The COVID19 virus has turned the international wedding industry on its head (to put it mildly). Clients and vendors from across the world are scrambling to reschedule events that were years in the making, with many clients seeking alternative solutions to this horrible crisis. Those who are getting married in the New Orleans area are extremely fortunate to have many different options to host a reception. After all, New Orleans IS the party capital of the world! International Epidemic? Pshaw. Hold my beer – we’ve got this!
Are you looking for alternative ideas for your wedding reception in The New Orleans area due to rescheduling conflicts?
Mr. Credo has you covered! Check out these ideas:
1.). Mid-City Lanes Rock N Bowl – it will come as no surprise that our first recommendation is the spot we’ve called home for the past twenty-two years! Besides being one of the largest party facilities in New Orleans, Rock N Bowl hosts multiple rooms for weddings of any size. From an intimate gathering in one of the party rooms, to a 200 person gathering in the Great Hall (located across the parking lot), to the full Rock N Bowl bowling alley itself – which can hold up to 1000…Rock N Bowl has any size celebration covered and ready. Besides the menu located inside the bowling area, The Blancher family (owners of The Rock N Bowl kingdom) also own The Ye Olde College Inn across the parking lot. “College Inn” is an award-winning local favorite restaurant, where Chef Baker turns out inspired dishes night after night (P.S. College Inn is also Drew Brees’ favorite restaurant). Want to kick your wedding reception menu up a few notches? Look no further than the team at Rock N Bowl and Ye Olde College Inn. Check out what the crew’s been up to and inquire about your event at www.rocknbowl.com.
2.). The National World War II Museum – I often can’t figure out how New Orleans got so lucky as to have such a sensational institution in our hometown. The National World War II museum hosts thousands of international visitors each year. Their Smithsonian-quality expos showcase the world of research that this museum group continually provides on the second World War. From the restored 1940s aircraft that hangs overhead to the mock up of nuclear-powered submarines, The National World War II Museum’s character is certainly something to talk about.
The museum has at least five locations to host your wedding reception – including the Stage Door Theater located on the first floor near the Victory Theater. Their main ballroom is a 1940s style vibe that can dress up to look like a final dance hall scene of a 1940s Jimmy Stewart movie (you know, the ones when he busts through the door of the dance and the big band is playing). Get a tour of the entire facility by contacting their in-house entertainment department at www.nationalww2museum.org.
3.). The New Orleans Fairgrounds is best known for their epic Starlight Racing series, Sunday afternoon races, and (of course) Jazz Fest. Not only does The Fairgrounds provide a home for some of the city’s best events, but they also have an extremely unique wedding spot for special events. Located directly across from the main clubhouse area, the two story event building allows for well over 100 people to take in the atmosphere of this legendary venue. While it’s not the largest event space in the world, if your guest list is looking more intimate, The Fairgrounds may be a great option. Some brides have also chosen to rent the entire clubhouse area for their reception with a similar set up to Starlight Racing. Quite a unique idea if you ask me! Check them out at www.fairgroundsracecourse.com
4.). The New Orleans Restaurants. New Orleans is home to some of the greatest culinary masterpieces in the world, so it only makes sense that many of the well-known dining establishments can also hold their own hosting large groups. Many of the famous restaurants – including Brennan’s, Muriels, Commanders, and Antoines – all offer wedding packages to cover events of any size. Many clients overlook the idea of having their reception at one of these famed restaurants – as they figure the business will be open to the public during their reception time. HOLD ON THERE, SISTER! Not only can you host your wedding at one of the greatest restaurants in the world, if you’re in the French Quarter, you’re literally steps away from Bourbon Street for post-wedding nonsense (because nothing fun ever happens there). The restaurant ideas are also great if you’re getting married at St. Patricks, St, Louis Cathedral, Immaculate Conception, The Ursuline Convent, etc. as they are all a second line distance away from your ceremony. How about that!? Why don’t you Google some of those venues and see what they have to offer.
5.). The House Of Blues. HOB has been in New Orleans since 1994 and they quickly became one of the premier event spaces in the French Quarter. Located a block off of Canal Street, House Of Blues also has several different areas to cater to your wedding size. From an intimate wedding in the Voodoo Garden, to a 100-200 person event in The Parish and Foundation Room, to a full-blown concert reception in the main hall, House Of Blues checks off a lot of boxes. Also located within walking distance of many churches, their charm truly fits the lure of a French Quarter event. They have an extremely talented event staff that can help guide a couple to exactly what their looking for, so give them a shout at www.hob.com for more information.
Well, there you have it! The Mixed Nuts have been fortunate enough to perform at ALL of these locations (many, many times), and we’ve been a part of many successful events held at each of these venues (weddings included). If you’re a COVID19-affected bride looking for alternative reception ideas, check out this list of venues – any of these will capture the true New Orleans experience and provide a lifetime of classic memories!
Need more ideas? You know where to find me – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay healthy, everyone!
~Chuck Credo IV
Head Nut In Charge