How to do wedding beverages right on the big day

Event specialists and mixologists on the setup, cocktails and what to drink
You've got the rings, the outfits, the venue and the love of your life. Now, let's party!

CUE's Bride Book, summer 2017

Wedding stationary, modern dresses, flower power and more

Bridal shoe trends for summer

From beaded heels to bejeweled slip-ons
As wedding ceremonies, dresses and the traditional notion of "bride and groom" have evolved, so has bridal footwear. White satin dyeables aren't the go-to footwear they used to be.

Bridal jewelry that balances personal style and tradition

Adore your adornments
The trick to accessorizing a bridal ensemble is balance.

Personalized wedding guest gifts do's and don'ts

Ideas and trends for wedding favors
According to A 2016 Real Weddings Study by the website the knot, the average number of guests invited to a wedding decreased by 10 percent from 2009 to 2016, while the average amount spent per guest increased from $194 to $245. The numbers don't lie: Personalized experiences and gifts for an intimate group of guests are the new norm.

Flower arrangement tips and trends for summer brides

Love in bloom
Whether it's a single sunflower carried by a barefoot, backyard bride or a pave arrangement of roses chosen for a candlelight cathedral ceremony, flowers are an important (and for many, essential) part of weddings.

Stationary boutiques in New Orleans

The case for going local with wedding invitations
With an abundance of Internet options offering wedding invitation suites, engaged couples can overlook local stationery shops — often because they mistakenly think they'll save money by ordering online.

Not your mother's wedding dress

Strapless, no lace, all-lace, plunging necklines and varying hemlines are making their way down the aisle
ON THE COVER: Strings of beads drape the back of this sleeveless embroidered tulle gown by Allure Bridals, $2,360 at Pearl's Place.

New Orleans wedding venues off the beaten path

Beautiful venues, from antique to new-kid-on-the-block chic
Adaptability, intimacy and character are factors that mold the optimal wedding locale.

Gambit's CUE, June 2017

Home design 101; Mother's Day gifts; makeup techniques and more

Local children's book series highlights women of color in health care

Nola the Nurse series advocates for STEM education
Dr. Scharmaine Lawson-Baker says her energy and can-do attitude help her run a home health care business while getting her own publishing company off the ground. She was inspired to create A DrNurse Publishing House and the Nola the Nurse series (www.nolathenurse.com) when she was unable to find children's stories for her young daughter that featured minorities in health care jobs and other STEM-related fields.

Home decor do's and don'ts

Interior designers answer CUE's questions about home design
Whether you are starting from scratch, tackling a DIY project or just experimenting with new colors, interior designers possess a wealth of information and experience to walk clients through the decorating process.  "I feel people are sometimes scared to hire designers, not realizing how valuable they can be," says Julie Ponze of Julie Ponze Designs.

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