In a city that's nearly 300 years old, there's no shortage of beautiful historic places to get married. But there's also some new places—or just newly renovated—whose art and architecture also make them memorable spots to say "I do." Whether you want a 300-person blowout or a stylish elopement, this list covers just a fraction of memorable spots in New Orleans to get hitched.Read More
The Most Beautiful Places to Get Married in New Orleans
Originally designed as a marketplace in 1931, this stunning Spanish colonial style opened in 2014 as a special events venue after a renovation by restaurateur Joel Dondis. With 5,000 square feet of indoor space, and an additional 3,500 square feet of exterior space, il Mercato’s herringbone wood floors, furnished library, and spacious courtyard make it a romantic spot to exchange your vows.
Marigny Opera House
If it’s good enough for Solange and Lake Bell, who both had their nuptials here, it’s probably good enough for you. Founded as the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in 1847 and constructed in 1853, this church was designed by architect Theodore Giraud, and later purchased in 2011 by Dave Hurlbert and Scott King, when it was renamed the Marigny Opera House. The space is currently classified as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, non-denominational “church of the arts.” The Marigny Opera House hosts arts-related events and performances, as well as private events.
New Orleans Museum of Art
The oldest fine arts institution in New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art was designed by architect Samuel A. Marx and opened its doors in 1911. Originally named the Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, it was founded by wealthy sugar cane plantation owner Isaac Delgado. The original Beaux Arts building features towering white columns, hand-laid marble floors, and a grand staircase, as well as—obviously—stunning works of art spanning 5,000 years of art history, from antiquities to the contemporary.
The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
The New Orleans Board of Trade
Founded in 1880 and renovated in 1993, the New Orleans Board of Trade building is a unique venue for weddings. Trading continued on the floor until the mid-1960s, and there are clocks on the eastern wall that mark the time in New Orleans, New York, and Rio de Janeiro, the three major locales of coffee trading at the time. Local artist Alvin Sharpe completed several ceiling dome murals in 1932. (Fun fact: Sharpe is also credited as the inventor of the Mardi Gras doubloon.)
There are certain restrictions here—Jackson Square is a public park and must remain open to the public, even during a ceremony—but no one can deny that with the backdrop of St. Louis Cathedral and Andrew Jackson himself, the square makes for an unforgettable place to get hitched. Plus, if that monument ever gets removed, you can sell your wedding photos as historical artifacts.
Race & Religious
Positioned in the Lower Garden District at the corners of Race and Religious streets, this venue consists of three properties renovated by owner Granville Semmes, all connected by a brick courtyard: a two-story Creole cottage, a three-story Greek Revival rowhouse, and a historical slave quarter. Two kitchens, five bathrooms, and four bedrooms are at your disposal, and European furnishings, exposed brick, and preserved moldings give this space that classic charm that old New Orleans does so well.
St. Louis Cathedral
Benachi House & Gardens
Built in 1858 by Nicholas Benachi in the Esplanade Ridge district of New Orleans, the Benachi House exhibits 14-foot ceilings, black marble and granite mantles. Restored by James G. Derbes, who has owned the property since 1982, the Benachi House is furnished with mid-19th century styles such as Victorian, Gothic Revival, and Rococo Revival. The property can accommodate up to 175 guests for a wedding.
Press Street Gardens
This urban farm on—you guessed it—Press Street is a project of The NOCCA Institute, which supports the arts training New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables grown at the gardens are used by NOCCA’s culinary arts students, the nearby Press Street Station restaurant and The Boxcar food truck, and sold to the general public. Rent this lush green space for your wedding and know that you’re supporting a great community initiative.
Built in the 1930s, the Art Deco dreaminess of this airport was sadly covered up at one point in its history, when Cold War tensions called for it to be encased in concrete and transformed into a nuclear fallout shelter. Somewhat luckily, the airport suffered damage from Hurricane Katrina, which eventually led to its 2013 restoration headed by architect Alton Ochsner Davis. Today, it’s been restored to its original Art Deco glory—don’t miss the murals by renowned Spanish-American artist Xavier Gonzalez.
The Gothic Revival structure of Felicity Church was built in 1888, but sat dormant and deteriorated for some time after Hurricane Katrina. In 2011, Chris Jones and Jessica Walker purchased the church and renovated it, maintaining much of the building’s historical beauty. Today, the church is nondenominational, and its two floors, loft, and courtyard make this space accommodating for a variety of receptions and ceremonies.