Looking to marry in the Big Easy? My list contains 10 “cheap” New Orleans wedding venues in the area under $3,000. Moreover, most come in 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.
Looking for more? Download the spreadsheet: “20 Cheap New Orleans Wedding Venues” for details on these venues and 10 more.
Free – French Quarter
The first in our tour of New Orleans wedding venues stops at Pirate’s Alley. For a small elopement ceremony, the space at the famous lamp post outside of Pirates Alley Cafe comes free when wedding has under 10 people.
$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 start at $100 and Saturday ceremonies begin at $170. Couples can purchase their marriage license there as well. The courthouse accepts no cards or checks, cash only. They do not require a reservation.
$250 – French Quarter
Jackson Square comes 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. They allow no receptions, food, or drinks on the premise. They require 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 starts at $450 for the required minimum 3 hour booking and then comes at an additional $100 per hour for each additional hour. They also require an additional refundable $100 deposit. If you serve alcohol at the reception, you must get a police detail for most events with over 50 people or with minors. Venue includes a one hour set up and one hour tear down in the price of the rental.
$750 – Ponchatoula
A 3-hour wedding and reception at this location starts at $750 for a midday Saturday event. Friday evening 3 hour begins at $1300 and Saturday evening starts at $1800. The rate goes up a bit depending on how many guests attend. You can add an additional hour as well. They require catering. It ranges from $14.00 to $27.00 per person. This price does not include drinks. They do not require you to use their caterer for your cake, but they do charge a cake cutting fee. They include a $150 fee for an off-duty police officer anytime a wedding has more than 100 guests and/or alcohol is served.
$1,000 – French Quarter
This fairly new (albeit in a historic 1779 building) venue in the French Quarter makes 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.
$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. The require a damage deposit at $500. You can purchase additional set up/tear down for $100 per hour. This venue requires you to use their caterer.
$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. Friday reception starts at $2500 for 75-99 guests, $2000 for 100-149, and $1000 for $150-199. Pricing for Saturday reception begins at $3000 for 75-99 guests, $2500 for 100-149, and $1500 for 150-200. Finally, pricing for a Sunday reception starts at $2000 for 75-99, $1000 for 100-125. They will waive the fee is completely for an excess of 125.
The reason the pricing changes is because they require you 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.
$1,000 – New Orleans
For a Thursday or Sunday event, the rental fee begins at $1000, for Friday it starts at $1500 and for Saturday it begins at $2000. Rental of the home includes the furnishings and all of the gardens. Rates come based on a 3 hour event with a 2 hour set up and 1 hour tear down. You can get additional hours at $400. In addition, you may also access the house two hours before your 3-hour event for pictures and dressing. You 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 remains one of the most iconic venues in New Orleans and only rents out one event per weekend.
$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 starts at $2750. While the venue does not allow receptions at this location, the cathedral has a suggested rental space for a reception nearby.
*Prices subject to change. Contact venue for quotes.