July 1 2021 | Planning Tips

Picture this. Ancient live oak trees, dripping with Spanish moss. Elegantly manicured gardens with statuary, fountains and breathtaking blooms. You in a magnolia-white dress, walking down a grand staircase or through an alley of oaks into the arms of the one you love. Let your future together begin with a little history at one of these lovely venues.


Houmas House and Gardens

It’s not nice to outshine the bride on her wedding day but the beauty of Houmas House will come close. This award-winning venue has been turning heads ever since it was completed in 1828. Whether you say your “I dos” on the Great Lawn under the Cathedral of Oaks, in the Upper Garçonnière Chapel, or at DragonFly Point (think Monet painting), your wedding will be everything you ever dreamt it could be.

Inside the mule barn at Destrehan Plantation.

Destrehan Plantation

Just 30 minutes from downtown New Orleans on the Great River Road sits Destrehan Plantation, the oldest documented plantation in Louisiana. Come exchange vows under their oldest live oak, wearing its own veil of Spanish moss, and then celebrate in the rustic elegance of the mule barn. The word you're looking for is charming.

Elms Mansion is breathtaking, inside and out.
Photo credit: Catherine Guidry

Elms Mansion

An imported mantel of hand-carved marble. Ornamental cornices. 24-karat gold sconces. A 48-foot grand ballroom with jeweled windows. This Italianate-style mansion on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District is one of the city’s most romantic wedding venues. Everyone who sees Elms Mansion falls in love.

Start your life together at lovely Southern Oaks.

Southern Oaks 

Southern Oaks has perfected the New Orleans wedding experience, but don’t take our word for it. The venue has won the “Couple’s Choice” from WeddingWire, has been selected as a “Best of Weddings” pick by The Knot for nearly a decade, has been chosen as the “Best New Orleans Wedding Venue” by Brides magazine, and more.