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January 24, 2024

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The venue for your wedding ceremony and reception space is so incredibly important! That is why I have begun to create a guide to my favorite weddings in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This is also by far not a comprehensive list and will be added to often so save this page!

Old Ursuline Convent Museum

By far one of my favorite wedding venues in the city in terms of photography. The grand French architecture gives the feeling of being in Europe when you are actually in the heart of the French Quarter! One of my favorite elements is when you are in the grand hedge maze, you can look past the large wall and see the bright colors of the French Quarter. The tented back area makes for a perfect spot to explore the sculpture garden and set up a dance floor! Truly a magical place.

Love Old Ursuline but it’s booked or need something a little more intimate? Check out the venue directly across the street in the French Quarter: The Beauregard Keyes House & Garden!

Omni Royal Orleans

Do you have dreams of all of your wedding guests being under the same roof? This is by far one of my all time favorite hotels in the French Quarter for all of your wedding needs. First off, it is beautiful! The attention to detail in the grand ballroom is classic New Orleans opulence from the ornate mirrors to the gold leafed dome on the dance floor. For a getting ready space, portraits, ceremony space, hotel block or just the reception, this is my #1 recommendation for French Quarter hotels. The food is also fantastic, drinks strong and the staff are some of the kindest in the city.

Saint Louis Cathedral with Marche or The Riverview Room

Nothing says “New Orleans Catholic Wedding” like the Saint Louis Cathedral. Even for those who may not practice Catholicism, the Cathedral is a true landmark of New Orleans. My two favorite reception spaces, which are literally across the street from the church, are Marche and the Riverview Room. Below I will list their positive attributes:

Both the Riverview Room and Marche have fantastic food (can you tell I enjoy the food at these weddings? Perks of being a wedding photographer in one of the food capitals of the country!) Both also offer beautiful views of the River as well as the French Quarter. A great location for locals and visitors alike!

Court of Two Sisters

A favorite local New Orleans institution that makes for an absolutely beautiful wedding ceremony and/or reception! This is the perfect venue for lovers of classic New Orleans architecture in the heart of the French Quarter walking distance from Saint Louis Cathedral. I recommend this venue for smaller wedding sizes and even intimate elopements. Also the food is fantastic!

Hotel Monteleone

One of the most famous hotels in the French Quarter, the Hotel Monteleone is classic New Orleans. I typically see wedding blocks and bridal prep here, so I cannot say much about the ceremony and reception space but it photographs beautifully for prep! Walking distance to everything in the French Quarter.

Also, Hotel Monteleone is home to the famous Carousel Bar! Built in 1949, my grandparents used to go on dates here! Fantastic cocktails, a slowly rotating bar, one of the best more low key after party locations in the city post-wedding or rehearsal dinner festivities.

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

One of my favorite secret gems of the French Quarter, old Pharmacy Museum turned wedding venue. The Pharmacy Museum is one of my absolute favorite courtyards in the French Quarter. In a FANTASTIC location, walking distance from the Cathedral, a block from the Omni and the Court of Two Sisters. This venue is beautiful for elopements as well as weddings I would recommend up to 150 people.

Other Favorites

Restaurant Weddings: Galatoire’s, Arnaud’s, Brennan’s, Broussard’s & Muriel’s, Antoine’s

Intimate Wedding Venues: Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights (secret favorite), The Lanaux Mansion, The Cabildo, New Orleans Athletic Club, The Napoleon House, Preservation Hall

Larger Wedding Venues: The Ritz-Carlton, The Royal Sonesta, The Westin

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