Section Bridal

Center Stage

Couples are finding more and more creative ways to entertain their wedding guests.


Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year Symbolizes New Beginnings.

Acadiana Bridal Show Goes Beyond the Booth

Overwhelmed by decisions for your big day? No sweat! Beyond the Booth takes the guess work out of your bridal show experience by helping you to remember your favorite exhibitors at the show, save special offers and enter contests directly on your phone.

2017 Acadiana Bridal Show

Celebrating 20 years of helping Acadiana brides and grooms make their dream weddings a reality, The Independent’s Annual Bridal Show is happening Sunday, March 19.


Wedding planning is never simple but thanks to technology, the Internet makes things a bit easier these days.

Local Venues

A few of our favorite local wedding spots

Editor’s Letter

Welcome to the new Acadiana Bride. This is not your momma’s guide to “I do.” This is your big day done your way with resources in print and online from a team of creative thinkers, including this newlywed.

Wedding Budget

2-3%GIFTS: wedding party, guests, welcome bags, etc.RINGS: rings and engraving costsCEREMONY: site rental, officiant, marriage license8%MISCELLANEOUS8-10%ATTIRE: wedding dress, veil, jewelry, ha

Notable Nuptials: Cunningham-Thibodeaux

Photo by Lindsey Michelle Photography In Celebration Of the Wedding Of Erica CunninghamDaughter of Jim Cunningham and Melanie CunninghamandJudd Thibodeaux Son Of Tim Thibodeaux and Kelly Th

Notable Nuptials: Broussard-Cannon

Logan and Matt are high school sweethearts from St. Thomas More. On a typical Friday night, Matt asked Logan if she wanted to go to their favorite coffee shop, Jammin’ Java. When they pulled up, the shop was lit only by candlelight and Matt got down on one knee to ask Logan to marry him.

I Do

Creative proposals that led to a walk down the aisle.

\"Showing Up\" On Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day will be one of the most special and significant events of your life. So many choices have been made: dates, attendants, caterers, colors, flowers, the dress, invitations and mor

5 Decisions That Will Make or Break Your Wedding Day

Wedding days are a culmination of potentially years of dreaming to marry the one you love. They require months of planning, preparing and anticipation. And when that day rolls around, it’s almost surreal.Having photographed almost 200 weddings since I started my full-time profession as a wedding photographer, I’ve seen happy times, sad times, funny instances and unexpected moments.But at the end of it all, it’s about the marriage, not the wedding.On the following pages are a few tips that will help couples enjoy this start to their marriage.

Let Them Eat Cake

Wedding cakes in Acadiana get smaller and more rustic, with ruffles and gold detail leading the way.

IND Media's 17th Annual Bridal Show

MARCH 16, 2014 NOON - 4 PM CAJUNDOME CONVENTION CENTER Whether large or small, extravagant or downhome, you'll find ideas and inspiration for your big day at the 17th annual Bridal Show presented by...

IND bridal show helps brides, local charity

IND Media's 16th annual bridal show is slated for Sunday, Feb. 24, from noon until 4 p.m. at The Cajundome Convention Center. IND Media's 16th annual bridal show is slated for Sunday, Feb. 24, from...

IND Media 2013 Acadiana Bridal Show

IND Media Acadiana Bridal Show on Sunday, February 24 First Comes Love... Then comes Marriage!!! If you and your Valentine are ready to make it 'forever', mark down Sunday, February 24 as the second...

Guidry Wedding

Bride's Full Name: Jennifer Ritter Guidry** Groom's Full Name:** Jesse Michael Guidry Wedding Date: July 9, 2011 Ceremony Site: Breaux Bridge Photographer/Studio: Joie Du Jour Photography Bridal Gown...

Galyean Wedding

Our love story has been an interesting one... Our love story has been an interesting one... Collin grew up in Dallas, Texas, but his family roots are here in Cajun Country. I was born and raised...

Lyons Wedding

Love is in the air Bride's Full Name: Stefanie Rene` Ruelas Groom's Full Name: Aaron Scott Lyons Wedding Date: June 18, 2011Ceremony Site: St Jules Catholic ChurchPhotographer/Studio: Travis...

Culotta Wedding

I could tell something was going on... I had "proposal radar". After college I moved to Houston and often traveled back to Lafayette on weekends to visit family and friends.  On one of...

Hagan Wedding

Above all, we'd hoped to be married in time for my husband's first post in Germany The timing was perfect; both our families would be present at the graduation.  My husband, Gerald, graduated from...

The Independent's 14th Annual Bridal Show

Romance was in the air at The Independent Weekly's 14th Annual Bridal Show Romance was in the air at The Independent Weekly's 14th Annual Bridal Show held on Sunday, March 20 at the Cajundome...

Thomas Wedding

Courtney and Cody met in high school For a little back story, we actually met in high school and dated for a short while, but it wasn't until we met again in college that we started dating...

Gooding Wedding

Angelle Baudin met her husband, Jeremiah Gooding in 2008. Our first date was at Tsunami Restaurant in Lafayette, after dinner we made our way through the downtown galleries. I love seeing local art...

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