Planning a destination wedding in New Orleans is an exciting, joyful experience. Especially when it comes to picking the perfect locale. With so many historic, spectacular, and one-of-a-kind venues to choose from in the Crescent City, you’re guaranteed to find the venue of your dreams.

And once you’ve narrowed your choices down to your top wedding venue options, it’s time to get the need-to-know details on your hosting location. Knowing which questions to ask will make your planning process a seamless experience. 

Here’s the important questions to ask when choosing your wedding venue.Questions to Ask When Choosing Your New Orleans Wedding Venue | New Orleans

Does Your Venue Require a Permit?

The bright, gorgeous weather in New Orleans is a stunning backdrop for your destination wedding. And if you’re looking for an open-air ceremony in one of New Orleans’ beautiful public spaces, you’ll most likely need to apply for a wedding permit. 

 For instance, if you dream of getting married at Jackson Square, you’ll need to obtain a permit from the Department of Parks and Parkways for your wedding ceremony.

Does Your Venue Have Flexible Weather Plans?

With incredible tropical weather comes the occasional shower, and if you’re planning for an outdoor ceremony in New Orleans, it’s important to inquire about your venue’s weather back-up accommodations. 
Most outdoor venues in New Orleans have options available for any weather conditions. Dazzling locations like New Orleans’ City Park offer covered areas or tent services so your wedding never misses a beat.

What Amenities and Accommodations Does Your Wedding Venue Offer?

Dressing rooms. Set up services. Catering and waitstaff, tables and chairs, linens and dishes. It’s important to ask about your wedding venue’s accommodations, amenities, and staffing - you’ll get peace-of-mind knowing all the logistics that are taken care of, and knowing which you’ll need to plan for.

Every venue has its own set of features and perks. And it’s a common practice for wedding venues to provide a preferred list of partners like catering, staffing, and decor services, which will make planning your big day stress-free.

What Decor Rules & Guidelines Does Your Venue Have?

New Orleans has a one-of-a-kind character. A charm that the city loves and treasures. And many of wedding venues have guidelines in place that align with New Orleans’ signature style.

Restrictions and rules vary depending on the venue you choose. For safety reasons, St. Louis Cathedral prohibits rice, flowers, and confetti for its wedding ceremonies. As a precaution for its collection, the New Orleans Museum of Art does not allow red roses or red wine at its weddings. Be sure to ask about all the guidelines for your destination wedding venue to make sure there’s no issues with your chosen decor.


Need help planning your big day? Our Complimentary Wedding Planning Assistance can answer all your New Orleans destination wedding questions. And be sure to check out all the incredible New Orleans Wedding Venues available for your spectacular ceremony!

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