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Reception
$7,000 starting price
Ceremony
$1,800 starting price
Bar service
$18 per person
Reception
$7,000 starting price
Ceremony
$650 starting price
Bar service
$18 per person
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Located deep in the heart of the historic French Quarter, New Orleans, The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is a wedding venue steeped in Southern refinement. This unique setting combines Creole architecture with effortless elegance to bring a distinctive style that will appeal to the most discerning tastes. From the tropical courtyard to the impressive ballroom, couples can enjoy a luxury wedding event with all the charm The Big Easy has to offer.

Facilities and Capacity

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is a testament to the French Quarter's electric atmosphere and eclectic aesthetic. This dynamic venue offers over 20,000 square feet of event space and is a treasure trove of exquisite backdrops and visual delights. The Courtyard is the perfect oasis for an outdoor ceremony, comfortably sitting up to 150 guests amongst fragrant orange trees and a verdigris fountain. The adjoining Fleur de Lis Suite is ideal for the reception, with breathtaking chandeliers and neutral tones just waiting for your personal touch. The venue's Grand Ballroom is a remarkable space sparkling with flattering lighting for thoroughly romantic affairs. As many as 550 guests can join you and your loved one for a sit-down meal bursting with Southern flavors. Those in search of more intimate settings can enjoy views of Bourbon Street from the warm interiors of the Regal Suite. Meanwhile, The Evangeline Suite delivers grace and style within a demure space for up to 100 dinner guests.

Services Offered

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is a full-service wedding venue with on-site catering and event coordination available. The hotel boasts superb accommodation for as many as 483 guests with incredible amenities that include an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and access to all the pleasure the French Quarter has to offer. Their talented culinary team provides bespoke menus and options such as buffet, hors d'oeuvres, plated, and food stations. An event planner will be on hand to assist at every stage of the planning journey, helping you achieve the finishing touches to bring your bespoke wedding to life.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$7,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$7,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1,800

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$650

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$18

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

20

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Hotel

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
House Wine
Premium Liquor

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Chair Covers
Dance Floor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

March
April
May
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

July
August
September
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Reviews of The Royal Sonesta New Orleans

4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
13 Reviews
98% recommend it
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    5 out of 5 rating
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    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.9 out of 5 rating
Weddingwire
4.9/5 13 reviews
Google
4.4/5 3809 reviews
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Natalie M. Sent on 02/04/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Classic New Orleans Wedding

We held a 120 person wedding in the Fleur de Lis Courtyard (and adjoining room). An absolutely stunning venue and Olivia is a dream to work with. Our guests said it was the best wedding they had ever been to!

Ceremony: The ceremony felt intimate. Guests were able to sit up close and see/hear everything. Although you are right on Bourbon St., it was so peaceful. So convenient going right out on Bourbon for our second line! The staff flipped the courtyard into a cocktail space during that time and it was a lovely transformation.

Food: Food quality was important to us from the beginning since it's the only thing people talk about after weddings.😂 We were initially hesitant in signing the contract after a less than desirable experience at Desire but we had gotten some feedback from friends who had attended events at the hotel who all raved so we went ahead with the contract. They were all absolutely correct. The food is *superb*! Our favorites were the shrimp and alligator sliders but our guests RAVED about Miss Latrell's gumbo. Have no worries - the food is excellent.

Accommodating: Most of our guests were from out of state and were staying at the hotel so we had a welcome social the first night out on the terrace. We booked all of the rooms on the terrace in order to have that private space. It was great that there was an adjoining conference room guests could come thru to access the terrace. The staff even put a sign out by the elevator to help direct people! leading up to the big day, the weather forecast was looking bleak. Olivia was able to provide alternative plans and was so helpful in making gametime decisions. We ended up sticking with the courtyard and chancing it and it worked out in our favor.

Staff: Every one of our guests raved about the hotel staff. Throughout their stay, every Royal Sonesta employee was so helpful and welcoming. You really could not ask for more. They were all incredible. Even when we toured the venue and had our food tasting, everyone goes above and beyond. Olivia (Catering Sales Manager) is the most wonderful person to work with. My superlatives are insufficient for how helpful she is.

Venue: The hotel and event spaces are beautiful. The courtyard is absolutely stunning (our pictures look amazing). The flow between the Fleur de Lis courtyard and adjoining room is so smooth. It was so easy for guests to move around. Because the venue is so beautiful on its own, we barely did anything for decorations. Some small flowers on tables and some candles around the fountain. The space is stunning as is.
Jordan
Jordan L. Sent on 05/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The most beautiful wedding ever, NOLA did not disappoint!

We hosted our daughter's wedding with 140 guests, accommodating them in 45 rooms at the hotel. Our stay was highlighted by the luxurious 3-bedroom Governor's suite, conveniently located by the poolside. While the lighting was a tad dim, the bathrooms were excellent, and we thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance of the bar, which was perfect for entertaining our guests.

From the moment we checked in until our departure, our experience was exceptional. The Desire Oyster bar, PJ's, LeBooze, and Revolution became our favorite spots, thanks to the outstanding service provided by the staff, who greeted us by name. Our initial experience during the tasting in January left us in awe, and the quality of food across all venues remained consistently outstanding. The wedding food, particularly the station choices, was a true culinary delight, satisfying every palate. The comprehensive alcohol and bar package ensured everyone's enjoyment throughout the celebration.

