New Orleans City Park: Wedding Venues in the Heart of the Crescent City

Welcome to New Orleans City Park, a lush oasis nestled amidst the vibrant culture and historic charm of the city. Spanning over 1,300 acres, City Park is brimming with picturesque landscapes, towering oak trees, and tranquil lagoons. Its timeless beauty and peaceful ambiance provide the perfect canvas for couples seeking a romantic wedding venue. Whether you envision an intimate ceremony or a lavish affair, the park offers breathtaking settings to suit every style and preference.

This post dives into our favorite New Orleans City Park wedding venues, from hidden gems to grand pavilions. But beyond the picturesque locations, we’ll also unveil expert tips to navigate permits, transportation, and more, ensuring your City Park wedding is as seamless as it is unforgettable. So, grab your bouquet and get ready to plan your dream New Orleans wedding!

McDonogh Oak

This 800-year-old live oak offers a one-of-a-kind ceremony spot, bathed in dappled sunlight. Imagine exchanging vows under the sprawling branches of this living legend, followed by an intimate reception nestled amongst the ancient oaks. The McDonogh Oak provides a truly unique and unforgettable setting for an outdoor ceremony that celebrates nature and New Orleans history.

Popp Fountain

Popp Fountain offers a dramatic backdrop for your vows. Cascading water, lush greenery, and the surrounding colonnade draped in wisteria create a magical ceremony scene. Popp Fountain also allows you to seamlessly transition from ceremony to celebration, with the Arbor Room available for receptions.


Overlooking Bayou Metairie, this Grecian-style open-air pavilion was built specifically for parties, and it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most popular venues in the park. The Peristyle is perfect for weddings, big or small. It also makes a great location for photos, even for those getting married elsewhere in the park.

Langles Bridge

This charming stone bridge, built in 1902, offers a whimsical and romantic backdrop for your ceremony. Langles Bridge is perfect for intimate ceremonies seeking a touch of timeless beauty. Plus, with City Park’s many gardens and lagoons nearby, it provides endless possibilities for capturing stunning wedding photos.

Pavilion of the Two Sisters

Pavilion of the Two Sisters offers a touch of European elegance for your wedding. This picturesque venue, modeled after a classic orangerie, boasts floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the vibrant Botanical Garden. Imagine exchanging vows bathed in natural light, followed by a reception inside their spacious event room or one of the two outdoor terraces overlooking the gardens. The Pavilion provides a sophisticated setting ideal for larger weddings seeking a touch of timeless charm amidst the lush greenery of City Park.

Source: City Park Conservancy

Popp Bandstand

This replica of the Temple of Love in Versailles is perfect for an intimate ceremony or elopement. The historic bandstand provides a picturesque backdrop while allowing for flexibility and personalization, letting you create a ceremony that reflects your unique style. Popp Bandstand is great for couples seeking a budget-friendly venue without losing that New Orleans charm.

Butler Fountain

You’ll find Butler Fountain nestled within the tranquility of the Old Grove, an area of the park with some of the oldest live oak trees. The gentle murmur of the fountain’s water provides a serene soundtrack to your “I do’s.” Butler Fountain’s scale is ideal for smaller wedding ceremonies with a more intimate feel.

Botanical Garden

Immerse yourselves in a world of floral beauty for your wedding at the Botanical Garden. This 12-acre haven boasts over 2,000 varieties of plants, providing a vibrant and fragrant backdrop for your special day. Imagine exchanging vows in the enchanting Rose Garden, surrounded by colorful blooms. Celebrate amidst the lush greenery of the Japanese Garden or the tropical paradise of the Conservatory.

Getting Married in City Park: What to Know

  • Wedding Permit Process: Here at PK Weddings and Events, we’re all about making the planning process stress free, which is why an officiant is included in our all-inclusive packages. They will handle all of the necessary paperwork & permits for your City Park wedding, as well as working alongside you to prepare a beautiful ceremony.
  • Seasonality: Spring (March-May) and fall (September-November) offer the most flexibility with beautiful light throughout the day and milder temperatures. Summer (June-August) weddings benefit from a later ceremony time to avoid the peak heat, while winter (December-February) ceremonies are best earlier in the day to capture the most sunlight. Another thing to consider is the many festivities New Orleans offers, such as Mardi Gras & Jazz Fest, or other major holidays.
  • Local Vendors: We’re proud to work with an amazing team of vendors who are experienced with City Park weddings. From local florists who can create arrangements using seasonal blooms to photographers experienced in capturing the best angles within the park’s diverse landscapes.
  • Photography: Their are endless options in City Park when it comes to breathtaking backdrops for photos: picturesque lagoons, moss covered live oak trees, serene bridges, and enchanting gardens to name a few. Whether you’re having an intimate ceremony or a large celebration with family and friends, your photos are sure to be stunning!
  • Transportation: With it’s location in the heart of New Orleans, getting to City Park shouldn’t be a problem for you and your guests. Ride share services are readily available throughout the city, or for a true New Orleans experience, the streetcar is runs along the park’s edge and stops within walking distance of several wedding venues. We also work with local companies offering shuttles and limousines, which is a convenient option that ensures everyone arrives on time and relaxed.

If you’re looking for a wedding planning team who can help you navigate the process and create a dream celebration in New Orleans, contact us today!

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