If you're been considering getting married in New Orleans, we've broken down the best venues, whether you’re looking for a small courtyard ceremony or a lavish, luxurious hotel party. Brides seeking intimate outdoor venues will gravitate towards the French Quarter’s lush courtyards, while others might want a rooftop celebration. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite venues, including affordable options, rooftops with views of the Mississippi River and the cityscape, and places where small weddings will feel like a big deal.
Kelsey Reiss is the Lead Planner for Mint Julep Productions, which recently helped plan singer Michelle Branch’s romantic New Orleans wedding. "I love a venue that has the charm, history, and culture that make New Orleans so great," she said. She looks for beautiful and historic venues, and works to provide musicians, food, and cocktails to “encapsulate that contagious New Orleans energy for a couple's big day.” Many of the brides she works with want a "New Orleans feel.” Mint Julep Productions helps couples get that New Orleans energy either aesthetically, or with a combination of music, cuisine, tradition, and history.
Read on for a taste of where you can get married in New Orleans, whether you’re a local or want an unforgettable destination wedding.
Best Wedding Venues in New Orleans
Best Overall: Windsor Court Hotel
- Price: $$$$
- All-inclusive: No
- Max Guests: Depends on which space you choose but 500 for maximum capacity in La Chinoiserie
Why We Chose It
Windsor Court is one of the most elegant, luxurious hotels in the city. After a multi-million dollar renovation, it’s an ideal spot for weddings given its multiple options, including a top floor space with epic views.
- One of the most elegant hotels in New Orleans, it underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2018
- Event planner deals with many of the major details
- On-site catering makes it easy to customize dining options
- Location in the Central Business District makes it convenient for visitors
- Doesn’t have an outdoor courtyard like many other local hotels
- One of the pricier wedding package options
- Rooms are expensive
The Windsor Court is known for being the most luxurious hotel in town, and it's a favorite with celebrities who stay in the city (including Oprah), especially as more television shows and movies have been shot in New Orleans.
If you’re looking for a little bit of Hollywood glam mixed with a bit of British charm, you’ll love Windsor Court. The Preferred Hotels property was developed by James Coleman, Jr. in 1984 and was purchased in 2009 by The Berger Company in partnership with Crow Family Holdings. The hotel underwent a $15 million renovation in 2018 and is now more luxurious than ever. The hotel is also famous for its afternoon tea, a lovely pre-wedding bridesmaid activity.
The venue offers multiple packages depending on the room you’d like to book and the number of people you’re hosting. The rooftop overlooking the Mississippi River is perfect for wedding photos, as it was completely redone and has the longest pool in the city at 65 feet. There’s also a spa for wedding prep. The Grill Room is great for the groom to enjoy drinks with his groomsmen. There’s an outdoor option for photographs and an option on the top floor, but most of the spaces are indoors.
Windsor Court has a prime location, close to the French Quarter and the Central Business District. It’s walking distance from many of the city’s major tourist destinations, including Bourbon Street, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the World War II museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Superdome.
Event space options include the Library, which accommodates up to 50 guests in the 648-square-foot space, and La Chinoiserie, with outdoor terraces and skyline views.
Event planners are able to coordinate all of the details, including vendor referrals, room block reservations, decorating, and entertainment coordinating. There’s also customizable catering.
- Event coordinator deals with everything from decorations to making room block reservations
- Catering services offered with a culinary team led by Executive Chef Vlad Kogan
Most Affordable: The Cabildo
- Price: $
- All-inclusive: No
- Max Guests: 500 cocktails reception, 100 seated dinner
Why We Chose It
The Cabildo is one of the most historic sites in New Orleans. While some of the restrictions can be strict since it’s a museum, it’s worth it to spend your special day surrounded by history and next door to the iconic St. Louis Cathedral in the heart of Jackson Square.
