Feeling a little French today? I hope so, because we are off to New Orleans. And, I can't wait to show you all the wonderful places for a wedding you will find here. This whole thing has become really hard. There is so much out there in every city and its hard to just choose a few. Every day is an adventure. Every venue is a treasure. Get ready, we are off to the south and our first pick of the day. Ready?
Race and Religious is THE COOLEST venue!! I should have saved this for last, but wait until you see it! Dating back to the 1830's, this riverfront Garden District beauty has a vibe you won't be able to resist. A Creole cottage, a 3 story row house and a "slave quarter" have been restored for spectacular events. There are balconies, working fireplaces and gas lamps to add to the ambiance. I must tell you, this restoration is raw and loaded with original components of the property. It has been lovingly restored. Oh, and the name- its on the corner of Race St and Religious St. with the most luxurious amenities and a rich history, Race and Religious has to be on your short list!
Right in the heart of the French Quarter is the Pharmacy Museum. The 1st licensed apothecary in the USA, this 1816 building holds the secret to a magical and romantic wedding. This is an intimate space, with capacity for 70 guests for a seated dinner or 150 for a cocktail reception. And, your guests can enjoy some of the exhibits during your event. Step back in time and enjoy this little piece of heaven at the Pharmacy Museum.
Marigny Opera House, an 1847 church, is another historic and interesting venue. This impressive building was destroyed by fire, resurrected, plagued with Yellow Fever- until it was magically "cured" by prayers to St Roch. After, it was the home of the Benedictine nuns and turned into a parochial school. Closed and de-consecrated in 1999, it was turned into the opera house in 2011. Now, you can hold your ceremony on the altar and then dance the night away.
Step out of the box and into the House of Blues. Located in the French Quarter and totally unexpected as a wedding venue, House of Blues could be the event of the season for you and your guests. With its funky, music hall interior and the surrounding local color of the French Quarter, who would even imagine that your wedding could be so awesome.
Latrobe's on Royal, is an 1822 bank, built by the architect who also designed the Porticos or the White House, the US Capital and the waterworks system that helped to rid the south of Yellow Fever. Much of the original structure and interior adds to the charm and ambiance of this iconic venue. Some elements, such as the bank vault, the Whisper Dome and the original stone work will make your guests feel like they have stepped back into another time. You can choose a southern cocktail party, a trendy soiree' or an elegant dinner here. The attention to detail and the expert service will make it easy to to plan your wedding and enjoy the day.
Coffee lovers- there's a venue for you here too. Chicory is an 1852 coffee warehouse that has become one of the premier venues in New Orleans. With its old world charm and its modern amenities, you can have a memorable wedding in this charming location. Coffee was a staple of life at the time this building was erected and chicory was added to stretch the supply. The building still has the original beams, as well as gas lanterns, tin ceilings and exposed brick. With several event spaces available, including a rooftop deck, the venue can accommodate up to 400 guests. It's charming, it's quaint and it's all New Orleans.
Today was fun. So much history. And, tomorrow on to Atlanta for more historic venues and maybe a plantation.