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Top 10 Wedding Venues in New Orleans

Dec 4, 2019

Are you engaged and searching for wedding venues in New Orleans! Look no further!

We’ve taken the time to put together our favorite wedding venues in New Orleans so you can get an idea of the variety of venues available in this city we love so much!

1) Race and Religious

Race and Religious

This is one of the coolest, most unique wedding venues in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District and there’s a reason Conde Nast Bride listed it as one of its “most romantic wedding venues”. Located on the river, it’s coveted by many wedding couples who wish to be wed in “one of the world’s coolest rental homes” (according to Travel & Leisure) and is a must see for anyone searching for something different but gorgeous. Race & Religious was built in the 1830s and fell by the wayside, but it was gutted and restored to its original beauty with upgraded amenities and turned into a quirky event venue—especially perfect for weddings. R&R is romantic, nostalgic, and perfect for couples who want to add a little of that older Louisiana feel to their modern day wedding.

2) Il Mercato

Il Mercato

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again! In a word: Spectacular. In more than a word: One of the most amazing wedding venues in New Orleans. Also built back in the 30s for use as a public market, this Spanish colonial-style structure was bought back in 2013, in a state of extreme disrepair, and was carefully restored to its original glory and turned into an elegant venue for weddings and other events. The new owners not only restored the building’s arches, stucco, plaster walls and terracotta roof tiles, they also added a huge courtyard, complete with an outdoor fireplace and century-old cobblestone patio. With all the natural light, textures, a courtyard that is incomparable for receptions, and a little greenery right next door at Sophie B. Wright Park, Il Mercato is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the city. Everyone who gets a chance to spend time there, simply falls in love with it.

3) Marigny Opera House

Marigny Opera House

Get married in an opera house? Yes, please! The Marigny is and old church that was converted into an opera house and event venue. It possesses old-world Louisiana charm in spades, with grand arches running up either side of the main room, which has high rounded ceilings that complement the arched and rounded windows running the full length of the building. Gorgeous natural light by day and a brilliantly romantic setting by evening—both inside and in its outdoor courtyard—the opera house is so popular with couples that it books up anywhere from 6 to 18 months in advance.  Check it out! It’s jaw-dropping spectacular! 

4) Hotel Peter and Paul

Hotel Peter and Paul

Hotel Peter and Paul is another fantastic example of one of the many historic New Orleans churches that have been turned into event venues. It started out as a church, school house, rectory and convent, and has now been converted into a hotel with a truly eclectic mix of aesthetic and architecture. Each building has its own theme and unique decor and no two rooms are alike. Everywhere you look there are delightful details of decoration and architecture. It’s an amazing venue for photos and sure to entertain your guests as they will never get bored of their surroundings!

5) New Orleans Botanical Gardens

New Orleans Botanical Gardens

Fountains and ponds, cultivated hedges, flowers, trees, brick walkways and corridors, a greenhouse, historic conservatory, statues and wrought iron decorative gates, spanish moss…need we say more?  

6) Capulet Bywater

Capulet Bywater

This restored 1800’s warehouse has 30-foot beamed ceilings, brick walls, and is the perfect venue for wedding receptions with up to 250 guests. There is a huge bar at one end and a massive dance-floor at the other, as well as a large bank of windows to let in natural light. There is also a fantastic rooftop patio offering a lovely view of the cityline and an excellent space for a couple’s first dance. Capulet is definitely a favorite of New Orlean’s wedding couples.

7) The Arbor Room At Popp Fountain

The Arbor Room At Popp Fountain 

This hidden gem is one of our favourite places to shoot weddings! Not only does it have a 60-foot wide fountain with a 30-foot spray adjacent to an outdoor brick patio (perfect for wedding ceremonies), but it’s also surrounded by 12 gorgeous and lush private acres. The Arbor Room—a beautiful new event venue that is perfect for weddings—is adjacent to the grounds and fountain and also offers a bridal dressing room, making it a perfect place to spend your entire wedding day.

8) Marche

Marche 

Think unique and luxurious venue in the French Quarter that boasts magnificent views of the Quarter and the Mississippi. Constructed with large windows, high ceilings and a chic flare, Marche is the perfect venue for those who are seeking a sleek, modern and bright aesthetic at their wedding, while also being surrounded by comfort and opulence.

9) The Roosevelt New Orleans

The Roosevelt New Orleans  

One of the most lavish hotels in NOLA, the outside is modern stone architecture while the inside resembles  palace with its ornate decor, giant chandeliers and touches of gold everywhere! The Roosevelt has four huge ballrooms to choose from—each set up with a different theme and look—and a large, open-air, covered rooftop space for spring and summer weddings. The sheer size and flexibility of each room available makes it a favorite for many couples with anything ranging from contemporary to traditional tastes!

10) New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)

New Orleans Museum of Art

Looking for something a little different and unique for your wedding experience? Although not considered a classic wedding venue, NOMA has one of the most gorgeous green spaces in New Orleans. 12 acres of landscaped greenery, complete with over 90 sculptures interspersed along the meandering footpaths and lagoons, surrounded by ancient oaks and pines draped with Spanish moss and dotted with flowers and foot bridges. If you love the thought of being surrounded by history and nature on your wedding day, consider NOMA.

There is no doubt that New Orleans is chock full of personality, from its human history to its evolving architecture, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of wedding venues to choose from, whatever your vibe or your flavor. We wish you the best of luck in your search and would love to be a part of your big day. If you’re interested in discussing any of these venues and your wedding in detail, let’s chat!

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