- Emily Shaya
Pret a Fete was founded to help you capture some of the New Orleans magic for your event, by offering stylish and sophisticated party rental decor and furniture. Our inventory contains high-quality vintage, antique and handcrafted pieces in a range of styles. We have worked hard to collect pieces that are not only beautiful, but functional, too.
Name(s): Emily Shaya
Where you call home: New Orleans
Things you’d write home to your Momma about: Our feedback from our clients is a testament to our attention to our client needs.
Location/Coverage: United States
How I got into weddings: While planning my own wedding, I realized there was an utter lack of unique rentals available in the New Orleans market. All of the beautiful things you see on blogs like Southern Weddings were not available here, so I started Prêt a Fête to meet the needs of brides like myself.
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? The backdrops are always gorgeous, whether it is an antebellum home or nature’s finest dramatic oaks. We have great building blocks for gorgeous weddings.
Favorite part of a wedding day? The ceremony. Although they don’t usually last very long, the ceremony is something the bride and groom will never forget. There is something special about saying vows that your grandparents (and their parents) said before you!
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Try not to get too stressed out! I know there are tons of details to get squared away, but don’t be afraid to ask for help, give up some responsibility to your partner, wedding planner, and bridesmaids so you don’t feel like it is all on your shoulders.
Dream travel destination? Marrakech
Favorite Southern city? New Orleans (and Lafayette)
Early bird or night owl? Both…
Pie bar or red velvet cake? Pie bar
Pottery Barn or Anthropologie? Anthro!
Succulents or peonies? Succulents