Wedding day do’s for the modern New Orleans bride (on a budget!)

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - "A New Orleans bride is special because obviously she has grown up and been immersed in this amazing city, the spirit of celebration here is different from anything I've experienced anywhere in the United States," says Editor of New Orleans Bride Magazine Melanie Spencer.

We certainly know how to throw a party, but we also take traditions to the next level. Hosting an after party with late night snacks or having a second-line sets a New Orleans wedding apart. It's no surprise that even our bridal fashion is getting flashier.

"There's a little bit of anything goes happening right now, dresses that are either knee-length or tea length. It can look really sassy and modern and incredibly demure, very Grace Kelly or very Audrey Hepburn. Really anything you see on the red carpet in Hollywood will absolutely influence on some level what brides are wearing. For example, the new Mrs. Clooney, she wore an Oscar de la Renta that was made especially for her," says Spencer.

The urge to splurge may seem hard to resist but brides beware, the average wedding can cost between twenty and thirty thousand dollars. "The good thing about New Orleans is there really is something for everyone, some brides may choose to spend less in one area so they can spend more in the other. Working with a wedding coordinator can save you a lot of money they know every place that you can cut corners, every place to get what you need to get or rent what you need to rent."

Online resources like Pinterest and The Knot are great for ideas, but apps like Evernote and Mint will help keep you organized, under budget and hopefully focused on what matters most come wedding day. "Just remember it's not about the big show you're putting on, yes, everyone wants a beautiful show and a beautiful wedding but it's about this commitment you're making to this other person so if at the end of the day you've successfully tied the knot that's really what it's all about."

New Orleans Bride Magazine will have a Bridal Show in June 2015.