Though New Orleans is rich in history and lined with historical venues ready for a New Orleans wedding, it can seem that there is nothing set aside for the modern couple. As the city too is full of surprises, it may be surprising to hear that New Orleans is filled with modern and contemporary spaces that provide a chic backdrop to any Big Day.

In the latest Summer/Autum 2017 issue of New Orleans Bride magazine, Marie Simoneaux gathered a list of nine contemporary spaces around the city that are sure to wow. For our LTEC readers, we are going to individually highlight those spaces to ensure all of our contemporary couples find the perfect location to say “I Do.”

First on the list is Magazine Street's Il Mercato

Il Mercato

Housed in what used to be a 1930s food market, Il Mercato is a Spanish-colonial building that has been restored to include herringbone floors, beeswax walls and Italianate chandeliers. The space is neutral enough for couples to add their own flair, but also stands alone for those who want to take advantage of the existing architectural and decorative elements. Il Mercato can serve a wide range of themes, from classic glamoor or rustic charm to something more chic and modern. The courtyard is lined with arches and has a central fireplace many couples choose for a backdrop. Combined with the massive ballroom, Il Mercato can accommodate up to 450 guests.

Modern Love: Il Mercato


Il Mercato
1911 Magazine St
(504) 827-2400


The Ace Hotel New Orleans is partnering with Yeah! Weddings to give couples the option to win an all-inclusive wedding event at the Ace. The hotel and Yeah! Weddings will take care of everything, providing the music, catering, photography and all of the elements of your Big Day. The only thing the couple has to do is show up on Nov. 5 at the Ace. “It will be dreamy, beautiful, a little weird and radically expressive,” said a representative for the Ace. “It's New Orleans, after all.”

To enter, visit acehotel.coom/freewedding and tell them their love story by June 9. Good luck. 




Save the date for our June 2017 Bridal Show – June 7, Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Get your tickets and more information here.