New Orleans Catholic Wedding

posted 10 months ago in Catholic
Post # 2
243 posts
Helper bee

St. Joseph’s on Tulane has its own parking lot. Not in the best part of town but up-and-coming as they are expanding the medical district here.  Don’t do it on a Saints home game or Pelicans game day as they rent out the lot.  It is also a MASSIVE church and you might feel like it is mostly empty.

[content moderated for privacy] is where I’m getting married.  No parking lot, but it is uptown so plenty of street parking.  The Audubon Tea Room (or Clubhouse or Zoo) are all great reception venues a few blocks away With free parking.  The size of this Church is perfect for your wedding and they’re also a bit more reasonably priced.

Holy Rosary near City Park has a parking lot and is gorgeous.  It is expensive and books up quickly.  Great if you’re doing a reception at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

St. Patrick’s is one of my favorites but it has a very strict dress code.  Perfect location for a reception at the Chicory or Gallier Hall.  It is in the CBD (area next to French Quarter).  Hotels nearby, but other parking is by lot or garage and would have to be paid for.  Street parking also available.  Good size church for your wedding.

The Cathedral is okay but way overpriced (I think 3500) and no parking or bathrooms. But if your guests stay in the Quarter, they can just walk there.

St. Mary’s at the Old Ursuline Convent is pretty and smaller. You also can do the reception on the grounds of the convent which can be really beautiful. Again though, parking in the French Quarter is tough unless you or your guests are willing to pay 20-30 bucks for the evening.

You won’t be able to find a 4 PM time anywhere– all the churches have their vigil mass around then.  We are doing a 10:45 ceremony because I didn’t want to start my mass at 6:30 or 7.  I think most churches are 1 or 7 start times.  You might be able to persuade them into another time so long as it doesn’t interfere with their schedules.

Post # 3
5083 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2050

cisforcaroline:  I’m not Catholic, but I thought you had to be a member of a Catholic church in order to get married there. I got the impression they are not like commercial venues where you can just pick the prettiest or most convenient one. I could be wrong though….

Post # 4
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

Daisy_Mae:  This depends on the parish. Some require you to be a member (or have close familial ties to a member) and others do not. Often, though, the fees are higher for non-members.

I will say this, OP, start doing your research for specific churches there ASAP, the rules certainly can vary depending on the parish or diocese. 

Post # 5
1396 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

DH and I attended a wedding this summer at  St. Mary’s Church at the Old Ursuline Convent (1100 Chartres St.) and it was lovely.

Sorry I dont have more to offer!! 

Post # 7
820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

DrunkInLove:  I was about to say this! I know in my parish, you have to be a member of the diocese for at least 6 month in order to be able to get married in one of the churches within the diocese and there is a higher fee for non-members than there is for members of the parish. Luckily, DH and I were members of different parishes, so we were able to get married at his parish at a decent price since my parish was going to be doing church renovations during our wedding date.

cisforcaroline: Definitely start doing your research! You have time to come up with a plan with whichever church you choose if the New Orleans diocese has similar rules to my diocese. I have a friend who waited too long to do her research and ended up having to get married in this dinky little church in the middle of nowhere because none of the other parishes would let her book with them; she was from out-of-town.

Post # 8
387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Daisy_Mae:  It completely depends on the church. We’re not members of the parish where we are getting married, but they oversee the Catholic high school that FI attended and allowed us to use the chapel for our ceremony.

OP — check with individual churches in the Parish, as well as the diocese, for what they require for you to be married there. We’re doing an out-of-diocese wedding prep and had to scale up the timeline so that everything is done and signed before July. That gives our local diocese time to approve our marriage and then pass it on to the diocese of Phoenix who will then forward it to the deacon performing our marriage. 

Post # 9
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Holy Name of Jesus is absolutely beautiful.  However, I have no idea about booking them for a wedding (I think they are booked years in adance).  Good luck Bee!


On another note: I am surprised by all of the NOLA Bees here!  We should start a thread.

Post # 10
243 posts
Helper bee

kawood0618:  My friend got married here; but unless you are a parishioner or student/alumnus, you can’t book until like 6 months out or something.

Post # 14
243 posts
Helper bee

cisforcaroline: For St. Patrick’s I think you have to be covered at least to the elbow.  No open backs and no sheer (so illusion or a sheer lace doesn’t really cut it; but if you’re doing a thicker lace, you might be ok.  Cap sleeves are a no-go.)  Applies to bridesmaids as well which can be more difficult, although many people just give them a wrap- since you’re planning on fall/winter, this could be a little easier.  You have to get your dress approved.  If you’re okay with all that though, the church is gorgeous.


I also love St. Stephens (Good Shepherd Parish) but the construction on Napoleon is so horrendous right now (and they say through 2018) that I wouldn’t suggest it.  It is uptown with mostly street parking.  Our Lady of Good Counsel recently was restored (not sure if they’re doing weddings or not) but if you’re going with a pink color in your wedding, I remember the inside of it to be very very very pink.  It’s in the Upper Garden District- street parking.  Both of these would be convenient locations if you were to do a reception at Rosy’s Jazz Hall– a very popular wedding reception place.

Look into St. Mary’s Assumption in the Lower Garden District.  There is a cool (beautiful!) new venue nearby called il mercato OR you could do the heavily blogged about Race and Religious.  Both are awesome reception venues and the church is magnificent.  Caveat is that this is NOT a good part of town and parking is on the street, so I’d be worried about guest safety if you’re doing an evening wedding.  Like, really worried.  If you go this route, I’d try to arrange transportation to your guests hotels so that they don’t have to walk these streets.  If they’re from out of town, they probably don’t know which streets are safe to park on (and street by street really matters here).  I’d also consider having a couple officers do a detail, which could be arranged through NOPD or the Sheriff’s Office I think.


I forgot about St. John the Baptist.  It has a parking lot.  But their Saturday vigil is at 4, so the timing might not work for you.  Pretty church and on the smaller side.

Post # 15
243 posts
Helper bee

And of course there is Immaculate Conception but this one books very far in advance.  But the awesome part about it is if you do a reception at The Roosevelt, they are literally across the street from each other.  Like you can jump from the church to the hotel.  Also very expensive.  No real parking nearby, but you’re on the cusp of the FQ.

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