Category Archives: Lafayette, Louisiana Vendors

Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony

Jason, Andree and Janie

Your ceremony should be as exciting as your reception!  Start the celebration as soon as guests arrive by throwing a short pre-ceremony cocktail party.  Sprinkle your programs with personal details like facts about your VIP’s or photos from your engagement shoot.  If you’re marrying at a location like a museum, zoo or garden, give your guests the option of taking a fun behind-the-scenes tour before your I Do’s.  Want to do a slideshow?  Play it before your ceremony rather than at the rehearsal dinner.  It’s a unique way to entertain guests until the ceremony begins.  Have your ring bearer carry your bands on something unique like a mini fishing rod or a slice of wood that says “Here comes the bride…”  And finally change tradition and walk down the aisle with your Groom, it’s a great way to kick off your new life together!!

Janie Varisco, Wedding Officiant



Garden Weddings And Mother Nature

bryan and kyleen outdoor

Many of my customers who book with us want to have a garden wedding.  I tell them all the same thing… must have a plan B.  Mother Nature will tell you what you can and can’t do.  Fortunately my brides understand this….and have a plan if they have to move the wedding indoors.

Yesterday was a good example of this.  On Friday the grounds were still wet….too wet to put chairs down because when the guests sat down the chairs would sink.

But we still had one more day before Brian and Kyleen’s wedding.  The wind was blowing and the sun was shining…that was a good sign!   Kyleen and I spoke on Friday……she had a plan B to move her wedding indoors…but she really wanted an outdoor wedding.  They were going to wait and see what Saturday looked like.  Great idea!

By Saturday morning the wind and sun from Friday had dried the grounds enough to move the chairs outdoors.  Crystal with Acadiana Event Rentals was already in the gardens decorating the gazebo when my husband and I arrived to clean all of the leaves out of the garden area and path.

Brian and Kyleen were lucky….but most importantly, Kyleen had a great attitude….this was her day.  Attitude is everything!




Haloween Wedding at Magnolia Court Reception Hall

Ashley and Andrew wedding party photo for Halloween wedding at Magnolia Court Reception Hall.
Bride and groom, Ashley and Andrew, along with their wedding party. Our first Halloween wedding held at Magnolia Court Reception Hall.

On the day of any event, I like to go to our facility and see how it has been set up and decorated. In our 17 years of business…no two have ever looked the same….and I’ve been amazed, many times, at the transformation our facility takes.

I love seeing the “personal touch”  each of my clients put into their event.   I walk around and take photos, always with their permission, so that I can use some of them for my website, blog or even to put in my photo album.  On this day…I was lucky !

Ashley and Andrew decided to take photos, with their wedding party, before the wedding. I was at the facility taking photos, when I saw them outdoor with their photographer. I was thrilled when they let me take this photo.

I just love the brides wedding dress, as well as the bridesmaids dresses…and the black tux with red tie was perfect! And I love the shoes…you can be assured…these bridesmaids danced all night…without hurting feet or blisters! 🙂

Being comfortable and feeling beautiful…is such a perfect match!