New Orleans is one of the most desirable places to tie the knot. Stunning ballrooms, romantic courtyards, and historic venues mixed with Southern charm and a lively culture consistently place America's favorite city at the top of the list. Whether you desire an intimate space or something classically New Orleans, there are venues to fit every wedding style.
Steeped in history and tradition, this recently renovated boutique hotel has been a fixture of downtown Covington since 1907. Just like the town it lives in, the venue radiates Southern charm and the type of hospitality that comes with a family-owned business. The romantic courtyard, lit with soft light in the evening, creates an intimate ceremony setting for family and friends. After the "I Do's," guests can mingle over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Camellia Sunroom that adjoins the outdoor space and Camellia Ballroom. When it's time, loved ones can easily flow into the stunning ballroom and enjoy the reception under the elegance of Italian chandeliers.
Spellbinding canopies of Spanish Moss create an enchanting ambiance for weddings at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Positioned among the ancient oaks and stone bridges of City Park, and steps from NOMA, this backdrop is perfect for those seeking a magical outdoor venue. For the reception or an indoor ceremony, NOMA offers Gallery Spaces, the McDermott Lobby, the Freeport-McMoRan Great Hall, and the Freeman and Booth-Bricker Courtyards–all with their own distinct allure. Whether your heart desires to dine among the centuries-old masterpieces in the Gallery Spaces or by the dramatic staircase and lofty columns of the architecturally-rich Great Hall, the New Orleans Museum of Art is a sophisticated venue that more than impresses.
The Royal Sonesta is perfect for those looking to capture the enthralling energy of the French Quarter on their wedding day. Its location on Bourbon Street, classic wrought-iron balconies, gabled windows, and authentic architecture are quintessentially New Orleans. At the heart of a brick-paved courtyard lined with tropical palms is a stone fountain that creates a captivating backdrop for smaller ceremonies. Inside, the opulent Grand Ballroom's soaring ceilings and sparkling chandeliers create a lavish atmosphere for a night to remember. Smaller rooms like the elegant Fleur-de-lis Suite, Regal Suite, and Acadia Suite that overlook the tropical courtyard and a private terrace provide plenty of celebration options for couples looking at this venue. If so desired, the professional staff will take care of every last detail, down to custom menus and uniquely designed wedding cakes.
This article appeared in the 2018 Bridal Issue of Adore.