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We are so excited to celebrate with y'all this November! Before you reach out to melissa.c.chua@gmail.com with any questions, please read through our FAQs.
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What events am I invited to?

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We are hosting a weekend of lovely wedding festivities for an intimate group of family and friends. 11/17 Opening Reception at the Napoleon House 11/18 Wedding Ceremony at the Tree of Life 11/18 Reception is reserved for family and close friends 11/18 After Party at Parleaux Beer Lab from 9:30 PM—Midnight In short: The events you are specifically invited to will populate when you fill out your name on the RSVP tab.

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What should I wear to the wedding?

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We suggest elevated casual for both the opening reception on 11/17/23 and the wedding festivities on 11/18/23. The theme is 1890s Art Nouveau Masquerade—have fun and interpret as you wish, as fancy or as understated as you desire. Feathers, masks, tulle—a botanical flair—it's all fair game. Or just come as you are. Despite the potentially daunting-sounding theme, we are providing a casual atmosphere with very few expectations.. Important note for the ladies: cocktail attire is great; however, please plan on wearing COMFORTABLE SHOES: *NO HEELS!* 🚫👠 The bride won't even be wearing them! Our ceremony is outside, rain or shine, and we have booked a casual, charming reception venue that is standing room only. Finally, our after-party will include a nice evening walk from the reception venue.

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Where should I stay?

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We have a wedding block at the New Orleans Marriott at 555 Canal Street. Please click on the link below to book: http://bit.ly/chua-ohara-marriott There are also plenty of Airbnbs in the area. We recommend finding one in the Bywater/Marigny neighborhood, which is close to the reception venue. Another option for a lovely stay is somewhere Uptown, which is close to our outdoor ceremony.

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How do I get around?

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For the most part, neighborhoods are very walkable and bike-friendly, and there are some lovely residential streets (especially in the Bywater, Uptown and the Garden District). Ubers and Lyfts are a safe, reliable and speedy way to get around town, for around $8—$16 each way, depending on where you're headed. Booking a rental car could also be handy for the wedding weekend.

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Can we bring our kids?

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This can be resolved on a case-by-case basis. All are welcome during the ceremony; however, please know that our reception venue is intimate, casual and for the most part standing room only. That is something to be aware of if you plan to bring young kids and babies. Please reach out to discuss!

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Are there "house rules" for the festivities?

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First of all, have fun and come ready to meet some new and lovely people! If you are looking for a way to break the ice or for topics of conversation, head over to our Wedding Party page! Second, and more seriously, we intend on cultivating a respectful, smoke-free environment. The bride and her family have highly sensitive and recently compromised respiratory systems. We are asking that all smoking devices are left at home. Any cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vape pens and cigars that are spotted during the wedding will be confiscated without question. Finally—and this should go without saying—our wedding weekend intends to be a loving environment open to all regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, economic status and other diverse backgrounds. So breathe easy, come freely as your true selves, and you will be embraced by a room of open and kind-hearted souls. <3

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What is cool to see and do in our free time?

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Read through the "Things to Do" tab!