You’ve found your soul mate and have selected one of America’s most romantic and fun-loving cities for your destination wedding. In a city steeped in history and bejeweled by stunning architecture, breathtaking views and upbeat traditions, choosing the right venue in the Crescent City can seem daunting – unless you know where to look. Here are some of the best wedding venues available in New Orleans, paired with one of the City’s most popular wedding caterers, Messina’s. Together, they are a match made in heaven.
Start your search at the top.
Messina’s at the Terminal was recently named 2020 Best of The Knot for Venues for the third year in a row. One look and it’s easy to see why. There are actually four exquisite venues in this beautifully restored 1934 airport that was once dubbed “The Air Hub of the Americas.”
Built by the same architectural team that constructed the Louisiana State Capital Building, Messina’s at the Terminal offers options for both intimate and grand events. The Atrium at the Terminal offers a striking setting for the bride to make her dramatic entrance with its open floor plan, terrazzo floors with art deco inlays, and marble and granite treatments. The Huey P. Long Room at the Terminal pays homage to the former Governor who was instrumental in the airport’s construction. This is one of the city’s prime event spaces overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. The Terrace at the Terminal is ideal for open-air weddings with a stunning view of the lakefront and the runway. Finally, the rich, intricately grained woodwork of the Walnut Room offers the perfect backdrop with its Streamline Moderne bar that looks out onto the runway.
Look for a venue that fits your interests.
Take, for instance, Race & Religious. . It’s located along the riverfront of the Lower Garden District, between the Convention Center and Magazine Street. The venue is comprised of three structures, all constructed in the early 1800’s. The space is a labor of love, the result of near thirty-year process of gutting the properties and painstakingly restoring them to their original glory. Today, their original beauty has been restored, and layered with hand-picked antiques and layers of décor. Messina’s Catering and Events is one of only a handful of preferred caterers at this charming 6,500 square-foot riverfront masterpiece. Here, you can immerse yourself and your guests in authentic New Orleans history with original moldings and French tiles, and some unvarnished finishes, which maintain traces of prior residents.
Choose a perfect blend of old and new
Located above the New Orleans Museum, the Rooftop on Basin features indoor/outdoor luxury overlooking the New Orleans skyline and French Quarter. Built in 1904 as the New Orleans Terminal Company and Southern Railway Freight Office Building, Basin St. Station, the Rooftop on Basin sits atop the building. This iconic landmark is helping to redefine the New Orleans cultural scene in what was once the Red-Light District of the city. This is the newest venue offered by 58-year-old Messina’s Catering and Events and has already garnered a prestigious 2020 Best of the Knot for Venues award. From every angle, there are awe-inspiring views and turn-of-the-Century architectural touches – including whistle stop signage for Track 27 and the front of a late 1800s model locomotive. The expansive skylight on the top floor and open-air terrace makes the star of your event either soft sunlight by day or the twinkling lights of the downtown New Orleans at night.
Savor the flavor of the Crescent City at your wedding with Messina’s Catering and Events.
Not only will you find some of the most impressive venues to choose from, you’ll also be able to give your wedding a true New Orleans accent with menus inspired by the Big Easy and expertly prepared by the best New Orleans wedding caterer. It’s a win-win! Visit MessinasCatering.com to learn more.