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Reception Venue research - long!

My daughter is getting married in Nola next weekend (whoo hoo!), and I was clearing out all the old notes and files, and found my list of venues. We booked in January, so my info might be out of date. We were looking for an indoor/outdoor space for 100-125 people, all OOT, so that colored my "reviews". Hope this helps someone!

New Orleans, wedding reception sites French Quarter: 
  1. Omni Royal Orleans (Garden Terrace 2nd floor) Ballrooms are beautiful but Garden Terrace fits the bill perfectly – but would recommend for 100-125 people, no more. Celeste (wedding specialist) is a dream to work with. www.omnihotels.com/hotels/weddings/17/main.html">http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/weddings/17/main.html
 
  1. Royal Sonesta (was under construction when we looked). Lovely courtyard and inside rooms. Coordinator was impossible to reach – didn’t want that hassle. www.sonesta.com/RoyalNewOrleans/index.cfm?fa=weddings.home">http://www.sonesta.com/RoyalNewOrleans/index.cfm?fa=weddings.home
 
  1. St Louis Hotel ($20,000 minimum Saturday nights). Really beautiful courtyard, but adjoining rooms a bit chopped up and dark. For this price, I would go with LaTrobe’s instead. www.stlouishotel.com/french-quarter-weddings.html">http://www.stlouishotel.com/french-quarter-weddings.html

 

  1. LaTrobe’s on Royal ($20K min for Sat nights Oct-July) Pricey but beautiful space and their customer service is really good. www.latrobesonroyal.com/">http://www.latrobesonroyal.com/

5.      Broussards (restaurant). Really gorgeous courtyard but I felt like they put their restaurant guests over their brides. Band volume might be a problem. www.broussards.com/weddings.html">http://www.broussards.com/weddings.html

 

6.      Maison Dupuy. Lovely courtyard; unattractive inside rooms if weather is bad. Their wedding coordinator is really on top of things and you probably wouldn’t need an outside coordinator. www.maisondupuy.com/">http://www.maisondupuy.com/

 

7.      Montegut House (private events only) Beautiful courtyard. All inside rooms are upstairs; not great flow. No website, but link shows the space

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6bS3uxo3So">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6bS3uxo3So

  

8.      Pat O’s on the River

Nice space but not what we're looking for www.patobriens.com/patobriens/NO-private_parties/default.asp">http://www.patobriens.com/patobriens/NO-private_parties/default.asp

 

9.      Musee Conti (Wax Museum) – upstairs room. Many great reviews of this place, but xx doen't like. www.neworleanswaxmuseum.com/weddings.html">http://www.neworleanswaxmuseum.com/weddings.html

10.  Muriel’s (right on Jackson Square). xx doesn't like. I thought it was nice. www.muriels.com/html/privateparties.html">http://www.muriels.com/html/privateparties.html

 

11.  Riverview Room. Great view, but low ceilings makes the room look institutional. www.riverviewroom.com/weddings.html">http://www.riverviewroom.com/weddings.html

 

12.  Galvez Restaurant. Great view & patios, but the owner is sketchy about responding; don't want the headache. www.galvezrestaurant.com/events.html">http://www.galvezrestaurant.com/events.html

 

13.  Bourbon Orleans.  Ballroom, no courtyard www.bourbonorleans.com/weddings.php">http://www.bourbonorleans.com/weddings.php

  Central Business District: 
  1. Board of Trade (walking distance to the quarter). Cool! Loved it. www.neworleansbot.com/">http://www.neworleansbot.com/

 

       2.   Le Pavillion (hotel, gorgeous ballroom, no outside spacewww.lepavillon.com/"> http://www.lepavillon.com/

 Warehouse District: 
  1. Rosy’s Jazz Hall. Easy to work with, good prices. Casual, laid-back feel www.rosysjazzhall.com/Home.html">http://www.rosysjazzhall.com/Home.html
  2. The Foundry. www.thefoundryvenue.com/">http://www.thefoundryvenue.com/ 

      3.   The Chicory (warehouse district). Beautiful space – exposed brick, etc.

www.thechicoryvenue.com/">http://www.thechicoryvenue.com/

   Other
  1. City Park  – Pavilion of the Two Sisters. Really lovely and budget friendly.  http://neworleanscitypark.com/pavilion.html
 
  1. City Park – Parkview Terrace. Great patio wraps around 2nd floor, but bathrooms are downstairs. http://neworleanscitypark.com/parkview.html
  2. New Orleans Museum of Art (in City Park) $6k rental, plus food/bar. Gorgeous spot for a large, formal reception
 
  1. Audubon Park Tearoom. Nice space but really big – you’d need a big guest list to make it feel full!  www.auduboninstitute.org/events/private/venues">http://www.auduboninstitute.org/events/private/venues
 
  1. Audubon Golf Clubhouse. Love this one – so charming. Lovely inside space, wrap-around porch, up-lit oak trees. Fits around 100 people comfortably. www.auduboninstitute.org/events/private/venues/clubhouse-photos">http://www.auduboninstitute.org/events/private/venues/clubhouse-photos
 
  1. House on Bayou Road (B&B off Esplanade, 10 minutes from quarter). They no longer do wedding but if they start again, it’s beautiful! Need to rent a tent though. www.houseonbayouroad.com/">http://www.houseonbayouroad.com/
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