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Saying “I Do” in New Orleans

Ever been to a New Orleans wedding? It’s an unforgettable experience for the bride, groom and their guests. There’s no better place to begin your happily ever after than in the Big Easy. Even if you’re not getting hitched, New Orleans can make you a believer in all things love. It’s charming and unpredictable — two things that keep the spice in a marriage.


Weddings can be hectic to plan and travel to but working with New Orleans vendors and professionals can relieve stress with their southern hospitality. People in New Orleans know what they’re doing when it comes to partying, so why not leave it to the best? And of course, there’s food, food and more food. For fun try mini-po-boys as an appetizer and pralines for a tasty wedding favor for guests.

Family and friends can enjoy New Orleans nightlife before the wedding. For the reception hire a local brass band to lead a second line parade. Even your shiest guests will surprise you. They’ll be waving a handkerchief and doing dance moves they didn’t know they had. New Orleans is the place where the good times roll. And for sure, guests will post their favorite NOLA wedding moments on social media.

All this you may already know, but let’s say you can’t decide on a wedding style. No worries. There are many options for every wedding type and budget. Whether your wedding is religious, romantic, rustic or something off the beaten path — there’s some place in New Orleans perfect for the occasion.

Looking for places to get married in New Orleans?

I asked 10 people to recommended 10 places (for every budget) to have a wedding ceremony or reception and here are their picks:

Race & Religious
Audubon Park
Falstaff Beer Garden
New Orleans City Park
Contemporary Arts Center
Eiffel Society
The George & Leah McKenna Museum
The Chicory
Lace the Grand Ballroom
Royal Palm

Kelly Harris is a Southern girl with Northern roots. By day, you can find her working as an early literacy consultant, handling public relations, and advocating for women; by night, find her eating shrimp and grits. Kelly is the founder of, a site dedicated to New Orleans women of color. She lives with her husband and child, a second-liner in training.

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