The Best Venues to Host a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner or Intimate Welcome Party in New Orleans


With many museums, restaurants, and historic homes, New Orleans is one of the best cities to plan charming wedding rehearsal dinners. Even if the wedding party wishes to stray from tradition, numerous sites make the perfect environment for an intimate welcome party for guests. There is never a shortage of memorable rehearsal dinner ideas in a city full of eccentricity.

Reserve a Room at a New Orleans Museum

Toast to the forthcoming wedding surrounded by local and international artists’ paintings, statues, and sculptures. New Orleans Museum of Art and Ogden Museum of Southern Art offer opulent indoor space for a wedding rehearsal dinner.

Those looking for a more historical backdrop will be pleased that the National World War II Museum rents dining rooms, exhibits, and theaters for special events. The museum even offers catering. Kick off the wedding celebration with army planes and historic relics all around.

Plan a Classic Rehearsal Dinner at a New Orleans Restaurant

A Southern wedding rehearsal is not complete without a hearty meal at the end. In New Orleans, many classic restaurants complement the fancy affair. If white tablecloths, decadent meals, and elaborate decor are preferred, Antoine’s is the spot. For a retro environment with a historical touch, the pink and green scenery at Brennan’s is sure to please. Restaurants live around every corner in the city, making it easier than ever to accommodate any party size or budget.

Incorporate Live Music into the Rehearsal Dinner at a New Orleans Music Venue

In New Orleans, jazz is everywhere. Imagine a classic wedding rehearsal dinner with live jazz music wafting through the room. At Preservation Hall, music lovers can easily incorporate the legendary genre into their rehearsal dinner. The quaint French Quarter venue hosts private events within its intimate space year-round.

Music venues of many types are available for private events. Marigny Opera House’s aged interior, arched columns, and stained glass windows make a rich environment for any wedding event. The House of Blues and Saenger Theatre boast laidback yet visually pleasing environments. At Music Box Village, the wedding party can indulge in music-related activities in a treehouse-like outdoor setting.

Host a Rehearsal Dinner Reminiscent of Historic New Orleans

Pay homage to one of New Orleans’ most historic holidays while celebrating the married couple-to-be. At Mardi Gras World, the wedding party can rehearse, eat, and dance, surrounded by hand-painted Mardi Gras floats.

Aboard the Steamboat Natchez, the rehearsal dinner can commence while sailing along the Mississippi River. Views of New Orleans make the perfect backdrop for toasting the bride and groom.

Have a Staycation at Hotel Mazarin

One of the best ways to experience a New Orleans staycation is by staying at a hotel in the middle of it all. Hotel Mazarin resides in the heart of the French Quarter. Make a reservation at Hotel Mazarin today and rediscover New Orleans.