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New Orleans Wedding Location Ideas

We are planning a wedding in New Orleans in October. Does anyone know anything about weddings at Hotel Monteleone, The St. Louis Hotel or Chateau Sonesta? There will be about 150 guests. Would appreciate all reviews and suggestions.

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  1. If it were me, I'd look at Bella Luna. The restuarant closed after Katrina, but if I read the website correctly, they still use the space for weddings and events.

    1. Bella Luna is closed regardless of what the website says. They do catering at The Foundry, same chef as Bella Luna. The city owns the building where Bella Luna was located and has not finished repairing it since the storm. Too bad because it had the best view in the city.

      1. My neice's wedding reception was at the Monteleone and it was beautiful. The food was excellent, service was as well and the coordinator was always close at hand. We got excellent prices on rooms and suites for out-of-town guests too.
        Bear in mind that this was a traditional old New Orleans style reception, not a sit-down meal. Seated meals weren't traditional in the South although I imagine that they are more common now. The Monteleone does have excellent in-house restaurants so I imagine that they could do that if that is your tradition.
        My neice and her husband lost their new home in Katrina and the top tier of thier wedding cake was in the freezer waiting for their first anniversary. They returned to the Monteleone (still sort of homeless) to celebrate that anniversary and the Hotel baked them a new one to replace it and upgraded them to a beautiful suite.
        We're from NOLA and have used the Hotel for years and have always been pleased with their service.

        1. I had a destination wedding in New Orleans and researched a lot of places. Quality of food, friendliness of the staff, and "character" were most important to me.

          We got a block of rooms at the Chateau Sonesta for my wedding party. It was a great place to stay, and staff is friendly. For a wedding, I think it would be a little too dull and "convention-center"-ish. If the brunch buffet is catered by the same people who do the weddings, I would say it is good but not outstanding.

          Monteleone is beautiful, and has a really cool carousel bar. It is right in the heart of the quarter. I did not tour the wedding facilities because of my price range, but it is very ritzy and has character.

          There are two places I definitely would have gotten married if my party had been the size of yours (My group was only 40 people, making these sites unrealistic):

          The Napoleon House...gorgeous building, rich in history, in the French Quarter


          The Columns...simply gorgeous, in the garden district:


          We also looked into the Maison Dupay, but found it to be too much of a wedding "factory".

          We ordered an excellent, reasonably priced cake from the Swiss bakery. They have a special poured fondant that is amazing.


          Contact me if you would like more info, or to see pictures.

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          1. re: EliseT

            I have attended weddings at both The Tea Room at the Audubon Zoo & the Women's Opera Guild House on Prytania. Both were gorgeous & well executed.

            1. re: muppertx

              I attended a wedding in the courtyard of the Royal Sonesta. It was done very nicely but I don't think it is big enough for 150 guests.

              1. re: muppertx

                I am actually deciding between having my wedding at the Audubon Tea Room or the Women's Opera Guild Home. Wondering if I could ask you questions about the weddings you went to there, would love to hear your insight, as I'm having a hard time choosing! They both offer their own unique setting.

                1. re: jbeenola

                  The post you replied to is over two years old.

                  1. re: jbeenola

                    Yep. Start a new thread to get more responses.

                    1. re: jbeenola

                      I am in the beginning stages of planning my wedding and I have heard some good things about the Tea room. Do you have any info you'd like to pass along about the places you've seen?

                2. I did an event several years ago at Latrobes on Royal which is the original bank building of NO in the quarter. Very cool venue - vendors used are fabulous (try to use Glen Vesch as your florist no matter where you end up in New Orleans) Web site is www.latrobesonroyal.com

                  1. you should try the Hilton St. Charles it is a brand new hotel that is opening in May and it is going to be fantastic. They have a roof top terrance as well as several rroms I believe.

                    1. Recently went to a wedding reception at Rosy's (Rosey's?) Jazz Hall and it was one of the best I've been to. They have an in house caterer and the food was delicious. The best thing is the vibe, there are brick walls, the lay out is intimate yet there is room for alot of people, and there is one room with an atrium and big trees in the middle. I just thought it was really romantic.

                      The house champagne was delicious as well! No korbel here.

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                      1. re: lawstudent

                        I have heard nothing but RAVE reviews about Rosey's!

                        1. re: nikinik

                          The owner's of Rosey's are excellent, Steve and Melissa do a great job. I've had a couple of work functions there and they've been great.

                      2. Check out the courtyard at the W French Quarter...amazing. Candle lit stairs to the landing which served as the alter. Attended a wedding there a couple of years ago. I can find out the caterer if you'd like...the food was fantastic!!

                        1. My husband and I had our reception at The St. Louis Hotel in March of 2007. We visited many of the courtyards listed above and ultimately made the decision on the St. Louis. All in all, I think it was a very good decision. Although I did not eat, my guests seemed to like the food very much and the courtyard is just beautiful. One thing that sold us on this location was that they already have a provision for rain and there were no tents to bring in/set up and not cover the entire courtyard which was the case at Broussard's and other places. This took the risk factor away and allowed us to have our beautiful courtyard reception. I would not however consider staying at this hotel as I think you will be extremely dissapointed. We ended up with about 115 guests and we made the decision to add the side room- which would accommodate 150 just fine. I am happy to provide additional detals should you need them. As for other options, I loved the French Quarter W- it is fabulous if you are seeking a "swanky" vibe. We also really liked the rooftop terrace at the Omni (just didn't like the coordinator's attitude who was there at the time as it was less than accommodating) Lastly, maybe consider Cafe Amelie- that space is certainly one of the most romantic in the city. Best of Luck! And Congratulations

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                          1. re: MrsJeffchow

                            Hi! I was wondering if you think the saint louis can accommodate 200+ for a wedding? Thank you!

                          2. Try the ballroom at Arnauds...Also the riverview room in the Jax

                            1. I just went to a reception at La Pavillion, it was superb all around. Great traditional New Orleans food was served, and all of it was great.

                              Southern Oaks Plantation was also great. Phenomenal food in a gorgeous, Old-South style plantation. They made really good (and strong) cocktails too.