- The Cabildo is a historic museum next door to one of the most memorable backdrops in New Orleans—the St. Louis Cathedral, ideal for pictures
- Ceremonies at The Cabildo are much more affordable than other places
- Easy for guests to get to as it’s located in the heart of Jackson Square in the French Quarter
- While ceremonies are inexpensive, having your wedding party at The Cabildo as well will add up quickly
- Strict rules since it’s a historic location, including no red wine in case of spillage and no confetti
- Seated dinners are smaller than cocktail receptions
The Cabildo is one of the most famous spots in the French Quarter, located in the heart of Jackson Square. It was built in 1799 as the seat of the Spanish government and was then the site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer ceremonies in 1803. It’s now a museum with interesting artifacts, and you can rent the entire space. The gallery on the second floor has enormous windows that are perfect for wedding photos.
The rental fee is $1,900 for a ceremony-only wedding. A tax-deductible donation is required for parties. It costs $3,000 for three hours and $1,000 each additional hour. Early building closure costs $250 per hour. There’s a clean-up and repair fee of $200 to $300 depending on the time of day. Wedding planning services are available and amenities include separate bride and groom’s dressing areas, security, venue set up and clean up, a day-of coordinator, public parking, and a dance area.
Because it’s a historic location, there are restrictions. You must provide your own alcohol; the venue must approve all decorations; liability insurance required; and music is allowed indoors only and must end by midnight.
The Cabildo is run by the Louisiana State Museum, which also rents the Old U.S. Mint if you’re looking for a different historic locale. The museum provides a list of available caterers, including New Orleans favorites like Dickie Brennan’s Tableau and Galatoire’s. Online ratings describe the staff as accommodating and praise the historic touches.
- Bride and groom’s dressing rooms, security, venue set-up and clean up, and more
- Public parking nearby as well as streetcar access
- Day-of wedding coordinator
Best for All-Inclusive: Southern Oaks
- Price: $$$
- All-inclusive: Yes
- Max Guests: 400
Why We Chose It
Southern Oaks, which offers packages in multiple price ranges and is extremely transparent about pricing, features a mansion surrounded by oak trees—and the venue allows the bride and groom to add on special New Orleans touches, from beignets to a jazz band.
- Venue offers multiple all-inclusive packages as well as fun local add-ons including a jazz band and beignets
- Parking is provided as well as a tram and overflow street parking
- Venue is near the airport
- Does not offer food tastings because the menu is all-inclusive
- Some aspects not included like a photographer, florist for the bridal party, officiant, and wedding cake bakery (although the venue provides a list of potential vendors)
- Location can be difficult to get to for guests as it’s in the suburbs
Southern Oaks offers multiple all-inclusive packages with unique add-ons that make wedding planning easy. The three-hour reception package includes hors d’oeuvres and entrees, an open bar, a DJ, private candle-lit dinner for the bride and groom, personal attendants, professional coordination, security, centerpieces, and much more.
The cost starts at $18,500 for 100 guests on a Friday night and $21,700 for 100 guests on a Saturday and goes up from there. For 400 guests, the cost is $31,200 on a Friday and $35,400 for a Saturday. You need to provide your own photographer, florist for the bridal party, officiant, and wedding cake bakery, but the venue provides a list of vendors.
After the ceremony, guests are treated to a 30-minute reception service under the live oaks, as well as seating on the lawn. There’s also an indoor option in case of inclement weather.
- Add-ons include a New Orleans jazz band, a Cafe du Monde beignet truck, and more
- Event coordinator as well as personal attendants
- Free guest parking in a lot that accommodates about 100 vehicles, as well as a gas-powered tram and overflow street parking
Best for Rooftop: NOPSI Hotel
- Price: $$$
- All-inclusive: Yes
- Max Guests: Up to 600
Why We Chose It
This hotel has a truly fun rooftop with stunning views of the city. If the rooftop isn’t for you, the historic hotel also has a ballroom.
- Stunning cityscape views and a rooftop pool
- Indoor ballroom in case of inclement weather
- Easy to book room blocks for guests
- Central Business District location convenient for guests
- Rooftop also used as a bar so will need to rent in its entirety
- Indoor event space isn't as unique as the rooftop
NOPSI opened in July of 2017 and occupies the former headquarters of New Orleans Public Service, Inc., but has since been completely redone while maintaining its history. The lobby still has its original entrance as well as the original transaction tables where New Orleanians paid their bills.
Above the Grid rooftop pool and bar offers an incredible cityscape backdrop for wedding parties that will be perfect in photos. Located in the Central Business District, it’s equidistant from the French Quarter and the nearby Garden District. The rooftop bar is a great wedding location and so is the former loading dock, which is now a ballroom, complete with the original brick, plenty of natural light, and chandeliers.
