New Orleans Weddings: French Quarter Wedding Locations

I visited New Orleans this weekend as a guest at a destination wedding. It was my first trip there  and I loved all of the history and gorgeous architecture. It is a city that is still very much on the mend…with boarded up windows on some streets and buildings that are just now being gutted.

I attended a wedding at the Royal Sonesta Hotel directly on Bourbon Street. The Royal Sonesta is a historic hotel with beautiful vintage details. The ballroom has a stunning ceiling (possibly my 2nd favorite after the The Fairfax in Washington, DC) including ornate chandeliers and architectural details. In my opinion, the only downside to the hotel is it’s location; directly in the heart of the French Quarter on Bourbon Street. For some (or many) this might be the draw or preference, if you are looking for an all-out, all-night partying this is the perfect location for you. In terms of wedding event facilities, it is a fantastic option with a beautiful courtyard for wedding ceremonies or a cocktail hour and beautiful ballrooms (as described above).

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The W Hotel New Orleans is only a few blocks from the Royal Sonesta and Bourbon Street but located on a much quieter, higher-end street filled with charming boutiques and clean sidewalks. BUT as usual the W Hotel is VERY modern, so if you are looking for an authentic, vintage New Orleans feel then the W might not be what you are looking for. I adore the historic aspect of New Orleans but also love the stark contrast between the city and W Hotel’s style.

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w hotel courtyard new orleans french quarter

On a walk back from Jackson Square (to check out Cafe Du Monde, of course) I spotted chiavari chairs and tables covered in linens inside a building… and my first thought was…. wedding venue! Yep. (I should be a spy :) It was Latrobe’s on Royal a gorgeous, historic wedding venue in New Orleans’ French Quarter. I am a big fan of wedding videos as a way to see a venue (and of course to have to reminisce later about your own wedding) … I found this video of a wedding at Latrobe’s on Royal. You can get a great look at the venue and see how the venue truly looks and FEELS on a wedding day. Latrobe’s is the opposite of the W Hotel New Orleans and an alternative to Royal Sonesta, if you are looking for a non-hotel ballroom wedding location. The exposed brick is gorgeous and the room is elegant but also feels “gritty” with the worn walls. This venue provides it’s own catering, but is not a hotel… though there are lots of options nearby for your guests.

Check out the video … plus the brilliant company: Studio Vieux Carre even has a Vimeo channel for each New Orleans wedding venue they have video for… smarties! This post will definitely have a Part 2 because the best part of a New Orleans wedding is the Second Line parade so we must discuss that and I want to research some old South plantation wedding venues in Louisiana as well. xo.

Lisa & John Mark from Studio Vieux Carre on Vimeo.

Photographs: Royal Sonesta street view via HotelMode.com, Royal Sonesta ballroom wedding photos by Stevie Ramos Photography, W Hotel pool photo via DailyMail, W Hotel Courtyard via JustLuxe

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