It’s difficult to find many buildings in New Orleans that aren’t full of a rich, lengthy history. The Monastery is one of those buildings, with its inception dating back to 1812. For over 164 years, The Monastery has seen the city and French Quarter neighborhood grow and become the thriving premier wedding destination it is today.
New to the New Orleans wedding scene, The Monastery offers couples over 14,000 square feet of event space, including it’s own chapel. Local entrepreneur Sidney Torres took the space and restored it to its former glory, opening up the rooms surrounding the century-old church — all the while updating it for awe-inspiring modern amenities.
The gothic-style interior of the main chapel area, with exposed beams and arched ceilings, bring dramatic flair, while the rest of the rooms don stark white walls allowing a couple to put their mark on the space. In addition to the chapel area and large reception-perfect rooms (the interior space totals nearly 8,000 square feet), The Monastery houses seven private courtyards that long for a cocktail hour or even an outside ceremony.
Rent out this entire Treme beauty for 300-guest seated ceremony or reception or allow for a cocktail-style reception with up to 1,500 of your closest family and friends. Pigeon Catering provides all the food and beverages for each event, while the different rooms and courtyards beg for an oyster bar, cigar-making station, Roman Candy tableau or any other couple-specific setup.
It’s all in the details, and a wedding at The Monastery will remind you why John Boutte wrote “Down in the Treme.”
(Correction: An earlier version of the post said The Monastery is located in Treme. This is incorrect. The Monastery is located in the French Quarter. We clearly had not had our coffee the day this was written. An astute reader pointed out the mistake in our geography. Thank you. We regret the error.)