After moving to northern Louisiana five years ago, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the people, the location and all the area has to offer. I’m sure you could tell by my previous blog, that I truly feel that making Shreveport-Bossier City your destination for weddings and events is a definite must do. Don’t take my word for it though! Check out the conversation I had with Brandy Evans of Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. Brandy is the Vice President of Communications, a world traveler and loves a great experience. Here is what she had to say on wedding and events in SBC.
Bree: What makes SBC a great destination for weddings & events?
Brandy: One of the greatest reasons to choose Shreveport-Bossier for a destination wedding is value. Our hotels are reasonably priced. The average daily rate is less than $80. We have lots of great wedding venues like the American Rose Center, Shreveport Aquarium, Shreveport Convention Center and a long list of beautiful churches.
Because wedding planning is so stressful, my office offers services like securing hotel rates on your behalf, venue rates and other additional services like limos and photographers. So that means that brides or grooms do not have to spend their valuable time calling each hotel to get pricing. You simply tell us what area of town you'd like your guests to stay in, the amenities you want in a hotel and about how much you want to pay. We send that lead to those specific hotels and give them a chance to respond. It saves so much time.
Bree: What are the must see or must do attractions in the city?
Brandy: People sleep on all the fun things there are to do in Shreveport-Bossier. There are a number of things that guests can do in their spare time. For instance if they have kids, a trip to Sci-port Discovery Center, Shreveport Aquarium, Artspace and Gators and Friends Adventure Park would be fun. If a group of couples wanted to have fun they could visit one of three escape rooms, throw axes at Bayou Ax in East Bank District, taste local craft beer at one of three craft breweries, grab a cocktail on the balcony of Abby Singer's Bistro, dinner at Orlandeaux's Café and late night fun at the casinos. We have a community events calendar that people can search year-round to figure out what's happening.
Bree: What time of year or season would you recommend to visit SBC?
Brandy: We really are a year-round destination. The year kicks off with Mardi Gras, rolls into spring and summer festivals, cools off with fall events and pick back up with Christmas celebrations. For outdoor weddings spring and fall are really beautiful here. The American Rose Center has two peak blooms and weddings there would be so beautiful during either of those seasons.
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