The rental fee is $8,000 for a wedding reception during off-season. There is a food and beverage minimum applied to all events. The venue allows three hours of event time excluding set up and clean up time, or even go up to four or five hours. Couples booking this venue should check which offers the hotel is featuring (they have seasonal wedding promotions).
- Rooftop bar offers cityscape views and there’s also an indoor option in case of inclement weather
Best for Outdoor: Eliza Jane Hotel
- Price: $$$
- All-inclusive: No
- Max Guests: 175
Why We Chose It
The lush courtyard provides the perfect backdrop for an intimate outdoor wedding in a convenient location for guests. The hotel, which was previously a printing house, has historic ties and was inspired by poet turned publisher Eliza Jane Nicholson.
- Lush courtyard is perfect for an intimate outdoor wedding
- Hotel can provide custom catering from its French brasserie, Couvant
- Guests can stay at the art deco hotel, which has 196 rooms, including 50 suites
- One of the smaller venues, especially if you have a courtyard wedding
- Part of the Hyatt hotel collection, even though it has a fun, local feel
- Standout courtyard doesn’t fit as many guests for a ceremony as the venue can fit for a reception
The Eliza Jane Hotel’s open-air courtyard is ideal for an intimate wedding, complete with beautiful exposed brick and a Venus-inspired fountain by local artist Brent Barnidge. The hotel has an ideal location that makes it convenient for guests staying in the French Quarter, Central Business District, and Arts District as the hotel is on Magazine Street downtown. The boutique hotel is part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt.
The hotel has historic ties as it was inspired by 19th century New Orleans poet-turned-publisher Eliza Jane Nicholson, who was America’s first female publisher of a major paper, and the property was previously a printing house.
Fifty guests fit in the Press Room Lounge but the venue can host 175 for a reception utilizing both the courtyard and indoor space. You can request pricing on their website or call the Eliza Jane directly for more information. There are catering services available and the hotel can custom create a menu if the couple has a specific vision.
The venue has all five-star reviews on WeddingWire and the hotel has 4.5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor.
- Three different food and beverage options make wedding planning easy and the hotel will also work with you to create a unique menu
- Property has a Conference Service Manager who handles hotel elements including menu detailing
Mint Julep Productions local wedding planner Kelsey Reiss said the most popular venues all have one thing in common: "'that ‘New Orleans feel.' They’re all so different from a typical wedding venue that you'd find in another city. These venues are all unique and most of them are in buildings that are over 100 years old, which gives a wedding a sense of historical depth. They all create a beautiful and enchanting backdrop for clients, both local and destination, to enjoy on one of the biggest days of their lives.” All this to say: it's hard to go wrong with any of the above venues. But if you have to choose just one, we recommend Windsor Court Hotel, the best overall winner.
Reiss often tells her clients to make sure to show their guests the city, so add that to your weekend planning. “If clients want to have one event of the wedding weekend in the French Quarter, I always recommend choosing a different part of town to host another event that weekend, just to show their guests some of the other assets this city has to offer. I also always recommend having a second line! Parading through the streets is a great way to either kick off your reception or end the party with a bang.” (Note: a second line is a traditional New Orleans wedding parade.)
How to Choose Wedding Venues in New Orleans
We looked at a variety of New Orleans venues, from hotels to museums and event spaces, to make sure there was a mix of options. We consulted with New Orleanians, including brides, as well as residents who had attended multiple weddings in the area to learn about their experiences.
We looked at wedding planning services, local wedding publications, and the reviews for weddings. We also focused mostly on central New Orleans, keeping convenient location in mind.
We tried to find venues that have that extra something special, whether it was a stunning courtyard, a swimming pool, or a rooftop view. All of the venues provide something different, whether it’s an inexpensive option at a famous museum or an elegant evening at an all-inclusive mansion.
Guide for Choosing the Best Wedding Venues in New Orleans
Is a Wedding Venue in New Orleans Right for You?
New Orleans is the ultimate wedding destination because it truly offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking for an old-school Southern vibe complete with a second line, an unforgettable party followed by a night out in the French Quarter, or an elegant affair in the Garden District.