The following day, we treated 90 guests to a memorable Memphis-style BBQ luncheon, complemented by a well-curated beer and wine bar, which once again surpassed our expectations. Overall, our stay and event experiences were nothing short of amazing, thanks to the attentive staff and the impeccable quality of food and service provided.

Timika Spurlock, wedding planner at the hotel, truly made our daughter's wedding an unforgettable experience. Her meticulous attention to detail and dedication ensured that everything ran smoothly, even when there was a transition in planners. Timika's hard work and personal touch were evident throughout the planning process, and we couldn't be more satisfied with her exceptional service.

Mia Bullard also deserves commendation for her efforts in accommodating our room block needs. She consistently went above and beyond to meet our requests, demonstrating a high level of professionalism and efficiency.

Furthermore, Denise and Chantal at the front desk, Mr. Wayne the concierge, Monroe the bellman, and Tim the bartender all provided exemplary service during our stay. Their personalized attention and friendly demeanor made our time at the Royal Sonesta truly enjoyable.

We cannot express enough gratitude for the outstanding service provided by the staff at the Royal Sonesta. From the wedding captains to the waitstaff and bartenders, everyone went above and beyond to ensure our event was a success. Timika Spurlock deserves special recognition for her exceptional work as a wedding planner. We wholeheartedly recommend the Royal Sonesta to anyone planning a special event or looking for a memorable stay. Thank you for making our daughter's wedding an unforgettable occasion.

We did encounter a few surprise guests along the way- knocks at the door- footsteps in the rooms and nobody there- hmmm.. Cannot wait to come back and visit- Thank you all for making this a dream come true.
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Sydni A. Sent on 04/17/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect NOLA Wedding

Wedding Breakdown:
75 guests (majority from out of state)
Date: April 8, 2023
Ceremony: Courtyard at 2:00 PM
Reception: Fleur de Lis Suite & Courtyard 2:30 - 7:00 PM
DJ: DJ Storm from Omega Entertainment
Second Line Parade & Planning: Frenchmen Street Productions

Pricing:
Great, reasonable prices for a city wedding with upscale dining/food and beverage. Very simple pricing layout for the packages so you can do the math yourself easily – or they will provide you with an estimate based on the option you are considering. You can customize/add items for more money, but their current options are really great as is.

Planning:
I started the process of looking for locations in January 2022. We live in a different state but most guests would have to travel anyways, we decided to look into our favorite city — NOLA! I knew I wasn’t going to get a wedding planner because of our budget and I already knew I what I wanted out of our wedding. Out of the gate, Olivia (Catering Sales Manager) was fantastic. She was preemptively thorough, answered all of my questions and made me laugh during some of my most stressed out moments. Simply put, every part of the planning process regarding the Royal Sonesta was made as easy as possible for me, thanks to Olivia.

I am very detail oriented, but there were several items Olivia brought to my attention for consideration that I would have never thought about. She understood exactly what I wanted. At this point, I’m convinced she is a mind reader. I was able to have the “little” things that were important to me like getting my cake packaged in to-go boxes for my guests (I provided the boxes) without a crazy up charge.

Tasting & The Team:
The tasting was an amazing experience. I loved that we got to meet the Chef and that he brought out members of his team to give them recognition for each of their contributions during the tasting.
Day of, our dedicated attendant (Zelda) was more than we could have asked for — she’s in the trust nest forever with us.

Rooms:
I’d recommend seeing if you and your bridal party/guests can fill the 8 rooms on the terrace above the courtyard the for the day before and of your wedding. It was fantastic to have that space made “private” because all of our people booked the rooms.

The Day Of:
It was calling for 100% rain and Olivia was fantastic about already having a backup option and working with me for my vision (the day before). Of course, there ended up being no rain. Everything was fantastic and went so smoothly the day of. Our guests raved about the food, beverages and venue. I knew it would all be great but it truly was fantastic. There was not a stressful moment on the day of and I couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out.
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Kathy Mata
Kathy Mata
Director of Catering & Convention Services

Throughout her professional career, Kathy Mata has been responsible for bringing to life some of the most exceptional galas hosted in New Orleans.

As Director of Catering & Convention Services, Mata manages staff and oversees, coordinates and executes services and logistics for groups and organizations holding meetings, conventions, conferences and other on-property events at Royal Sonesta New Orleans. This includes overseeing and transforming the hotel’s beautifully redesigned Grand Ballroom, which serves as ground zero for a myriad of uniquely memorable events and occasions.

Mata joins Royal Sonesta New Orleans after serving in the role of associate director of events at Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Prior to her time at Hyatt, Mata held positions as senior events manager at JW Marriott in New Orleans and as convention services manager at Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

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The Royal Sonesta New Orleans frequently asked questions

The Royal Sonesta New Orleans includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Set Up
  • Tables
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
The bar service starting price at The Royal Sonesta New Orleans includes:
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
The space offered by The Royal Sonesta New Orleans for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Hotel
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wifi
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Dance Floor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans is recommended by 98% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in flexibility, 4.9 in professionalism and 4.7 in value.
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