Bicycle Bachelorette

My entire adulthood I knew I wanted my bachelorette party to be in New Orleans, the city I fell in love with while attending Tulane and the city that still has a piece of my heart. One Friday morning in late September a group of us hit the road and headed six hours west, coffee in hand.

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In the car were Bridesmaid Lemon (the driver), Bridesmaid Runner, and two friends. My sister and Bridesmaid Doc would be flying into New Orleans, and a few of my college friends who still lived there (including Bridesmaid NOLA) would be joining the festivities as well. We had such a fun drive, listening to the “Boy Band” Pandora station (I cannot recommend this station enough), and we finally got to the JW Marriott around 4:00 PM. Friday night was going to be my college-ish night and Saturday would be the downtown night, so we got freshened up and headed uptown to recreate a typical Friday night for me in college.

We went to my favorite place to have happy hour, The Columns Hotel. (You may remember it from Mrs. Archer’s wedding!)

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Photo by Bridesmaid Lemon

Their bar is gorgeous and has amazing happy hour specials, too. Twenty-two dollar bottles of champagne? Don’t mind if we do!

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Bridesmaid NOLA, me, Bridesmaid Runner

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Friend C, Friend E, Bridesmaid Lemon

We sipped champagne for what felt like hours and we were soon joined by Bridesmaid Doc and my sister/MOH. My sister had a surprise for me that would be used the next day but just had to make an appearance that night, too—a Princess Katherine tiara!

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Photo by Runner

When we had our fill of champagne (is that even possible?!) we went across the street to Superior Grill, one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in the city. We had a great dinner and then headed out on the town. We went to one uptown bar, Le Bon Temps, before heading back downtown to the French Quarter. Of course there were a lot of bachelor/bachelorette parties, which was kind of fun. We hopped around Bourbon Street before grabbing a last drink at the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone (where Mrs. Archer got engaged!).

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Photo by Bridesmaid Runner / Jealous of my tutu?

The next morning was pretty relaxed, with people grabbing breakfast and getting ready on their own time. Around lunchtime we all headed out to explore the French Quarter by day and pick up some souvenirs. Not before enjoying a cupcake sent to the room by Bridesmaid Nole, though!

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Favorite photo from the trip, courtesy of Bridesmaid Lemon

Wait—what’s up with the two on the right, Bridesmaids Doc and Lemon? Too many beignets? Nope—they are both pregnant!! Spoiler alert—we had four pregnant bridesmaids at our wedding! Doc flew from Seattle to New Orleans seven months pregnant to attend my bachelorette—that is dedication! Doc and Lemon shared a room, and although they had never met before that weekend, I was so happy to see how well the moms-to-be hit it off!

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Photo by Bridesmaid Lemon

We did some shopping and observing around the French Quarter before getting ready to go to the highlight of the afternoon—high tea at the Ritz Carlton! Everyone wore fascinators and I wore my Princess Katherine tiara.

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Runner, Sister/MOH, me, Friend E

You. Guys. I had never been to tea at the Ritz, but it was so much better than I even expected. We had two courses of snacks—one savory course and one sweet course.

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I somehow only got pictures of the sweets, but everything was delicious. We had our choice of so many different types of tea, all of which were delicious. Oh, and then there was unlimited champagne! It was glorious! Before leaving tea we did an impromptu photo shoot. Our first shot was funny and then someone suggested doing a Vanity Fair cover shot. This is what we ended up with:

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Photo by Bridesmaid Runner

Lemon is trying to ask, “Who is the father?” Overall we had so.much.fun at tea and I cannot wait to go back! We then headed back to the hotel to watch a little bit of football and get ready for dinner. We also took a moment to capture this gem, which Runner later sent to me and said, “I don’t think it is clear enough that you are the bride.”

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Photo by Bridesmaid Runner

Saturday night I was told to wear white while everyone else wore black. I was given a sash and I eventually stole Runner’s fascinator from earlier that day. (I am shocked I let her take it home with her at the end of the weekend.)

