11 Best Wedding Venues In New Orleans

Jan 30, 2024 | Planning
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Marché | Greer Gattuso Photography

A true melting pot of cultures, New Orleans has a wealth of unique heritage and proud traditions. Best known for its vibrant music scene, colonial architecture, festivals and food, it is no surprise that many couples choose to get married in this fabulous Louisiana city on the Mississippi River.

So first on your New Orleans wedding agenda, where to tie the knot. There's certainly no shortage of choice, from chic boutique hotels and historic mansions to dedicated event spaces with gorgeous courtyards and river views. To help you on your way to choosing the perfect destination, check out our pick of the 11 best wedding venues in New Orleans. You won't be disappointed.

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​Il Mercato | Arte De Vie

Il Mercato

About: Il Mercato is truly versatile space, located in the garden district of New Orleans, with beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, making it a great option if you want a wedding with outdoor vibes with the ease of being in the city.

Built in 1931, Il Mercato’s unique architecture features an open, large private courtyard with an outdoor fireplace; a beautiful ballroom with herringbone floors and statement chandeliers. Original architectural details like brass doors, steel frame windows, and grand arches feel authentic to the building’s history while gas lanterns, reclaimed brick, and French wall panels give the space a modern romantic aesthetic. Plus there’s an award winning in-house catering team who can take care of all the food and drink details for the day.

Location: 1911 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA

Capacity: 250

Price Range: $$$$

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Elms Mansion

About: Atmosphere and space is in abundance here, with a beautiful mansion and carefully landscaped gardens in which to host your wedding events. Known for great food and hospitality, Elms Mansion is a great place to host a wedding and showcase the delights of New Orleans.

One of the most popular venues in New Orleans, Elms Mansion offers guests an experience like no other. Couples can exchange their vows on the gazebo in the mansion’s beautiful gardens, which is home to one of the city’s largest magnolia trees. The 48-foot grand ballroom, complete with jeweled windows, features a stage and a full-service bar.

Location: 3029 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115

Capacity: 400

Price Range: $$$$

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Maison de la Luz | Leila Brewster Photography

Maison de La Luz

About: If you’re looking for a quirky, fun and stylish place to host your wedding, we love the trendy but oh-so welcoming boutique hotel Maison de La Luz. Each room has been decorated with real thought and care, your guests will be charmed from the moment they check in.

There’s a cosy cocktail bar and a glorious statement wrought iron staircase that would look incredible in photographs, plus a decadent blue and white light-filled dining space where you can host your wedding breakfast. If you’re after an intimate and special place to host your New Orleans wedding in style, then look no further than Maison de La Luz.

Location: 546 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Capacity: 120

Price Range: $$$

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​Race + Religious | Lyndsey Goddard Photography

Race + Religious

About: A totally unique venue in the heart of New Orleans Lower Garden District, Race + Religious describes itself as ‘the most charming European estate hidden in plain sight.’ It comprises three quirky buildings, brimming with artful details and several secret courtyard spaces that look incredible day or night because of the planting and lighting.

If you’re looking for a venue that is brimming with character and doesn’t push packages so you have lots of flexibility with vendors and styling, Race + Religious is definitely the one for you.

Location: 510 Race Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Guest Count: 90 seated, 200 standing

Price Range: $$$$

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​New Orleans Contemporary Arts Centre | Arte de Vie

New Orleans Contemporary Arts Centre

About: The New Orleans Contemporary Arts Centre is an amazing blank canvas in which to host your wedding celebrations. There are several spaces where you can host events, from a huge warehouse space just waiting to be dressed to your heart's desire, to smaller, cozier spaces with exposed brick and great acoustics for more intimate events.

Location: 900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-3908

Capacity: 500

Price: $$$

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Marché | Greer Gattuso Photography

Marché

About: Weddings at Marché offer a truly authentic NOLA experience. Located in the French Quarter with balconies overlooking the historic neighborhood and the Mississippi river, the spaces at Marche are perfect for a wedding where everything flows together seamlessly.

With lofty ceilings, huge windows and tonnes of original features - it’s a space that feels really special. A bonus is that it's also within walking distance of lots of great French Quarter hotels, so your guests can have a wonderful time exploring the area, as well as enjoying your amazing wedding.

Location: 914 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA, 70116

Guest Count: 300

Price Range: $$$

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Derbes Mansion | Amy Yellis Photo

Derbes Mansion

About: Derbes Mansion is a comfortably appointed home away from home, with plenty of room for your closest friends and family to stay on site. Within walking distance of lots of great NOLA attractions, Derbes Mansion is an amazing location to spoil your guests for the weekend. There’s enough space on the porch, front lawn and terrace to accommodate a wedding that flows beautifully from one space to the next.

Location: 2257 Bayou Rd New Orleans, LA 70119

Guest Count: 150

Price Range: $$$

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Marigny Opera House

About: A true gem of New Orleans heritage, the Marigny Opera House is another incredible blank canvas space where you can bring your own personalities to your wedding proceedings. The bonus is that it’s a non-profit, so your wedding hire fees will be helping the various projects and the community supported by the Opera House, rather than a corporate or privately owned venue - so you really are bringing the love. Plus if it’s good enough for Solange…

Location: 725 Saint Ferdinand Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

Guest Count: 200

Price Range: $$

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​Southern Oaks | Danielle Harris Photography

Southern Oaks

About: A family-owned and run fairytale-inspired wedding venue where almost everything is included in your overall hire fee, makes Southern Oaks a great option for a simple and super fun wedding. With the beautiful façade of the house as your ceremony backdrop and the magnificent ballroom with its crystal chandeliers and huge windows overlooking the gardens for your reception, your guests are sure to be wowed.

Location: Southern Oaks, 7816 Hayne Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70126

Guest Count: 400

Price Range: $$

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​Preservation Hall | Kelly Giarrocco Photo

Preservation Hall

About: It wouldn’t be a New Orleans wedding venue round up if we didn’t feature a historic Creole mansion that has been the centre of Nola’s bohemian art and music scene for decades. Preservation Hall is THE historic mansion that everyone wants to attend an event at. It’s got real heart and soul, barely changed since the doors were opened to the public in the 60s. Good food and New Orleans jazz are at the heart of every wedding hosted here.

Location: Preservation Hall 726 Saint Peter Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

Guest Count: 100

Price Range: $$$

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Degas House

About: The Degas House historic mansion was home to French impressionist painter Edgar Degas and is now a museum, events space, and luxury bed and breakfast that you can rent exclusively for your wedding. This charming property is a beautiful indoor-outdoor wedding venue that masterfully blends history with art and hospitality.

Ceremonies are hosted in their French Quarter-style courtyard, beautifully paved and adorned with twinkling market lights. For your reception, over 300 guests can join you to celebrate in the Victorian parlors for an evening of dining and entertainment.

Location: 2306 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana

Capacity: 300

Price range: $$

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