The enchanting Crescent City is a dream destination for a bride to celebrate her engagement with her nearest and dearest. Even the champagne corks seem to fly higher here. When selecting a perfect spot to toast your bridal bliss, consider these lovely newer locales for a day to build a dream on.
Hotel Peter & Paul: With beauty and intrigue behind every corner, the historic 19th-century site features four buildings — a restored church, rectory, schoolhouse and convent — which have been transformed into an elegant hotel and event space in the Marigny. The on-property bar and restaurant, The Elysian Bar, from the beloved Bacchanal team, makes catering choices a breeze.
Copper Vine: Decidedly modern and design-forward, this Central Business District corner restaurant allows for an intimate shower upstairs in one of the private dining areas with access to the balcony for a Veuve bubbly welcome reception, or an al fresco shower downstairs in the charming courtyard.
The Parlor: Tucked away in The Pontchartrain Hotel, The Parlor is a blank canvas for a gorgeous bridal shower with a backdrop of historic brick walls, stenciled concrete floors, French toile wallpaper and a suspended series of crystal chandeliers. The eclectic rooftop bar, Hot Tin, and stunning Jack Rose restaurant are also picture perfect alternatives.
Couvant: The lovely and bright brasserie within The Eliza Jane offers a picturesque bridal brunch set up to spills into the beautifully bricked outdoor space. Raise a toast amongst the lush greenery, antique lanterns and golden chairs strewn about the open-aired courtyard while partaking in French-inspired fare.
Effervescence: The boutique champagne house on the edge of the French Quarter beckons for clinking glasses and proposed toasts. Take a seat around a champagne and chef’s plate sharing table for an intimate gathering or make it a larger affair complete with canapés and sparkling flights.
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If a classic New Orleans wedding is your bridal wish, these iconic bridal brunch spots truly take the cake.
Brennan’s: Known as “the big pink,” an experience steeped in tradition awaits within any of the eight glamorous dining rooms or exquisite courtyard.
Commander’s Palace: From a private wine room to the divine courtyard, this celebrated Garden District jewel provides a party backdrop for the ages. Add a side of live jazz and decadent desserts to make the celebration extra soulful and sweet.
Cafe Amelie: Behind the gates of this Royal Street gem lies a Princess of Monaco Courtyard with its tropical gardens and a Carriage House with true Vieux Carre charm.
Broussard’s: In the heart of the French Quarter resides a courtyard that beckons for champagne toasts, along with lovely floral-themed private rooms for intimate gatherings.
Coquette: If it’s chic simplicity you seek, this Garden District beauty is the answer. Rise to the occasion with a private second floor space and floor to ceiling windows paired with sublimely fresh fare.
This article originally published in the Winter 2019 issue of New Orleans Bride Magazine.