New Orleans has many unique hotel venues, which also makes planning easy. Your guests won’t have to go far and you won’t have to worry about transportation. The city is also extremely easy to get to, complete with a recently redone airport. Guests can come from all over and easily Uber around without renting a car or dealing with public transportation (although taking the streetcar is always a sweet touch).
The city, while known for the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and beignets, also has so much more to offer. Guests can visit art museums, historic houses, and spend time in Audubon Park once the ceremony is over. There are also so many incredible restaurants, whether guests are interested in Southern cuisine or more innovative fare. If you’re a Southern bride, it’s the perfect place for all of your guests to gather.
Another huge highlight? The stunning French Quarter courtyards that make outdoor weddings romantic, with just the right hint of Southern flare. Many restaurants and hotels have their own courtyards, complete with antique lighting pendants and even swimming pools.
Comparing Wedding Venues in New Orleans
If you’re choosing a New Orleans venue, there’s a lot to take into consideration. Package prices, venue amenities, and of course the size of your wedding also must be considered, as some of the spaces and courtyards can’t fit many guests, especially for a ceremony.
- If you’re looking to keep the price down, consider one of the small courtyard venues in the French Quarter or Lower Garden District. Many of these venues offer small packages for brides who only want to host a small party, although many times these will have limitations based on date and time.
- If you’re planning a larger wedding, a hotel in the French Quarter might be your best bet, as they’ll have room for far more people than a smaller venue or restaurant. Other options could include large event venues in Metairie or other neighboring suburbs, though that makes it more difficult for guests to travel to the festivities.
- Unfortunately, most venues don’t offer parking, so it’s easier if your guests fly in for the event or drive in and then walk to a nearby location. You can also consider a party bus. Many New Orleans brides choose a Second Line, or parade complete with umbrellas, handkerchiefs, and a brass band, as a way to get from the ceremony to the party.
- A downtown location will probably be most convenient for your guests. That way, they can stay in the Lower Garden District, Central Business District, French Quarter, or Marigny and still be close enough to easily get to the venue.
- While New Orleans has many event venues that are dedicated to weddings, some of the best venues are the local hotels because they’re all so unique. By getting married at a hotel, your guests can all stay on the property which makes it easy to host a destination wedding.
Book Your New Orleans Wedding Venue Today
If you’re considering booking a New Orleans wedding, some of the venues are transparent about costs, although some require you to call or inquire through the website. The all-inclusive options are more difficult to find, but those are the venues that truly break down the costs. Other venues offer a cost to rent the venue and provide some amenities and then will work with you and/or a wedding planner to bring specific vendors in and make the day really special. If you can’t find prices online, it’s easy to inquire with the forms provided or call/email the venue. Many of these venues are even active on Instagram and can respond to quick questions there.
How Much Do Wedding Venues in New Orleans Cost?
The most inexpensive options can start at around $350 if you just want an extremely simple French Quarter elopement ceremony, but most have starting costs of around $3,000 or $5,000 depending on the venue. The all-inclusive venues can range up to around $20,000 because they include food, DJ, decorations, and more.
Where Are the Most Beautiful Wedding Venues in New Orleans?
The most beautiful wedding venues in New Orleans tend to be historic locations downtown. The French Quarter has stunning courtyards that are unlike any other location. The Lower Garden District also has special venues that stand out because of their deep history, antiques, and beautiful outdoor spaces. Some of the rooftop options are also lovely because you can capture the New Orleans skyline. The surrounding suburbs also offer some beautiful venues, including historic homes with elaborate gardens.
Are Wedding Venues in New Orleans All-Inclusive?
Most wedding venues in New Orleans are not all-inclusive. Many of them offer a variety of packages, but don’t take care of all of the costs upfront.
What Do Wedding Venues in New Orleans Offer?
Many of the wedding venues partner with in-house restaurants to create delicious menus. Others allow you to bring in vendors from a specific list. Some are all-inclusive but it’s a bit more difficult to find. Some venues offer fun local add-ons, including jazz bands and Second Line parades before the party, where guests parade through the French Quarter with carousels while music plays. Most venues offer a day-of planner or the ability to work with one, and they can guide you through your wedding day journey.