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Hosting a New Orleans Wedding

My fiance and I are getting married in New Orleans in the spring of 2010. We became very familiar with local restaurants while attending Tulane, but aren't sure about the places that have the best reputation for hosting a wedding ceremony + reception. Our biggest concern is the food, as we wouldn't want all of our out-of-town guests to have their first impression of NOLA be some mediocre hotel food.

Does anybody have any good (or bad) experiences?

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  1. Two words.....Napoleon House. Got married there in April. Great space, location and food.

    1. maison dupuy gets my vote.

      what about the columns hotel? it would be like homecoming for you.


      1. We got married and had our reception at NOMA. Beautiful space and you can't beat supporting a local museum. I'd rather give my money to them than some hotel any day. Rehearsal dinner at Ralph's on the Park (big rooms upstairs overlooking city park). Catering for the reception was done by Joel, and since we're both foodies food was a huge deal. We tried food art and some other ones but ultimately went with Joel. It was an excellent call as the food was impeccable...really outstanding. It met our extremely high expectations. And they complied with our requests that as many things as possible be made with local ingredients. Cake was done by Zoe. Again we went for taste and found their cakes to be the best. And they were beautiful to boot. Hope this helps.

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        1. re: N.O.Food

          Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is just what I'm looking for.

          1. re: CandiceClementine

            At NOMA you can rent the sculpture garden if you want it outside.

        2. how many people? this may dictate where you can have your wedding.
          are you looking for a special setting that may require off-premises catering?
          do you want outdoor or indoor?
          also, hotel food in NOLA is not all bad, as can be the case in hotels in other cities. there are many restaurants in hotels that are leased out to some great chefs cooking some really good food. again, capacity will be key to who can handle your function.
          here's a nice site that has some recs:
          and also check out:

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          1. re: edible complex

            We're looking for a small reception, probably 50 people. I would love an outdoor ceremony (perhaps a courtyard), with an indoor reception. Thanks for the great links!


            1. re: CandiceClementine

              Restaurant August does great small weddings-and i think they cater offsite as well if you pick a venue that allows ou tside caterers.

          2. Depending on how big of wedding you are having..you could look into New Orleans Board of Trade. Its in the CBD. They use Pigeon Catering. All of the food Ive had was great! They have a courtyard- very new orleans.

            1. I have heard the Foundry is very good. Chef from the former Bella Luna.

              1. Muriel's has a great setting and is next to the Cathedral in Jackson Square (if you are having a church wedding). Muriel's has beautiful rooms upstairs with balconies overlooking the Square.

                1. I'm in the same boat with you and my mom keeps saying "Restaurant August! Restaurant August!" Very "fancy" foods (aka- might not be something a great grandma would want to eat!) That and there's the classics like Galatoire's, Brennan's, Antoine's, etc. My inclination leans toward Antoine's. Then you'd get that classic New Orleans look for your guests and good food. Columns would be really pretty. Not sure about the food there, but LaPavillon is a very pretty hotel if you do go that route. Its all on my mind too, so that's my two cents.

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                  1. re: jmorri26

                    I recently went to a rehearsal dinner at LaPavillon and while the the decor of the hotel is very pretty the food was terrible! worse then hotel food.