Location Spotlight: Il Mercato
The magic of the city of New Orleans consumes any visitor walking through its streets. History and hints of the past are at every turn and in every building. Some of that history is tucked away into areas and courtyards blended with modern living happening around them.
Il Mercato lends its enchanting history perfectly to the city. Tucked in an area of the Lower Garden District sits a 1930s former market designed by Sam Stone. Redone, refurbished and now run by Joel Catering, the same group that brought to New Orleans Sucre and Grand Isle, this location has all of the fixings necessary to provide local couples with a picturesque location.
Upon entering, guests of Il Mercato are greeted by a sturdy iron gate leading into a spacious brick laid courtyard. The courtyard, which accommodates a few hundred comfortably for cocktail hour, has the ability to transform into whatever a couple might need. Greet guests with a cocktail hour under the stars before entering the main room for a reception, or take advantage of the white stucco outdoor fireplace as the backdrop for your ceremony.
You enter the main Spanish Colonial style building through a row of dramatic archways. The open floor plan of the Main Hall moves with the curve of the building, offering numerous set ups for any purpose or occasion.
Off of the Main Hall you’ll find the Library. The room acts as an extra space for whatever the couple may desire. It is a great area for an added bar or specialty drink room with plush banquette seating. The couple could even make the room a cake and dessert room.
With space for up to 450 people, Il Mercato gives couples endless opportunities when it comes to their wedding. Have a candlelit reception along the courtyard, opt for a large seated dinner in the Main Hall or open the doors for a big reception celebration.