertainment Options In Las Vegas (For You, Your Entourage, And Your Bride To Be)

As the groom-to-be, you’ll most likely be responsible for making the trip memorable from a planning perspective. So set some time aside to plan ahead and figure out what types of activities you, your entourage, and your bride-to-be may want to partake in. 

Some ideas could include: 

  • Nightclubs
  • Pool parties
  • Sports events
  • Shows
  • Adventure activities (ATV tours, skydiving, zip-lining, etc.)
  • Casinos, casinos, and even more casinos

For best results, try to choose activities that’ll be more likely to appeal to your guests. For example—if nobody in your party wants to actually go to a casino, then you may want to skip that option and choose something else. 

Sending out a few messages and conducting a poll to see what people are interested in doing beforehand could be the key to planning activities that everyone will enjoy. 

Las Vegas Travel Preparation Tips

Before traveling to Las Vegas for the ‘big day’ itself, here are some tips that you should follow as you prepare and get ready to travel. 

First, help your bride with the planning phase. Help her look for the perfect wedding venue, photographer, etc. 

Also, make sure that you get fitted for your tux, and order it well in advance to make sure that you’ll have it before you actually leave for the event. For tips on how to travel with your tux, see our article here.

Call us or swing by to get fitted and pick out the perfect tux for your big Las Vegas destination wedding day!