When planning a spectacular wedding in the Crescent City, one of the first tasks ahead of you is to choose the perfect venue. This can be one of the hardest choices you will have to make because there are so many stellar New Orleans wedding venues, and the location you choose will set the stage for your big day. Fortunately, New Orleans is home to some of the most dreamiest locales around, so sit back and check out our round-up of the most romantic New Orleans wedding venues. (Oh, and of course, be sure to use Zola’s Wedding Checklist to stay on top of all your venue hunting, or really any other task related to your wedding planning whatsoever. It’s totally clutch.)
The Cannery is a beautiful downtown wedding venue that is easily accessible to many parts of the city, including the French Quarter. This location offers 12,000 square feet of space and many amenities, such as mid-century modern furnishings, an outdoor terrace with French-style garden furniture, a ballroom, a grand foyer, and a very modern lounge. The Cannery can accommodate up to 200 or more guests and offers in-house catering from Toulouse Gourmet. This venue also offers package deals with Chiavari chairs, tables, and linens to meet your needs. Another added bonus to this venue is its built-in professional video and sound system, as well as premium LED lighting, so consider that one less expense to account for in your wedding budget.
“When booking with The Cannery, couples should be aware that their event is handled with the utmost attention to detail, and that their affair will be handled with a personal touch, creating an event that is memorable and everlasting.”
– Kellie, The Cannery
This magnificent plantation was built in 1790, making it over 214 years old! It has over 8,000 square feet of ceremony and reception spaces just bursting with romance. Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation offers a beautiful garden chapel that connects to the grand ballroom and main house. Other unique features include an outdoor fireplace, an historic copper bar, and a very historic Southern interior. Some of the packages at this New Orleans wedding venue are all-inclusive, including delicious food, music, premium bar, wedding cake, and decorations, making your planning process a breeze.
“Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation gets rave reviews on food and service. Our company believes that all guests should feel welcomed and taken care of from start to finish. We are a family business that believes the families we serve become part of the plantation history when they book with [us]. The theme of the plantation is one that was said so many times that we finally made it part of our advertising: There’s Something About This Place.”
– Jill, Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation
The Bourbon Orleans Hotel, once the site of historic Orleans Theater and Ballroom, is a romantic New Orleans wedding venue that has seen its fair share of NOLA weddings dating back to the 1800s. This location offers a private balcony overlooking the St. Louis Cathedral and a luxurious ballroom accommodating up to 350 guests. Another great feature of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel is the St. Ann’s Cottage, which can accommodate up to 90 people for an intimate wedding ceremony. St. Ann’s Cottage offers two rooms with antique chandeliers suspended from 12-foot ceilings that lead to a stunning private courtyard. Other features include a complimentary bridal suite, a private attendant during the reception, a professional wedding coordinator, complimentary cake cutting service, complimentary champagne for the couple’s toast, votive candles for reception tables, special-rate valet parking, and more.
“The Bourbon Orleans Hotel sets the stage for a romantic wedding in an elegant setting, whether it’s in our courtyard, our intimate St. Ann Cottage, or our historic Orleans Ballroom.”
– Laurie from Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Race and Religious is a spectacular New Orleans wedding venue that offers guests a walk into the past. Steeped in Crescent City history, this venue is a series of row homes from the 1830s that were painstakingly restored and connected by a charming brick courtyard with fountains, a pool, and lush palms. Located along the riverfront of the Lower Garden District, the eclectic venue is decked out with gorgeous art, furniture, and decor from all over the world. Voted one of the world’s coolest rental homes by Travel + Leisure magazine, when couples book a wedding at Race and Religious, they can expect an ambiance that’s equal parts Old World romance and Louisiana heritage.
Couples can also expect a host of other wonderful amenities: the space is equipped with two commercial kitchens, working fireplaces, interior and exterior speakers, and romantic balconies. Race and Religious has space to accommodate up to 275 people and allows outside catering—so go ahead and book that New Orleans caterer you’ve been salivating over.
“We encourage couples to come in with fresh, fun ideas to decorate each different area of the property to make the venue their own. The best thing about Race and Religious, other than the obvious photo ops, is that you have the freedom to bring in your own food, liquor, and vendors, truly giving you the chance to wow everyone with your personal taste!”
– Sarah from Race and Religious
The Chicory was originally built in 1852 as a coffee warehouse and has been revamped into a gorgeous New Orleans wedding venue full of romance and understated elegance. This venue features brick walls, gas lanterns, and exposed beams. One of the best qualities of this location is its size: it can accommodate up to 800 guests in over 20,000 square feet of event space. Wowza! Brides have the opportunity to prepare themselves for their special day in the bridal suite, and with three unique rooms that are perfect for hosting your reception, you will have a lot of versatility when planning your special day.
The Chicory also offers wedding packages that include in-house catering, beverage service, tables, linens, glassware, an on-site manager, and a police officer, so brides can take a deep breath and know they are in the good hands of the professional staff at this romantic venue.
Last but most certainly not least, Southern Oaks Plantation is a family-operated venue that captures the essence of Southern charm and beauty. This venue is located on three acres of beautifully manicured lawns that evoke New Orleans grandeur in all the best ways possible. Southern Oaks Plantation is able to accommodate over 200 guests and offers delicious in-house catering, as well as a magnificent ceremony site that is breathtaking in every season. This venue offers all-inclusive packages—and we mean all-inclusive. Rather than confusing, per-person pricing, Southern Oaks Plantation’s pricing is very straightforward and includes an enormous array of amenities. Their website helps you calculate what your dream soirée would cost, based on your wedding date and the number of guests attending, so you can begin budgeting properly.
Oh, and what’s more romantic that a Southern Oaks Plantation wedding? A nighttime wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation, where the grounds are romantically illuminated. Sigh.
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