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New Orleans wedding venues off the beaten path 

Beautiful venues, from antique to new-kid-on-the-block chic

Adaptability, intimacy and character are factors that mold the optimal wedding locale. Here are some New Orleans venues that deliver an inviting relic of the past sprinkled with plenty of contemporary elegance. Your celebration will be an affair to remember, just as memorable as these historic and beautiful places.


Treme Market Branch Treme

The Treme Market Branch was a bank built in the 1930s that served the Claiborne Corridor in Treme, which boasted 162 local businesses and 34 public markets. By the 1960s the space had morphed into a leather and horseshoe shop. The venue was closed in the '70s, after construction of Interstate 10 separated the Treme and Lafitte neighborhoods, causing the majority of Claiborne Corridor businesses to fold.

 The Treme Market Branch building was renovated and reopened in November 2016, maintaining the original plaster, ceiling and open-air architecture from the '40s. In addition to weddings, the venue hosts parties, funerals and art shows. Longtime Treme residents drop in regularly to marvel that this space, which had been boarded up since they were children, is open again.

 The Treme Market Branch has garnered celebrity attention since its reopening: singer Solange threw herself a birthday party there. Teresa Thomas, one of the building's owners, hopes the success of the Treme Market Branch will inspire more businesses to set up shop within this New Orleans neighborhood, which has a rich commercial and cultural legacy.

 "We want to set an example to prove that the neighborhood can be revitalized and businesses can thrive here," she says.

Maximum capacity: 300 guests

Bridal aesthetic: authentic, antique New Orleans.


The Tigermen Den Bywater

The Tigermen Den was built in 1834 as a dry goods store and was constructed from barges that once carried freight on the Mississippi River. The interior wooden walls were wallpapered, but the layers of history beneath still shine through. The Tigermen Den was home to Ms. Turner's Soul Food restaurant from the '60s to the '90s, when the building became neglected.

 The venue was resurrected in 2013 to create a community-centric, customizable space. Doors and other architectural elements can be added or removed as desired, creating a multipurpose venue that's been used as an art exhibition space, a pop-up costume shop and a theater.

 Local artists and neighborhood businesses, such as Clouet Gardens, frequently collaborate with the den for wedding productions. The Tigermen Den multiplies its local impact by using money raised throughout the year to fund low-cost community arts programming. At the Tigermen Den, brides have control over the design and intricate details of their special day, says Leesaw Andaloro, co-owner of the space.

"Our (motto) is 'Sit down, let your plan come together and allow us to fill in the holes,'" she says.

Maximum capacity: 100 guests

Bridal aesthetic: historic, simple and charming.


Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum French Quarter

The Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum was built in 1826 by a wealthy auctioneer named Joseph Le Carpentier. He had three daughters, and it was rumored he built the house to attract suitors for them. He frequently hosted dinners in the room now called the Ballroom.

 The house passed through several hands throughout its history; notably (and perhaps most famously), it was home to P.G.T. Beauregard, a Confederate general who rented it for 18 months after the Civil War. The Beauregard-Keyes House has operated as a museum since 1970, but also hosts weddings, corporate events, lectures, readings and meetings. The house maintains its original floor plan; guests can roam through the parlor, ballroom, library and front and rear galleries during special events.

  "We can comfortably fit 100 for a seated dinner," says Annie Irwin, executive director of the Beauregard-Keyes house. "For a buffet-style reception we can accommodate up to 200."

Maximum capacity: 200 guests

Bridal aesthetic: historic French Quarter wedding.


The Parlor at the Pontchartrain Lower Garden District

The Pontchartrain Hotel, built in 1927 by the Aschaffenburg family, was named after Count de Pontchartrain, a member of Louis XIV's court. The 2015 renovation kept the structure's original brick walls, stenciled concrete floors and French toile wallpaper. The design on the floor mimics the French gates at the hotel's entrance that were installed by the Aschaffenburgs as well.

 The hotel was made famous by visits from celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth, President Gerald Ford and writers including Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams, who worked on A Streetcar Named Desire while residing there. Cody Bertone, general manager, says the hotel still retains the air of merriment it enjoyed in its star-studded heyday.

 "The Pontchartrain Hotel is known [as] a destination for celebrating life's most memorable occasions," he says.

 The hotel's newly opened Parlor at the Pontchartrain hides a chandelier-lined event space with vaulted ceilings in a separate structure behind the hotel, which formerly was an auto garage. The design details match those of the main hotel down to the stenciled floors.

Maximum Capacity: 250 guests

Bridal aesthetic: elegant, eclectic and intimate.

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