Here are 10 “cheap” New Orleans wedding venues in the area under $3,000 (and most are under $1,000).
New Orleans boasts great options for venues. In the past several years, the city has rebuilt and reopened, welcoming people from across the nation to celebrate its unique blend of cultures, sights and sounds.
Historical venues, parks, halls and restaurants offer several options for unique and affordable weddings.
Free – French Quarter
The first stop in our tour of New Orleans wedding venues is Pirate’s Alley. For a small elopement ceremony, the space at the famous lamp post outside of Pirates Alley Cafe is free when wedding has under 10 people.
Friends of the Algiers Courthouse
$100 – French Quarter
For an elopement ceremony with 10 or less people attending, the Friends of the Algiers Courthouse allows couples to be married by a judge in a courtroom. Friday ceremonies are $100 and Saturday ceremonies are $170. Couples can purchase their marriage license there as well. No cards or checks will be accepted, cash only. No reservation required.
$250 – French Quarter
Jackson Square is available for rental through the city and price varies depending on the number of people present at the wedding. For 2-25 guests the fee is $250, $500 for 26-100 guests, and $750 for 101-200 guests. No receptions, food, or drinks are allowed on the premise. There is also a litter deposit ranging between $100 and $500 and a $50 non-refundable permit processing fee.
$450 – Kenner
This venue could be used for a wedding ceremony and a reception. The rental fee is $450 for the required minimum 3 hour booking and then is an additional $100 per hour for each additional hour. There is also an additional refundable $100 deposit. If alcohol is served at the reception, a police detail is also required for most events with over 50 people or with minors. A one hour set up and one hour tear down is included in the price of the rental.
Juliana’s Wedding and Event Center
$750 – Ponchatoula
A 3-hour wedding and reception at this location starts at $750 for a midday Saturday event. Friday evening 3 hour is $1300 and Saturday evening is $1800. The rate goes up a bit depending on how many guests are in attendance and there is an option to add an additional hour. Catering is required and ranges from $14.00 to $27.00 per person. This price does not include drinks. You are not required to use their caterer for your cake, but there is a cake cutting fee. There is also a $150 fee for an off-duty police officer anytime a wedding has more than 100 guests and/or alcohol is served.
Starlight Lounge Balcony Room
$1,000 – French Quarter
This fairly new (albeit in a historic 1779 building) venue in the French Quarter is a perfect fit for couples on a budget. Owner Linda Novak offers an inexpensive elopement package on the balcony for less than $1000. She can comfortably host parties of 10 – 100 guests with food and beverage package options that are a good value. Call Linda for a tour! 207-542-8862.
City Park – Parkview Terrace
$1,000 – French Quarter
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday rentals start at $1000 and events can begin earlier in the day and end by four or can last from seven to eleven pm. Additional hours cost $300 per hour and a one-hour wedding ceremony (with a rehearsal included) is $300, plus $2 per chair rented. The space holds 125 standing room guests, 96 seated dinner guests, and 64 guests if seated for dinner and a dance floor is present. Required damage deposit is $500 and additional set up/tear down time is $100 per hour. This venue requires you to use their caterer.
Rosy’s Jazz Hall
$1,000 – French Quarter
The pricing of this venue depends greatly on the number of guests in attendance, in fact, it may even be free! To rent this venue for a reception, you’re required to have a minimum of 75 guests, but no more than 300. Pricing for Friday reception is $2500 for 75-99 guests, $2000 for 100-149, and $1000 for $150-199. Pricing for Saturday reception is $3000 for 75-99 guests, $2500 for 100-149, and $1500 for 150-200. Pricing for a Sunday reception is $2000 for 75-99, $1000 for 100-125 and the fee is completely waived for an excess of 125. The reason the pricing changes is because you are required to use their caterer and pricing starts at $55 per person. A ceremony alone is $1150 for 46-50 seated guests (and possibly an additional 160 standing guests) for the use of the atrium.
Opera Guild House
$1,000 – New Orleans
For a Thursday or Sunday event, the rental fee is $1000, for Friday it is $1500 and for Saturday it is $2000. Rental of the home includes the furnishings and all of the gardens. Rates are based on a 3 hour event with a 2 hour set up and 1 hour tear down. Additional hours are available at $400 an hour. You may also access the house two hours before your 3-hour event for pictures and dressing. Must use Ralph Brennan Catering & Events for catering and there are food and beverage minimums starting at $3000 depending on the rental date.
$2,500 – French Quarter
For no more than 100 guests, the Pitot House will reduce their normal rental fee from $3500 to $2500, depending on the date. The Pitot House is one of the most iconic venues in New Orleans and only rents out one event per weekend.
St. Louis Cathedral
$2,750 – French Quarter
It would be difficult to beat the breathtaking scenery of the St. Louis Cathedral and St. Mary’s Chapel. For a marriage ceremony only, the rental fee for either is $2750. While receptions are not allowed at this location, the cathedral has a suggested rental space for a reception nearby.