New Orleans Courtyard Venues


November 24, 2021
Words by New Orleans & Company
Photos courtesy of New Orleans & Company

Strolling down the streets of New Orleans, you’ll be captivated by the incredible and unique architecture of the city. French Quarter balconies drip in wrought iron, Bywater homes are bursting with color and the Garden District is lined with grand mansions. It’s easy to get swept up in the beautiful façades, but New Orleans’ best-kept secrets are hidden behind the buildings in the form of enchanting, lush courtyards.

Filled with charm, there’s nothing more magical than a New Orleans courtyard. And with mild temperatures year-round, the city’s courtyards are great for weddings held any time of the year and offer a safe outdoor space to host your loved ones.

While New Orleans is filled with plenty of breathtaking venues, here are a few courtyard locations to consider for your New Orleans destination wedding.

Il Mercato
Located off New Orleans’ vibrant Magazine Street, Il Mercato has a Spanish colonial style that was originally designed as a neighborhood market. The venue includes an expansive courtyard featuring an outdoor fireplace, grand arches and exposed steel beams all original to the 1931 architecture.

The Van Benthuysen-Elms Mansion & Gardens
Providing exquisite grandeur to St. Charles Avenue, the Van Benthuysen-Elms Mansion is a beautiful example of Italianate-style architecture. The venue exudes New Orleans’ timeless style and features luxurious period pieces in addition to the landscaped gardens and courtyard with gazebo.

Hotel Mazarin
Hotel Mazarin is a boutique hotel that offers quiet elegance in the heart of the French Quarter. In the delightful leafy courtyard, you can exchange vows and have your first dance in the glow of gas lanterns and shadow of wrought-iron balconies.

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
Home to America’s first licensed pharmacist, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum offers an intimate 19th-century courtyard space attached to the historic museum. The courtyard features a center aisle surrounded by lush greenery and draped with string lights making this a perfect, opulent New Orleans setting.

Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Located on world-famous Bourbon Street, Royal Sonesta New Orleans effortlessly combines timeless elegance and southern refinement. The hotel’s picturesque courtyard showcases a beautiful central water fountain and wrought iron balconies, creating the perfect backdrop for your New Orleans destination wedding. 

Let New Orleans & Company, the official destination authority, help you choose a courtyard venue and plan your dream wedding in New Orleans. Our wedding professional, Rachel Funel, offers complimentary assistance in contacting hotels, venues, vendors and much more for your wedding. Connect with Rachel at rfunel@neworleans.com or +1-504-566-5018, and visit www.MyWeddingInNewOrleans.com for more information.

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