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Photo by Bridesmaid Runner

We went to dinner at American Sector, a John Besh restaurant in the World War II Museum. If you want an affordable John Best meal with a super cool atmosphere, this is your place. The drink menu is old school and a few of us sipped on something called the Last Fling. At one point I went around the table and shared my favorite memory with each person there, which was a nice way to honor those who went out of their way to join me, and it also helped everyone get to know each other better.

We went from dinner to a few bars, although those who were expecting said goodbye after the first stop. These ladies were such troopers and I am honored to call them friends!

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We had another fun night bopping around downtown before calling it a night. The next morning we went to Mother’s for breakfast, which is a must-do if you’re ever in New Orleans! Doc and Sister/MOH headed to the airport, and the rest of us piled into Lemon’s car for the drive back to Tallahassee. Our post-bachelorette blues were helped a bit by a pit stop at Steak and Shake for fries and milkshakes. Together. (It really pays to travel with pregnant people!)

I had such a fun weekend in New Orleans, and I really think half the fun was showing off my version of the city to those who only new about the touristy stuff or who had never been at all. I am so grateful to have such wonderful friends, and this was the perfect way to whet our appetite for Savannah!

Anyone else do a New Orleans bachelorette? Can I go back now, pretty please??

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Mrs. Bicycle

Location:
Tallahassee, FL/Savannah, GA
Wedding Date:
10/26/2013

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    Mrs. Campfire 970 posts, Busy bee @ 3:30 pm

    It sounds like you had so much fun!

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    lealorali 4399 posts, Honey bee @ 4:05 pm

    wow. damn! we went to a Paint & Sip thing then to one bar for my bachlorette. Your friends must love you more than mine do lol!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 791 posts, Busy bee @ 5:04 pm

    Looks like it was so much fun!

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    Mrs. Road Trip 741 posts, Busy bee @ 5:45 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend!

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    saltedcaramel 347 posts, Helper bee @ 6:15 pm

    This looks like perfection!

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    Miss Pyramid 807 posts, Busy bee @ 6:52 pm

    Anytime you want to repeat, you just let me know and I’m there! Y’all got to do so many cool things in the city, I love it!
    I’ve only been to American sector once but it was so good! We keep saying we need to go to the museum and the restaurant for a date day soon – they have some good happy hour deals!
    Looks like y’all has a blast – it’s so sweet so many of your girls could make it out!

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    Mrs. Jet Setter 490 posts, Helper bee @ 6:08 am

    Want to go to NOLA SO BADLY! So jealous!

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    Mrs. Bicycle 619 posts, Busy bee @ 9:11 am

    @Mrs. Campfire: @Mrs. Rubber Stamps: @SaltedCaramel: It was so much fun!
    @lealorali: Aww, I’m sure that isn’t true! It is tough to get a group of women to agree on and follow through with things sometimes. Simple can be better!

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    Mrs. Bicycle 619 posts, Busy bee @ 9:12 am

    @Miss Pyramid: I would love to go back for happy hour!
    @Mrs. Jet Setter: It is definitely a must-visit!

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    bridesmomma 427 posts, Helper bee @ 9:43 am

    Your bachelorette party sounded perfect! Your friends are the kind of friends every girl needs!

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    Miss_Mimosa 189 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:57 am

    Looks like you had one heck of a weekend! You look like you had some wonderful bridesmaids.

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:33 am

    Love this! I love that you went around the table and shared individual memories, too. That’s so sweet and I’m sure it made your ladies feel loved.

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    seabeeny 203 posts, Helper bee @ 12:19 pm

    Wow, two pregnant ladies at a bachelorette in NOLA. Those women are saints. ;)

    Looks fun!

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    lyjelly 16 posts, Newbee @ 10:55 am

    Wow, seems like such a fun fun party! Love NOLA!

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