The Second Line has a deep, rich history in New Orleans. When performed during weddings, it signifies the beginning of a new life for the bride and groom.
A Second Line has two parts. The “First line” is usually the band or the ones being honored. The bride and groom, as well as the band would be the “first line” at a Second Line for a wedding. The newly married couple leads the way, usually holding decorated umbrellas or parasols. The guests and anyone else who joins in the celebration are referred to as the “second line”. They form a line behind the band and couple, dancing and strutting to the lively music with handkerchiefs or cocktail napkins.
If a couple is celebrating their wedding in New Orleans, it is safe to assume that they will have some form of a Second Line during their wedding. Whether it’s dancing around the venue, or parading around the streets of New Orleans, Second Lines and New Orleans weddings are synonymous. Excellent party favors would be to get all of your guests handkerchiefs personalized with your names and wedding date, so that everyone can join in on the festivities. Special hand painted umbrellas or parasols for the bridesmaids would be another great idea to consider. For the groomsmen, hand painted canes would be perfect so that they can strut along to the beat. It is up to the bride and groom to decide how elaborate they want their second line to be. Many couples hire brass bands to come to the venue and play traditional favorites and popular New Orleans music as they lead the wedding party and guests around the venue.
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