The second you step away from the French Quarter, New Orleans’ true, lush and outdoorsy soul easily emerges. Luckily for couples searching for outdoor wedding venues in New Orleans, every neighborhood from the Garden District to Mid-City to the Bywater is awash in gorgeous venues with gardens, courtyards, and parks. Whether you’re in the market for a historical home with an idyllic garden for your outdoor ceremony or a modern and open park for your wedding and reception, these New Orleans outdoor wedding venues offer plenty of locations for couples of all stripes.
See 8 of the best outdoor wedding venues in New Orleans!
City Park New Orleans
Located in the center of the city, New Orleans’ City Park is actually several outdoor wedding venues in one. From the five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which features grand works from contemporary artists, to the Popp Fountain, a 12-acre stunner of an outdoor wedding venue with a working fountain surrounded by an open-air stone rotunda, City Park offers many options for the New Orleans botanical garden wedding of your dreams. The Park also includes the magnificent New Orleans Botanical Garden, 12 acres of beautiful greenery for a completely outdoor ceremony and reception. There’s also the Pavilion of Two Sisters, a great indoor and outdoor alternative to traditional hotel weddings. With the capacity to hold up to 400 guests for a standing reception, up to 350 guests for a seated dinner and up to 275 guests for a seated dinner with dancing, the ornate bronze structure with the brick-paved courtyard is one of the most versatile outdoor wedding venues in New Orleans.
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Located in the Garden District, a world away from the Quarter, is this beautiful two-story mansion with a lush garden for a New Orleans courtyard wedding. Nature-loving couples (or those that just love a natural photo backdrop!) will relish being married under the cover of Live Oak trees, the dark and sprawling signature trees of the city. Terrell House is an Italianite-style home turned bed-and-breakfast turned beautiful outdoor wedding venue with classic furnishings that will match many different wedding aesthetics. With its wrought iron balconies and brick-lined courtyard, festive couples can enjoy the best of a quintessential New Orleans wedding with plenty of room to roam outdoors.
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The elegant white gazebo and grey and white-tiled floor of Elms Mansion’s courtyard create an awww-worthy backdrop for New Orleans couples. The two-story Italianite-style historical home in the city’s Garden District is a massive venue with an equally sprawling courtyard, so there’s room to spread out and enjoy all the fun activities you’ll plan for your reception. If you choose to hold any part of your wedding indoors, Elms Mansion features Victorian period furniture imported from around the world that project an opulent air. With the capacity to hold up to 400 guests, weddings of all sizes will find a nice home here. Just look to Tyler and Ryan's glamorous New Orleans wedding at Elms Mansion for proof this is one of the most gorgeous outdoor wedding venues in New Orleans.
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House of Broel
A stately white archway with elegant columns serves as the ideal altar for couples wanting an outdoor ceremony at House of Broel. This two-story, classic New Orleans mansion is just as stunning outdoors as it is indoors. A brick-paved pathway in the courtyard is flanked by various types of decorative greenery and a stone-lined pond. Although the historical archway is grand as is, it’s also a perfect blank slate for couples who want to personalize their ceremony altar with symbolic details. Located on the famous St. Charles Street, House of Broel is an outdoor wedding venue in New Orleans that provides everything couples expect from a NOLA wedding.
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This converted food market in the Spanish colonial style is an expansive and open New Orleans outdoor wedding venue for modern couples. With 3,500 square feet of exterior space, il Mercato is an upscale event space with minimalist decor that will suit nearly any couple, regardless of wedding style. Far from a blank slate, however, this venue on Magazine Street is tastefully decorated with trendy florals, of-the-moment metallic light fixtures and flowering fruit trees to draw attention to the clean white walls, pale wood and dark stucco tiling. Il Mercato can accommodate up to 450 guests for events.
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Transport your wedding guests to the 19th century with Magnolia Mansion’s beautiful courtyard venue space. Framed by the white, two-story mansion and its cast iron balconies, the brick-paved outdoor wedding venue is flanked by antique spraying fountains, manicured shrubs and the dark, lush oak trees that New Orleans’ Garden District is famous for. Design features like gas light fixtures and French doors harken back to this centuries old historical home’s early years. Now an operating bed-and-breakfast, superstitious couples should be aware that Magnolia Mansion is one of several New Orleans wedding venues that might be haunted. Inside, the mansion leans into its history with period furniture, gold statues and vibrant walls. Each room of the B&B is themed and correlates to a time in the city’s storied history.
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Race & Religious
This outdoor wedding venue is actually three restored historical homes that offer equal bits of influence from New Orleans’ classic period and American décor trends. Just near the river in the Garden District, Race & Religious is meticulously landscaped with greenery, full bushes, and a modern brick exterior, which makes the venue’s facade just as interesting as other parts of the space. While the indoor space is exciting, with antique decorations and modern, understated chandeliers, the outdoor space will really entice couples looking for the perfect courtyard ceremony. Situated around a reflecting pool, tan brick pavement, swaying palm trees, and modern chairs make outdoor ceremonies at Race & Religious equal parts stylish and romantic. The cottages and their ornate white balconies also make for a great backdrop for courtyard weddings.
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Press Street Gardens
This outdoor wedding venue is truly unique. A working urban farm and laboratory on a half-acre of beautifully manicured greenery in New Orleans’ trendy Bywater neighborhood, Press Street Gardens is for the couple who wants Mother Nature to play a starring role in their wedding experience. Couples are welcome to get married a stone’s throw away from the Mississippi River on a plot that also grows fresh veggies, herbs, and fruit for culinary students. A wooden shade structure protects against the Louisiana heat while couples have the option to host events in the 4,000-square-foot courtyard or the 2,500-square-foot garden.
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