The ceremony is over and it's time to celebrate! Oftentimes, couples kick off a night of celebration by exiting to an exciting, personal recessional song and having guests shower them with rose petals, rice, lavender, or even bubbles. But that party only lasts for the walk down the aisle, and maybe down the steps or out the door of your ceremony venue. So why stop it there?
We love the idea of taking this party to the streets by enlisting some musicians and marching from the ceremony to reception venue with you, your partner, and all your guests in tow! This idea of a festive parade dates back to 19th century New Orleans, when the city's famous "jazz funerals" took on a new, celebratory light. In this practice, known as the "second line," big brass bands (called the first line) lead partygoers and anyone enjoying the music (the second line) through the streets to celebrate a major event (like a wedding!).
But you don't have to be in NOLA to have a wedding parade of this magnitude. In fact, it's popular in other places, too. In San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, it's customary for wedding parties to go through the streets with larger-than-life papier-mâché mojigangas (large puppets)—and often, burros carrying papier-mâché flowers and tequila shots. Sounds fun, right? We found eight photos to inspire you to bring this wedding parade tradition to your party, wherever in the world you're marrying.
This adorable bride and groom paraded through the streets of San Miguel—and stopped for a kiss in front of a grand cathedral. Can you see all the onlookers in the background? Think of all the well-wishes they're sending the newlyweds!
This New Orleans bride (in a pink feathered skirt) obviously dressed for a serious dance party—through the French Quarter!
These newlyweds turned heads in downtown Philly when they added oversized balloons as props for their parade.
We love this shot of the Kinfolk Brass Band (a staple at NOLA weddings) at one of our favorite wedding venues in the country.
After their rehearsal dinner, this couple walked through the streets with a tequila bar donkey in tow.
With Marigny Opera House (where Solange got married) as a backdrop, a big brass band on repeat, and an Alexandra Grecco gown, it's impossible to pick a favorite aspect of this photo.
In Oaxaca, on the southern coast of Mexico, wedding guests partake in the traditional calenda, a parade of people leading to a celebration (in this case, a wedding!).
We have to agree, second lines never get old!