Whether you’re from Baton Rouge, Lafayette, or the surrounding parishes, you’ll love staying close to home by getting married at one of the coolest wedding venues in South Louisiana. While you certainly can make the trek down to New Orleans or head north to Shreveport, there’s no need to do so with plenty of world-class wedding venues right in your backyard. Historic homes, trendy downtown art galleries, and rustic barns are all on our list of Baton Rouge and Lafayette wedding venues you'll definitely want to check out.
Here are our favorite wedding venues in South Louisiana if you want to get married near Baton Rouge or Lafayette.
Hilliard University Art Museum
Located only a few blocks from downtown Lafayette, the Hilliard University Art Museum is like an oasis in the center of town. It's both contemporary and romantic, with two distinctly different spaces to choose from: the modern plaza (pictured above) is decorated with strand lights and surrounded by trees, while the more traditional A. Hays Towns Building features stately columns, a wraparound porch, and a spacious lawn. The Hilliard University Art Museum is one of the more affordable wedding venues in South Louisiana, with full-day rentals starting around $3,500.
City Club at River Ranch
Host an elegant celebration at this quintessentially Southern wedding venue in Lafayette. The City Club at River Ranch is full of charming backdrops for your wedding day, including a wooden gazebo, a town square, and a sophisticated banquet room. This venue is our pick for couples who want the convenience of having an all-inclusive wedding venue without sacrificing on flexibility. The venue's close proximity to central Lafayette gives you plenty of options when it comes to overnight accommodations (consider the City Club's boutique hotel, called The Carriage House), beauty services, entertainment, and other vendors.
While many Louisiana wedding venues can take you back in time—200, maybe 300 years—Louisiana Castle is probably the only one that’s straight out of the Middle Ages. This unique wedding venue in Franklinton, Louisiana was built to replicate the fortified English castles of Medieval times. Outdoorsy couples will love roaming the 10 acres surrounding the castle, which offer a variety of different indoor and outdoor settings for ceremonies and receptions. With so much space, couples may host up to 400 guests at Louisiana Castle.
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Conveniently located in downtown Baton Rouge on the banks of the Mississippi River, Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center is one of the most upscale wedding venues in South Louisiana. The two ballrooms at the Capitol Center both offer views of the river and downtown, making this venue an excellent location if you're looking for a chic, scenic setting without having to leave town. Overall, this hotel has 20,000 square feet of indoor event space, giving you your pick of backdrops and plenty of room to spread out. The Capitol Center is an all-inclusive venue that can host weddings for up to 900 people, with wedding packages starting at $55 per person.
The Barn at TH Farms
Couples in search of rustic-style wedding venues in South Louisiana will love the eclectic Barn at TH Farms. Wonderfully secluded in Independence, Louisiana, this is barn wedding venue boasts 5,800-square-feet of space that includes an attached getting-ready suite and accommodations for the couple. Create the ultimate farmhouse wedding of your dreams with the simply decorated barn, while the blooming grounds are the perfect place to think outside the box with a unique ceremony structure or tented reception.
Shaw Center for the Arts
Artistic duos and theater-loving couples will swoon for Shaw Center for the Arts. One of the trendiest wedding venues in South Louisiana, Shaw Center is located on the Louisiana State University campus, just steps from the Mississippi River. The center is home to the university's Museum of Art, along with the Glassell School of Art. The venue's spacious outdoor terrace, which overlooks the river and offers an unimpeded view of Louisiana’s Old State Capitol building, is a popular venue for couples looking for outdoor wedding venues in Baton Rouge. Inside, a glass-walled banquet hall feels open and airy while providing a more enclosed space. This venue can accommodate up to 400 wedding guests.
Dozens of different plants and flowers mingle harmoniously at The Gatehouse in East Baton Rouge. Outfitted with an iron bridge, a serene creek, and a cascading waterfall, The Gatehouse is ideal for couples who like Old World wedding style and romantic aesthetics. The ceremony site includes a gazebo with a shaded area for guests, while an indoor banquet hall is timelessly decorated with French Colonial accents like dark hardwood floors, iron chandeliers, and elegant crown molding. The Gatehouse can host weddings for up to 125 people and offers all-inclusive packages for catering, entertainment, event planning, and more.